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The humans say I should win a prize for being one of the easiest dogs to care for...... I am house-trained, I have some tricks and I get along well with other dogs. I am also fun, fun, fun and I'm not one to withhold affection either. I am also fairly petite by husky standards. People always say I look like I am smiling. I don't know...I just think life is short, we should try to make the best of it and greet every day with a wagging tail. Looks aren't everything when it comes to dogs, trust me, but they say I have looks and personality in spades (whatever that means!). My human guardian adored me and treated me so well but sadly very genuine life-changing circumstances meant that they couldn't take care of me any longer. I have settled in well here but it's time now for me to grow to love someone new. So, you might not believe me when I tell you this......BUT.....my best friend in the whole world is Screech, a dinky little terrier chihuahua mix who has been at MADRA for months and months waiting for a home. It's true I promise! Well, me and him, despite our size difference, have the best fun tearing around the big pen together and then...well, this is the part which really makes the humans smile....when we go back to our kennel, Screech sometimes hops up on my neck and goes to sleep! :) True friendship has no limitations. I'm so easygoing and I love my teeeny little Screech hot water bottle.
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Five year old Toffee is an absolute dote! She loves her walks and a run around but she also loves her naps. She just lays her head on our laps and gives us a "look" until we scratch behind her ears! ? She's charmed us and we would love to help her find a loving home as quickly as possible.
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This adorable little pupper is called Frieda. She came to us from one of the pounds last week. She is a JRT mix (perhaps with some collie) and she's only around 13 weeks old. She is far too young to be a kennel environment and needs to be in a loving home. She loves other dogs as long as they have patience for her giddy puppy mischief! ;) She will need to go to a home where there is someone home for most of the day. If you are interested in giving little Frieda a home, please get in touch!
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***SENIOR SPECIAL*** Golden oldie Tommy needs someone - YOU! - to step up and spoil-him-wonderful for all the rest of his days! He is an adorable guy who is bound and determined to wiggle his way into your heart. :) He is friendly and mellow but trust us, he but can out-waggle any puppy with his tail which never stops swinging from side to side when he's being fussed over.
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Hi everyone. My name is Stryder. I arrived at the MADRA shelter two days before Christmas. It was a bewildering time for sure but the humans have complimented me and have said I have handled the recent upheaval in my life with an admirable grace and dignity. I am probably the happiest and definitely the most gentlest soul around. Want more good news? Well I am always up for cuddles and pats (I have a velvety soft coat according to everyone here). I love a good walk and happily wag my tail and smile the whole way. I am great inside and I just adore sleeping in comfort. Think cushions, think throws and super soft blankets and we're on the same page! :) I thrive on human company. I'm such an easygoing lad that the folks here think I would make an ideal pet for a first time dog guardian or a family with older children. I will do ANYTHING for food! Are you like that too?! ;)
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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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"You like to play? I like to play! Let's do this thing!" Gorgeous saluki puppy Daisy (puppy of Tufty Toes) is 11 weeks old and is looking for a fun and very active family. Some might say she's an energiser bunny - ready to go at a moment's notice. ;) Daisy will need to go to a home where there is someone home for most of the day to help her grow up to be a responsible canine citizen.
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Little sweetie Pèig arrived to recently all on her own from the pound. She's approx 10 weeks and seems to be quite a well behaved little collie girl.
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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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Rogue by name, and rogue by nature! ;) Adorable puppies like Rogue are great fun and their cute little faces can be hard to resist but they do require training. Rogue is a lively saluki mix puppy who is now 11 weeks old. His mum is the gorgeous Tufty Toes who came into us from the pound with her babies when they were only a week old.
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Hi there folks, I’m the magnificent Brownie and I’m on the lookout for my new home. I am a chilled out collie... (yes, I absolutely promise you we do exist!!)  Don’t get me wrong though...I’m not a couch potato or anything like that I’m still active chap and will be looking for someone that has the time to take me on adventures and do lots of exploring with me. It just means that once I get my daily walks and a run around, then I will be happy to chill out by you side watching Netflix. How does that sound to you?
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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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One week before Christmas, we shared a photo of Cordelia after she arrived to us from the dog warden, old, completely neglected and starved. Her condition made us weep. She went to a very special, healing foster home with Gayle and her crew and just look at her now! :) She has already put on weight and she is slowly gaining in confidence. Her issues are going through doors, being touched (slowly improving, but if you try to hold her collar she gets very upset). She will eat from your hand quite gently though. She still tries to get at any food that is about but even that is less than it was at first. Gayle is slowly introducing her to a brush, she badly needs a groom! She allows it for a few minutes. She has no issues at all with dogs or cats. She sleeps in the crate at night and pops in during day for a snooze. No cuddles yet but she is coming over to people more often. She doesn't have a clue about sit, lie down, come (but will always come for food). She will need a secure garden (she does try to get out. She will need another dog for company and she would love a forever home where she can chill & potter about as much as she wants. She just discovered how to play with toys and it's a joy to see!
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Let me introduce myself. My name is Snoozy and the humans can’t believe that I haven’t been swamped with hundreds of home offers. Why, I hear you ask? Well, I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet but let me just tell you that I an incredibly low maintenance dog. If you’re looking for a lower-energy, easy-going, but affectionate companion then you need your people to contact my people to arrange a meet and greet with me. My greying face is testament to the wisdom and beauty of one who has really lived and experienced life. The humans go on and on about how sweet I am. I just want to be with people and that’s what makes me feel content. I absolutely love affection and will cuddle with you, but I also like my own space too so I will also lay down nicely in my bed for naps. And boy, do I love regular naps!! I’m not called Snoozy for nothing you know! :P I am more cat-like than dog-like when I’m indoors to be honest. I won’t be found chewing your carpet to bits or anything like that I assure you! I am only giddy when there's food around...then I prance all around the place like an overgrown puppy. I’m very quiet though and I’m in not into barking and making a big racket...unlike some cheeky pups around here that I could mention!!!! ;) I won’t tell tales though! I absolutely adore other dogs so if you have a canine pal who needs a snuggle buddy then hurry up and bring me home.
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Milan arrived to us at the start of July, completely and utterly terrified. He would hide in his kennel shaking, petrified of our touch. We don't know what kind of life Milan had before finding himself in the pound and then to us but we do know it wasn't one where he experienced gentle hands or much kindness. He finally began to gain some trust in a couple of the kennel crew and began to go on walks. He was still reluctant to be touched and was sensitive about having a lead put on but he allowed us to do it.
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Hi my name is Chrisi. All you need to know about me is that I love cuddles and rubs from my owners. I didn’t really have the greatest start to life and because of that i sometimes like to spend time on my own, but I’m sure I’ll grow out of it once I’m in my new home. I am great with other dogs, and I’ve since made a few doggie friends. I can’t wait to find my new family so i can give them as much love as they will give me.
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My name is Agatha but my good friends call me Aggie. All the humans here agree that I will win your heart over the minute you meet me. I am uber super duper beyond sweet! I'm a friendly, affectionate, older girl and I crave a calm, retired environment. I have to say, I wouldn't mind some pampering and comfort instead of living in a kennel. For my dream home. I think visiting and gentle kids that can respect an old girl like me are fine, but are too much for me on a day to day basis. I would enjoy peace and quiet, sitting next to you while you read, watch tv, or work in the garden. I enjoy short little strolls and getting love when I lay my head in your lap. That would be total bliss for me!
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This adorable girl had a tough start in life but luckily she was taken in by a very kind person who took good care of her until she could come to us. Being a collie, Fairy is very smart. She has already perfected that puppy tilt look which makes us powerless to her charms. She is also a very lovable girl who is looking for a fun and active family to adopt her and bring her on adventures and give her the love and care she deserves. She is a VERY active and busy girl so she will need to go to a home with someone who is willing to invest time in training her. She loves her toys and can sit and give paw too! She loves other dogs and would suit a home where she can have other canine pals!
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Brenda is a dog we consider a "tricky" as she came into us from another hoarding situation in 2016. She has been in the care of MADRA for one year and four months. She was deeply traumatised when she arrived to us and remained this way for months. Thanks to dedicated foster mum Sonia who first fostered Brenda and then she was transferred to the healing arms of Sinead. She has improved tremendously following her foster breaks and she now allows us to handle her and put a lead on her. She's an older girl around 10 years old. She's back in the kennels now due to unforeseen circumstances and we are really hoping we can find Brenda a calm home where she's accepted for her eccentric ways and where she can live out her days in a calm and loving environment. We won't lie, she's not an easy case but she has lived most of her life in a certain type of environment which we can't erase for her but that doesn't mean that she can't live a full and rewarding life. Leaving the only life she has ever known has left her with fears and insecurities but we believe that with a solid foundation of love, trust, and patience, Brenda can be happy.
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