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Aneth|PP122

AnethFemale, Mature, Medium

Aneth is a complicated dog and will be difficult to home, but that does not mean we should not try! Aneth is an anglo cross who has leischmaniasis, however it is well under control and she takes a tablet a day to keep the disease stabilised. That is not the major issue. This illness is usually enough to put people off, however despite this, Aneth has been adopted and brought back on two separate occasions for being a runner. And not just your average runner, either. Aneth will need a super-enclosed garden if she is to stay in one place. And she disappears on walks, too, so lead only for her. Not everyone’s ideal dog. However she is so adorable and affectionate that perhaps someone would be willing to give her a home. Aneth adores being outside, so if someone has an outside area in a well enclosed garden where she can sleep but have lots of cuddles too, that would probably be ideal. She was born in December 2009 and so although not the youngest of dogs, she is certainly one of the most active!
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  • Still full of energy
  • Will need an enclosed garden
  • Needs a loving family

Flurry|PP267

Flurry female shepherd crossFemale, Young, Medium

Flurry has been at the SPA since June 2016, and although she was a bit difficult at first, she soon settled down and is now a great young girl. She has stunning looks, primarily black but with brown highlights, and not only is she fine with male dogs, but she is also wonderful on a lead. Don’t let her near cats, though. Flurry was born in June 2015, so is young and full of energy. She would be a great guard dog, as she will be devoted to her family. If you like long walks and would like some canine companionship, Flurry may be the girl for you.

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  • Young and full of energy
  • Good with male dogs but not cats
  • Needs a loving family

Urgent Appeal: Nadja

Nadja shepherd crossNadja has now been at the SPA for some 15 months, and we would love her to find a home. I remember when she arrived, she had been found as a stray, and was petrified. She spent several weeks just cowering in he kennel and although she never showed any aggression, she made it more than clear that she would prefer to be left alone. Her gentle eyes prompted us to name her Nadja, which means “Hope”. Little by little she gained in confidence, and although there is still quite a bit of work to be done, Nadja needs a home where she can continue to progress.

Nadja is a shepherd cross, so is fairly big, but is fine boned. She shares her kennel with another dog, and tends to follow him on walks, but that reliance on another dog is getting less and less, and when she is walked alone she does really well, if encouraged with a few gentle words.

She was born in October 2012, and bearing in mind how thin she was when she arrived, there is no doubt that she is far happier at the SPA than she was beforehand. However she would love a home of her own. Her ideal home would preferably be one with another dog, no small children (not because she is in any way aggressive, but she needs a calm environment), and lots and lots of love.

If you think you can offer a home to beautiful Nadja, please get in touch.

Urgent Appeal: Ezio

Ezio male german shepherdThis week’s urgent appeal is for Ezio. He is shortly to celebrate his second birthday, although celebrate is hardly the right word, as this boy has already been in the SPA for over a year. He is such a great dog, too. Why does no one give him a chance? He is a big fine boned german shepherd cross who was born in January 2015. Not surprisingly he hates being behind bars, and is quite often seen standing up in his cage scrabbling at the door with his front paws. He wants to be out,hardly surprisingly.

Ezio adores human company, and loves his walks. Unfortunately he pulls quite a lot, because he has so much energy. The staff have recently started letting him run loose in the SPA grounds when the refuge is shut, and he is proving to be far more obedient than anyone suspected. Likewise once the initial excitement has worn off, he is a great walking companion. I have to confess that on one occasion I let the lead go, but Ezio followed behind me showing no desire at all to run away. He is going to be a wonderful companion for some lucky person.

He has shared his kennel with other dogs, usually female, but he is quite clumsy and often accidentally biffs dogs (and sometimes people) on the head. Just a big, overgrown puppy, really. We often say that he just need to get a bit older and calmer, after which he will be far easier to control. But no, why should he have to wait for another year or two before finding a home?

Ezio is a great natured dog, there is no malice in him at all. Please help find him a home!

 

Urgent Appeal: Tag

TagTag has been at the SPA longer than any of us expected. He arrived at the end of August 2015; a lovely medium haired German shepherd with a greying muzzle, despite his relatively young age. Tag arrived when he was just four years old. That was over a year ago, and incredibly Tag is still waiting.

Although he can walk along close to other dogs, he prefers to live alone, at the SPA at least. Perhaps out of the refuge he would be able to share his life with a female. One thing we are sure of is that he is not good with cats. Were this not the case he would probably already have found a new home.

Tag is a favourite with many volunteers, as apart from a few seconds when he first gets out of his kennel, he is a dream to take on walks. Moreover he is very affectionate and has that instant link with anyone walking him that is lacking in many dogs who can become institutionalised with time.

Tag is a fabulous dog. He is a dog you can be proud to be seen with; gorgeous, handsome, intelligent…everything a dog should be. He hates the SPA and we really do not want him to spend another winter there.

Tag has just turned five, he is castrated, vaccinated and microchipped and his adoption fee is €170. Please consider offering this beautiful and deserving dog a new home.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Poupette

PoupetteThe recent adoption of Kipnak, another senior dog, has given us hope that there may be someone out there willing to offer a home to Poupette. She was recently abandoned at the SPA shortly before her 12th birthday. We were all upset by this, but there is nothing we can do; if someone refuses to keep a dog then the best we can do is take it in and hope.

Poupette was adopted from us two years ago and at the time she was far thinner than she is now. She is being walked regularly in an attempt to get rid of her excess pounds, but she needs far more exercise than she can get at the SPA, despite our best efforts. Poupette is incredibly fit for her age, happy to run if given the chance. She is wonderful on the lead, although she pulls slightly when she sees other dogs. This was the reason she was abandoned, incidentally. A halti would have solved the issue, although to be honest her pulling is so minor that were Poupette mine, I would not bother. Her former owner was old and infirm, however, and clearly unwilling to make any compromise.

Poor Poupette is now just lying looking miserable in her kennel. She does not bother to get up to meet visitors as she is just too sad. However when you approach with a lead she is so happy that it just melts your heart. And despite her eagerness to get out, she remembers her manners and sits nicely for you to put her on the lead.

On Poupette’s notes it says she is not good with other dogs. However she can live with other dogs providing they leave her alone. She is an old lady and does not want to be bothered by youngsters. She has lived with cats and there were no issues.

As an elder dog (one of the very oldest at the SPA), Poupette’s adoption fee is just €80, for which she is vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped.

We really do not want her to spend a winter at the SPA. She deserves so much better, as do all our dogs, of course, but Poupette has less time to find a home than the rest.

 

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Nesquick french spaniel crossMale, Young, Medium

Nesquick is a French spaniel cross who was brought to the SPA in late September 2016 having been found in a local village having rocks thrown at him by a group of children. Unsurprisingly he is now vary wary of then, so we would recommend a home with older children only. Nesquick was born in September 2013, so is in the prime of life. And boy, does he know it! This lad is very strong on the lead and needs a strong owner, or (as we do at the SPA) a garden where he can run off some energy first. He is fine with other dogs and for people who like long walks and exercise, he will make a great dog.
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  • Springer cross
  • Active and lively dog
  • Good with other dogs

Urgent Appeal: Cooper

cooperWell, incredibly last week’s urgent appeal, Hyde, was adopted this week! And no, it was not as a result of the appeal at all. But as I discussed with Carole, this is often the case. A dog can wait for months, years even, with nothing and then all of a sudden they are the flavour of the month!

Let’s hope this new urgent appeal has as much luck.

Please meet Cooper. He was the dog who has been sharing his box with Hyde since her arrival, and the two dogs were very close. In fact Cooper is largely to thank for Hyde’s adoption, as being far more confident than her, he gave her courage to approach people despite the noise of the SPA.

Cooper is a yellow lab/shepherd cross who was born in November 2011. He has been a the SPA since December 2014 and it is a mystery as to why. He is such a great chap. A bit chunkier than when he arrived, but that is due to lack of walks. He is fine on the lead and loves to play. A bit reactive around dogs he does not know, Cooper soon settles down. He is great with people of all ages and would make a great family dog.

Please do not think that refuge dogs are by definition damaged. Often they have just been unlucky and have been let down by their previous owners. Cooper is such a dog! Please give him a second chance.

Urgent Appeal: Bouriget

 

bouriquetBouriquet was found tied up to some bins in a nearby village. At the time he was in need of veterinary care for a nasty cut, which of course was done immediately and paid for by the SPA. Is this unwillingness to pay for a vet’s bill the reason why this dog was abandoned, perhaps? He seems to be perfect in every other way.

Bouriquet is a cocker spaniel cross who was born in January 2006. As such he is a senior dog, so his adoption fee (and he is vaccinated, microchipped and castrated) is just €80. He would make a perfect pet for someone who wants a calm, loving companion and not necessarily too much exercise. Not that Bouriquet is in poor health; he would happily accompany his owner anywhere. But equally he would be happy just lounging around.

He is fine with other dogs and is gentle with everyone he meets. A couple of people have come to the SPA to adopt dogs and their age meant that they would be perfect owners for Bouriquet. All of them have refused to adopt a dog of his age (even though in dog years he is younger than many of them!). Surely someone out there does not write off a dog when he turns 10!

Please can someone offer a home to this lovely lad.

Patty|PP298

Patty labrador cross femaleLarge, Young, Female

Patty was found with since adopted Sweety, and she had a bit of trouble adjusting to the loss of her long term pal. Now however she is back sharing a kennel, this time with a big boisterous male. Patty is a gorgeous deep black labrador cross. She is very affectionate and although she is quite strong on the lead, she settles down well. She is playful and fun and would love a home with lots of walks, no cats, and perhaps a handsome friend to play with. Patty was born in July 2013 and like all our dogs will  leave vaccinated, sterilised and identified, all for €170.
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  • Affectionate
  • Fine with female dogs
  • Will need some TLC