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.
Albert / Jet is a 4-5 year old, terrier cross.
When Jet was at the rescue he was here for many months. During that time he built a very strong relationship with Richard and is ideally a man’s dog. He was turned out into the exercise arena every day with all the other dogs and during that time he was never once aggressive to any of them. In fact, a couple of times he was bullied and picked on. He would often actively avoid any dogs he didn’t feel comfortable around.
After several months he was eventually adopted by a couple called Joe and Ann (names changed). He was very much Joe’s dog. He did present several problems but mainly they were worked through. However, when out walking on the lead it seemed he was not good with other dogs. This was a surprise given how he had been at the rescue. However, Joe and Ann took him to trainers and behaviourists and worked hard on this. He is quite a strong dog and walks on both a halti and a harness and double-ended lead. He can walk very nicely though and knows how to sit and wait at the pavement.
He adores his boomer ball – in fact, all balls. He will play fetch for as long as you can be bothered. When playing fetch he normally drops the ball into your hand but if he drops it on the floor and you don’t pick it up he remembers and will give it to you.
Unfortunately after approximately a year Joe died very suddenly and both Jet and Ann were launched into limbo. Both of them missing the anchor in their lives. Jet was very traumatised, his dad left the room one evening and never came back.
He began to suffer from separation anxiety and when Ann would leave him, even for a very short period of time, he would toilet in the house. For almost a year Ann tried to cope with Jet on her own but he proved too much for her. Suffering from health problems and finding Jet too much it was with a heavy heart she asked us to take Jet back into the rescue.
At this point we found a foster carer who welcomed a project!! This project, we felt, could be Jet.
Richard collected Jet and took him to the foster carer, Kate. He introduced Jet to Kate as “Albert” which was the name he had been given at the rescue before being rehomed initially. Therefore, since then Kate has called him Albert. Lucky boy has two names!!
Kate is a very experienced dog owner and had recently, very sadly, lost her own beautiful dog. She has had Albert for almost two months now and has been assessing him during this time.
She reported that after Richard left him with her the first day, poor Albert spent the following three days waiting at the window for him to return. Eventually he began to build a bit of a relationship with her but he very much prefers men.
Kate has many positives to report about Albert. He sleeps on her bed at night and has never once toileted in the house overnight. He loves his walk but does need both his halti and harness as he is very strong. He does not react well when he sees another dog when he is on the lead and this is an area for work.
Kate’s friend has a female dog and Albert is very accepting of her. Although it took a little bit of time before he would play with her he is now keen to meet her and we feel he would happily live with another calm, female dog.
Albert is what can only be described as “a character!” He has several funny little habits. For example, when you are at the kitchen sink, running water, he goes crazy in fun and he loves you to blow bubbles at him. However, this game needs to stop when the human says as otherwise he continues to jump up and use the person as a wall.
He's not all that keen on being groomed but does let you do it for maybe around 15 mins a time. He gets excited at meal times and does a little dance when his meal is getting made up. He likes you to stay with him while he eats. He was okay with some school children patting him while he was out on a walk.
He settled well in foster care but did display some signs of separation anxiety in that he sometimes toiletted in the house if left alone. We would suggest this is dealt with by crating him and giving him a stuffed kong when he is to be left.
Other than that he's an ideal doggie. He does as he's told, not always on the first ask, but he does do it. He big love in life is to play ball and he gets really excited with this. Sometimes so excited he chews the ball up!! When playing fetch if he doesn’t return the ball to your hand and you tell him you can’t reach he then picks it up and drops it in your hand. He would play fetch all day if you would let him!!
He is not an overly affectionate dog and doesn’t like a lot of loving, though he does like to know you are there.
There are a couple of types of homes that would suit Albert. He would be happy living with a single man who he could bond with an be with all the time. However, he would also be happy living with a family where there were slightly older children (maybe over 8) who would play football with him!!
His new adopter would have to appreciate and understand though that he has had a lot of upset in his life over the past couple of years and this is presenting through his separation anxiety. Realistically, it could take Albert a year or so to settle properly into a new home.
Updated Information :-
Albert's foster carer is moving home outwith the area therefore Albert has returned to live in kennels. He has only been here a few days (12.07.14) but during this time he has been perfectly well behaved. He has thoroughly enjoyed playing with all the other dogs in the rescue. At one point he was playing with a St Bernard Cross and they had a ball :-)
If you are interesting in finding out more about Albert or would even like to meet him please call Richard on 0794 996 1253 or Lorraine on 0787 656 1545.
Albert is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea’d, wormed and assessed. He is available for rehoming now subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £150.
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 int he exercise arena.
He is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea'd, wormed, assessed and veterinary health checked.
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.
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 £100.
NOT READY FOR ADOPTION - CURRENTLY RECEIVING MEDICAL TREATMENT :-(
Please meet little Parker Piglet. He is a small jack russell type dog who is just the most amazing little guy you could hope to meet. He is really a tiny wee guy.
He is approximately 4-5 years old and a true star. Unfortunately, at the moment, he is suffering from demodectic mange (not contagious to other dogs or humans!!) and is receiving treatment for that.
Parker is very dog friendly and plays well with all the other dogs at the rescue. I don't know what else I can say about him other than he is a complete star and would make the most adorable addition to any home.
Parker Piglet will be fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea'd, wormed, veterinary health checked, neutered and assessed prior to rehoming.
Although he is not ready for rehoming he would welcome visitors so 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.
When he is ready for rehoming it will be subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £150.
"Look, I've got a loveheart for a nose. How can you resist me?"
See......told you I was teensy!!
Sophie is a brindle, Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. She is approximately 2-3 years old.
Sophie was heavily bred from then discarded by her previous owner. She is a lovely girl and interacts well with all the other dogs in the exercise arena.
She is very typical of the Staffie breed in that she has a joy of life and a desire to be cuddled up with her human companions. She could live in a family home where the children were over the age of 10 years old.
Although she is fabulous with other dogs at exercise time we believe she would prefer to be the only dog in the household.
She is fully vaccinated, microchipped, spayed, flea'd, wormed, veterinary health checked and assessed.
If you would like to find out more about her, or even meet her, please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.
Sophie is available for adoption now subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £100.
Archie, Sally and Bobby are three Yorkshire Terriers who have come into rescue due to the very sad death of their owner.
Whilst all three have lived together, and our first preference would be to rehome them together, we appreciate that not everybody could offer a home to three dogs. Therefore, we may be prepared to split them though this is dependent upon the homes offered.
Please meet Archie.
Archie was born on 28th April 2010 and is currently 4 years old. He is quite a shy and reticent boy until he gets to know you. It would be fair to say he has been very undersocialised and he would benefit from a home where he could be taken out and about and introduced to the outside world. He often presents as very worried and is frequently torn between wanting to come up for cuddles and once he is being cuddled, wanting back to the floor again. This lack of trust will take a while to go but we are quite confident he would bond with a new owner well.
Archie has been flea'd, wormed and is microchipped. He will be veterinary health checked and neutered by the end of August. He is currently under assessment and is not ready for rehoming. We would be happy to receive notes of interest and/or visitors to see him.
If you are interested please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.
Please meet Sally.
Sally war born on 03.11.11 and is not quite 3 years old yet. Although Sally is also fairly shy and nervous, she is the most confident of the three dogs. Once she gets to know you she is great fun and very affectionate - just living for the milli-second she can jump up for cuddles.
Again, she has been undersocialised and would benefit from an owner who could take her out and about and introduce her to the outside world.
She has been flea'd, wormed and microchipped. She has also been spayed and will be veterinary health checked prior to rehoming. Sally is currently under assessment and not ready for rehoming yet, however, she would welcome notes of interest/visitors to meet her.
If you are interested in Sally please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.
Please meet Bobby.
Bobby's date of birth is 20.08.12 and he is just 2 years old. It would be fair to say that Bobby was the most nervous and wary of the three dogs when they came into rescue. He has since come round and is a bouncy, playful young dog. He very much depends on Sally and often looks to her for guidance when he is in a strange situation.
Again, as with the other two, he has been very undersocialised and would benefit from a home where he would be taken out and about and introduced to the wider world.
He is a very affectionate dog and spends most of his time trying to jump up on your knee or welded to your leg if he wants to go to sleep.
He is flea'd, wormed and microchipped. He will be neutered and veterinary health checked prior to rehoming.
Although he is currently under assessment we would be delighted to take any notes of interest or have visitors to see him.
If you are interested please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.
Ghillie is a gorgeous, medium sized spaniel cross.
He is good with other dogs and currently plays along with 7 other dogs each day in the exercise arena.
Ghillie is not ready for rehoming at the moment and is currently under assessment.
He is neutered, flea'd and wormed and will be fully vaccinated and veterinary health checked prior to rehoming.
In the meanwhile, if you would like to meet him, or find out more, please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.
Ghillie will be available for rehoming after his assessment period and upon completion of a successful homecheck and a minimum donation of £150.
Murdoch has been in rescue for months. He is a lovely boy and needs a chance, please??
Murdoch came to rescue at Islay Dog Rescue (Ayrshire) on the same day that Davie Murdoch and his curling team won Silver at the Winter Olympics. He had been in the pound with no name and the pound staff called him "Tubbs" as he was more than slightly overweight at the time.
We thought he deserved a better name than that so who better than a successful Olympian to call him after??
He is approximately 2 years old, fully vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, flea'd, wormed and assessed. After spending many, many months in kennels he has been in foster care for almost 2 weeks. This is exactly what his foster carer has to say about him.
"I am more used to bigger dogs, medium to large, rather than smaller ones, but what Murdoch may lack in stature he more than makes up for with a huge happy personality and an enormous, affectionate heart. I'll say that again because I cannot emphasise enough the happy personality and the love he gives. I swear he smiles. When he plays, when he runs towards you, there's an ear to ear great big smile on his face and when he gets petted I'm sure I can see him grinning.
Having been in a rescue centre rather than a house for some time and being a young dog, I anticipated basically starting all over with him, house training, walking on the lead, sit, wait..all the basic stuff. However, he is clean in house which is a gold star right away and is pretty good at walking on the lead too once the initial excitement of going out dies down. He is eager to please so I imagine the other bits will come, with some treats for incentive and time, but he does understand "No" which is a good place to start and he is already remembering "Sit."
I have left him in the house for short periods of time and although he initially wasn't happy about it there was no damage done. I imagine that he has not spent much time alone having had other dogs and rescue centre staff around for so long but am sure he will get the idea. He does however travel very well in the car/van.
In Murdoch I see a faithful, loving companion for some lucky person. He simply hoovers up affection and gives as much and more right back. Although I have not allowed it, if you let him he will happily be your lap dog.
He is a nice boy to have around. Somebody out there needs him.........they just don't realise it yet."
Murdoch is dog friendly and could easily live with a calm female.
Poor Murdoch thinks he should give up hope. It's just his fate that he was born a staffie. I'm sure he closes his eyes and dreams of being a fluffy poodle or gorgeous golden whatever - and having people fight over homing him. Instead of that, he is continually overlooked. He's only a staffie after all.
If you are interested in meeting him please contact Richard on 0794 996 1253 or Lorraine on 0787 656 1545.
Murdoch is available for rehoming subject to a satisfactory homecheck and a minimum donation of £100.
Wallace is a lovely, young crossbreed. He is around 9 months old.
He has been here for a few weeks now and during that time has proven to be a complete star. He is very quiet and laid back, exceptionally so for such a young dog.
He can be rather nervous in strange situations and at that time, takes his lead from his handler. Therefore we would be looking to rehome Wallace with somebody who is fairly confident and outgoing so that they can encourage Wallace to enjoy the world.
Wallace is fabulous with other dogs and is scared of cats.
We would consider rehoming Wallace where the children in the house were over 12. He could live as an only dog but would benefit from living with a calm, confident female dog.
Wallace is truly stunning, both inside and out.
He is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea'd, wormed and veterinary health checked.
If you would like ot meet him or find out more please call Lorraine on 0787 656 1545 or Richard on 0794 996 1253.