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

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* Booked * A big (slightly overweight!) Pointer baby of about 10 months old. He is a bit of a mystery though as it is obvious that he has never had a lead on him before. He is very well fed and so, so soft in temperament. Maybe a failed hunting dog that didn't make the grade? He would be a great family pet once he gains a wee bit of confidence. Well mannered kids only for this lovely boy but he should be okay with all ages.

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This big, beautiful, bouncy babe is our staff favourite, star of the kennels, Geronimo. He is about 14 months old and is one of the softest guys you could meet. He is happy & friendly, and just loves to meet people, dogs, cats... in fact anyone! He is bouncy though so his new owner will need to continue with his training. He is such a good pupil, eager to learn and just wants to please. Geronimo is on the list of restricted breeds and as such, ownership of him carries a few extra responsibilities. It is well worth any extra duties though to have this big snugglebug to share your life and join in all your adventures with a bucket load of enthusiasm and big sloppy kisses.

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Kimona has recently arrived in. She is still not walking on lead and she has a lot of catching up to do after living on a farm all her life.

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Kala has recently arrived in. She is still not walking on lead and she has a lot of catching up to do after living on a farm all her life.

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Storm was taken in by a lovely lady who wanted a better life for him, as he was being left chained up outside for a lot of his life, unfortunately this lady is not in a position to keep him long term and is looking for a great home for a deserving great dog. We are looking for a home with a secure garden for Storm. Storm is house-trained. Here are some other things his current guardian had to say about him.... Storm is a 3 year old boy with a big heart. He is very friendly and playful. Storm always greats you with a smile. He sits and gives the paw, loves playing with toys and messing. He sneaks kisses any chance he gets and loves walks. He is great with other dogs and I would love him to have a home with plenty of walks and a seat by the fire. It’s hard not to fall in love with him with his talks and smiles. He’ll make a great addition to the family.

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* Direct from Home * Adoption - Coco Don is an extremely friendly little guy who really loves to be petted. His owners sadly have to surrender him due to a change in work commitments. He hasn’t lived with children or animals but he does get on with other dogs apparently. As with most Terriers, he’s an energetic little dog who loves to play.

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*** PUPPIES *** PUPPIES *** PUPPIES *** You may have noticed a new trend around here: The puppies have multiplied. For the past couple of weeks, puppies have been raining down on us. And in the last few weeks, that's turned into a total downpour. We now have TWELVE (yes, twelve, that was not a typo!) of these absolutely heartmeltingly adorable puppers who we are hoping to find homes for over the next couple of weeks. These little nuggets are only six weeks old yet so they'll be hanging with their mum at her home for another little while as she teaches them things we can't. Mum is a Golden Labrador and Dad is a black Labrador/Collie. Of course, it should go without saying that these little ones are already clever cookies so they will need families who are committed to socialising them to new people and places in a positive way. The first 12 weeks of their life is the most crucial for helping them develop into confident, well-adjusted dogs. These little poppets will need positive reinforcement training right from the start to help them to live happily and safely. They will grow up to be dogs who will be active so please take that into consideration as your heart melts over their sweet little faces, teeny paws and puppy fluff! Puppies will need to go to homes where there is someone home for most of the day. We're anticipating a lot of interest in these cuties (paws crossed) so bear with us as we work through the applications!

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* Direct from Home Adoption * BONDED PAIR URGENTLY SEEKING A HOME - My name is JJ (I'm mostly white) and that's my friendly sis Sam. We're seven years old. Will you please take a few moments to read our story? To be perfectly frank with you, we are feeling quite desperate at the moment and truly down on our luck. We are in rather urgent need of a new home. I don't say this lightly. We've lived outdoors our whole lives. Then our elderly human couldn't care for us anymore so six months ago, a most wonderful and special human, a neighbour of ours, stepped up and offered to take us in temporarily. Sadly, he had to change job and is on the road a lot, so it's crucial that we find a new home as he feels very sad that he can't spend more time with us. The nice man has done nothing but sing our praises to the MADRA people. He's told them we are really exceptionally lovely dogs. We are super friendly and we crave more human interaction than anything else in this world...that's our one wish. We have each other but we still feel so lonely without having humans to shower with our affections. We LIVE for getting a good rub and back scratches at meal-times. The nice man has told us he's sorry he can't be here for us more and he can't stand to see us missing out on the attention we deserve in life. We will need some help with training as we've never had any, but we love people so much, that won't be a problem if you show us what to do. Also the nice man said we are really, really clever. We have excellent recall. We are friendly with the child here and haven't had any issues meeting other dogs. The biggest adjustment for us would be getting used to an indoor life and all the scary sounds. We would like a secure outdoor space where we can spend most of our day with well insulated shelter. Now, some people might say that double the dog, double the trouble, but actually with us.....it's double the love. Taking us on as a bonded pair has many benefits; we keep each other company, we play with each other and we cuddle up together. And happy dogs = happy humans. Sam is my sister and my best friend and I'm hers. With so much uncertainty in our lives, our connection to each other is so strong. We really want to stay to together. To lose each other after spending the last seven years together would cause us unspeakable grief. I really don't think we would cope well at all if we had to go to the MADRA shelter. In fact, I know we wouldn't. We've also been told that bonded pairs tend to typically stay there a long time as the humans work to find a family that are happy to welcome two dogs into their home. We both have our paws crossed that you will consider adopting us together. If you can't, then we are hoping you will share this letter to help us find a new home as quickly as possible. Please, please help us stay together. Love JJ and Sam. xx

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* Update from Melvin’s foster home - Melvin is doing better, slowly improving and had the confidence for a long belly rub last night (for the first time) but he is still very nervous, jumps at anything unexpected and doesn’t like the lead at all. He has the typical sweet, Springer nature and will continue to improve in the right home. Even though he is a lovely, gentle boy, an adult only home would suit him better, because it’d be quieter, given how jumpy he is. Definitely having another dog in the house would help him along too. * Melvin is a Springer Spaniel of about maybe two years old. It is hard to tell as he is so shy and in pretty rough condition, we are sure the years will drop off him as he gets some good grub and affection. Right now he crawls along on his belly, hoping desperately to please you and we imagine he has had a traumatic time of it up until now. Melvin is shy and quiet now but he is a Springer and so will need an active lifestyle with his new owner. A busy household may be too much for him but we feel he would be fine with older kids who were kind and respectful of his needs.

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*** Collie Alert *** Poor Robby is struggling in kennels as like so many collies; all the new the noises, smells and other stressers push them way out of their comfort zone. Robby is so happy when he is out of his kennel. His whole face lights up and he loves to share his happiness with us. He's only around two years old and bursting with untapped collie smarts, wrapped up in the most charming of personalities. He'd love a rural home with a secure garden and someone who is around a good bit. He's such a handsome, fun-loving, good-natured boy...but his curse is being a Collie....we absolutely adore Collies but we know it's so hard for them to find homes in Ireland so they wait, and they wait....and frustration affects them hugely in a shelter environment. We would love to get Robby out of here and into a Collie savvy home ASAP. He needs it.

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Another beautiful senior gent who really deserves to get settled into his new home sooner rather than later. He has very few teeth left but is otherwise in great shape for his estimated 8 years of farm living. He is a gentle dog who would make an ideal low maintenance companion for a person living on their own.

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* Direct from Home Adoption * Charlie has been described as a great watchdog. He hasn’t had regular contact with children and although he was an only dog, he gets on with other dogs. Here is some more of what his owner had to say about him.... “Charlie is a dog with a lot of character; he is very playful and also great company. He loves to get out for his daily walk while also loves to curl up in front of the fire. Charlie will greet you every morning/evening with a wagging tail & a cute little head tilt that will just brighten up anyone’s day. It breaks our hearts to have to give him up but under our circumstances we have to do what’s right for him.”

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Wendy is a gentle soul who gets on with other dogs but can be shy of people at first. We think a quiet, rural home would be best suited to her, possibly with a steady doggy friend to help her come out of her shell.

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Monkey here....no, not the MADRA kennel cat...but Monkey THE DOG!!!!! Let's be VERY clear about that folks!!!! [Please adopt me and give me a really cool dog name.] I don't have a human family of my own, but I think if you are dogless, then I think it's fate that you just happened to stumble across my post.....right?? It's gotta be! OK now......most of you might be too busy swooning over my photos to read this. Yep, I am one gorgeous, truly handsome fella! Dashing, some might say. So there! I said it! I am good looking BUT.....much more importantly, I have an absolutely fantastic personality according to the humans. I am friendly and outgoing. I am really affectionate and nice to all I meet whether they are humans or dogs. I have a big happy head on me and when people talk to me, I am just the happiest boy EVER!!!!!! I am two and I am FULL of personality!!!!!!!! I am looking for an active lifestyle where my Collie needs will be met every day. A home in the countryside with a secure garden would be ideal for me. I am a coiled spring: a bundle of energy just waiting to get outside and play. I am NOT a dog for families who are out of the house all day - clever boys like me need lots of long walks and mental stimulation. I sometimes herd the humans on walks (WHOOPS!) cos that's the Collie in me itching to get out and have a purpose, a job of my own to do...and it's only fair I get to do that. I wasn't born to spend my life watching re-runs of Friends on Netflix every day! Although, I think I would absolutely adore snuggle time after our long walks together. I am off to dream of counting (OK herding) sheep and I hope when I see the humans in the morning they will tell me I have a wonderful family, all ready to meet me soon...now there's the dream I really hope becomes true.....

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Chainey is a very, very nervous young guy. He came into our kennels in very poor condition, with a heavily matted coat. We think he would benefit from the company of a steady canine companion and would be best suited to rural living. In the short time he has been at kennels, he is already making progress and will walk on lead and allow us to gently stroke him. It would be great to get him into a foster home where he could flourish, away from the stress of kennel life.

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I was once told that it only takes one second of bravery to reach out for something you want or need - so here's my one second. I'm Glenda, and you may infer from my posture that I'm very shy, but I'm putting that aside for the minute so I can ask for what I want more than anything in the world; a home. I have been at the MADRA kennels for a week, and in that week, I've known comfort, encouragement, and regular meals. Life is getting good. I could never be accused of being ungrateful, so I always wag my tail and bury my head in the volunteers laps when they pet me. I love the people I trust now. So, I think I'm ready for a forever human that I can spoil every day with my affection and gratitude. I'd really like it if that human had a dog of their own already - someone to show me how doggy life goes in the household. I'm only 3, so I have many years ahead of me to learn the ropes and go on many adventures. So, if you sound like the human for me, please get those adoption questionnaires in - I am ready to go home.

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Roxy and Rinn are sisters who seem to be very under-socialised in relation to the big wide world. They can be a wee bit noisy at the moment but we know they will settle down well once away from the stresses of kennels. They have just arrived in and are still under assessment.

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Rinn and Roxy are sisters who seem to be very under-socialised in relation to the big wide world. They can be a wee bit noisy at the moment but we know they will settle down well once away from the stresses of kennels. They have just arrived in and are still under assessment.

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Rocky was surrendered due to his owner’s ill health. He is happy and full of life and would love to move on to his new home soon. Rocky thinks life is made for living and he will snuggle in, loving his cuddles any time day or night!

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These two Lab X boys are still only youngsters with their whole life ahead of them, plenty of time to overcome the rocky start they have had. Right now they are dealing with a bad dose of mange, but is easily treated and they will be ready for homing soon. They are good buddies but will be happy to be homed separately so that they can get all the attention for once. Zeus & Apollo have lived with children and we hope that any new owner will take the time to do some basic training to help them reach their full potential.

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