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

MADRA @Paraic_O_S @nuigPsychology Darby looks like he knows a thing or two about animal behavior 🐾

* Update * Wall-E and Eva..... Their story of rehabilitation slowly continues. It has been almost three months since we picked them up from the pound. They are only about a year old but they are only now starting to understand what it means to trust, just that little bit..... They are so poorly under socialised that absolutely everything is terrifying for them. They've been wary for so long that what we consider kindness is a foreign concept to them. They've been cautiously eating from our hands the past few weeks. However, they are utterly petrified of being touched and the sight of a lead sends them scurrying into the back of their kennel in fear. So, the next step was to start feeding them in the hallway outside of their kennel. This was a big step when they braved leaving their kennel. They would scurry back into their kennel at the slightest noise but then they would get curious and slowly come creeping out again. We built on this until they were ready to brave the outside world. The door was open so they could run back to their kennel if they felt overwhelmed at any stage, but they're gradually getting braver. We abandoned the bowls and started scatter feeding them in the yard. You can see their brains clocking in for the work of sniffing out their food. Initially they would hang around the building door so they could be ready to retreat at any point to the safety and security of their kennel....but then they kept sniffing the ground and moving further away from the kennel. Soon they were sniffing out other smells than food and then something glorious happened...they started lifting their heads to look around them, wary but interested now in their surroundings. It's still all very scary and new for them, but they are curious....and Eva shyly wags her tail at us now. In the yard, they've gradually started coming over to us (as we sit quietly on the wet ground!) and eating the food from our hands outside as well. We are really focusing on engaging their brains to help reduce their fears and it's gradually working. Rehabilitation like this is never a quick fix but we live for the little milestones. We'll keep you posted on their story, Eva and Wall-E, just two of the several "tricky" dogs currently in our care right now. Baby steps but we'll get there...************ Wall-E and Eva are two youngsters found dumped on the bog after the Ballinasloe fair. They are not ready for homing yet as they are terribly traumatised & upset but they could go into foster if we found the right person. Eva is slightly more curious than Walle-e. They would need a secure garden, a steady calm existing dog (or two) and someone at home during the day. They currently hide in the corner of their kennel and cannot be touched, which obviously means no leads either at the moment.

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Microchipped
Yes
Neutered
Not yet, but will be.

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