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Meet one of our hardest to rehome dogs, Bru!

Our lovely Bru, arrived in PAWS quite young and has grown up knowing mostly just kennel life.  Being a bull-breed, Bru is unfortunately one of the top breeds to get overlooked or ignored in rescue shelters.  Though this is through no fault of his own.  Bru holds pride of place as being many, many staff and volunteers most favorite dog due to his very very lovable nature.  For a medium size dog, he has a lot of fun and personality, this mixed with his devilish good looks, makes it impossible to ignore this handsome boy.  He even gets his own care packages of toys and treats delivered to PAWS from his ‘fans.’  All Bru needs is love, time and a home with someone who has experience with his breed.  As a pup who grew up knowing the kennel life, he needs to learn his basic commands and some one on one training to turn him from a big, clumsy pup to a well-adjusted, family dog.

Bru is most well known for getting so excited seeing visitors, he wags his tail so hard, his whole body vibrates and wriggles and he can’t walk over to you fast enough.  This has earned him the well deserved nickname of ‘Wiggles’ among some of the staff.  If you feel you have the time, experience and love to give this boy, we can guarantee he will return that love and loyalty a thousand times over.  A potential new owner can be assured they will be getting a whole lot of fun, playful and affectionate addition to their family.

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Meet our lovely long term boy, Topper.

This brindle lurcher boy has recently had his two year anniversary with PAWS.  Topper is a handsome dark brindle boy who deserves a comfortable, safe and happy home to call his own.

Topper needed a lot of time and help to build his confidence back up after he arrived to us.  He arrived at the PAWS gates looking tentative, worried and unsure of his surroundings.  He was hesitant when the PAWS staff came up to offer him a reassuring pet. Looking into this gorgeous boy’s eyes, you know he has a heck of a story to tell if he could talk.  He carried the weight of the world on his shoulders.  Topper did not have a very good start in life and sadly, this past was etched on his face for the longest time.  Unlike other dogs who have come from similar circumstances, Topper handled himself differently, he was clever and a little shy but settled in rather quickly.  It was obvious when he realised he was in a safe place, as he carried himself with more confidence and his walls started to come down.

When he realised he was in a caring place where he would be looked after, he became more relaxed, maybe for the first time in his life.  Underneath his ‘underdog’ persona, a more confident and very loveable dog with a very sweet personality came out.  Everyone could tell… this boy was a special one.  He has his quirks; he likes to use his water bowl as a football sometimes, he has a sense of humour; sometimes, unintentionally, he prefers to lead you on a walk rather than the other way around and he really enjoyed his one on one time.   He is a pal to all the staff and volunteer dog walkers.  Topper enjoys his routine.  He is a very clean dog and enjoys a lounge in bed, true to the lurcher character.  He is loyal and clever and we feel he would make a great companion for someone who enjoys exploring the outdoors but also will enjoy life as a couch companion.  Topper would prefer to live as an only dog.  He often gets overlooked, like most lurchers, but anyone who would be willing to meet him, won’t need long to realise what a special, loyal, sweet dog, this boy is.  Unfortunately, not many people give him this chance.

If you would like to meet Topper, contact us or call to the shelter between 2 and 4 pm 7 days a week.  We also have many other long term dogs looking for their forever homes so ask about them too.

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Today, the world lost one of the most amazing human beings ever created.

The world and more importantly, the world of Animal Welfare in Ireland lost a founding Mother .

Yes, she drove us crazy sometimes with ‘tough love,’ but dare anyone hurt her cubs and the full weight of her strength came to the surface.
Tough, tender, strong, infuriating, beautiful, generous to the extreme and an amazing, crazy mother whose late brother called her ‘The Templeogue Terror’. She did not tolerate fools gladly and she could shoot straight from the hip, but her passion for her family, friends and animals was steadfast.

She worked hard all her life. I remember, when I was a child, she made washing up liquid in giant drums inside our garage. She bottled & labelled it as ‘Squez’ and sold it to HB Dairies, pubs, hotels, supermarkets et al. Then, when ‘Squeezy’ washing up liquid hit the Irish market, she insisted they pay for the rights to use ‘Her’ product. She imported the first cigarette vending machines from the UK and sold them door to door to pubs and clubs. We would arrive home from school on a Friday, only to be bundled into the car and across on the ferry to London to buy two of three machines. She would bring them back on the roof rack (Oh, the hilarious memories) to sell them in Dublin. Then came the first ever microwave to Ireland…. that was freaky!

But dogs were her passion and in her 64th year, 11 years after battling and beating breast cancer, she founded PAWS Animal Rescue. She begged, borrowed and lobbied to get what was needed to save the dogs, especially her beloved greyhounds.

Politicians, Bank Managers, IGB, County Councils and others could never say, no, to this formidable lady. Some did, admittedly, say, ‘Oh Lord’ when her number came up on their phone but eventually she swayed them with her charm, knowledge and sheer forcefulness.

But, she taught me to be strong, stubborn and driven. I am very, very proud to say that Deirdre Hetherington was my mother. She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched. Love You Mum Xx

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The annual PAWS tea party fundraiser, hosted by the dedicated, long term PAWS supporters and all round wonder women, Catriona Gibbons and Kay O’ Brien, was held once again this past Saturday in Gowran, Co Kilkenny.  Lots of people attended the event to put the kettle on, enjoy a bun or slice of cake all and a chinwag in aid of PAWS.  Extra helpings of sandwiches and cakes were encouraged, all for a good cause of course! Later in the afternoon, there was a fab raffle with some amazing prizes.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and the Tea Party raised a whopping €730.00 for PAWS.

The event was held to help raise funds for sponsorship as Catriona Gibbons will be participating in the VHI women’s mini marathon this Summer, as she does every year for PAWS.  So, keep an eye and ear out for some of her other annual fundraisers or donate to PAWS directly on www.paws.ie/donate to help abandoned, abused and homeless dogs in PAWS’ care.

Catriona and Kay – the hosts

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Laugh your socks off at the Laughter Lounge in aid of PAWS Animal Rescue !

This May the 24th, 2018, come join us for a charity comedy night fundraiser at the laughter lounge in Dublin City Centre.   Tickets cost €25 and are available to purchase via Holly on 083 399 9980.  Doors open at 7.00 pm with a cocktail reception is at 7.30 pm and the show kicks off at 8.30 pm.

The incredible line up include stand up comedians, John Colleary, Tom O’Mahony and Willy White.

So come on, get your tickets and come enjoy a cracking night of comedy all while helping PAWS raise some much needed funds to help continue their work in rescuing homeless, injured or abandoned dogs and puppies.  You’d be barking mad not to.  See you there!

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“A Taste of Italy”.

PAWS Animal Rescue are pleased to announce we are having a charity lunch in the award winning Il Posto Restaurant on St Stephens Green on April 21st, 2018. Our hostess for the afternoon will be the awesome Ms Amanda Brunker. Spot prizes, a raffle and goodies galore are in stock for our attendees as well as a tasty Italian meal. Tickets limited to 60 so get yours soon before we run out.

Available via info@paws.ie at €60 per person 3 courses plus wine & coffee.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Late February / early March of 2018 saw the greatest snowfall Ireland has seen in 36 years.  With the whole country on amber and orange alerts in the days leading up to what the tabloids deemed ‘Ireland’s snow-mageddon.’ There was a dash at supermarkets and shops nationwide for bread, milk and supplies.  All service workers and emergency responders braced themselves including the volunteers and workers of the animal welfare sector who were preparing themselves for caring for animals in severe winter conditions.  On Wednesday the 28th of February, while everybody prepared themselves for the upcoming snowstorm which was due to hit, the team at PAWS Amy, Sarah, Judith and Stephen battled snow, icy winds and frozen water while trying to carry out kennel duties.  Thursday the 1st  of March saw some of the kennel team unable to travel to work but the PAWS crew raged on to ensure the safety of the rescue dogs. Later that day, when Ireland was to see deadly snowfall, siberian winds and ‘Storm Emma’ battle it out almost every workplace, educational institution and business closed up early while the public abided to a 4pm curfew and Met Eireann’s status red.  While most people watched the weather collide, hot drink in hand from the comfort of their living rooms, elsewhere, the PAWS team were warming their frozen fingers and toes having had worked tirelessly to batten down the hatches to see every dog and donkey safe, warm and cosy.  Thanks to a tireless and strong team, while ‘The Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ raged outside, the PAWS’ dogs were safe inside with soft beds and full bellies under the warm glow of the kennel’s heat lamps.

By Friday the 2nd of March, most of of Ireland woke up to snow drifts up to 7ft tall outside their homes and making roads impassable. While the country was brought to a standstill, many of the PAWS team saw themselves unable to get to work leaving a much-depleted skeleton crew of Sarah and Chrissy to persevere.  While they began the day with just the two of them, in through the gate came reinforcements, having woken up to find his road impassable, Graham had walked the 4km from his house to PAWS to make sure he got there and ensure the dogs are cared for.  A team of 2 became 3.  At the end of the day, to make sure that he didn’t have to walk home again, a very cold and tired Graham was very kindly offered a lift on the company tractor by Lynch Fencing Services, Mullinahone.  This morning, with many roads still unsurmountable, two team members Graham and Dick walked the 4 km again to look after all the dogs, along with Sarah & Grace.  Not all heroes wear capes, folks, some wear paw-prints and PAWS logos.

There may be snowdrifts of up to 7ft outside, but a story like this is sure to warm you up.  In a time where it can be hard to see the good news stories through the bad and particularly, in the animal welfare sector in Ireland, it can leave you feeling a bit hopeless. But when you see the amazing work carried out by the health workers, emergency responders and the animal welfare workers, who are often unmentioned under the ‘essential services’ banner, carry out their duties tirelessly and relentlessly in very tough conditions through sheer determination and tenacity is something that can only work to inspire confidence and hopefulness.

Outside the kennel doors at PAWS

Donkeys out in their paddock after a cosy night indoors

Ziko having a play in the run after a cosy night safe indoors

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Last year, some of our long term dogs that had been in our shelter at PAWS for over a year or more found their way into someone’s heart and had finally found their forever home.  Among them was Teddy Bear the staffie that had been overlooked for over a year before he got adopted by a lovely lady and now spends his time in a loving home and going on walks to the beach.  Shayla, the staffie cross, who was the sweetest little lady and spent over a year in the kennels before finding her perfect home in Dublin.  Pancho, Dell and Copper, some of our special long-term lurchers who had found themselves waiting in the PAWS kennels for over three years before they found their forever homes also got their chance at having a home of their own in 2015.  Particularly Pancho, who was adopted by one of our weekly volunteer dog-walkers, Katja, and now shares his life with Patrick another rescued lurcher in Kilkenny.  Dell and Copper were adopted overseas.  The year before that saw another long-termer, Louis, an American Bulldog, a surrender who stayed at PAWS for well over a year before he was adopted by one of our very own staff and now lives a happy life being very spoiled with two other rescue dogs.

Most dogs manage to find their forever person and get adopted easily enough but every rescue shelter has their special ‘sticky’ dogs that find themselves waiting a long time for that special person to come along and offer them a forever couch and PAWS is no different.  Often, it is through no fault of the dog’s that they have to wait that extra bit longer.  All of us here at PAWS believe the right home for all of our rescue dogs is out there if you wait long enough.  Although, it is often heart-breaking for our long-term dogs watching their kennel-mates get adopted and set off for their new home while they stay behind.  You can almost see it in their faces trying to work out why nobody has come for them yet.  All of these dogs are special with their own stories and unique personality, many of them lurchers, cross-breeds and even pure-breeds, but all have one thing in common, each one is a loving dog that would make someone a wonderful pet.  They just need somebody to look past the sad story etched on their face and give them a chance to show just how special they truly are.

For this reason, we have a compiled a list of our special long-term dogs who are all wonderful and unique in their own individual way with the hope that the right person will see them and decide they are the dog for them.

First up, is Drake.

When the PAWS staff think of our ‘long-termers,’ it is guaranteed the first dog to come to mind will be Drake.  Drake is a fabulous German shepherd cross boy.  Drake was a rescue case.  When he arrived in PAWS, he was skin and bone and looked like he’d never spent a night in a comfy bed or even eaten a full meal.  His coat was matted and he was badly in need of some TLC and kindness.  Drake received the vet attention, care and a few good meals he needed and he just blossomed into this magnificent dog that is just bursting with love for everybody he meets.  Almost four years later, Drake is still at PAWS awaiting someone to come and offer him the right home.  Drake loves just about every person he comes across and greets everybody with licks and doggy cuddles.  He holds the place of ‘favorite’ for many of the PAWS staff and volunteers alike.  He lives for his walks and especially loves his grub, understandably, considering the condition he was in when he arrived at the shelter.

Drake’s only vice is he needs to live in a secure home where he is the only pet.  We believe Drake never received the proper socialisation with other animals that every pup needs growing up and, because of this, he doesn’t know proper etiquette when meeting other animals and gets quite stressed. This is also why Drake needs someone with lots of experience with reactive dogs and experience training dogs.  This is a must for anybody considering adopting Drake.  A very secure garden with a high, Drake-proof fence/wall is also a ‘must-have’ for this reason.  Drake can behave like a big, soppy pup who doesn’t know his own strength at times.  Saying this, he also knows the ‘sit’ command quite well and will sit for his dinner and for cuddles once he’s told.  For this reason, he needs a home without little ones he could knock over by accident.  Recently, Drake went on a day out with one of our staff and experienced the fun of beach walks and cuddling up on someone’s couch, given his little experience over the past few years of being anywhere but his run at PAWS and walks around the PAWS’ fields, he behaved very well and this gave us some insight into how Drake would be in a home of his own and we can provide this information to any future, potential adopters.  Drake is very special and we know that the perfect person is somewhere out there looking for the perfect dog and we think, with the proper patience, understanding and care, Drake can be that perfect dog so please take a look at our adoption guidelines below and get in touch if you think you could give Drake the chance he needs.

Drake giving cuddles getting out of bed in the morning

Handsome Drake still awaiting his forever home

Introducing Topper,

Topper is another of our long-term lurchers in need of a loving, forever home.  Poor Topper was surrendered to PAWS after he was deemed ‘no good’ for hunting.  He was a very shy and nervous boy when he first arrived but almost a year in the kennels later, he has become much more used to being handled.  He has even made lots of friends among the PAWS’ staff and enjoys his rubs and cuddles.  A few months ago, Topper’s kennel mate, Theo the rough coated lurcher, found his forever home and we would love for Topper to find a home of his own as he is getting a little sad being in kennels.  He is a very handsome dark brindle boy who would be best suited in a secure, adult-only home with someone who has experience of owning dogs.  Could you offer Topper his perfect home?

Topper giving Amy kisses

Meet Betty Boo,

The first thing you notice about Betty Boo when you first meet her is her big, beaming, doggy smile!  This happy little lurcher loves absolutely anyone and everyone.  Betty Boo is well known among all the staff and volunteers for her goofy personality.  When you pass her kennel or go in to spend any time with her she gets so excited, she almost vibrates with happiness and goes into bouncy-Betty Boo mode while flashing you a big smile until you give her cuddles.  She shares her kennel with a quiet greyhound boy named Cal but we think she will get along with most dogs in a experienced dog-owner’s home as she will need most of her basic training and the time and understanding to settle into home-life.  She is approaching her one year anniversary at PAWS and we would love if she could find her forever home before then.  Betty Boo is an easy going girl and once she gets a daily sprint in an enclosed space, then she would happily curl up beside you on the couch for the rest of the day.  She has been overlooked a lot, we reckon this is to do with ‘black dog syndrome’ which is when black dogs, especially lurchers, get overlooked a lot in shelters as they don’t stand out as much as other colored dogs.  Betty Boo has so much love to give, the only thing she is missing is someone to give it to.  If you think Betty Boo could be the dog for you, please get in touch.

Betty Boo having a run-around

Ziko

Ziko has his own special blog already, please see our other posts, but he is such a gorgeous boy and so deserving of a home, we thought he deserves a mention in our ‘hardest to rehome’ section too.  This strikingly handsome boy is a bundle of slobbery kisses and cuddles that just loves everybody he meets.  Having spent the last two years at the PAWS kennels, he needs to brush up on all of his training and obedience commands but he is such a clever dog, that this is something his new owner can enjoy working on with him together.  For this reason, someone with experience of large breed dogs and previous experience of training dogs would be essential.  His new owner would need to be understanding that, because he missed out on some of his socialisation as a young pup, he will need the time and understanding to work on this too.  Ziko is such an intelligent boy that he would love any opportunity to bond with his new owner and show off his ‘smarts’ to everybody.  In exchange for giving Ziko a chance at a forever home, he will give his new owner years of love and loyalty.

Gerry

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Gerry is a very gorgeous blue and white lurcher boy who has been at paws for over 18 months now.  It’s Gerry’s huge character and his distinct way of carrying his back legs that makes him a very memorable boy of all the sighthounds housed at the shelter.  Gerry had an injury to his hips when he was a young pup that doesn’t bother him now but his back legs healed in a way that gives him a distinct ‘swagger’.  He was found straying and brought into PAWS.  We’ve been assured that he is in no way any pain and it doesn’t have any negative effect on his life.  In fact, it doesn’t slow him down at all as he zooms around his kennel and keeps up with his two other kennel mate dogs with no issue.  He takes a joint supplement with his meals but other than that, he is just a normal dog.  He loves walks and playtime.  He is a very sweet boy that loves his pets and gets on very well with other dogs and other people.  Gerry is just like any other lurcher that finds it very hard to find a home in Ireland but we would love to see somebody give our Gerry a chance at a forever home as he has spent far too long a time in rescue.  Are you a special person that could give our special boy a chance?

Bru

We would like you to meet the dashingly handsome Bru, our very long term staffie-cross boy.  Poor Bru has been at the PAWS kennels for over a year.  He arrived as a pup but is now over a year old.  He is at PAWS for as long as it takes to find that special family for Bru but he is getting a little stressed being in kennels and it would make all of the PAWS team’s year to see him getting adopted.  He is full of fun and exuberance and just oozes love.  The ‘Bru-wiggle’ is a common phrase used among the PAWS team.  This is due to him wagging his tail so much when he sees people, his whole body wiggles and vibrates along with him.  He is a firm favorite for many of our regular visitors and volunteers and even gets the occasional special package full of toys and treats just for him! He has shared his kennel with many other dogs who have come and gone but he needs all his basic training and socialising as he has missed out on this having spent most of his young life in kennels. He can be quite excitable so we think a home with children aged 10+ would suit him and his potential family best.  However, he is full of life and energy and would bring so much fun to the family on the lookout for a loving dog.

If you are considering adding  one of our ‘long-termer’ PAWS’ dogs to your family, please contact us or come visit our shelter in Mullinahone.  We are open to the public between 2pm and 4pm every day and will be happy to discuss the needs of both you and our ‘long-termer’ dogs to figure out if they could be the perfect dog for you.

Our Adoption Policies if you are considering adopting a PAWS’ Dog:
1. Our dogs are rehomed as indoor pets.
2. Your garden should be fully enclosed by walls or secure fencing (not hedges) and absolutely NO electric/Radio fencing.
3. If there is nobody at home all day (two dogs are required)…
4. Children over seven years only. This is for your child’s protection
5.There is a pre-adoption homecheck carried out for all dogs.

6. There is a €140 adoption fee for all of our dogs

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Christmas is a time for fun, having people round and lots of festive treats.  However, it is also a time we have to be extra mindful of things that our dogs may get into which they wouldn’t usually have access to.  They might find the extra bits and pieces which can be left lying around like the selection box under the tree or the roast placed a little too closely to the kitchen counter’s ledge, super tasty but most Christmas food can be dangerous for dogs to ingest and might cause stomach upset, digestive problems, poisoning or even death. It is our responsibility to keep our dogs safe and healthy so below is a compiled list of things that are dangerous for dogs to eat.  That being said, that doesn’t mean our dogs can’t join in on some of the festivities and even enjoy a special treat too, which is why we have also included some pooch-safe Christmas treats.  Feel free to print off and enjoy!

Foods dangereous to your dog:

Mince pies, Christmas pudding and fruit cake
Apart from being full of dangerous fat, these festive treats contain dried fruits (such as raisins), spices and sometimes alcohol.

Stuffing and Gravy
A mixture of breadcrumbs with onions, spices, herbs and large quantities of salt and therefore best avoided as all these things can cause stomach upset.

This may seem an obvious, but a very important one on the list.  Chocolate poses a very dangerous risk to your dog.  You may feel confident in knowing this one but remember that among all the hustle and bustle, one or two things may slip past you unknowingly.  A tin of roses a guest has left down beside the couch or a selection box wrapped under the tree are all things to look out for!  Even in small amounts, chocolate can be a big danger to dogs so be sure to keep it out of their reach at all times.

Turkey skin, chicken skin and bird bones

While the skin is far too fatty for dogs and can cause digestive inflammation, bones can be just as risky as they can splinter and cause choking or other digestive problems.

Human deserts and sweets
These are way too sugary or if they are sugar-free they contain artificial sweeteners. The sweetener Xylitol is very dangerous to dogs and sugar is bad for your dog’s waistline and teeth.

Fruit pips and stones

While the flesh of some fruit can be okay for dogs, the pips and stones may cause intestinal blockage.

Some Nuts and Seeds

Same goes for macadamias and walnuts, however, small quantities of cashews and almonds are safe to be enjoyed.

Pigs in Blankets and other pork products

A sneaky one to watch for with guests.  These are far too salty and fatty and may cause intestinal discomfort.

Grapes, raisins, currants, sultanas
These are fatal to dogs, even in small amounts. Seek veterinary help immediately if your dog eats these foods. Some dogs can cope with eating a few but many cannot and you have no idea which way your dog may react so don’t risk it at all.

Onions, garlic and other bulb vegetables (e.g. chives, leeks, shallots)
Onions are a definite no as they are poisonous to dogs. This includes any variant such as onion powder. Also avoid feeding your dog other bulb vegetables e.g. chives, leeks and shallots. Garlic is a contentious issue and while a little bit of garlic is not toxic to your dog it can have a dangerous cumulative effect.

Other dog Christmas food tips

  • No booze or caffeine – clear cups and glasses away and put all coffee and alcohol out of reach of your dog.
  • Keep pets out of the busy kitchen to prevent accidents.
  • Don’t over feed your dog – with dog food/treats or with human food/treats.
  • Dispose carefully of wrappers, human food and especially bones.
  • Take the rubbish out and whether the rubbish bags are inside or out secure them so they can’t be broken into. Dispose of leftovers, especially the bird carcass, carefully.
  • Ask all visitors not to feed your pet anything. It is easier than trying to get everyone to follow the food rules above and if everyone gives your pet tit bits it will soon add up to a lot of extra food.

That being said, now onto the tasty and safe treats pets can enjoy with the family.  It’s safe to say dogs will love a bowl of their own Christmas dinner but it’s important to remember that moderation is key as any uncommon food can cause stomach upset so the following can be enjoyed by your dog in very small amounts – no one likes being bloated on Christmas day!

While sitting down to your Christmas lunch, make your dog a plate of his own with skinless boneless turkey meat, some mixed veg (carrots, peas, green beans, courgette, parsnip all cooked without salt) but no onions, leeks or bulb veg.  Other foods your dog can safely enjoy are some fruit like bananas or raw apple slices, eggs – scrambled is best and even natural cranberry sauce (small amount with no other sugars or other preservatives.)

Another tip is to check out the pet shops at this time of year as they will also have a range of safe doggy treats available to keep him busy chewing on while the presents are being opened Christmas morning!  If you like, you can even pick some up and drop them out to PAWS for our shelter dogs to enjoy on the big day.  Enjoy the festivities and Happy Christmas!

Disclaimer: PAWS assumes no liability or responsibility for the content or ingredients listed in this article, please seek vet advice if unsure of any of these items included or not included on this list.

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We need to talk about Ziko.

Ziko arrived at our gates as a big bouncy pup leaping up at everyone and every thing he laid his eyes on.  He was quite striking to look at.  Big, brown, round, soft puppy eyes, a rough black and tan rottie/shepherd coat and a handsome, inquisitive face.  He was easy to fall head over heels for on first sight, that’s for sure.   Poor Ziko was so bewildered and unsure as to why he found himself homeless at such an early stage in his life and in the care of PAWS.  He didn’t seem to know what to do with himself.  He quickly established himself as firm favorite of many of our staff and long-term volunteer dog walkers, especially the large-dog lovers.   This was obviously down to his good looks, charm and his ability to make you laugh at his ‘overgrown puppy’ antics.  After some time had passed and he had settled a little bit, there was some expressed interest in Ziko but, through one circumstance or another, through no fault of his own, the offers didn’t seem to work out for him.

Now, over a year later, Ziko is starting to wonder when it’s his turn for a chance at a forever home.  Ziko is a large dog so needs someone with experience dealing with large breeds such as Rottweilers, German Shepherds etc.  He needs a spacious, fully enclosed, dog proof garden and someone who has experience in training and socialising dogs as he needs to brush up on all of his basic training.  However, we think due to him being a super, smart dude, he would excel at a doggy training class and even try his paw at canicross or bikejoring. Or make an excellent hiking or jogging partner.  In exchange for some time and care, we can assure that whoever offers this boy a chance at a forever home is ensured to have found a very loyal, faithful and affectionate companion, once they don’t mind Ziko’s infamous daily slobber kisses!  Could you be that special someone to offer this special boy a forever home? Contact PAWS or drop in to our shelter in Mullinahone, Co Tipperary for more info or to meet Ziko.

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