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

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y name is Papps and I’ve been looking for you! I’m a sweet, tender hearted boy who’s waiting for the love of my life to come along and adopt me. I was surrendered by my beloved family into the care of MADRA, not through any fault of my own or indeed theirs; life circumstances just changed and it was decided it was better for me to find a new home with a family who could give me more time. I assure you that, given a chance, I will flourish and provide years of love and companionship to another lucky family. Us German Shepherds do not excel in kennels but we do love our home comforts!
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If you lead an active lifestyle and are up to the challenge of a high energy, smart German Shepherd, I am looking for you! I am an intelligent and ridiculously good looking chap. My devotion and courage to you will be unmatched. I am amazingly versatile and I will excel at almost anything; I just need someone who’s willing to put in the time and effort into training me and giving me some guidance. I am a typical Shep in that I am very sensitive and a bit needy. I will live for your attention, some kind words, some rubs. I am a friendly, good natured boy.
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Yo. I was a bit wary when I first came to this place but the humans here say I have really emerged from my shell. I wasn’t sure about this place or the people either. I was very skinny but the humans here have been giving me extra meals so I’m pleased about that. I am sensitive about having my neck touch, for reasons I can’t remember so I’ll need someone who will be understanding about that. I am typical of my breed in lots of ways; I don’t warm up to people very quickly but once I do, I promise you will see that I actually have a great sense of playfulness about me. I will give you my special nose kisses if I think you are particualy awesome! I am a husky so of course I will need lots and lots of exercise but once I get my walks, I arrive back to my kennel and tuck myself up in my bed with my paws tucked under me like a cat!
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Beautiful, beautiful Belle.  She is only about a year old and an absolute babe. We dread seeing Akitas arriving to us as it is incredibly difficult to find home for this breed as they are so often misunderstood. Akitas tend to spend months and months waiting for a home and we would really hate to see that happen to this girl. She is a pretty chilled out lass but she will need a varied and active lifestyle. Please make an appointment to come and meet her and see what a show stopping personality she has.
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Hi everyone! I'm Trixie and you better believe it when I tell you that I am full of tricks in every sense of the word! The people here were told that I am super clever and that I know lots of tricks and that I can even say my prayers at night! The thing is, I’m a bit too stressed out by the noise and constant comings and goings in the kennels so I haven’t felt up to showing off all my party tricks here.
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You’ve probably been wondering what I’ve been up to for the last four years. I’ll never tell. What I will tell you is that the world can be a little scary for me. I arrived to this place, with my body all puffed up, barking and growling... telling everyone to leave me alone. I didn’t want those humans or dogs anywhere near me. I didn’t like it here. I didn't want anyone to see all that fear in my heart....so I put up a wall. I just cried and cried so much. Well the funny thing is, the humans kept coming back and giving me treats....over and over again, talking really gently to me. Something which, I must say is not something I’ve experienced much of in my life to date.
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Our cuddle bear Margot keeps being overloooked. It's been two months now and she's still waiting to be adopted. Sweet little Margot was surrendered because she wasn't a "good" farm dog and wouldn't work the sheep. Sadly we see this happening all the time with border collies. This girl has absolutely everything going for her. She's incredibly happy, sweet and will do anything just to have your love bestowed on her. And trust us, she's very easy to love.
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Eh, hello folks! My name is Tyson! Do you think I'm handsome??!?! A nice lady came to take some photos of me and she brought the nicest treats ever. She said I was a dream model! Sweet or what?!?
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My name is Chia and I am the life of the party! You see, I have more reason that most to seize life. I got very sick and had to be rushed to the vets. Luckily the nice folk in the vets saved my life. I have recovered 100% now and after my ordeal, I think it’s well time for me to find a home where I will be cherished forevermore.
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We recently welcomed beautiful Mallory to our shelter. She's around four years old and she is a fun, playful and affectionate girl. She adores other dogs and she has penchant for behind the ear scratches!? (THOSE LOVELY EARS!!!?) She would make the perfect addition to any family who can offer her the time and love she deserves. She is loyal, endlessly charming and has brains to rival Einstein but still she can't find a home. Sadly this is all too common. We have a large number of collies like Mallory currently in our care and it is increasingly difficult to find them homes. If you are considering adopting a dog, please consider offering a home to a border collie who will dedicate their life to you.
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Shadow is a stunning black Labrador who is a bit like myself in that she is carrying a wee bit (ahem) too much weight right now. Unlike me though, Shadow is only a youngster and will drop those pounds as soon as she gets some basic exercise and good quality food. She is a typical Lab in that she is goofy, friendly and has a lovely positive outlook on life. This girl appears to have had very little real hardship in her life and she brings a smile to all who meet her with her chubby waddle and happy smile.
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Duke is a typical Golden Retriever and what you see is pretty much what you get. Right now, what you see is generally a large, blonde, stubborn tornado that crashes through your home & your heart at 90 miles an hour, but to be fair, that is because Duke appears to have had very little (if any) basic training and so it is not entirely his fault. Duke will need an experienced home with plenty of activity to keep him busy and a structured routine with lots of learning built in. Every interaction with Duke needs to be a positive learning experience as this guy has a lot of catching up to do! He is still only a baby of 10 months old though and he will just blossom in the right hands.
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Ok, so here is Lucky, although his name has not quite lived up to its promise.....yet! Lucky is a Poodle mix, and seeing as how "hypoallergenic is the new black" you would imagine that he was living in the easy lane of life, but unfortunately hard times can reach any dog at any time.
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I! My name is Screech (although I am on the look out for a new name!) I'm a sweet little cookies and cream colored angel! If the sad face doesn't work to help me find a home, then really, I guess I will just have to go with over-the-top adorableness look! ;)
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Hello, you lovely people, if you are looking for an awesome dog to add to your family, pick me, pick me, PICK MEEEEEE! :) “What a precious face!”, this is all I ever hear from the humans when they meet me. Does anyone care about my brains? I mean my brains are very smart. Cute is fleeting, but my smarts are forever. I love to hang out with people, and other dogs. My dream family would have lots of older kids who want to play with me as I am a very energetic and bouncy boy! I am high-spirited and not afraid to show it! I thrive on activity so if you have another dog who is looking for a playmate, I could be the boy for you both. I am a lovable lab and I will need to be around my family as much as possible as I do struggle when I’m on my own. I don’t like being confined (so as you can imagine, life in the kennels is stressing me out hugely). So after a spell in the pound and now here.....well, I've had enough of kennel living, it's really not for me. I just want to be out and about with the humans the whole time and I don’t understand why they put me back in a kennel after run-around time :(I get so lonely and sad and that doesn’t suit a big personality like me.
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Meet our very special Golden Oldies; Agatha, Trixie, Lincoln, Paddy, Dylan, Picky, Pip, Lil Fella (who is almost fully blind) and Pal. These senior treasures are searching for someone to write the final chapter of their lives and to make it the best chapter yet. The saying goes that with age comes wisdom, and for our current oldies, that is most definitely true. Senior dogs get overlooked so often but they will bring so much joy into your life and home. It is truly a beautiful privilege to be able to provide them with the love, protection and comfort they deserve as they live out their retirement years. Just like humans, all senior dogs age differently and our golden oldies vary in ages from 7 years old to 10+ years old, personality types, and states-of-health. 
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I am a young, active and FUN girl. With me, comes a drive to have a job and a task in life. It’s really important that I have someone in my life who understands the German Shepherd ways. I won’t be happy simply lying around the living room or spending long periods left to myself. I am really clever so I will need to be kept physically and mentally busy
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Freddo wishes you all a great day as he keeps a lookout for his forever family!? Make no mistake, this boy is smart with a capital S! :) And because smart dogs aren’t for everybody, he has to go to the very best home: one that will adore his joyful collie enthusiasm!
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Hi there! I’m Senan and I will be so happy when I meet you! As you can tell, I’m very small and cute! I’m very lively in the typical JRT way and like to investigate everything that’s going on around me. I get on with the other dogs here and love messing around with the humans. But......before you go rushing to get your phone out to text the humans here, I think you should hear me out first. I will be perfectly honest and tell you I have some issues. I guess you could say I am a bit reactive and defensive on occasions. I don’t like being told what to do and I don’t mind showing my teeth to let you know it!!!!!!!!! ;) If my warnings are ignored, I will snap, that's the honest truth of it. Please click on my name to read the rest of my story.
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Hey there! I’m Stan and let me tell you.....I AM A GOOD BOY! :) I am happy-go-lucky boy and I would just LOVE a nice-sized garden for us to tear around in. Now you might be worrying that with my husky and collie genes, that I might be too energetic! Well I will need regular exercise but I assure you that also know how to chill out in my bed after play time. I am used to a home environment and I have lovely manners. I am also house-trained so you won’t even to worry about that! Please click on my name to read the rest of my story!
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