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

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Laura really needs your help. She is a bit overwhelmed by the pound and now our kennels and she would do so much better in a home environment where she could relax a wee bit more. She doesn't walk on lead yet though but once someone has the time & patience she will learn quickly. She is still very shy so she needs a home with a secure garden and possibly another steady dog to give her confidence. She is only about 3 years old and we just know she will turn into a super faithful friend once she is in the right environment.
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My name is Squid a.k.a Squidward IV, Squiggles, Squidaroo, Squidy, Squidlydoo...well....you get the idea.......! :D I'm a young laddie who is known for my VERY quirky ways! The humans here know me pretty well....you see I have been here quite a while but you won't have heard much about me. I was very ill and my peeps here were so worried about me. Well they must have forgotten that I am a Jack Russell Terrier and we are a hardy bunch. So I am over all that now and don't I look the picture of perfect health?! Obviously after such an ordeal, the humans insist on a home fit for canine royalty. It's hard to tell from my photo but I am a teeny boy, even by typical Jack Russell standards. I was shy when I first arrived but I am getting braver as the days go on. I am a tiny, wiggly little bundle of joy. OK so my tail is short but what it lacks in length, it certainly makes up for in vigour! In saying all of that, I can get overwhelmed easily so an adult home which doesn't have too much hustle and bustle going on for me would be just super! I am really great on the lead and not overly demanding. I am figuring out all about toys and boy is that fun. :D I am working on my house-training but I will need your assistance on that. I like my walks but I won't need 10k walks a day either. I like my naps so I hope you do too??? Let me know...... One of my canine carers brought me home for a weekend of TLC and she was so impressed with me. I didn't even chase the resident cats! I don't bark a lot but when I am feeling all giddy I do make the oddest sounds....it is kinda hard to describe but it is just another one of my quirks! I don't like feeling like people are trying to "catch" me when it's time to go somewhere so the trick is to let me come to you. I dance all about the place, waggling my whole body, unsure what to do. I like other dogs so if you already have a nice doggo, that won't stop you from adding me to your family too. So fill out the paperwork online and make sure you ask for me, little Squid!
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Just in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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This lovely shy Collie girl is just in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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If you associate Hugo with the suffix Boss, we can't blame you - our lovely Hugo is just that, a #1 man. He has all the mischief and happiness of a beagle, and all the intelligence and warmth of a staffie. Is this a winning combination? We think so! Hugo loves his family, and will do anything to protect them, which is a sweet sentiment, but he needs a family that will show him that guests are welcome, and to establish some behavioural boundaries. You don't have to take it from us, though - his current family can attest to his character and here is what they have to say about him! "Hugo is a 7 year old Beagle X Staffie. He's great in the house and loves to be cuddled up on your lap watching tv. He loves a bit of David Attenborough especially the bird ones :D He is not interested in toys but loves playing with Nala [his sister]. He's also very clean in the house and has never chewed anything. He's a smart dog and knows lots of tricks, he's an expert beggar and could spend all of dinner time on his back legs :) Although he's very happy in the house he also loves to be out and about, he'll happily jump into his crate in the car but is even happier when he's allowed in the front seat. Being part beagle means that sometimes he can't resist a scent so he needs to be reminded to stay near you when out and about. He has arthritis, but at the moment he's only on medication when needed and it's recommended that he doesn't do too much road walking. He's also happy living with our cat but himself and Nala share a great bond. He'd love to be cuddled up in bed with her all the time but she likes her own space which he respects. He really is the dream dog."
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Never more a look of sincerity than that found in the eyes of a dog..... Meet Belle.... Seven year old Belle was recently surrendered to our care by a family who absolutely adore her. Due to personal circumstances, they knew that re-homing Belle was the right decision, despite how tough it would be for them. An incredibly difficult decision to make but sometimes life throws things at us unexpectedly and what's important is acting always in the dog's best interests. So, Belle has come to us and we are finding her to be very waggy, great on the lead and an absolute joy to be around. However she is used to a loving home environment so we are keen to find her a home as quickly as possible. Her previous owners have told us that she is very quiet in the house although she also loves going out for her long walks as she’s very energetic. She’s afraid of thunder and lightning. She can be unpredictable with some dogs so being an only dog in a home would be her dream. She’s very quiet at night, stays in her bed if she’s on her own. She is also very clean indoors. She's not greedy with food, and she wouldn't even dream of taking human's food if given a chance! Not like some dogs we could mention around here! Even though she is 7, she is a collie and so she is very lively so she would do best with a family who are knowledgeable about the collie ways!
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Tom is a little explorer and found his way into Madra last weekend after some kind tourists saw that he was alone and had lost his way.

We are looking for a loving person, with experience fostering young kittens, to care for Tom until he is old enough for rehoming. He is still bottle feeding and needs assistant with toilet breaks. He is very sociable, affectionate and playful and is an absolute delight to be around.


If you can provide a loving foster for our little adventurer, please text only to 085 8667564. 

In the meantime, Tom is busy primping and preening himself for his new family.
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* In Long-term foster care * Imagine this; you're in a comfy chair, the lights are low. A movie begins, and in your lap is a warm Popcorn.... No, I'm not trying to convince you to go to the cinema - I AM Popcorn, and every night could be a night like this if you adopt me! I'm a 4 month old Pekingese, and I am the fluffiest, cuddliest, most mischievous young man you could ever meet. Then there's my rugged good looks! I wouldn't go so far as to say that I'm Gods gift to women...but I'd certainly go so far as to say that I'm the MADRA equivalent! I have been in foster with Gayle and her Muttley Crew, and boy, have I been blessed with the most amazing life recently. My forever home has some big shoes to fill! I'm currently under assessment - you see, as a purebred, my health could be inhibited. However, the MADRA team are thoroughly monitoring me, and once I'm given the all clear, I could be all yours! Is your family up for the challenge of having a show-stopping mascot? If so, get your applications in now - I'm not even being conceited when I say I'll be in more demand than cheese at a pizza making contest. I mean, can you resist this face?
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Paddy working those captivating eyes to get ALL the treats! He is a happy-go-lucky little chap who has a smile and waggy tail for everyone he encounters. He's quite the ladies man and has us all charmed. He is always up for a nice long stroll but we reckon he would adapt to home comforts with ease! He is around six years old so he is settled in himself. He would prefer to be the only dog in your home. We think he would be ace at some agility as he loves jumping onto walls....so secure fencing is essential for this smarty pants! He's a super little lad and we think he will bring joy to whoever is lucky enough to get to adopt him. Paddy - butt of many Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman jokes, named after the patron saint of Ireland, and most impressively, associated with a rather high-brow brand of whiskey. In other words, Paddy is quality entertainment, of upstanding moral character, and a warming treat after a hard day. Best of all, he's wrapped up in a sparkly-eyed, waggly-tailed, tippy-top JRT package. Paddy is full of JRT brains and energy, but at 6, has passed the puppy hyperactivity stage. He's very personable and mannerly with people. Need we say more? A diverse, loving and loyal man is hard to come by, but we've got him here for you.
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There are no words in the English language that rhyme with Silver, so here's a haiku instead. A flash of Silver. Not the shiny metal hue - A really fast dog. I bet none of the other canines you know have a poem written about them! If that doesn't make me remarkable, I don't know what to tell you. In case you haven't guessed, I'm Silver, and I'm a 7 month old Kelpie. As is standard with my breed, I am highly energetic. Us Kelpies are highly respected in the field of working dogs. For this reason, a sedentary lifestyle would not suit me. I need training, and lots of it. Consistency and boundaries are two musts for me - I need something to aspire to! You're lucky that my life is only beginning, so you can train me up the way that suits your family best - I'm a lady through and through, so I'll work hard to make you proud. Check out how closely I'm examining the camera in my photo - I might as well be seeing into your soul! Do you lead a life that is full of excitement and action, but lacking in the canine companionship department? If so, get in touch with Team MADRA - they haven't got all day to spend with me - but you do!
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**** SPECIAL FOSTER APPEAL **** Alrighty, where are our German Shepherd fans at??? We need your help for a super girl who needs a foster home ASAP. This is Clara. Clara is only about 4 months old but is under ongoing medical assessment. She has lameness due to hip issues (hip dysplasia) so we are looking for a stable foster home for her. She will need short walks and restricted exercise for the next 6 weeks after which point she will be re-assessed by our vet. Despite her condition, Clara is a lively, engaging young lady and will need lots of attention, toys and cuddles. Someone once told me that it is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more puppies. Ever since, I've become aware of my dopey grin emerging in the presence of such soft, cuddly, playful innocence. Do you think this doesn't apply to you? If so, meet Clara, a 5 month old German Shepherd. She's going to be a fine lady when she grows up! Our Clara could turn a frown upside down, easy peasy! With a shiny black coat, and such loving brown eyes, she's bound to light up your life. Clara came to us from the pound, so we don't know what her life was like up to now. We do know, however, that she must have had it pretty good - she is trusting, snuggly, and a very loving girl. Clara exhibits the best features of GSD pups - curious, alert, clever and brave. Imagine having such a companion all to yourself! We here at MADRA are delighted to have met her. Our happiness would be complete if Miss Clara was to find a home of her own, with someone who would bring out the best in her. Are you up to the task?
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Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. -Franklin P. Jones. Love is what our lovely pup Scotty has to offer to everyone in his forever home. He is unhappy at the kennels, and we would love to work with the right person on getting our Scotty on the road to happiness. He's an 18 week old collie, looking for a mature canine leader and a human companion in life. He is kind, he is smart, he is important. We believe he is destined for great things, too! Mr. Scott is so smart, and he has such a gentle nature. Let's not get started on how handsome he is - we don't want to give him a swelled head. Suffice to say, he has earned the right to the finer things in life, and we're hoping a home with you will be his first big treat. It'll be onward and upward from there, we can guarantee. Our Scotty is an entertainment system, insta-like earning, comforting companion, love bug and food hoover all rolled into one. Talk about getting value for your investment! Are you ready for the everyday joys Scotty will bring to your home?
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What do $100 bills, Night At The Museum, and MADRA have in common? They all feature a Ben! Am I as famous as Benjamin Franklin or Ben Stiller? Not yet, but I'm a whole lot cuter, and fluffier, so that has to count for something, right? You'll probably have seen my sista from another mista, Blondie, earlier, and I like to give her the limelight, so I waited until now to make some formal introductions. We're from the same backyard breeder - can you imagine? I'd be most appreciative of a home where I could have some canine companions, and one or two chill humans to show me that some people are OK. I'm 7, but I'm not stuck in my ways - I'm laid back enough to go with the flow. Especially if that flow includes regular walks and a nice secure garden for me to jaunt about in. Do you have room in your life for me? I promise to be more enriching than a Benjamin Franklin ever could be, and funnier than Ben Stiller too!
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Here's a photo of our handsome Collie Bingley, right after he was told he was a good boy! His eyes say it all really - 'yeah, I know I am!' Bingley is 6, and he's a lively chap, so we would love to see him going home with someone who can match his energy and abilities with appropriate training and lots of walkies, treats and belly rubs! Warning - if you adopt Bingley, there will be no such thing as a lazy day in your house - it's time to boost your metabolism as soon as you open your eyes and stretch! Morning walkies are a must - and a tasty breakfast to follow up will only sweeten the deal! Afternoon walkies are also good - you can meet new friends and canines on your travels! Going home is fun, but going home to a waggy ambush of joy and cuddles is so much better! Bingley is incredibly warm, and if we know dogs at all, he'll never leave you in any doubt as to your importance in the world. That's something we all need a reminder of from time to time! Do you have a Bingley shaped gap in your life?
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* Booked * All right, Sunshine!?! I'm Rolo, and boy am I excited to talk to you. I'm a good boy. I hear it all the time, so I know. My favourite questions are 'Walkies?' 'Are you hungry?' and 'Where's the toy?' 'Will I rub your belly?' is also an old reliable, as far as getting me on board goes. I have massive ears, so I'm really good at listening, and once you see my head tilting, your resistance will be toast. Trust me, I use it to my advantage all the time. As I'm young, big, and energetic [not to mention clever] I need to go to an energetic home, that'll tire me out and show me how amazing life can be as part of a pack. I mean, as part of a family. As such, you're going to need some time on your hands - I'll help you spend it productively, don't worry. Does this sound like a plan to you? If so, let Team MADRA know - they're not mind readers after all! That's my job!
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Mimi is my name and I am a delightfully unusual mix of a collie mixed with a King Charles spaniel....now you surely don't meet the likes of me everyday do you?? It goes without saying that I am a clever cookie plus hello, I am only a total heartbreaker to look at. I am a petite lady and I have one of the hardest working tails around here....I see you...and then my tail just wags, wags, wags with vigour back and forth, faster and faster like one of those rollercoasters that goes upside down, leftside over and in all different directions.. My whole face will light up with utter adoration for you. I am around a year old and I was very shy when I landed at MADRA, my whole world suddenly went topsy turvy and so the folks here had to take their time with me and bring me lots of delicious food before I let myself trust them. Well now they say I am blossoming into a social butterfly. I guess that's the thing with us doggies....we have all this potential and sometimes we just need a little help from you to unlock it all.. So here's my ideal scenario; you contact my people here and arrange to come and meet me. Don't worry about meeting me because once we spend some time together; you will see what a funny, delightfully entertaining little madam I am. I am into cuddles but I like to do it on my terms when I feel comfortable with you. Now here's the next part of the plan; you will tell the humans that having met me, that your life will be incomplete, empty, utterly pointless without having me in it....and you will ask to sign the adoption papers lest you spend your life wandering aimlessly through it wondering and wishing, blaming yourself for not snapping me up when you had the chance. Well, I for one, don't want that for your future so spare us both the agony and make a plan to hang out with me ASAP. I think, given my sometimes reticent nature when faced with new things, that a house without young children would be the most fabulous thing for me.
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* Booked * Helllooooo, helloooo, helloooo...... My name is Dyson.....yes, yes, like the hoover! :D Well you know us labs like our grub and I solemnly promise to ensure that your kitchen floor will remain spotless at all times.....I will hoover up all crumbs better than any hoover could! :p So I am a Golden Labrador X of only a year and a half and if you meet me, you won't forget me in a hurry! ;) I haven't learned a lot of manners to date so I guess you could say I am very exuberant and bouncy.....definitely not one for little kiddies as I would worry too much about knocking them over and we certainly don't want that. Older kids & teens would be pretty nifty as long as they promise to walk me and play with me every day. I am a radiant boy.....I hope you can feel my happy vibes radiating from the screen! I am a very energetic boy so don't be thinking a couple of 10-15 minute walks a day will leave me panned out.....nope! I would like a nice sized garden of my own to dash around in, with someone who will keep me entertained and who will bring me on fun excursions. I will need help with my manners but that's a small price to pay for a whole lotta Dyson love in your life, right? Anyway, hurry up and fill out the Adoption Questionnaire if ya wanna meet me & whisk me away with you!!
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#SpecialAppeal #TrickyAlex Behind every dark cloud the sun still shines, waiting for the right wind to blow the cloud away. We are delighted to tell you that the cloud hanging over our "Tricky" boy Alex is FINALLY moving away........ After almost TWO YEARS at our shelter, he is learning to trust us. He was rescued from a hoarding situation in 2016 with the rest of his family who were all semi-feral. The last photo is how miserable Alex was for many months as he was deeply fearful of humans. The #Tricky family needed serious rehabilitation and they all progressed at different rates but for several of them we couldn't touch them for months....it took "Tricky" Sam eight months to leave the safety of his bed and finally go outside and it was a major celebration when he finally took a treat from our hand. Now he lives with one of our kennel crew & FB admin team...these days he only gets called a Tricky when he is showing off all the tricks he knows. ;) It took his brother Peter a year before we could handle him and he took us all by surprise as he blossomed into a social butterfly who stole our hearts completely. With help from Border Collie Trust GB he found a home with people who are helping him to thrive every day. It took our boy Alex here even longer to leave his bed. Gradually he started going into our yard with his pals for short bursts. Touching him or putting a lead on him was out of the question. Gradually he became braver. And now over 700 days since he first arrived, he bounds out of his kennel when he sees us and happily follows us around the yard or our specially made #Trickyville pen wagging his tail! :) We spent many long evenings after all the dogs were tended to, scatter feeding him around the yard to gain his trust. He is still not comfortable being handled and he is no-where near ready for a lead but we continue to work on slowly building up his confidence and his trust in his....And it's working!!!! He will now happily eat treats off our laps and arms, although he is still nervous of eating from our hands but that's OK. We don't want to set him back in any way so it's important that he dictates the pace. Progress is happening and we rejoice when we see the little milestones. Having Alex bound towards us wagging his tail and taking treats from us is a joy we genuinely can't even describe! Alex deserves to shine and we would love to get him into a long-term foster home to help with his rehabilitation. He will need to go to a quiet home with someone who has experience with feral or fearful dogs. He can jump our pens so high, secure fencing is a must as if he got out, it would be impossible to get him back. A friendly, confident resident dog is hugely important as he has never been apart from other dogs and his pals here have been instrumental in helping him become braver. He will need someone who will understand he can't be rushed or forced into making progress; rather he needs someone who can gently encourage him along. He won't be a quick fix by any means but for someone who has the time, energy and motivation we feel that Alex could thrive much quicker than he ever can in a shelter environment. It would be a big commitment and if we moved Alex somewhere new after all this time, it will be unsettling for him so we would need someone to commit to him for a couple of months at the very least. None of our team are in a position to give him what he needs right now in a home environment but if you think you can help, we will offer full back up support. We just know he is going to be a star. Can anyone help him shine? ***Alex is one of the members of the "Tricky" family who came to us from a hoarding situation in 2016. The “Trickies” spent their whole lives living in a kitchen, unaware that there was a whole other world outside of this. Being removed from the only environment that they had ever known was deeply traumatic for them. They needed heroes. They needed people to be patient, gentle and compassionate to help them adapt to some level of a "normal" life. They would also need friendly resident dogs to show them the ropes. Secure gardens are a must if you would like to foster one of our Trickies and we will provide full back up support to anyone who can selflessly welcome Alex or Brenda into their home to heal.
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The Urban dictionary describes anyone with the name Skye as "The most beautiful girl you will ever meet... She is very loyal... She can be shy sometimes when it comes to meeting new people but when she opens up to you she is the funniest person you will every talk to." Well, our Skye will more than live up to her name, but she needs you to make it happen! Miss Skye is four months old, and she is completely feral. She's a dogs dog, and she does not trust humans so much - yet! The amazing kennel team are working with her to bring up her socialisation, and here's what we know so far. If you value your fingers, don't touch Skyes food! She's very protective of her breakfast and dinner, as she hasn't quite realised that it will be here today, and tomorrow, and the next day too! Skye will need someone with infinite patience and some experience working with nervous dogs. At only 4 months, Skye has her whole life ahead of her, and she deserves a loving and patient home that will bring her out of her shell. An older, calm dog would be ideal to teach Skye that being a MADRA dog means that life is full of good surprises from now on, with treats, belly rubs, and praise aplenty! Our final necessity for a home is a secure garden. Skye is not leash trained quite yet, but she does need her exercise, as she's a border collie. We all know what that means - brains and beans galore! The wonderful thing about adopting Skye is that you can train her to fit in to your home, as you'll be starting from scratch with her. If you're up for a challenge, please get in touch with the MADRA Team - we're so excited for Skye to meet the world!
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Our Goldie is fed up of kennel life. He is a two year old ultra charismatic Pitbull Labrador mix. :) He charmed everyone he met at our Adoption Day but he's still searching for his special human. He really loves to play outside almost as much as he would like to hang out with you on a couch. Goldie is a very, very clever chap and he responds really well to clicker training. He loves his toys and one of his favourite treats is a peanut butter filled Kong. He has quite a few different cues and is just waiting for someone to teach him much more. Goldie is a really sweet lad who needs a patient and understanding person to allow him the time he needs to get comfortable in a new home. He would love a home where someone will help him with his training as he can get over-excited at times and a bit nippy as a result of his enthusiasm... but this is something we can help a potential adopter work on with him and trust us, his endless love is worth the wait. Once he finds that, we know he will make the greatest companion! Photos by Tracy Kirby
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