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
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
Year old shetland colt free to good home
usual home checks will apply
please call hats on 07801282624
Ranger is a beautiful fox red lab, he is a bit soppy
and is brilliant with other dogs. Is in foster with 3 children over 7
Microchip says born 2011 so is 4 years old
PASSPORTED please call Nats on 07801282624 for more info
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.
Cookie is a brindle, spayed female, well socialised and very submissive to all humans. She has never shown any dog aggression despite being bitten once during a walk. She loves to play with other dogs but is a bit overpowering with smaller breeds. This is easy to control with verbal commands.Cookie has a fairly high hunting instinct and whilst walking over the fields will chase after wildlife. She has been taught to ignore farm animals and to date has never worried them.
Peggy is around 12-14 gsd x collie,very friendly with everyone she meets seems to love children (was previously in foster with 4). Just wants to play with other dogs. Fine on the lead but recall needs bit of work she will come back in her own time,she has been clean indoors. In foster in hordle
Meet billy he is a cute little terrier he is about 2 years old
he is good with children he is in foster with other dogs
Billy is good on the lead and has quite good recall
his house training will need a bit of work
for more information please contact helen in Somerset on 07938503700
Meet Duke, isn't he handsome? If I had to hazard a guess
would say lab x springer or pointer and is lab size.
He is 2 years old and was handed in today as his owners
just had newborn and one has become ill.
He is wonderful with all dogs and has been raised with children
and a newborn and is very kind and gentle.
I wouldn't say he is a cat hater but isn't a lover of them either
or if he just needs a bop on nose wil
l find out but at mo it's no cats.
Duke is an all round family dog
with a big heart and can be left for few hours
and used to being alone as was an only dog
Max is about 7 months old,he has good recall and is good on the lead
he is in foster with children and been brought up with them
for more information please contact helen on 07938503700 in Somerset
Ozzie is a 1-2 year old weimaraner
he is a typical bouncy boy and very typical of the breed
He is quite a large big weimaraner and still young and stupid
Biscuit is a year old Pomeranian x . She had to have abit of a drastic hair cut
when she came in as her coat was not in a good way.
She is in foster with other dogs and gets on ok
but will put them in their place if they annoy her to much
Is good on the lead but recall not tested.
Biscuit will not be rehomed with small children
due to her being quite nervous
and her foster mum feels they would scare her to much
Bonham is a very happy,active,cheeky 2 year old staffy cross who is looking for his forever home. Was brought up living with children and was fine but sadly bonham cannot live with small furries, Knows some basic commands and good on the lead if walked with a halti other wise he will pull, recall isn't to good as gets distracted so this would need work. In foster with male and female dogs and is fine with them, I would say maybe children 6+ only because when he gets excited he may knock a teeny tiny over
Casper is a 3-4 year old Shetland pony :) no joking he's a good old pointer. Pleasure to walk he even finds the more aggravating dogs we encounter quite fun, in foster with male and female dogs and gets on fine but cannot be rehomed with cats. Casper is a failed working dog as gun shy and also needed to have an eye op as was suffering from entropion. In foster in Parkstone
Bouncer is 2 year old lurcher (whippet x probably as whippet size)
he is incredibly gentle unless your an excitable child
then there is a chance he may herd and nip you so older children only
Brilliant with other dogs and excellent recall. Please call 07738232637 for more info
Mia is a 2 year old female husky
these are not the easiest breeds
to own so experience preferred
Please call Nats on 07801282624
A very sad relisting
Trixie re listing as potential adopter has found out he has an illness. 4/5 years old Yorkshire terrier. Has had eye removed recently due to infection and has to have eye drops to prevent and treat any infection in the other eye, this will be a lifetime thing. She is coping very well without the eye although will jump if she doesn't see you coming. She is a bit reluctant to go for walks to start with but is getting better, I think she would prefer a companion as she follows her foster brother around all the time but will be fine on her own if she has someone with her most of the time. She does need more work on house training but does go on pads in the house by the back door. She is very cuddly and loves a fuss. Good in the car. Has seen cats out walking and is very intrested in chasing them
Mischka is a nearly 5 year old husky cross
very friendly and soppy but can be abit anxious
In foster with male and female dogs and gets on great
she does think she's a lap dog, when
Mischka has met young children she has been very nervous
so will only be rehomed in a home
with children over 10 years of age