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

MADRA Happy Update Pup Athena (now Mouse) came to us with her siblings in 2017 in an appalling state of neglect. The on… https://t.co/gnW2sF3MKw

Penny, Peadar, Petra, Punch are 8 week old Lab X Collie pups. They have been surrendered from an unwanted litter. * Penny & Petra are booked.
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A stunning girl who was absolutely terrified when she arrived. Understandably so when we discovered the dreadful scars around her neck, telling the horrendous story of neglect and abuse. Luckily it took us only a few days to build her trust as she is a genuinely kind & loving girl who wants to please. Good with other dogs and only about 2 or 3 years.
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* Direct from Home * Adoption due to Kova needing to be surrendered by her current owner. Here is what her owner had to say about this lovely girl... “Meet Kova, a super affectionate Siberian Husky girl who loves people! She is quite petite for a Husky only weighing 19Kgs and she turns 8 years old in October. She is very sociable and absolutely loves going on long walks on her lead. She is a playful girl and would love a canine companion of similar size. As she is a Husky she will need plenty of activity and a large secure garden to play in, but, she is relatively low energy by typical Husky standards! We are heartbroken to have to find a new home for Kova, but her current owner is an older lady who is unable to take Kova on those long walks that she loves so much!! Can you offer Kova a secure home and take her on long walks?? If you can, she will love you (and lick you) with every ounce of her fluffy being!” Kova also has some muscle wastage in her left back leg due to an injury as a pup. She is on Rheumocam daily to prevent inflammation which costs about €35 every 6-8 weeks.
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These pups were found on a bog at about four weeks of age. They are currently in foster but we are taking bookings for them now. All pups will be required to attend puppy training classes.
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* Direct from Home Adoption * 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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The only question harder than 'Where do you see yourself in five years?' in an interview is possibly 'Tell me a bit about yourself'. Luckily for me, the MADRA team have given me a few pointers, and boy, am I prepared today. What's my name? Misty Age? 6 Breed? Greyhound X Where do I see myself in 5 years? Celebrating my 5 year anniversary with my forever family. Tell you about myself? Well, I am a model lady - not just tall, thin and beautiful, mind you - I am gentle and kind, with a big heart. I love other doggies. I have impeccable manners also. My hobbies include walkies, receiving belly rubs, and napping. Why do I deserve to be your dog? Well, I have been a very good girl, and I am willing to spread the love as far and wide as I can. I always take initiative when it comes to suggesting walkies, or initiating belly rubs, so I'm enterprising too. As I'm a greyhound, I'm a hypoallergenic lady, too, so there'll be no sneezing when I'm around. Quite the opposite - I'll keep you up and active! Your health is your wealth, and you will be my number one priority! I'll look after you! I will enclose this photo of myself for your interest, and I look forward to arranging a meeting with you soon! Sincerely, Misty
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Meet poor boy Teddy.... This gentle boy arrived through our gates a couple of weeks ago. He is still absolutely terrified of us and he is finding life in a noisy shelter completely overwhelming. He is only around one year old and he is in need of a calm and understanding foster home. Sadly, the reality is that we have several shut down collies in our care and we are unable to give them all what they need here. :( It is very difficult to make progress with shut-down dogs in a shelter environment. Teddy needs: 1) An adult only foster home with someone who will give him the time and space he needs to gain confidence, 2) He would be a flight risk so he will need a 100% secure garden, 3) He needs a friendly and calm resident dog to help him learn the ropes in life. It's likely that Teddy wasn't socialised or handled much in his early life, so he really needs someone who can start at the very basics with him. We will give back-up support to anyone who can foster Teddy or any of our other shut-down collies a space to flourish. Teddy is so miserable at the kennels, he doesn't even perk up when we call him using our best Mr. Bean impression. Looking at his downcast eyes and drooping ears, it causes our hearts to do a sad little flip. This is where you come in, world. Yes! You! We need a home for our Teddy - somewhere quiet, with a patient and kind human to encourage him out of his shell. He's only a year old, and as a collie, he's more than smart enough to realise that MADRA people are a different breed. We know that Teddy has a long and happy life ahead of him as part of a loving family. And with a name like that, he's gotta be hiding a warm and cuddly nature deep down under his scared exterior. If you have what it takes to perk those ears up, get in touch with our rehoming team - Teddy needs you!
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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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This Collie boy has recently arrived in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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* Booked * My name is Lassie and OK, it's not the most original name in the world but I more than make up for that with my exuberant and sunny nature! :) I will be honest, to me, every day is worth celebrating!!! 'Life is for living' is my motto...sure you can see the cheeky sparkle in my eyes! ;) You won't catch me sitting around feeling sorry for myself because I ended up in a pound and then at MADRA. No way!!! I am an 18 month old Labrador Collie mix and I am here to brighten up your every day...you just have to adopt me first! I am VERY enthusiastic about life and every day brings new adventures. I haven't had much in the way of training in the past..so my manners aren't as polished and refined as you might like but I will turn flipping cartwheels if you teach me (once you have some tasty treats!!!) so don't let my bouncy nature put you off! I am a tall girl so I think I would be too much for younger children as I haven't learned that jumping apparently isn't always the best way to show someone that I love them. I get on OK with other dogs as long as they are able for my boisterous nature. I love people, treats, long, long walks and treats (OK I know I said treats already but I just have to make sure you definitely know that!!!) Anyway, I am looking for humans who are home a good bit as I would get bored on my own if I was left alone all day. I will need lots of physical activity so if you are into hiking or running or anything like that then I am the girl for you so give me a call!!! (Well I don't have a phone so maybe just fill out the Adoption Questionnaire and my humans here will be in touch!) Ciao, Lassie xxxx
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Just in from the pound. More details coming soon.
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Just in from the pound. More details coming soon.
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Sadly Bob’s home offer didn’t work out so he’s available for adoption again. We think Bob would like another dog for some canine support. Bob’s owner died and he was sadly left on his own until a Guardian Angel came along who got him groomed, vaccinated, neutered, put up in private boarding kennels and has asked MADRA to take him in to find him a well deserved fantastic home to make up for the sadness of losing his owner and being abandoned. She said he’s a gorgeous boy with not one bit of badness or nastiness in him. He lived happily with children and three dogs for a few days until he got into boarding kennels even though he hadn’t lived with either previously. A secure garden is a must as he is inclined to bolt at the moment. He is a bit timid but his Guardian Angel thinks it is more down to what he has been through recently and the trauma of his owner dying. If you have it in your heart to offer this lovely boy a forever home after all he has been through then get in touch as we would love to get him into a loving home soon.
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Due to a serious illness, Roxy’s owner can no longer take care of her. Roxy was a much loved pet, she’s in great health and will need a bit of basic training to harness her fab energy. Roxy gets on fine with other dogs although she never had to share her owner with other pets. We would love to find Roxy a lovely adult-only home with an experienced owner, where she’ll get lots of exercise again and we wish her owner well with her recovery.
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Lucy came into us from a backyard breeder pregnant and gave birth to these boys. Luckily they are in a fantastic foster home which we are extremely grateful for.
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Ivy has come into our care after spending her last five months in a pound, waiting to be chosen. It may be her breed, it may be her colour, but for the lucky family who adopt her all these will fade into insignificance. She is such a sweet & kind dog, it makes it all the sadder that she has been waiting so long for her new life to start. She is in a foster home who are helping to get her properly settled into life on the outside prior to rehoming her. Ivy is about 4 years old and is a Pitbull cross.
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* Booked * Hey, Toya here, generally a jolly little soul who loves to spread cheer and happiness to all I meet. I must admit I am very playful and do have a cheeky, joker side but I mean no harm. I am only around a year old so I have plenty of pep in my step and a cheeky sense of adventure about me! I love humans and I like other dogs too so if you have a canine pal who would like a playmate...do ensure it's me you choose. Aside from all my desirable qualities, I also have an impressive set of ears on me too! If you’re looking for that sweet and caring kind of girl who will always make you laugh then look no further. While I will insist on daily walks, I do like a good pamper session too so if you want to relax and stay in with a good film or book and snuggle under the duvet, that would be heaven for me! As long as there is food involved I will be your loyal companion.
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Just in from the pound. More information coming soon.
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* Booked * Yo, Robby here. I'm another newbie at MADRA. I just love getting out and about exploring all the delightful smells. WOOOHOOO isn't life AMAZING?!?!?! I'm a wonderful mix of Greyhound and Labrador and with my stunningly glossy coat, one ear up-one ear down look, I certainly make a great first impression. I'm around 18 months old and I dream of having a family and a garden of my very own....and most importantly, a family who will play with me every day in the garden. I am very enthusiastic about life and while that's a positive to be celebrated, no-one has ever shown me the training I need. So I can be jumpy which means I wouldn't be suitable for young children as I would hate to accidentally knock them over. But for older children or active teens, I would be a DREAM......even if I do say so myself! :D (Well modesty won't get me my dream family you know!!!!) So whatcha waiting for??? Fill out the paperwork and make sure you type ROBBY!!!!! I don't want my stay here to be a long one....
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My name is Debbie. I am a seven year old shih-tzu. Please, please give me a chance; you won’t regret it and it’ll be the most worthwhile deed you ever did... I came from a very bad place, a place where people cared more about money than us dogs and how we were doing. To be honest, I didn't know any different and as miserable as it was, it was what I was always used to for many years. I haven’t been coping too well as my life has changed so much lately. I am so scared and nervous of everything and everyone. I was lucky enough to be placed in a loving foster home and I became very bonded to my foster mum; she was the first human I have ever trusted. I wasn't able to let go of my fears and trust the man in the house, even though he did try to win me over but that was too big of a leap of faith for me to make. A girl like me who has had it tough knows I gotta rely on me and me only to keep myself safe. The resident dog wasn't overjoyed with my presence even though I am a timid girl. My foster mum had to hand me back and I will always cherish her for her kindness to me. I have to tell you, dear readers, I was completely devastated to find myself in the MADRA shelter. The noise...the hustle and bustle, it was too much...I just hid behind my bed, shaking and shaking like a tree in a storm. One of my carers here felt sorry for me so she took me home. She can't mind me long-term and so the humans are looking for my next stop to be my last...I need a calm, safe space where I can grow in confidence and find my place in the world. I have been told to dream big and that my future will be full and meaningful; the kind of life that only having a permanent home can bring. I desperately need a home with an owner who can invest time, training and TLC in my well being giving me the stability and nurturing that I need to feel steadfast and settled in myself. In return, with time , you will have an eternally loyal and lasting friend. I have some special requirements though so I know I won't be suitable for a lot of people. I need: * A female who is home a lot to help me overcome my worries. (I might be able to trust men in time but right now that is very difficult) * A comfy crate that I can retreat to and have it as my safe haven when my worries get the better of me. * I need a nice, calm and friendly dog who can show me the ropes in life. Where I came from, there were always dogs, so to be without another dog would leave me feeling so painfully lost. * I need a home without children...they are just too overwhelming for me. I would like to be crated in another room if any children come to visit. * I need a 100% completely secure garden. This is crucial as the humans think I might run off in fear so it's essential there are no gaps anywhere for me to sneak through. * I would prefer to go to a home with someone who has experience of dealing with traumatised dogs. I am responding well to clicker training (I adore chicken, fyi) in my new foster home and will now eat out of my foster mum's hand but I am not comfortable being touched at all or having a lead put on me. With my previous foster mum I was able to walk on a lead but the idea of doing that with anyone else is so scary. I like being scratched around my ears but only when you have gained my trust. Where I am now, I like to hide under the table looking out. I will stay near my foster mum but I will run away if there are any sudden noises. * I was 98% toilet trained with my first foster mammy but now that I am in a new environment, I am too scared to go on walks or into the garden with the other dogs so please be prepared for some accidents and don't get upset with me. It will take some time to earn my trust, but if you truly can meet all requirements please get in touch. Please be aware, I won't flourish in a few days but if you are willing to work really hard with me, I hope I can show you a happier, more confident me in time, Debbie.
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