So we have been taking ex breeders since we started
and Brooke is our most recent ex breeder
who has touched the hearts of many.
So my good friend Mrs A came up with the slogan "Are you sure you saw the Mum" and we think Brooke is the perfect poster girl for this campaign to raise awareness about buying a puppy as we feel the only way forward is education and awareness, please let's share everywhere as this isn't just in Ireland and Wales as Brooke came from Bournemouth.
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 xx
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
OK so am on a begging mission as need some help.
We pride ourselves on being very honest and like to show you guys where you money goes that you give us, hence why we regularly show you our vets statements.
We love that we take the ex breeders that often come with high medical bills, big boys, big breeds, cruelty cases, elderly and often these need ongoing care.
We provide a vets bills for life scheme for the dogs with pre existing conditions that otherwise may not find homes as in the current climate we know money is tight to take on a dog with vets bills.
All our dogs are health checked, vaccinated, flead and wormed and we have a very successful neutering voucher scheme.We have paid 55,000 in last year in vets bills but also our transport is 800 a week plus on top of that our fuel bill is huge, then add food and phones etc its a lot of money to run a rescue.Our out goings are more than whats coming in so am asking (pleading lol) to any wonderful people or companies who would like to help us.Us and the dogs would appreciate any help anyone can contribute.We have attached our vets statement as think its important for people to see, and I think we are in a minority that display our vets bills for all to see.
If we were with any other vets this would be so much more as Natterjacks are amazing to us and Andy has even done some ops for free.
Thank you all of our amazing supporters,
Bovril and marmite are 8-10 week old spaniel cross pups
they will have accidents indoors until house trained
they will randomly pounce on you for attention
,and nibble your ears,chew your shoe ect
Please call Di for more info +44 7933 251197
Tiger is a 9-12 month old good old Heinz 57
absolutely loves children and other dogs
does need to continue training and house training
but does know some basic commands
Would benefit from an older dog to show him the ropes
Nervous on the lead to begin with,can be shy around strangers
Pixie is around 1-2 years old and a collie
currently in foster with male and female dogs and gets on great
Her foster mum feels she'll excel in agility
Pixie is in foster care in hordle with Di
please call her on +44 7933 251197
Tia is a 6-7 year old bichon
she's currently in foster with male and female dogs
horses and getting use to busy yard life
Please contact Charlie for further info on Tia 07584 568753
Boots is 7 years old and a wonderful German shepherd
absolutely great with other dogs, children over 8
voluntary rehoming fee
health checked and all good.
Sky is a 5+ year old male bichon
Currently in foster with male and female dogs
and gets on fine with them
sky needs a strict diet of no chicken
Currently in foster in Parkstone
Sophie is currently in foster
with male and female dogs in Parkstone
We believe she has been used for breeding
and needs a little bit of tlc
She is looking for a nice quiet retirement home
Little Lucy is around a year old
in foster with children, dogs and gets on fine
she does need to continue with further training
Please call Helen on 07938 503700
Con is a male lab who's currently
in foster with male and female dogs,children and horses
Absolute joy to have around and also very well behaved
Rosie is enjoying her time in Somerset
running around with the other dogs
She's an older girl 5 ish
Ok on the lead and love being out and about
Please call Helen on 07938 503700
Foxy roxy is around 3 years of age
in foster with horses and dogs
and use to people coming and going
please call Helen for more info 07938 503700
Sally the springer, 4/5 years, quiet and calm
black and white, bit plump, can be left few hours
cat tested, in foster with older children
very affectionate and loving.
Percy is a 5-6 year old collie cross
good off lead and with other dogs
currently in foster in Martock (Somerset)
with Charlie please contact her on 07584568753
Meet Burt a 5-6 year old Chihuahua
who isn't afraid to tell dogs to get out of his personal space,
nice little boy very affectionate, no young ones with Chihuahuas
he will make a great companion dog please call Nat on 07801282624
Meet molly she loves water as you can see
she is 5 good in the house and with children
she was a great family pet but because
of lack of time and new commitment
they made the the hard decision to let us
find her a new home she loves walks,
her recall is good for more information
please contact Helen on 07938503700 (somerset)
Lacey is a lab cross probably collie for a change
Still only a baby at around 6 months of age
so will need further training
Currently in foster with young children
Felix is a lurcher pup who came into ddr in a very sorry state.
You could literally see every bone on his body
and had a bad case of mange
which has cleared up and his hair is growing back really well
felix is in foster with other dogs and other animals.
Please call di for further info +44 7933 251197
Josie is a pointer x terrier and is 8 months old. She is a beautiful girl
who loves to run with her sister Tess. She can be nervous
so will be to go somewhere where she will be loved and have lots of cuddles and patience.
She has also seen lots of different animals and people
while in foster and brilliant with other dogs.
Text or call Charlie for more Info 07584568753
Lunar is possibly a labx gsd she is about 8-9months very friendly and good with other dogs, she will need a bit of lead training and a little more house training very sweet nature for more information please contact helen on 07938503700
Tess is 8 month old pointer x terrier, she is a lovely girl who loves to run and play
. She can sometimes be abit nervous but she just need to go to a loving home
where she will be loved and have lots of cuddles and lots of patience.
She has seen lots of different people and animals while in foster, brilliant with other dogs,
good on the lead. Will need some recall work off the lead. call or text Charlie for more info 07584568753
Marley is a 2 yrs old King Charles Cavalier
He loves his walks and is a loving boy
if you are looking for a lively boy oozing character
then this could be the boy for you
He hates cats with a passion and we feel he would benefit
being in a household where he is the only dog.
He is fully vaccinated, micro chipped and neutered.
Please call 07834 455272 for more information.
The lovely Max is looking for a new home as his elderly owner
can no longer walk him, he is only just 12 months
and a lovely well socialized boy, strong
I lead but easily fixed with a halti, Max is a lab x, please call for more info
This is Koko, she is a 2 year old springer spaniel, she was a nervous wreck had been abused, and was terrified of other dogs and would bark at them, after a month of heavy socialization she can now be walked with other dogs, but think she would prefer to be an only dog, loves children and is clean in the house, please call Collette on 07715 596368 for more info
Candy is a 4-5 year old wire haired terrier
In foster with other dogs but cannot be re homed
with furries or poultry very active young lady.
clean indoors and a typical terrier
This little chap is a Yorkshire terrier x he is about 2
very cute little dog we don't know anything about him
he is in foster with children and other dogs for
more details call Helen on 07938503700
Rosie the gsd is around 3 years old, sweet girl
in foster with dogs and horses in somerset
in need of a good groom charlie please
call/text charlie on 07584568753 for further info
Pointer x lab Roxy 2 years old good in all ways,
can be strong on the lead though so will need a halti or harness
for further information please call/text charlie on 07584568753
Basil is about 7 years old he was one of ours 5 years ago
but sadly his older owner has become unable to keep them.
He is very wary of strangers but once knows you he is fine.
Lovely older guy in good health
Bugsie is a lab x collie 1-2 years old he is excellent
in all ways he is a dream to have around and very fun to have around
hes in foster in somerset please call charlie on 07584568753
Milly springer x good in all ways needs some lead Training
good with other dogs kids etc,clean in house and only 1 year old
please contact charlie on 07584568753
Ishka whippet x 2 years old good with other dogs and eager to please
also in foster with horses. please text charlie
as her signal isnt always very good 07584568753. based in somerset
shadow is around 3 years old hes in foster in somerset
so around horses,people and other dogs, he is still finding his feet
but so far takes everything in his stride
charlie is his foster mum please call or text her on 07584568753
Ellie is still searching for her forever home,she can still be a little shy
of new people but soon comes around, shes in foster in hordle
with other dogs of all different sizes. we believe
Ellie to only be around 1-2 years old and a rough collie cross
ON HOLD AS PREGNANT
Tia is 3yrs Saluki (poss cross)and was picked up as a stray with 3 tiny 3-day old pups absolutely terrified and in a real state. Been fantastic mum and pups have all found forever homes.The sweetest, gentlest little lady, typical of her breed; she hasn't a nasty bone in her body. She's loves cuddles,to play(but not over energetic),other dogs and children big and small. Fit and blooming now ready to find her own happy ever after, Tia is still shy with strangers, especially men, but comes round quickly now at her pace. Good on the lead with reasonable recall and good with "no". Not been off lead yet as would chase "w'etched wabbits" given half a chance. Accepted that my cat was not for chasing but prob best no small furries unless very dog savvy.Needs super quiet handling as has clearly had a heavy hand previously, is scared of big sticks and cowers away if shouted at (oops