Sweetie says thank you, after rolling in mud
she is back on the bed within an hour of being shaved
Julia the groomer was so patient as sweetie was very nervous and scared
she deffo hasn't had the best life
OK we girls at DDR can sometimes occasionally get a tad grumpy, not with the dogs but sometimes with people. We frequently get told we got successful very quick due to our brutal honesty and common sense approach to rescue.
We get asked all the time 'whats his/her history' 'do you know how old/breed'. Then we say the same old answer we just don't know. These are rescue dogs but even if they are handed in and people tell us everything about the dog since birth it would be foolish for us to believe it so the answer is still the same we just don't know.
We assess the dogs on how they are in rescue and what behavior they display in there foster homes. Sometimes dogs don't display there 'true' personality till 2 months down the line once settled in a home. We cannot hold every dog 2 months so they are listed on how we see them at the present time. I wish we had a crystal ball but we don't.
We only want people/families to adopt our dogs to understand they are adopting a dog not a washing machine, in that I mean they have their own minds so can be unpredictable or change there behavior in different environments. We thoroughly test the dogs with other dogs and if food aggressive and what they like with kids or horses or cats or whatever then one day they could take a dislike to a certain dog/child etc and we want people to understand this before adopting a dog.
I would like to stress this isn't a 'rescue dog' problem this is all dogs. Sometimes yes rescue dogs can have problems due to abuse or neglect but then also you get a rescue dog that is very easy as appreciates every thing they have as they have never had it and are no bother.
Dogs are like having a new kid, they will cry in new places for a few nights till settle, they need to adjust as have probably been in a pound in Ireland then to rescue in Ireland then on ferry to us then to vets then to foster home and then to your home so they go through a lot before they arrive with you.
We ask you to bring your dogs/children to all viewings as its not fair on everyone if you don't then we get a call ,my cat doesn't like him' 'kids are scared of the puppy' and they don't need to be passed round anymore than they are.
We often get calls 'my ddr dog is naughty you must have it back today' when we ask how long they have had it they state they adopted it at 8 weeks and is now 18 months!! Now we are NOT responsible for how your dog turns out believe it or not these days everyone likes to put blame but as adults you adopt the puppy/dogs and you will get back from your dog what you put in. And its very easy to say ok not my fault dump back at the rescue. We are always here to take a DDR back BUT you will have to wait for an available space we just don't have empty spaces for the day you feel you need to return your dog and this can take upto 6 weeks.
I know this post looks harsh but its being realistic as some go into dog ownership with tinted glasses, my dogs I have had years can still do stuff very out of character. Dogs will always have a natural instinct, you can raise a terrier as a lap dog but most will still always chase a rat, you can raise a springer as house pet but most will always try and flush birds, we have many ex working lurchers and you know they may take a deer or rabbit down, sheps can suddenly bark at random strangers, this is all dogs not just rescue dogs. So you may think we will go buy a pup from top breeder but you will have same problems as you cant take instinct away.
Its all about choosing the right dog for your lifestyle
Ok we are full to the brim (understatement)
if you can foster through the holidays
in any of the below areas please call the girls
in your area and they can talk you through it,
SOMERSET/MARTOCK is Helen on 07938503700
NEW FOREST is Nicola on 07763514217
DORSET is 07715596368
or Nat's on 07801282624
We have dogs of all ages and size
Sweetie is the springer spaniel on the left, she has been with us 6 weeks as had a bad phantom pregnancy. She is now ready for a new home. Sweetie is about 2-3 and has been fully clipped. She is excellent in the car, horses, cats she lives with other dogs but she lets them know she 100% the boss. Beautiful well behaved spaniel is whistle trained and is always at your side, please call nats on 07801282624
Seth is a lovely gentle lad
who is brilliant with other dogs in his foster home
He's around 3-4 years old and very laid back and gentle
Not in foster with children or cats
Sparky is a male 1-2 year old sprollie, full of fun and energy and loves attention
fab with the other dogs in his foster home (male and female)
He has asked for an active home with a play friend. Currently in foster in hordle
This is Rosie she is about 1to 2 years old terrier x
She has a skin condition that she is on medication for to help clear it up
She is super friendly loves other dogs and children
She is fine on the lead and quiet at night
Rosie can be left for a few hours at a time
as long as she has a comfortable bed to snuggle up to ...
Connie is a 12-18 month old collie, good with children
and other dogs and LOVES balls she can play fetch all day long
given the chance. Connies not ready to leave us yet
but can be viewed in her foster home in Ferndown
Meet Boris he has been with us a while now he is about three years old ,he is good with children and other dogs. Boris has good recall he is good in the house, but he doesnt like being left on his own for to long he would be fine with another dog, he just loves people and will make someone a very lovely companion or family pet .For more details please give helen a call on 07938503700 in somerset
Flash is around 2 years old and a lab cross, good with other dogs
but not furries and can be a little bit excitable and jump up
very quick learner and does need abit of lead training
as can be strong but a halti or harness should help with this. In foster in Poole
Herbie is a beautiful 18 month male German shepherd. He is great with other dogs but in his previous home he was an only dog as well so is happy to be left 4 hours no problem at all and doesn't bark. We don't rehome our big boys with kids under 8. Please call Julie on 07738232637 for more info, he particularly likes his sunset walks on sandbanks beach
This is Sammy collie cross puppy he is about 15 weeks
He is responding to puppy training really quickly
however this will need to continue as lead work is needed
He is very sweet little boy and loves to cuddle and play
He is crate trained and quiet at night in foster will other dogs and cats and children ...
Sid is a super active 5 month old collie and has bundles of energy
Would love an active household
really enjoys having play friends to keep him busy
In foster with zig in the new forest
Cassie is a 12 month old small pointer,clean indoors,basic commands
do need some working on Good with children and dogs
and not overly bothered by cats (will chase if they run)
can be submissive with big humans on first meeting them
Enjoys running around and playing in the garden with the children
Missy is a 4-5 year old small collie, clean indoors,good with male and female dogs (not cats) and good with children, knows commands. Is up to date with all jabs,neutered and microchipped. Absolute sweety who has found herself in rescue due to her owner going into a home
Ok if Ted was a human I would say he would be like Katy Hopkins!!
You catching my drift......he has attitude not always a great one!!
Ted is an 11 month old male, neutered and up to date with vaccines.
He is very loving and great with cats, other dogs and older children 7 yrs and older, but he has nipped a toddler. Wewas in a very hectic household and he barks a lot due to not getting the attention he needs. Loves walks and sitting on your knee.
Lives with 2 other dogs but even though tiny can be territorial with other dogs he lives with.
Please contact Nats on 07801282624 for more info he is based in the New Forest for viewings
Lad is a 10 year old smooth collie he really is a total sweetheart
who is looking for a loving retirement home.
Lad is good with other dogs,cats,people,in the car
and loves his walks and food
Currently in foster in the new forest
Meet dave (blame his foster mum) he's a 5 month old lurcher pup
absolutely brilliant with children and good on and off lead
he does need to continue some training
ie some basic training and can have the odd accident at night
Super loving and a typical pup
so will keep you nice and busy :) in foster in Somerset
Meet Lola she is a 14 week old lurcher
(we would guess whippet/collie)
very sweet little pup but still a pup so will still need training
please call 07801282624 for more info
Milly is three years old she is a Patterdale xcollie her owner has asked us to put her on
her as she thinks she needs a home where someone would have more time for her
she lives with children and cats, she does live with another dog
but gets very anxious out on walks with other dogs that she doesn't know
for more information please contact helen on 07938503700
FREDDY DOB 14/12/2012
Freddy is male with a typical tan/black mask. Well socialised and will stand with tail down and head slightly lowered whilst being sniffed. He is playful with them and not too boisterous but will retaliate immediately if a more dominant male either snaps at him, chest thrusts or places its head over his shoulders. On the two occasions this has happened he has pulled away as soon as I got near to him and called him off.He tends to be shy of strangers but doesn’t take long to accept them. Recently we have had an extension built and the only reaction from him was to workers wearing headwear. He stayed back but growled and barked, stopping immediately the helmet or hat was removed. He has reacted similarly to me wearing a helmet.