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MADRA @shuzzy1 @funkwavegemini Hey Maggie- you look like you are living a happy dog’s life.❤️🐶

Meet newbie Bernard! Is he divinely handsome or what? He's at least five years old and he's one stunning Pomeranian boy. He has spent some time at the pound and now he's at our shelter, ready to begin the next chapter in his life...the one where he finally finds the home he deserves. He is still under assessment but for now, it's clear that he would prefer the company of adults only. Bernard wants to be the centre of your world, and in return he'll happily place you in the centre of his. He adores his walks but he won't pay much heed to you when out and about, until he gets to know you a bit better. He's quite happy and waggly with people once he knows them but he will take a bit of time to suss you out. He isn't comfortable having people near him when he is eating so it's important that he goes to an understanding person who will help him with this. Also, while he looks like the biggest snuggle muffin in the world, please be aware that he is not comfortable with people being overly handsy with him....manners and respect are important for dogs too! We think he would suit a retired person or someone who works from home where he will get to interact with people on his terms. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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Eva before & after - Foster/Forever home needed. - Who remembers when our "Tricky" girl Eva arrived in? She was just about the saddest, most pitiful, frightened little girl. She cowered in her kennel and was terrified of humans, due to a lack of socialisation in her previous life. Life was so hard for her.... everything new was terrifying. Now here we are....eight months on and Eva is proof of the power of patience when it comes to rehabilitating rescue dogs. Eva has blossomed into such a doll now! Her tail is always wagging and she lights up when she sees us now and how it makes us smile. Our kennel crew get so attached to all the dogs in our care but there's a special place in our hearts for our "trickies" like Eva who come into us without any coping skills in life...and to watch them slowly come out of their sad shells is a joy we can never quite explain....it makes all the long days, in all weathers, totally worthwhile. To know we can make such a difference in how a dog views people and the world around them, is truly one of the best parts of our job. Eva is still understandably a bit shy. She really needs another dog (or two) for her confidence but she is SO READY to find a human of her own to adopt her and help her flourish. Eva spent a brief period in foster with one of our kennel crew and she did amazingly well coping in a home environment. She found the couch in no time. She is crate trained and loves the safety of her cozy little den. It's been a tough eight months for her and for us watching her struggle to overcome her fears but she is such a little sweetheart now and we're all so very proud of her. We have brought her as far as we can in a shelter environment. Now she really needs someone experienced to step forward to foster her or even better, adopt her, and show her what being part of a family is all about..... An adult only home and a secure garden in a quiet area are essential for Eva. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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* Direct from Home * Jasper is a 6yo Terrier X. Jasper’s current owner has described Jasper as a nervous little dog, now more so since he was attacked by dogs on a walk, he has developed fear based barking now when he sees other dogs when out walking. He only likes short walks now. He would benefit hugely from an owner who has experience with nervous dogs. Jasper loves to play and fetch the ball...best to have two to throw though! ;) Jasper has been an indoor dog all his life, he even has his own king-sized bed! He is house trained and will bark or scratch when he needs to go out. We are looking for a dog and child free home for Jasper as his current owner feels this is what would suit him best. He has lived with a cat for the last four years so he probably wouldn’t object to a cat sibling. His owner just wants him to have a happy retirement cuddled up on a couch and be happy for his twilight years. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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Betty is our new "tricky" girl. She shows no aggression but we can't get near her yet, as she is just too terrified. Giving her some space and working gently with her for now...we’ll keep you updated on her progress. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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* In foster * Jamie is an elderly gent with a fluffy, teddy bear coat. Jamie has some old boy issues. He is partially blind and we think he may be loosing his hearing too. He is also recovering from an infection in his hind paw but has been very brave and this is healing nicely. Jamie seems quite content to peacefully snooze but he equally likes a cuddle. Being an older boy, he can be a bit set in his ways and he will need someone to respect this. He will also need a secure garden for his own safety. If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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* In Foster * Working in rescue is a constant rollercoaster of highs and lows. Recently our boy Goldie went on a trial adoption after 415 days in our care. We desperately hoped his waiting was finally over for good. Very sadly his new home didn’t work out and he is back at our shelter. He took a serious dislike to the neighbour’s cat walking along his boundary wall so instead of Goldie being tormented indefinitely and the possibility of the cat using up its 9 lives, his new family, understandably, decided they had to return Goldie... 415 days...Over a year. That's how long Goldie has been in our care. He has spent the majority of that time waiting at our shelter. He has had two foster homes to give him breaks fom our shelter as he is so painfully stressed out living with us and it's not doing his psychological state much good moving back and forth. Goldie is a three year old ultra charismatic Pitbull Labrador mix whom we all love dearly. The good stuff: 1) He really loves to play outside and if you have a secure garden for him to gallop around in, he will be a very happy boy, 2) He is also a very affectionate boy who would like to hang out with you on the couch. Goldie is a very, very clever chap and he responds really well to positive reinforcement training. 3) He loves his toys and treat filled Kongs and Kong Wobbler. 4) He has quite a few different cues and is just waiting for someone to teach him much more. 5) He is crate trained and muzzle trained. Goldie is really a very sweet lad who needs a patient and understanding person to allow him the time he needs to get comfortable in a new home. Things he needs: a) He will need a home where someone will he commited to help him with his training, b) He has some dog friends but he isn't always comfortable meeting new dogs out and about, so a rural location with a very secure garden would be ideal for him. He can be quite reactive so having someone who is willing to work alongside a positive reinforcement dog trainer is essential to help manage his fears, c) Goldie needs a cat free home. Once he finds a suitable home, we know he will make the greatest companion. He has been waiting so long already. Has anyone a spot in their heart and home for this special boy? If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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Well over two years...That's how long Brenda has lived in our shelter waiting for a home offer. Now that her kennel pal of two years, Alex was recently rehomed, she is now our longest resident here. We call Brenda one of our "Trickies" because she came in at the same time as our famous "Tricky" family. However, Brenda was actually rescued from a particularly upsetting cruelty case which left her completely terrified of everything and everyone she encountered. She would sit in her kennel, in the one spot, week after week with her back to us. She was just about the saddest creature you could imagine. Being an older girl who had never experienced a "normal" life, we weren't sure we could ever gain her trust but we had to try. And slowly, very very slowly, we started to see glimpses of trust from her. She eventually went to a couple of amazing foster homes (thanks Sinead and Sonja!) where she thrived with one-to-one attention. She came back to us in June 2017 and has been living at our shelter since then. She will always, always have a home with us but we really don't have the resources to give her the kind of life she deserves and most crucially, she gets stressed and quite upset when our shelter is busy and loud so as a team, we are concerned about her. We are seeking out a very special permanent foster home for her where she can live out the rest of her days in comfort and peace. Brenda is now a very affectionate girl. She really enjoys a good petting session and has a lovely waggly tail for those she knows and trusts. She is also a fun girl! She is at least 10 years old but she loves a good game of chase with her pals in our big pen and she loves being brought on long walks by our volunteers, so she will need a home where she gets regular walks. She absolutely adores her food and we've to keep an eye on treat intake because she can become a bit too "rotund!" (Same as ourselves after Christmas! ;) Brenda does come with some issues, which is to be expected considering her past. She has a tendency to spin in circles, barking when she is stressed out, so a rural location with no neighbours close by would be ideal. She gets upset by men she doesn't know, even hearing their voices upsets her. She bonds better with women and prefers being handled by them. Considering how many visitors we receive here on a regular basis, it's not an ideal life for her. She needs one or two people she can rely on and enjoy a calmer pace of life. We do our best to ensure she has a lot of outdoor time and interactive toys to help her cope but we want so much more for her. She gets on well with other dogs but sometimes her behaviour with barking and spinning stresses some dogs out and they snap at her. Ideally Brenda would go to a home where there is a chilled out resident dog. Our whole team absolutely adore this girl. Honestly she is just so special. We bring her into our volunteer cabin, when it's quiet, on our lunch breaks to spend time with her. We call her our eccentric old lady....but you can be sure she was the very first dog to get her Christmas present shoebox on Christmas Eve. She also got another one on Christmas Day! Sometimes it's only the very little things we can do to improve her quality of life. Since Alex got his happy-ever-after, we are hopeful that somewhere out there is someone for this one of a kind gal. The progress she has made since she first arrived to us has been huge. She really needs to go somewhere where she can do her own thing and will be understood for the dog that she is. We really would love for her to experience the joys of a loving home. She really and truly deserves it. 2018 led to many MADRA miracles such as the rehoming of the last of our Tricky family; Peter and Alex, longtime dogs like Screech and other dogs who needed extra understanding, professional help from positive reinforcement dog trainers and dedicated owners...so we are grateful to those people. We really wish that 2019 could start with the news that someone understanding and committed, with suitable circumstances, is willing to welcome Brenda into their home for her golden years. After all she has lived through and overcome, we won't ever give up looking for a home for her..... If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please fill in an adoption questionnaire and a member of the rehoming team will be in contact. Once we've had a chat an appointment can be made to meet the dog.

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