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Before applying to adopt one of our dogs please think very carefully about it. Most dogs have a potential life span of around 15 years.  Whilst it is not dreadfully expensive to feed a dog on a weekly basis there are other, associated costs, such as vet bills, that can be very expensive especially if the dog is ill or has an accident.  We would advise any potential adopter to take out relevant insurance cover.

Please do not ask to take one of our dogs on a "trial" as we will not agree to that.  You are welcome to visit the dog as many times as you like prior to adoption and spend as much time as you like with him/her. In many cases we do not know what the dog has had to live through in the past and we regularly find it can take several months before a dog feels secure and settled in his/her new home.  Therefore to take the dog on a brief trial run will only upset the dog's balance and will not prove whether or not the dog will be happy living with you.  

Odwin - Pedigree SBT What can I saw about this little guy??

Odwin is truly the most adorable and loveable dog.  He is a typical Staffordshire Bull Terrier - exactly what the breed standard says they should be.

He is loyal, faithful, loving, affectionate and great with all other dogs.  He is really quite a small dog, short in the leg - exactly what a SBT should be!!

Odwin travels great in the car and is good on the lead.  He mixes with all other dogs at the rescue without problem - actually much preferring human company.

Poor Odwin has been in rescue for a while now - if he was another breed with the same traits and personality that he has then I'm confident to say he would have been rehomed a million times.

Can YOU look past the breed and see him for the truly wonderful dog he is?? 

Have you any idea the number of people who have come to the rescue saying "I'll adopt anything except a staffie" then have left with one??

Are you aware of the "staffie disease??"  Once you have been loved by a staffie no other love matches up ;-)

Odwin is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea'd, wormed, veterinary heatlh checked and assessed.  He is available for rehoming now subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £150.

If you would like to meet Odwin, or find out more about him, please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.

Daisy - Are You Ready!! Be Still Beating Heart !!!

Oh my, the most beautiful girl has landed at Islay Dog Rescue.  Please meet Daisy :-)  Daisy was recently fostered for three weeks and this is what her fosterer had to say about her :-

I fostered her for around 3 weeks after her spay and an operation on her eyelids. Hopefully this will help rehome her quicker. 

Daisy has a placid calm temperament and was the perfect house guest. She is very clean in the house and well behaved. She is not destructive in any way and is not noisy either. She does like company - just to sit with you is enough - she is very obedient and knows basic commands.

The only time she gets excited and starts her "Daisy dancing" is when she knows she is going for a walk - the Daisy dance is something to behold and resembles a jig! She will calm down when she realises that she can't be attached to her harness until she stays still!

She loves playing ball and is fairly athletic in her movements.

She is about 2 years old and there is still a strong puppy streak in her when she is excited - for this reason it wouldn't be wise to rehome Daisy in a family with small children as she could knock them over when doing her jigs! 

She walks well on her harness on pavements in built up areas - she stays close to you and does not pull at all. When out in more open areas, curiosity does get the better of her and she does want to forge ahead. That said she does not pull on the lead strongly ( I have managed her without any difficulty and am in my 50s and only 5ft 2inchestall!) She has a thing about autumn leaves - she loves chasing them and when on a lead this can be interesting for the person at the other end of it. However, apart from leaves she doesn't seem chase orientated and had no interest in cats when out.

She is dog friendly - she will wimper when she sees a dog she wishes to greet! She is good with most other dogs. However she is not submissive - if a dog tries to establish dominance over her ( eg by putting its head over her haunches or approaches her when she is on the lead barking at her), she will warn them off. Having done that however, she will then totally ignore them. She is firm with entire males or overly dominant males who wish to get up close and personal to her! She takes exception to this and tells them to back off and they usually comply first time!

She is good with older children ( I didn't test her with any child younger than 12 because none came round whilst she was here) but when she did meet younger children outdoors she was very good and didn't jump up. She jumps up rarely - the only time I have known her to do it was when a lady approached in a lovely cream coat!!!

Exercise wise she does enjoy her walks and really does need someone who could commit to a minimum of 1.5 hours daily - any less than that regularly would not be fair on her.

She is such favourite with the Homeless Hounds volunteers because she is easy to please and a pleasure to walk - a very uncomplicated dog who deserves the very best home.

Daisy is fully vaccinated, flea'd, wormed, microchipped, spayed, veterinary health checked and assessed.  She is ready for rehoming now subject to a successful homecheck and a minimum donation of £170.

If you would like to meet Daisy or find out more about her please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.

Brian - Young Bull Mastiff Brian is an extremely handsome, young bull mastiff.  He is around 10-12 months old.

Unfortunately Brian was dumped along with his brother and they both found their way into the dog pound.  There they both served their 7 days but were - unsurprisingly - never claimed.  Whilst in the pound Brian was very unsure and nervous and whilst we couldn't say for sure that he had been beaten - he certainly displayed signs that would suggest that.

Since arriving in rescue though he seems to have cast all that aside and is a happy-go-lucky young man.  He is good with other dogs though can, occasionaly, be a bit bouncy for some.  He is a large dog but not huge by any manner of means. 

He walks well on the lead but can pull if he gets a little excited.  Given that he is a young boy we would be looking for a home that would be keen to continue his training and socialisation.

Brian travelled quietly in both the car and van.  He is a very affectionate dog and would be an asset to any household. 

He is fully vaccinated, will be neutered, has been flea'd, wormed, veterinary health checked and assessed and is ready for rehoming now subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £170.

If you would like to find out more about him or even come and meet him please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.

Duke and Prince Duke and Prince have a rather sad story.

Their mum died suddenly and her partner decided he wanted to live in Spain. He put both Duke and Prince in boarding kennels but abandoned them, which resulted in them needing a rescue space.  We were asked to help and how could we refuse?

Duke is around 13 years old and, apart from a slight heart murmur, is in very good health. He is not neutered, but, given his age, we would be reluctant to put him under a general anesthetic unless absolutely necessary. He is very good with other dogs.

Prince is around 8 years old and is very sensitive. He is wary of strangers but comes round fairly quickly. He appears to be at a total loss and cannot understand what has happened to him. He has also been veterinary health checked and is fine except he is not neutered and has an undescended testicle. Our vet has advised that it would not be in his best interests at the moment to have surgery and this would be discussed further with any potential adopter.

Duke has coped with this sad situation better than Prince. Prince has found the whole situation a dreadful ordeal and has lost a lot of his hair due to the stress. This is beginning to grow back now though. He is very dependent upon Duke and looks to him for reassurance most of the time so these two must be rehomed together.

The perfect home for Duke and Prince would involve a warm house and a soft sofa!! It would also only have children over the age of 10 either living or visiting there. Once they get to know you, both dogs are very affectionate.

Both dogs have current vaccinations and have been flea'd, wormed and veterinary health checked. A retirement home is more important than a donation and this will be discussed with any potential adopter at the time. 

Duke and Prince are available for rehoming now subject to a satisfactory homecheck. 

If you are interested please call Richard on 0794 996 1253 or Lorraine on 0787 656 1545.

Buddy is a stunningly, beautiful Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross who has found himself in rescue through no fault of his own.

Unfortunately, Buddy started life as many dogs do, as a cute little puppy.  He was "ooo'd" and "aaa'd" over but never trained.  Therefore, the bigger he got - the more boisterous he became.

Eventually (and I'll bet you have guessed the next bit) they didn't want him any longer as he became a pain. He was dumped, ended up in the dog pound and never reclaimed.  He was only one year old.

He has spent almost a year in rescue and during this time built a very strong bond with one of the pound volunteers (Simon).

Simon has taught Buddy how to walk nicely on the lead, how to sit when asked, give a paw and how to play appropriately.  

Buddy is a fantastic boy who is full of energy and has a real zest for life.  He is very inquisitive and loves "nose" games (ie. games where he can use his nose to find treats that have been hidden).

He interacts very well with all the other dogs at the rescue and plays each day with over 7 dogs in the exercise arena.

Buddy would suit an active household and an owner (or family) who are committed to continuing his training and education.  We would rehome Buddy to a family home where the children were over 10 years of age.

Updated Information from Foster Carer :-

Buddy has impressed me.  When I first heard his story, that his first owners had apparently done nothing constructive with him regarding training or behaviour, until it got so bad they got rid of him..well I didn't quite know what to expect.  He was one year old when he found himself in the pound and has basically spent a year in rescue.

At the rescue centre he met Simon.  I cannot praise the work Simon has done with Buddy highly enough.  Buddy walks really nicely on the lead, he sits, stays, waits, gives a paw, knows the name of some of his toys, and I am positive he is smart enough to learn many new things if someone takes the time to teach him.  He's eager to please and learn.
Buddy is a wonderful dog to have around.  Being Staffie based he loves affection, cuddles, tummy rubs etc.  He is always up for a game of fetch the "Whatever," loves his walks and in a nutshell has a lot of energy.  That is not to say that when I'm needing to just sit quietly he won't have a nap or maybe lie with an eye open waiting for me to move again.
Buddy is housetrained, sleeps all night, walks well, plays well, shows respect, is well behaved in the house, travels well...what more could anyone want.

Buddy does have an issue worth mentioning..well not an issue as such it's just what he does.  He gets a toy, we play for a while, I stop playing so he plays by himself but after a while he will decide I should be playing again and gets very pushy and starts barking loudly, simply to get me to play again.

The simple solution is to give him a toy and play with it, then take it away, so it's not a biggie but I could see how some people unaccustomed to dogs may see this as aggressive behaviour which is not what he means by it at all, even though he does look quite fierce at the time, which as I say could easily be misinterpreted. 

Just thought I should mention that to give any future adopters a heads up..play then take the toy away..sorted.

But he's an awesome wee dog, a bit quieter than my last foster-dog, Murdoch, who was awesome in his own wee ways too..but yeah Buddy is a really good dog to have around, I hope we find him a home soon because he deserves it...as they all do.

Buddy is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea'd, wormed, assessed and currently living in foster.  He is available for rehoming now subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £130.

If you would like to find out more about him, or even meet him, please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.

Buddy is available for rehoming now subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £130.


Iris is a young, female lurcher.  She is approximately 18 months old and has, we believe, been a working dog.  She is actually much prettier than her picture.

We recently rehomed Iris but unfortunately she has been returned to rescue due to her extremely high prey drive.

Her owner reported her to be an absolute sweetheart.  She is completely house trained, can walk beautifully on the lead, is non-destructive when left alone, is very affectionate and has proven good with children.  She also travels well in the car.

However, Iris has an extremely high prey drive.  For this reason we would insist that any prospective owner signed a contract guaranteeing to keep Iris on the lead at all times.  We would also recommend that she was muzzled when out walking (which is common practice with many sight hounds and nothing unusual).

Pictures to follow.  

She is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea'd, wormed and assessed.  If you would like ot meet her please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.

Iris is available for rehoming now subject to a successful homecheck and a minimum donation of £150.


Hankie Alert!!!!

Hope is a young mastiff bitch, maybe around a year old.  She was recently rescued from the most horrendous conditions along with another 39 dogs.

Hope had been born in a shed and had NEVER been out of the shed.  Yes, you read that right.  NEVER seen outdoors.

She was rescued by Homeless Hounds in Preston and has come to us to find her forever home. 

As you can see from the pictures below, she was initially totally bewildered by the outside world.  No idea about grass, wind, rain, different smells, walks or different people.

Look at how bewildered she was.

Look at her enjoying the winter sun on her face.

Hope has been here over a week now and is beginning to settle.   She is getting used to the routine and enjoyed a walk with our dog walker, John, earlier in the week. 

She is understandably shy and would need a home where her new family would be happy to expose her slowly to the outside world.  She shouldn't be kept away from things and would benefit from being out and about as much as possible (but in controlled environments where she wouldn't be too stressed or overwhelmed).

Hope will be fully vaccinated, spayed, flea'd, wormed, microchipped, veterinary health checked and assessed.  We would be willing to rehome her now on the understanding that she returned to our vets to be spayed (at our expense) in the near future. 

Hope is available for rehoming subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £170.  If you are interested in meeting her or finding out more please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.

Hope is the girl on the right of this picture.

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