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

**** 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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#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 6 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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#SpecialAppealNo2 #TenMonthsWaiting The Notorious B.I.G. here but you can call me by my street name BIGGIE! Yes, yes I used to be called Screech but the peeps here decided that I needed a re-brand and truth be told I was relieved to hear it because it's been 10 long months of waiting since I first arrived to MADRA and I am losing hope that anyone is ever gonna pick me. I am one of the longest dogs here and the humans say I deserve a home of my own to curl up in.....but I spend night after night in a kennel. So.....I decided that a small chap like me who likes to think of myself as a big macho lad, needed a worthy name so....BIGGIE it is....and with a name like that you know I come jam packed full of attitude and a BIG personality.....well hey, street cred is important for a lad like me. And here is the part where I may lose some of you but I just have to be honest with you. You see, I have some issues and I come with some very specific demands which you can read all about below; BUT......... Please don't let my issues put you off me. The humans picked me up in the pound 316 days ago and they have no idea what happened in my past life which makes me behave in the way I do sometimes. You see, the thing is when I like someone, I adore them and truthfully to them, I am the most loyal little man around. I am super waggly, my whole body shakes and I will do anything to ensure I can curl up on your lap for a cuddle and a snooze. The problem is...I don't like everyone I meet and there's no way of knowing what triggers me....but with those people, I get a bad feeling and react by barking and snapping at them if given a chance. So you gotta be super careful with introducing me to people as I have teeth and I know how to use them.....that is a deal breaker for a lot of people and I get it. I'm not for everyone but that's OK. I just need one person who will take a chance on me. One person who will keep me safe and ensure I don't get myself into situations where I can nip people if I feel threatened. I know it's a big ask but I have so much love to repay anyone who will take the time and the management I need to ensure I can live safely and happily in a home. Folks, can anyone out there think of someone who can handle my BIG attitude???? Peace out, BIGGIE ****CHALLENGE FOR YOU!***** Screech here. Do me a favour and read to the end. OK, here's the thing, the humans receive THOUSANDS of adoption applications for me daily and they don't even have time to read them all.....(well.....**some** of this information might be a **slight** exaggeration on my part). Anyway, I can only conclude that the humans haven't deemed these home offers suitable for such a high-ranking celebrity cuddly lapdop/occasional ankle biter. I refuse to accept their protestations and lies that there aren't any home offers. I mean, anything less than a thousand people fighting over who gets to adopt me would be disappointing if I am honest. Hundreds of dogs have arrived and left since I arrived here nine months ago. I have a bit of an ego you know so feeling unwanted isn't nice for me. Despite my devastatingly handsome movie star looks (seriously where are the Hollywood agents who are looking to discover new talent?!!) I am still living at the MADRA shelter. I am here NINE months. NINE. Baffling isn't it? I can't get my head around it. I am a bundle of cuteness, always up for a cuddle and a game of tug. Now of course the humans will tell me that my lack of home offers is down to my......."ISSUES"...oh come on, so I take an instant dislike to some people and like to attack their ankles...and so I turn into Cujo on a lead when I see other dogs (despite the fact that I have happily shared kennels with everything from smallies, to collies AND a husky living here!) They are minor things in my head. The humans...well they disagree. I went into foster for a while with one of my MADRA carers who can't resist my constantly waggling little body. That was fun and all and we have a really close bond now. You see, when I love and trust someone wholeheartedly, I am the most loyal man you could ever wish for. Me and my foster mum agree that peanut butter, walks and naps are simply the best things in the world BUT sadly we disagreed on cats and their place in the home. I believe they should be outdoors, FAR, FAR away from me. She laughs and says I am a cheeky little so-and-so but she's undeterred on the cats so I am back at the shelter waiting for my happy-ever-after. So to sum up...my conclusion is....I am 100% amazing and you would be so incredibly lucky to have me in your life as your best friend. I would light up your Instagram page like you wouldn't believe. And your world? Well, let's just say I am ready to rock your whole world. In saying all of that, I fear that my name is putting some people off me so I am looking to re-brand myself. Can you humans think of a suitable name for a super star munchkin like me??? I get it....the name "Screech" is a bit alarming to you I'm sure. I don't get what the humans were thinking of when they named me Screech. Now I won't hold a grudge or anything, they get a bit overworked and tired some days so I won't give them a hard time.....but I would really like a new name. I will pick the best name suggestion and then I will instruct the staff to take new photos of me....I'll pull out all the stops, pull the most endearing poses, posing this way and that way and work that camera until I know I have enough photos to make someone fall head over heels in love with me. Almost NINE months and waiting.......so give me your best name suggestions now, GO!!!!!!!! :P P.S In case any of you were worrying.....let me inform you that I am a very clever little cookie and it won't take me long to get used to my new name. It's a small price to pay for a shot at happiness...........SPECIAL APPEAL - *** With Madra for over nine months. Here's a list of ten reasons why you SHOULDN'T adopt our Chihuahua/JRT, Screech... 1.) He has a shockingly bad name (OK, yes, this one is 100% our fault, we must have been lacking coffee after that particular pound pick up) 2.) Behind that innocuous little bundle of cuteness is a BIG ATTITUDE 3.) If he doesn’t like you, straight up, he will bark, growl and nip you 4.) He thinks cats are demons from hell 5.) He doesn’t like to share his toys 6.) If you’re looking for a nice little dog to walk the Prom with, forget it...! Screech turns into Cujo when he meets dogs out and about 7.) He is a “busy” little man ;) 8.) He will steal all the couch throws for himself...he hasn’t acknowledged it yet, but he is most definitely part cat 9.) His recall is hit and miss 10.) He holds the firm conviction that human beds were designed specifically for him to bury himself all the way under the duvet. Phew....! Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way....let us tell you that despite his “quirks,” we all adore Screech. We really do. And if you're still reading, you must be intrigued. You see, we don’t know anything about his past life which might help us understand why he behaves in the way he does. What we do know is that if he loves you, he is the ultimate lap-dog and will be 100% trusting and loyal to you. His little tail is like a propeller, it never ever stops wagging when he is around those he loves, He doesn't walk but instead, he waggles absolutely everywhere. Oh and as soon as you sit down, he will appear; claim your lap as his and curl up for a cuddle and a snooze. :) Did we mention that he’s a lazy sod? He would love lazy morning lie-ins while you catch up on Netflix. He loves sleeping in his crate too but he is also a magnet to human beds. ;) He loves travelling in the car too and loves going to work with his foster dad. He loves his toys, teddies and as you can see from the photos, he also loves carrots. :P We are working on his issues but full disclosure, this little pocket rocket marches to a beat of his own drum and needs a VERY savvy and dog-experienced person to adopt him. Someone who won’t take their eye off the ball with him. Someone who won't bat an eyelid when he starts roaring like a lion when he spots a dog on lead. Someone who will be committed to working on his issues and making sure all introductions to new people are done carefully in case he reacts badly. We KNOW somewhere out there this little guy has a match. He would suit a home where there aren’t many visitors coming and going. It goes without saying that he won’t be able to live with children although he has liked the ones he has met visiting his foster home but it’s a risk we are not willing to take in order to keep him and others safe from his nipping. Despite his on-lead reactivity, he can quite happily live with other dogs...(particularly ones he can use as PILLOWS..) and ones who are chilled out and don't mind that he will be the BOSS. He also needs to live in a quiet area. He is currently in foster with his fellow MADRA brother, "Tricky" Sam who adores him. However Screech is stressing out the resident cats and will have to go back to the shelter soon. We really want to avoid him spending any more weeks or months at our shelter. Now we know his demands are very specific but after nine months of waiting, he surely deserves a chance...we certainly think so.... If you would like to know more please fill out an Adoption Questionnaire on www.madra.ie under the Re-homing section.
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****FOSTER/ADOPT A LESS ADOPTABLE DOG**** BRENDA – Ten years old and living at MADRA for one year and ten months........... It’s never too late to give a dog a second chance and the life he or she deserves...... Collie girl Brenda was one of the trickiest of the large number of the “Tricky” dog family, who were rescued from a hoarding situation in September 2016. This family were extremely under socialised and crippled by fear, even after months in our care. It was particularly difficult for Brenda, as one of the oldest members. She’s around 10 years old, so for her whole life prior to coming to us she hadn’t had much in the way of socialisation with people and the world outside of where she lived. She arrived, like the others, completely shell-shocked and extremely wary of people. She would sit in her kennel, always with her back turned to us, facing the wall with a blank, haunting gaze, breaking our hearts. Over time, she allowed those she trusted to pet her gently and it was clear that part of her enjoyed this but understandably, she would snap if she felt overwhelmed. Rehabilitation for dogs like Brenda are never a quick fix and it can take months and months of routine and patience before you even glimpse a sign of progress, that extra brave step towards trusting humans. Progress was proving to be impossible in our shelter, with such a sensory overload around her. Even after months, we couldn’t walk her on a lead; it was just too big of a jump for her. Fortunately, she went into a foster home, first with the understanding Sonia, who encouraged Brenda butnever rushed her or forced her to be anything other than who she was. She allowed her to interact on her own terms and she had a safe space set up for Brenda to retreat to when needed. She then went into foster with the patient Sinead and Brenda loved chasing her pal, fellow MADRA foster girl Maddie around the garden and actively seeking out affection. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brenda had to come back to us last November. We are really hoping we can find Brenda a calm long-term foster home where she's accepted for her eccentric ways and where she can live out her days in a 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. She has a tendency to bark a bit so a rural location really is a must to avoid upsetting any neighbours. Brenda likes.... * Routine. She trusts routine * Company of other dogs...she loves playing chase & cuddling up next to them * Kongs * Treats - she takes them very gently from your hand. * Walks - once it’s part of a routine - she will settle especially on quiet, country lanes; she has developed a love of car chasing but I believe this can be sorted by somebody who can give her time and gentle training and distractions. * For a shy dog, she actually likes gentle massages.... Brenda is scared of: * Loud noises * Television * A change in routine. Brenda will always have a home in our shelter but after all she has been through, she really deserves a home and a compassionate human of her very own.
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* In long-term foster care * 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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