Well we got a lovely surprise today and for the second year running we have been nominated for 'Charity of the Year' this award means so much to us as it is voted for by our adopters and supporters who have a DDR dog and its their opinions we care about the most, well apart from the dogs.
We are aware we can be a tad marmite lol as do things differently and a bit out spoken like the time I listed Peppa the hound as the worst dog I had ever fostered, hey some people hate it some love it but its us and the way we are and we thank you for your support this means a lot to us xx
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
I know these are tedious but it really really
means a lot to these dogs and all rescues involved and forward
Please please sign it means so much to us and the dogs
and forward to friends
Here we have Rennie a tri colored cavalier
we believe she is 3 to 4 years old
but will be vet checked on Monday
Monday to find out and to get vacs
she in foster with other cavs
and is a sweetheart little unsettled
but that can be expected for a few days
please call 07921 018756 for more information thank you
Tilly is about 2_3 years old she is good on the lead and with other dogs
She doesn't like cats
she is a very loving girl who just want to be with you
she is in foster in Somerset
for more information please contact Helen on 07938503700
Meet Barney he is a beagle/lab mix I would guess
he is 12 months old and a bit frightened at the moment
but no nastiness at all and got better in last few days
He is fully vaxed and passported
please text 07738232637 for more details
Pixie is a 2-3 ish blue merle collie
we think she would enjoy to have another dog for company
Pixie is clean in the house and loves other dogs
has been off lead with good recall
Please call Nats on 07801282624 for more info.
Poor Stanley is still looking for his forever home
he's and extremely leggy lurcher pup
and been in foster with children,cats and other dogs
and got on well with all
He will need to continue his training in his new home
As you can see Lady is a beautiful lurcher about 5 years old
she is very well behaved unless your a cat or very small dog
then she reverts to type
Her owner is very poorly and very upset
although its what is best for Lady
Lovely calm and house trained girl
looking for a great new home
Please call Natalie on 07801282624.
Little harry is about 10 weeks old
we are not sure what breed but possibly terrier x
he is in foster with his brother and sister in Somerset
please contact Helen on 07938503700 for more information
Little Dunk has been with us a month now
and he is a very cute typical terrier, 2 years old
not a cat lover at all
he can be left for 4 hours and is quiet
please call 07738232637 for more information
Maisie and Martin are 13 week old setter x collie pups
so as usual puppy training will need continuing in their new homes
Well socialized with bigger dogs and would be fine with cats
small furries and children. In foster near the new forest
This is Fearne, she is a lab or collie x
12 weeks old, in foster with other dogs
children and a cat
This is Lucy she is a lab or collie x,
around 12 weeks old, in foster with other dogs,
children and a cat.
Jess is about 18 months old she is good with other dogs
house trained,travels well in the car and is good on the lead
Jess will need some recall work for more information
please contact Helen on 07938503700 in Somerset
Grey wanted her picture on the table as she thinks all the Christmas ones are getting a bit boring lol, she is about 2_3 years old she is a little lap dog she is good with other dogs, children but not cats for more information please contact Helen on 07938503700 in Somerset
Meet Melba the mastiff x she is about a year old
She is in foster with other dogs, she is well behaved
and is getting good on the lead
for more information please contact Helen on 07938503700 in Somerset
star and Bambi are looking for there forever homes they have settled well with their foster mum and doing well with the house training ,they are about 12-14 weeks old so they will need training,for more info pls call helen on 07938503700 in somerset.
Dennis,Bart and Royston are absolutely gorgeous 12 week old husky x labs. They will need the usual puppy training and these guys are going to be BIG dogs when fully grown so please put this into account. Are slightly (hit or miss) newspaper trained and love everybody and chewing my nice boots. please text nats on 07801282624 for further info
This is Burt he is a 6-7 ish year old fawn chihuahua, he is a typical chihuahua with plenty of character and a good few years left in him yet, in foster with 5 other dogs. Burt has been with us 6 months and we have no idea why he just keeps getting overlooked, please call Natalie on 07801282624 for more info
This is Belle she has been with us 6-7 months and we have no idea as she is good as gold for her foster Mum. She is an older jack russell who would make an ideal person or couple. She is just happy with a warm sofa and a walk round the block. She is in foster with 5 dogs. Please call Natalie on 07801282624 if you would like to meet Belle and make her your best friend
Nigel and his 3 brothers are still searching for their forever homes
They are boxer x spaniel (we think) and nearly 9 weeks old
These guys are tiny with little spindly legs and tails
newspaper trained,very playful and cheeky
Will need the usual puppy training in their new homes
Please call 07801282624 for more info
Dizzy the collie cross is a very sweet natured girl
In foster with other dogs,children over 10 and cats
Stunning markings and great character
Please call 07801282624 for more info
hi im bonzo i have just woken up and as you can see am having a little ear trouble today think i have lied on them funny .im in a fab foster home i love it here but i do need my forever home im good with children and other dogs and i am no bother to have around if you would like the chance of giving me a home please call Helen in somerset on 07938503700 she usually answers