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
Nancy is a rather stunning springer x collie
and it's her 1st birthday tomorrow
Currently in foster with male and female dogs
teenagers and cats
(she has met and not paid a lot of attention to)
Is looking for a nice active home, in foster in bearwood
Yes need to finish decorating lol)
Peggy is a 12-14 month old gsd x collie (collie size) she does need a home who can build her confidence as quite shy around people, in foster with small children but feel older children would be more suited. Fine with male and female dogs and loves to play. Needs some basic training and house training. Penny cannot master laminate flooring either and will just lie in the middle of it. Please don't let these little things put you off she is very intelligent and once she knows you gives the best cuddles and kisses ever.
This gorgeous young lady is poppy she is an 8 month old brairds cross
gets on with male and female dogs and children
she knows some commands and has fantastic recall
As you can see she thinks she's abit of a lap dog
And Has totally won her foster mum and children's hearts very quickly
If you aren't aware of the breed please do your research
Emar is an 8 month old lab cross and very full of energy and mischief
Fantastic with male and female dogs and super duper soppy
She is a big girl and still has growing to do
has been clean indoors and would love a play mate to jump around with
In foster in the new forest
Chico is a Lhasa Apso and is a lively 13yrs old with plenty of life left in him.
He loves his twice daily walks and is a pleasant, friendly dog.
He is neutered, housetrained, fully vaccinated
(has full vacs history), microchipped, flead and wormed
Dental records provided. Also KC registered.
For more information please call 07921 018756
Maggie is a gorgeous 18 month old collie x
terrier she is in foster with emar
and gets on great with all the other dogs in the home
Very affectionate and once she's finished playing
likes to chill out on the sofa for a snooze
She may be small but she's an active girl
Not in foster with children or cats and based in the new forest
Sammy is a beautiful collie, he is 12 months old
typical active collie would be amazing at agility
brilliant with other dogs and been raised with children
Please call 07738232637for more information
Abbie is a 6 month old lab x, she is a typical bouncy active pup,
has been with children and is great with them although a little clumsy
Pulls on lead so will need some lead training
Please call Nats for more info on 07801282624
Quincy is a 12 month old neutered lab x collie
sadly due to his owners moving abroad
they couldn't take him with them. Good with children,cats and other dogs
needs work on his recall and is a typical happy,outgoing lad
Please call Helen on 07938503700 (Somerset)
Bella is 17 months and a beautiful shepherd mix
she is great with kids but we wouldn't say she is good with cats
even though hasn't done anything. Her owner is distraught
as she has become poorly and can no longer care for her
as she needs lots of exercise and is very loving
Please call Nats on 07801282624
Roscoe is a labx he is _2 _3year's old
he is good with children and other dogs
roscoe is housetrained he will need some recall work
but is very good on the lead
for more information please
contact helen on 07938503700 in Somerset
Mia is a 2 year old female husky
these are not the easiest breeds
to own so experience preferred
Please call Nats on 07801282624
Peanut is 11 weeks old and a little scruffy terrier cross
Will need to continue with all matters of training (house and toilet)
She is a typical puppy who will have accidents
chew and nibble so these things need
to be put into account when taking on a puppy
Lucky is 5yrs old. Lucky is great with children dogs etc
tho does pull on lead n when off she does her own thing
( runs anywhere she wants to go lol )
So I just keep her on lead. She is a cocker mix
please call 07801282624 for more info
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
Scooby is a 2 year old lab x retriever
he's sadly come into rescue as struggles being left on his own
but we have found if with another dog he's absolutely fine
good with cats and children and loves the ladies
but does respond better to men
Strong on the lead but a halti or harness should help
He's in foster care in Poole. Please call nats on 07801282624
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
Magna is about 7years old he is in foster with children and other dogs
he has been an only dog for quite sometime he loves walks
and a nice lap to sit on, for more information about him
please contact helen on 07938503700 in Somerset