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* Update from Fosterers - Our pretty little terrier girl Casey has been in foster the last few weeks. Initially she was so scared, she hid under the sofa. Now she has come out of her shell and her foster mum can't believe the progress she has made in such a short space of time. Her foster parents will be going away soon and we would really hate to bring Casey back to the kennels so we would love to find her a human of her own ASAP. Casey is a lovely dog, she’s very obedient, she can now walk without the leash, and she loves, loves, loves eating so foodies of Ireland, where are you at?!?!?!? Casey is terrified of darkness and shadows so she gets a bit nervous and barks sometimes. At the beginning she was very shy and terrified though, so she barely barked. When she gets scared, she will hide her head away in a pillow.(pictured.) Casey has made it clear she does NOT like cats! At night, she sleeps in her foster parents bed as otherwise she will cry so she will need help from a trainer to overcome this. Casey is VERY friendly, bundles of fun....and simply full of love and cuddles. When her foster mum is at home with her, she barely realises Casey is there because she’s very quiet. She loves running and playing with the ball so champion ball throwers only need apply for this little monkey! **** Luna is always ready to soak up belly rubs and snuggles from our volunteers! This pretty wag-tastic girl is a petite terrier collie mix who enjoys playing with other dogs and loves to cuddle. She is around two years old. This little gem has a bubbly personality and wants to be everyone's pal! Luna is a super little dog who would most likely suit as a second dog who could build up her confidence a bit. She gets anxious after dark, particularly with sounds and lights, so urban living will not suit her and she likes to sleep in a cosy dark place (under a blanket or under the bed). She has lived with older children in the past. We are looking for a rural home with someone home during the day and a secure garden. She can escape from anywhere if she really wants to (she climbs like a monkey, trust us!) but only when she gets lonely. This graceful gal is a total sweetheart who will rest her head on her person's lap for love and affection. She will need to be an indoor dog where she can snuggle up next to you on the couch.

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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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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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**** In Foster **** 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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* Booked * 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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