Choosing a Dog

Always remember, looks aren’t everything. A scruffy mutt can be just as good or even better an animal companion than a highly bred dog.

The wee mongrel is often far more intelligent than a ‘dumb blonde’ pedigree and can even be a lot healthier. A cross-bred dog can often have the genetic mix which gives it ‘mongrel vitality’.

That means that it can avoid the problems inherited by pure bred dogs and may have a longer, healthier life. Also, when choosing a dog you should keep in mind that an affectionate, happy and loving nature is a lot more important than a super glossy coat or a long pedigree.

A dog is an individual with its own character and nature and not just a fashion accessory!

Always remember, a dog is for life!

Our kennels are run by a staff of four, who are experts in the rehoming process and skilled at matching a dog to a human.

Take the advice our staff at PADS can give you

We will do our best to find the right dog for you – and the right human for each dog! 

Our staff are experts at this, for they have been rehoming dogs for many years. Young families may want a younger dog, while older folk may be happy with a middle aged dog with lots of love still to give. A cute cuddly pup may seem like the ideal choice, but the staff will know if that little pup is likely to grow into a very large dog so take their advice.

Hardest to home are older dogs, who may have come from a loving home where their owners are now no longer able to care for them. An older dog has much to give and in taking on such a dog you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are giving a good home to a dog for the last part of its life.

Some dogs will come with ‘problems’, however, these problem behaviours can be managed and even overcome with the right person. Some dogs don’t get on well with other dogs, some dogs are terrified of children, some dogs have separation anxiety, some dogs would perhaps harm small furry creatures – but this doesn’t make them bad dogs.

These ‘problems’ can be breed specific or indeed they can be a result of their early years. Please don’t overlook a dog because it doesn’t tick every box! The love you get in return by far outweighs the ‘problems’.