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
Chuck is a 12-13 week old terrier pup
in foster with children,cats and other dogs
Needs to continue training in his new home
and is only a baby so will have accidents
chew and keep you very much on your toes
Trixie 4/5 years old. Yorkshire terrier. Not 100% house trained and does Need encouragement to go for walks. Likes it nice and quiet so No young children,Very gentle sweet little girl. Good when in the car and currently having treatment for an eye problem
Molly is 2 year old springer x terrier
Very well behaved as good with cats and children
Molly has only come in due to an allergy
Not To be re homed in Parkstone please
call Nats on 07801282624 for more info
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
Oscar (Ozzie) is a 2 year old beddy terrier, he is a genuine sad local gift in due to ill health. He's good with children but can get a little excited and may knock a toddler over. I feel he'd prefer to be an only dog as does enjoy his own space and not a fan of cats. Ozzie is strong on the lead but slightly better walked in a harness or halti, upto date with jabs and neutered. Is a little on the tubby side but with regular exercise and a good diet he'll soon loose it.
Bella is 16 weeks and there is a bit of everything in her
and expect her to be a small medium size, she is nearly housetrained,
she is a bit scared but coming out of herself
in the last week. Please contact Helen in Somerset on 07938 503700
Hally is still awaiting her forever home, she's around 3-5 years old and in foster with male and female dogs and gets on fine. Not in foster with cats or children so cannot say what she'd be like. Very affectionate girl who has lots to offer a potential new family. Hally has been with us for over 3 months now and we feel she's more than ready to find her forever home
Freddie is a Yorkshire terrier x and is 12 months, cannot be rehomed in Somerset due to previous owners request. Very lively puppy with good recall, good with other dogs although would annoy old dogs, never seen a cat and best with older kids, call Helen on 07938503700
So these guys are looking for their new mummy and daddy's . They are both male and gsd x's, typical pups (re homed separately) and will need to continue all puppy training in their new homes. They are going to chew,have accidents, need puppy training ie basic commands,house training and socialization with other dogs. Size wise we would say medium but would be a guess so you'd need to be prepared for a dog possibly ending up gsd size. Highly intelligent boys and copy their foster brothers and sisters.
Betty was born in May 2009 and is great with kids
dogs and horses but Betty cannot go with cats!!
Please call Helen 07938503700
Bertie is about 18 months old he is good on the lead
and with other dogs, he has met children
he will need basic recall training
for more information please contact
Helen on 07938503700 in Somerset
indie is 4 on 27th January, she is up to date with jabs, worming and flea treatment etc, spayed and microchipped, she is a german shepherd cross collie a beautiful dog, great with children, knows lots of commands, sit, come, stay, paw, down,drop etc, excellent recall, loves balls and playing fetch, loves water! pulls on lead due to extreme excitement, no problems off lead, chases cats, only really barks if door knocked, very loving and loyal, a little bouncy, unfortunately her mum is a busy single mum and she isn't getting enough walks and the attention she deserves
Daisy is a jack x
Currently in foster with other dogs but her foster mum feels she'd prefer to be an only dog. Brilliant recall and ok on the lead but does need some training with regards to other dogs when she's out, we would like her re homed with children over 10 years of age. In her previous home she liked sneaking upstairs and cuddling up in bed at night
Bella is a 4 year old Yorkie who had severe eye infection
but nearly cleared, she is welsh so don't panic ;-)
ready for viewings and is but timid so needs tlc
and has dodgy hair cut as had to cut matts out
please call Nats in 07801282624
Shaggy is a beautiful chocolate collie
who was originally with Brenda for 6 months!!
Shaggy is wonderful with children and a lovely boy
but when out he is a typical collie who is a bit obsessive in traffic
like a highly strung collie. Sadly
his owner has become unwell
so he has had to come back into us
Sacha is a 7-9 month old corgi cross ?? Very dinky in size (terrier size). Can be nervous when she first meets people but does enjoy cuddling up on the sofa for a tummy rub. Has been cat tested and ran away and is ok with other dogs once she gets to know them, does need to continue all training in her new home. Fine with children but does mouth to begin with (insecure) so I'd say older children who understand to leave her alone and give her space. Will make a brilliant family member once she feels secure and part of a family.
Bran is a 1-3 year old English pointer.
Submissive with dominant males
and will curl up in the smallest dog bed he can find lol
so has a great character
Bran is good on the lead
and not in foster with cats or young children.
Zachary is a funny looking shih tzu x
he kind of looks like a mini chewbacca!!
He is currently being picked on by a Yorkie in his foster home
Not in foster with kids or cats but good with goats!
He is about 1-3 years. Please call 07801282624 for more info
Rusty is a 2-4 year old dog, would prefer to be only male in the home
Rusty is about 2-4 years old and would love to be a lap dog
or someone's special companion
probably best with older children.
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.