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

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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.

And, in all honesty, who knows what sadness I have experienced in the past to make me behave so defensively? Us doggies live in the moment and don’t wallow in the past but how we’ve been treated by other humans is apparent in our daily interactions with the folk here. No matter what, good or bad it leaves a mark on us. This can leave us really vulnerable, as new people can so easily dismiss us or write us off because we sometimes come with psychological baggage.

I know that the staff love me here as they take time to play with me and give me lots of lovely rubs. I am a sucker for belly rubs and those behind-the-ear scratches! I don't even mind them picking me up. The thing which I appreciate the most is that they don’t reprimand me constantly. They know that when I show my teeth......it’s for some reason....it’s because I’m feeling insecure and they know it’s time to back off and to just let me be. I’m sure you humans must have those moments too, where you just want to be left alone. Doggies often get given out to when we growl or show our teeth but it’s actually our way of telling you that we feel uncomfortable. We don’t have words to tell you so it’s our only way of giving you a warning and our only way of communicating with you that we are feeling unhappy or stressed out. It’s possible that I had to fight to get the essentials before arriving here so I can often feel threatened when I’m eating or when I have my toys.....almost as if I’m used to having the things I love suddenly snatched away from me....... Once you know and understand this, it won’t be a huge problem as you can just leave me in peace to relax when I’m eating or when I make it clear that I don’t want to share.


Look, I get it. I know I’m not suitable for everyone. I know I can’t live in a home with children. I know I should maybe accept that I might be here for awhile and just try to get comfortable. I know I’m not the easiest dog to re-home but for the most part I am actually a really happy lad and a very playful monkey indeed! ;) I really do believe that there must be someone out there who has a great sense of compassion who won’t panic when I have a little strop here and there....someone who will embrace and love all my positives attributes...and also someone who will understand my issues and learn to manage my less desirable behaviours. Tell me I’m not being unrealistic?????

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