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Chippeur | T200

Chippeur male shepherd crossMale, Young, Medium

Shepherd cross Chippeur was brought in by a local rescue organisation who found him and his pal tied up in a field in the middle of nowhere. Okay, there might be a good reason for this (I am having trouble thinking of one, admittedly), but if that is the case, then surely the owner would have come to collect his dogs. Neither is underweight and both are sociable and affectionate, so maybe it was just a question of the owner not wanting to bring his dogs in for rehoming in a responsible manner. Chippeur was born in March 2015 and is a lovely dark borwn and black cross. Chippeur is vaccinated, castrated and identified and his adoption fee is €170.

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  • Beautiful colouring
  • Affectionate
  • Will make a great family pet

Despé | T187

DespeMale, Young, Large

Another puppy who has been returned to the SPA once he has reached his full size, Despé is a shepherd who was adopted from us in September. He would never have been up for adoption originally had his owner, who was looking for him, agreed to have him identified. But she refused, so Despé found a new family. And they, too, have let him down! Confined to a garage, Despé has not had the best time since leaving us. He has clearly had no education, he pulls on the lead and would benefit from a firm hand. Luckily for him he is sociable with both male and female dogs, and although he has lost some of his puppy cuteness, he is still a very handsome and affectionate dog. Despé was born in July 2017 and is a tricolured shepherd cross.


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  • Good with dogs
  • Handsome and affectionate
  • Will make a great family pet

Goldy | T161

GoldyFemale, Young, Medium 

We do not know Goldy’s history, but we know that she deserves a really wonderful home. At first glance this young malinois looks like any other pup of this breed. Until you see that she has a deformed jaw, which the vet is sure is due to having been hit or kicked or otherwise abused. Goldy will always look a bit special. But special can be wonderful, and Goldy is certainly that. She was born in August 2017 and is fine with other dogs. Like all pups she will need lots of love, and like all malinois pups she will need lots of exercise and stimulus, as well. This is no couch potato of a dog. The breed is lively and intelligent and not one for first time dog owners.

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  • Good with dogs
  • Still a puppy needs lots of stimulation
  • Will make a great pet for an active family

Cally | T173

CallyFemale, Young, Large 

Cally was adopted from the SPA in January and we thought all was going fine. Apparently not, and once again it is not the fault of the dog. Yes, people’s circumstances change, but if you know that a big change is imminent, it is preferable to wait before adopting a new dog. In this case, the new owner moved in with someone and Cally did not get on with their (female) dog. So Cally is back at the SPA. She is a very attractive girl, young (born in January 2014) and is fine with male dogs. She is quite a chunky lass, as we say, and is suitably boisterous in her play. Attention must be paid with very young children, but apart from that, Cally is perfect. She is not too bad on a lead and would appeal to people who like the staffie types but don’t want to go through all the administrative steps to own a (a-hem) dangerous dog.

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  • Good with male dogs
  • Attention with children
  • Will make lovely pet for staffie type lovers

Boris | T111

BorisMale, Young, Medium 

I know we shouldn’t have favourites, but Boris is the dog I would take home from the SPA if I had any more room. He is another of the five dogs who were found in a warehouse, and in my opinion he is the best looking and friendliest. He is a crossbreed with unusual markings; plenty of tricloured patches and speckles all over his fur. He is a truly lovely boy, learning to walk on the lead (so a bit enthusiastic), but as Boris is only a year old (DOB March 2017) there is plenty of time for him to learn. He is fine with other dogs, both male and female, and adores human company. He would make a wonderful family pet, either as a sole dog or as a second dog.
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  • Good with other dogs
  • Adores human company
  • Will make lovely family pet

Mitch | T109

MitchMale, Young, Medium 

Another of the five dogs found in an old warehouse, Mitch is a fabulous looking shepherd cross. He was born in February 2017, and is extremely well socialised. Mitch is sharing his kennel with another male, but of course we know that all these dogs are used to cohabiting. Mitch is learning to walk on a lead and adores affection. He will make a wonderfully loyal family dog.
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  • Good with some dogs
  • Well socialised
  • Needs a family to give him love

Bang | T108

BangMale, Young, Medium 

Bang, who was born in January 2016, was one of five dogs who were found locked up in a warehouse. Apparently their owners did come along to feed them, but the place was in an unimaginable state as it was never cleaned and the dogs had no access to the outside. That is no way for dogs to spend their lives. Bang is the most timid of the pack, but he is gradually gaining confidence at the SPA. He is good with other dogs and although he is only just getting used to the lead, he is already making huge progress. He is a bit difficult with some other dogs, but that will improve with time, we are sure.

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  • Good with some dogs
  • A little timid
  • Needs a family to give him TLC

Jack | T153

Jack Black Labrador crossMale, Young, Medium 

Jack is another dog who has just been brought back to the SPA. He was adopted towards the end of last year by a woman who came to adopt a dog for her elderly mother. We cautioned against such an action, but she insisted, and like fools we allowed Jack to leave. This will no longer happen! Of course the elderly mum found Jack (a senior dog, but one with plenty of energy) too much to handle, and the daughter did not want a second dog. So Jack is back. He is like a mini black labrador crossed with a jagd terrier, he is good on the lead and really affectionate. Jack was born in July 2008, so he is a senior dog, and as such his adoption fee is is just €80 (vaccinated, castrated and microchipped)
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  • Good with dogs and cats
  • Really affectionate
  • Good on the lead

Chupito | T143

ChupitoMale, Young, Small 

Chupito was adopted from the SPA when he was a puppy, back in September last year. He is now coming up to a year old (he was born in May 2017) and finds himself back at the SPA. We don’t know why, as instead of coming to explain and fill in the rehoming questionnaire, Chupito’s owners just took him to the local vet and left him. How nice! Since he has been back with us we have seen that this dog is good with other dogs, he is lively and affectionate and small. In fact when you see him in real life you will be surprised; he is like a mini version of one of the “standard” SPA shepherd crosses. A cute little lad who deserves a better home than the last one he had.

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  • Good with most dogs and cats
  • Full of joy and love
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Roxy

Some of you may have read the joyous blog when we announced the adoption of Roxy after two years. He left with someone who had walked him at the SPA and spent a whole month planning to adopt him. Less than 24 hours later he contacted the SPA on Facebook to tell us that he could not keep Roxy in his apartment, which was just too small. Since the adoption took place the apartment had shrunk considerably (he told us it was much larger when he came to adopt), and also a live in partner had appeared as if by magic.

What a huge disappointment for us all, but mostly of course for Roxy. This dog (no dog) did not deserve to be treated in such a cavalier manner.

Usually a failed adoption teaches us a lot more about the dog. Not in this case; we learned a lot more about the owner, who of course is now blacklisted. So we will stick with our original description of Roxy.

A big black griffon cross with a brown moustache, Roxy was born in January 2013. He was given as a puppy to an elderly couple who were unable to look after him, and they brought him to the SPA in April 2016. Yes, Roxy has been with us for two years.

He pulls a bit on the lead, but that is easily sorted out with a no-pull harness, which he is very used to wearing. He is fine with other dogs although can be a bit reactive to other males he sees on walks. He is a real gentle giant. When he thought he had a new home he went round giving huge kisses to all the staff and volunteers. He never jumps up at people and is a mature, well mannered dog.

Roxy has spent long enough at the SPA now. Please help us find him a forever home.