Connemara Kennels, Camus, Co. Galway | Email: info@madra.ie | Phone: 091 584 274 

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Nelly is the perfect little lap dog, the type of dog we get asked for almost every single day. So why is Nelly still here? Nelly has wonky ears and is quite a needy girl. She doesn't like to be left alone and can get quite upset. She is great with other dogs though so she would most likely settle in very well if she had some doggy company. She would still prefer humans though and will be the most loyal, friendly cuddler you ever could meet. Nelly had a bad start in life and this could be the deep rooted reason for her anxiety. She also needs a little work to maintain her toilet training as she sometimes forgets where she is. All you need is a tiled floor and lots of love to give and you will be rewarded 100 times over with the loyalty & licks from this very sweet girl.
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After being brought home from the pound, Hope thought she had found the perfect home and everything was turning out to have the much-longed-for happy ending. Unfortunately, due to an allergy in a family member, Hope has to start afresh and try to find yet another new family. This is very tough on her as Hope is part GSD and as you know they are hugely soft, sentimental dogs that bond very quickly with their new owners. We need to find this girl a new family soon. Hope is a big baby really at only about 18 months old and will suit any family looking for a medium to large new furry friend.
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SPECIAL APPEAL - With Madra for over six months. Here's a list of ten reasons why you SHOULDN'T adopt our Chihuahua/JRT, Screech... 1.) He has a shockingly bad name (OK, yes, this one is 100% our fault, we must have been lacking coffee after that particular pound pick up) 2.) Behind that innocuous little bundle of cuteness is a BIG ATTITUDE 3.) If he doesn’t like you, straight up, he will bark, growl and nip you 4.) He thinks cats are demons from hell 5.) He doesn’t like to share his toys 6.) If you’re looking for a nice little dog to walk the Prom with, forget it...! Screech turns into Cujo when he meets dogs out and about 7.) He is a “busy” little man ;) 8.) He will steal all the couch throws for himself...he hasn’t acknowledged it yet, but he is most definitely part cat 9.) His recall is hit and miss 10.) He holds the firm conviction that human beds were designed specifically for him to bury himself all the way under the duvet. Phew....! Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way....let us tell you that despite his “quirks,” we all adore Screech. We really do. And if you're still reading, you must be intrigued. You see, we don’t know anything about his past life which might help us understand why he behaves in the way he does. What we do know is that if he loves you, he is the ultimate lap-dog and will be 100% trusting and loyal to you. His little tail is like a propeller, it never ever stops wagging when he is around those he loves, He doesn't walk but instead, he waggles absolutely everywhere. Oh and as soon as you sit down, he will appear; claim your lap as his and curl up for a cuddle and a snooze. :) Did we mention that he’s a lazy sod? He would love lazy morning lie-ins while you catch up on Netflix. He loves sleeping in his crate too but he is also a magnet to human beds. ;) He loves travelling in the car too and loves going to work with his foster dad. He loves his toys, teddies and as you can see from the photos, he also loves carrots. :P We are working on his issues but full disclosure, this little pocket rocket marches to a beat of his own drum and needs a VERY savvy and dog-experienced person to adopt him. Someone who won’t take their eye of the ball with him. Someone who won't bat an eyelid when he starts roaring like a lion when he spots a dog on lead. Someone who will be committed to working on his issues and making sure all introductions to new people are done carefully in case he reacts badly. We KNOW somewhere out there this little guy has a match. He would suit a home where there aren’t many visitors coming and going. It goes without saying that he won’t be able to live with children although he has liked the ones he has met visiting his foster home but it’s a risk we are not willing to take in order to keep him and others safe from his nipping. Despite his on-lead reactivity, he can quite happily live with other dogs...(particularly ones he can use as PILLOWS..) and ones who are chilled out and don't mind that he will be the BOSS. He also needs to live in a quiet area. He is currently in foster with his fellow MADRA brother, "Tricky" Sam who adores him. However Screech is stressing out the resident cats and will have to go back to the shelter soon. We really want to avoid him spending any more weeks or months at our shelter. Now we know his demands are very specific but after six months of waiting, he surely deserves a chance...we certainly think so.... If you would like to know more please fill out an Adoption Questionnaire on www.madra.ie under the Re-homing section.
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Solly & Skittles are the result of an unwanted litter. We are really not sure what breed mix they are although we assume there is Collie in the mix somewhere. They are happy & fun guys about 12 weeks old and will be a great addition to any family. They will be medium to large dogs when fully grown so be prepared. Anyone wishing to adopt one of these beauties will need to sign up for puppy classes as part of the adoption process.
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The original Big Tom has sadly left us but this guy can hopefully provide just as much entertainment for those of you who like Collies. He came from the pound, yet another unwanted Collie boy, but luckily this guy is on the road to stardom. He is about a year old and is a friendly, happy chap. Being a Collie he will need an active lifestyle and someone home during the day.
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These three girls came into the pound together after being found in a neglected state but luckily the dog warden reached them in time. We think it may be a mother and two daughters but they are equally happy being together or apart and are now ready to move on to their new homes. Bailey is maybe 2 or 3 years old and is a big soft, gentle girl. Goldie & Tanya seem to be a bit younger and are more puppyish & full of fun Tanya is the beautiful girl with black and tan markings and Goldie is..... the golden girl (no surprises there!) Hounds make magnificent pets as they are low energy and easy to live with. They don't like being left alone for long periods though so there should be someone at home during the day or a second dog to keep them company.
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Yet another small guy with a big heart, Mr Pickles is about 5 years old so he has gone through all the silly stage and just wants a warm comfy bed to call home. He is a great little guy who will keep you updated if there is someone at the door. He is house-trained and good in the car and enjoys his walks.
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Rae is still looking for her forever home. She is a nice medium sized Lurcher girl who has been the model guest here at the kennels. She is quiet, calm, clean and gets on with everyone, a typical Lurcher so!
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Poor Siofra is still waiting....... and it's a complete mystery why nobody has snapped her up by now. Maybe it's because she is shy & unassuming at the kennels and people pass her by? Maybe it's because she has a grey muzzle and people think she is too old? (she is only about 2-3 years old) Maybe it's because the neglect she suffered caused her to get a serious ear infection which means she may need her ears maintaining with regular cleaning? Who knows ......but when she does find her forever family they will be a very lucky bunch. Siofra is cat tested, sheep tested so is ideal for country living as she has no chase instinct. Not only that but once she gets settled in, she is very loath to leave her home patch which may suit people with a large garden. She is great with people but can get shy at times so small children would be too much for her. Apart from all that she is just Perfect!! Siofra is an absolute darling! She is a great listener. She is incredibly sweet-natured, smiley and gets on great with other dogs. Once you gain Siofra's trust you will see that she is bright, fun, amusing and oh so full of life. She melts into a mushy marshmallow when she gets fussed over :) There is something very unassuming about her; almost as though she doesn't understand just how deserving she is of happiness and love.
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Keano was surrendered to the pound and although he is coping very well, we would just love to make his visit here a short one. We think he is about 6 years old, although he does have a little "old mans face" that makes him appear a bit older, and he is small to medium size so would fit into small corner in most homes. He is a very mannerly gent and is quiet, calm & clean in his kennel, and causes us no problems at all. Keano is a Beagle x and is used to the outdoor life but I'm pretty sure he could learn all about the comfort of his own bed by the fire very quickly. He would suit an older person who wants a low maintenance guy but who still enjoys regular exercise and someone who will provide all the companionship & comfort that Keano deserves.
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Billy arrived a bit worse for wear last week with scruffy coat and a torn ear, but we have him all cleaned up now, ready to show off to our FB followers and hopefully find himself a new home. We think he may be a Lakeland Terrier x Yorkie or something like that as he is bigger than your average Yorkie with a curly type coat (which unfortunately we had to clip down). Billy is about 2 - 3 years old and full of life, he just loves to be involved in all that is going on around him so we are looking for an active home with secure fencing. He is very friendly and gets on well with all the dogs here but we prefer to re-home him with older children as we do not know his history and not every dog can adjust to living with the noise & fuss of small children.
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Rocco is a super guy who is a very sprightly 7ish years old. Although Rocco was surrendered to the pound, the information we have is a bit sketchy due to his owner becoming very elderly and taking up residence in a nursing home. What we do know is that Rocco was a well loved & cared for companion. Poor Rocco is feeling the loss of his previous life dreadfully and we are hoping that with Easter upon us that someone will look kindly on him and offer him a new home. He will need a secure garden as he has an independent nature and he loves his regular walks. He is a doggy dog and we do not think he would take kindly to be overly smothered with hugs & kisses or being dressed up in the latest doggy fashion. Once he gets the basic home comforts he will be quite content and he will prove himself a wise & loyal companion.
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Oonagh is a sad girl, cast aside by her previous owner, but to be honest that might be the best thing that has happened in her short life her so far. Now she has a chance of the fabulous life she deserves and we will do everything in our power to ensure she gets it. Oonagh is gentle & shy as so many other Lurchers & Hounds, but she has had it rough along the way too. You can see it in her when she automatically flinches away from a raised arm or a loud voice. You can see it when she closes her eyes and stands motionless when afraid, as she expects the sky to come crashing down around her at any moment. She puts up no resistance to gentle handling and once we build up her trust again she will blossom into a true beauty both inside & out.
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Oscar is a robust, energetic Collie x who is about 3 or 4 years old. He is great with other dogs but will need a secure garden so that he cannot go off exploring, as he has a huge interest in all that goes on in the world around him. It is possible that this may be the reason that he found himself in the local pound in the first place, so Oscar also needs an interesting new life where there is lots to keep him entertained. We think Oscar would be a grerat family pet but he would most likely suit children of ten years and upwards as we do not know his history.
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I'm afraid Goldie is not blessed with the most imaginative name but he makes up for that with a series of quirky expressions that are all his own! He is a great buddy who is mostly Labrador, with a little something else in the mix, but his personality is pure fun He is small in size for a Labrador and has a slightly more muscular build but once he gets up to his optimum weight he may get the lovely curves that we associate with the Labrador breed. Goldie would suit an active family with someone home during the day. He may need a little basic training as he loves to jump up and give lots of hugs, but really that should not be encouraged in a medium to large dog. Goldie is only about 18 months old and, although by some cruel twist of fate he found himself unwanted in a local pound, he now has a very bright future ahead of him.
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Sydney (aka Todd) has come back to us all grown up and with a new name that suits his elegant new look. He has really grown into a stunningly handsome young man and now that he has reached maturity he has made very clear decisions on what he likes and does not like. Sydney was always a little shy and although he has improved hugely in that regard, he has decided that children are really not his thing. He does like them but finds all the noise & bustle of a busy household just too much for his laid back personality. He also can still be quite shy of men and will need a new owner who can continue to work on those fears. Apart from that Sydney needs a secure garden and someone at home during the day. He bonds quickly with his humans and would not suit being alone for long periods. Sydney is a typical Lurcher, a guy who likes nothing better than to chill on his beanbag after a few laps around the park.
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Shy oldie Nick is very bewildered to find himself living in a busy rescue shelter. He is about 8 years old and really needs a quiet foster or forever home as soon as possible. He is a low maintenance lad who loves his walks and he is very waggy once he gets to know you. Can you be his safe haven and bring a sparkle back to his eyes?
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Our goldie oldie Charlie came into us just before Christmas with his yorkie pal Bella after their owner sadly passed away. Bella found a new home but little Charlie is still with us dreaming of finding someone to love him.
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Peter (left), Alex (right) and Sam (bottom).....our three remaining members of the "Tricky" family who came to us from a hoarding situation in 2016. Many of you will have read Sam's incredible story during the week from a broken shell to one of sparkling personality! https://www.facebook.com/madradogrescue/posts/10155614930148122
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All dogs are uniquely special but there is something particularly special about my stunning foster boy, “Tricky” Sam. He has been in the care of MADRA for 13 months. He arrived as one of our 23 completely unsocialised family of “Tricky” dogs who were rescued from a hoarding situation in 2016.
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