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  • It is with such sadness that we are sending this email. After 13 years of looking after us Bessie (known at K9 Friends as Biscuit) passed away. We adopted her from you in November 2001 and she was the most beautiful dog ever. She leaves us, our 4 year old daughter and our 2 other dogs behind and we miss her every day. Thank you K9 Friends for giving us a most wonderful companion.
  • My family and I adopted Ginger in 2007 when I was 16. She was the first dog to say hi to us at K9 Friends, and my parents and I fell in love with her instantly. I moved to Canada for university in 2009. I am married now and to this day I still ask my mom to put Ginger on Skype because I miss her very much! My husband cannot wait to see her when we come over to visit this summer. When I take her out for walks, people thought I had a pet fox because of her pointy ears and red fur! She has such a great personality. Extremely patient with children. She could be stubborn sometimes but I find it very funny. She's like a Shiba Inu. I wish I could move her here to Canada but I know she's doing well with my parents. Thank you, K9 Friends for saving Ginger. She is truly the best animal companion I could ever ask for.
  • I just want you all to know that Puck (Pablo) and Dink (Castenet) are doing great. We adopted them in the beginning of December 2012. We had two dog before an thought that we could handle it. Two puppies is a different story haha. But like brothers the love an fight. Last week we moved to Muscat with them and our cat Jac. Which walked in my husband office in Jebel Ali 8 months ago. The dogs love there new toy/ friend. It is possible to have both. Never a doll moment in our house. Thank you for taking care of all the dogs. If we ever move to Dubai again and we have enough space we know where to find you. Regards Nienke
  • We adopted Cleo nearly 10 years ago from K9, initially as a foster and then couldn't return her as she was just too settled with us. She is an older lady now but still has plenty of energy and now lives with us on a date farm with plenty of space to charge around with our other dogs (all rescued Great Danes) and despite being much smaller than them, keeps them all in check. Cleo when we adopted her was a very nervous and jumpy dog. She was terrified of walking through doors and gates and to date we will never know why, she is now over this phobia. She was scared of new people and hid under the dining table all of the time and the occasional accidental pee too. After two years of persevering with her and building her confidence she turned into a confident and happy girl. She has enjoyed being on the beach, running in the desert, running around and being with our other dogs, helping finish up leftovers at BBQs and is basically have a great life with us. We wouldn't have it any other way. Regards.
  • Hi, Jack was a rescued desert dog that you had on your books about 12 years ago, when we left Dubai he went to live in Azerbaijan with my dad, but has recently come back to the UK and is just about to come out of quarantine in 10 days. He featured on BBC news last week and I though you might like to see it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24600316. When he comes home he will join Monty the poodle who was also a K9 dog, they haven't seen each other for 6 years so we can't wait to see if they remember one another!
  • One night in late 2000, driving home from Dubai to Jebel Ali with friends, we saw a dog trying to cross the Sheikh Zayed Road. We stopped the car, picked her up and took her to our friends' house. The following morning, it became clear that the dog was a nursing mother. Our friends drove around all the nearby building sites and gave the dog the chance to leave. Eventually somewhere in the present Marina area, she jumped out of the car and disappeared under a hut. The night watchman had been told to get rid of her and her puppies so he chased her away first of all, leaving behind her ten pups! The following day, she and the pups were rescued and taken into the kennels in Barsha. Seven pups survived and were quickly found homes. Only the mother was left and she became our Corrie whom we have loved for the past 13 years. She has travelled the world with us - from Dubai back to Scotland. From Scotland to Tangier for five years and back to Scotland again. Finally here to Salalah in Oman. Sadly, she passed away two weeks ago and we miss her dreadfully. Thank you K9 for a loyal and loving pet. Corrie featured in the K9 calendar of 2001 under the name of Snow White.
  • Hi everyone, Since 1week I am fostering Temzin at my apartment and I am really suprised that she is doing so well. We go in the morning, afternoon and in the evening to short walk where she does her business.. She is good to hold in an apartment. She is very friendly and like to play with Chili, my Havanese, I hope that someone will adopt her soon. Bernadette
  • It's been just over three years since I adopted Sam the Saluki cross from K9 Friends. I've never once regretted the decision to give him a home, and have made some wonderful friends through him. He is as adorable today as the day I first brought him home, and although he is around five years old now he still behaves like a puppy when he wants to. He has been my rock through some incredibly difficult times, too. A year after taking him in, I decided he needed a companion and, lo and behold, a female Saluki cross in rather a sorry state was picked up by the side of the road/desert. Her rescuers offered her to me on the grounds that 'she is just like Sam'. That was enough for me to take her in. I called her Ella. Two years on she is happy and healthy and she and Sam are best friends. Here they are pictured doing what they love best: running as if they are going for Olympic gold. Sam is the one in front -- as always! xx
  • We came to K9 friends looking for a companion for our rescue dog Shabab, a 2 year old male desert dog. Before our trip from Al Ain we discussed at length what we considered to be a good match for our boy who was so desperate for a companion: perfect Profile - 2 year old female desert dog. My husband and I walked the kennels separately, me going first. Having worked for the RSPCA in England briefly when I was younger, I was apprehensive knowing that what I was about to see would be difficult. I was surprised that the kennels were so spacious, and the dogs were obviously very well cared for, but my heart went out for each and every dog I saw. I knew my choice straight away but didn't want to sway my Husbands choice so i didn't let on. I sent him out to see what happened? Surprise surprise! When he came back he told me what he felt was the right choice.... An 8 week old male puppy called Kilkenny, the same puppy I had instantly fallen for. We had brought Shabab with us on recommendation to see if he would like the new addition, not such a good move! He hated the long car drive and was in a bad mood on arrival. Despite this, we adopted Kilkenny on the 1st August 2007, and placed him in the crate we had prepared in the boot of our car. 2 mins in to our journey home Kilkenny was crying so much I had to bring him up front on to a towel on my knee. He travelled for 1 1/2 hours with Shabab growling and snapping at him all the way! I was so worried Shabab was going to attack him, and worse still that he wouldn't accept him when we got home. As soon as we stopped Kilkenny puked and weed on me,lol, a bit of motion sickness I think. As we entered the villa Shabab was showing really scary signs of aggression, but as soon as we got inside and let the little puppy run around, Shabab couldn't get enough!! Licking, nudging and just watching this little thing running around chewing everything in sight!! These two wonderful desert dogs have been inseparable ever since. They have both brought us so much joy, in times of complete hopelessness these two boys have kept us smiling. My husband and I both agree that life with out these two little critters would be dull. There our first dogs ever, and we will never be without dogs in our lives again. We changed Kilkenny's name to Jundi, Arabic for Young Solider, but his full name is Jundi Kilkenny Harrison. His brother is Shabab Stanworth Harrison, Shabab is Arabic for young man, Stanworth been the name of the family who rescued him when they found him tied to their gate by his hind legs, but that's another story.... We always wonder what became of Jundis mum and siblings? We have recently moved to Dubai, and have found endless options for walking and running our babies. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any help to you or new dog adoptees. If we ever move back to the UK and find ourselves in a position where we want to bring a new dog in to our lives, we wouldn't hesitate to come back to K9 friends in Dubai and ship a desert dog back, these dogs are the most intelligent, loveable companions you could ever dream of!! Thank you K9 Friends, you really have changed our lives for the better. Lots of love from Jundi (Kilkenny), Shabab, Sharon and Harry. Xx Ps feel free to post this storey X
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  • We adopted Kenji in may 2006, then madly deciding to move back to the uk 6 weeks later!! We took a gamble and arranged kenji to go to quarantine for 6 long months at a fab kennels called posh paws who reallt looked after him. We then flew him home to us as his forever family. We collected a very nervous Kenji at Gatwick on the coldest day of the year with snow in the UK in the November and have enjoyed every moment since. He has a fond nickkname of two grand as that was the final cost of everything for him to be with us! ouch! But has been worth every penny. He adores long walks, loves being outside, puddles, snow, kids and other dogs. We are so lucky to have a gorgeous dog to benefit our lives. The Crofts and Kenji 2013.
  • We adopted two dogs from K9 Friends who came with us in the UK last summer. They have both made the transition without any difficulty at all and do not appear to have had any problem with the UK climate even the recent snow! We would not be without them! More photo's to follow!
  • Loki
  • Sleepy!
  • Loki formerly known as Romeo
  • I adopted Bugsy (was london/yoda) a year and a half ago. He was the cutest strangest puppy I had ever seen and I couldn't resist, love at first sight <3 and his ears never stopped growing! Bugsy now has a not so 'little' little brother named Loki and they wrestle together constantly and have lots of fun! He now also has a little sister, Beautiful (mainly due to his mummy being unable to fully understand the term fostering) who he shares lots of cuddles with. Between the 3 of them our garden is now a sandpit, muddy paw prints in the house are unstoppable but his daddy and I wouldn't have it any other way! His nickname is the 'worm' no matter how small the gap he will find it and Nestle his way in between me and his daddy on the sofa to endure he is involved in the cuddles! he is the most cuddley boy in the world and loves ear massages and back scratches more then anything! He made being in the UAE home for me, and I am so grateful to K9 friends and the work that they do.
  • Happy Homing! Hi, this is just to give you guys some news about our lovely Caramel; she’s been part of our family since January and has transformed our lives. She is so special…A huge THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for rescuing her and taking care of her until we had the luck and privilege to bring her to our home. It’s hard to understand how someone could just leave her tied to a tree and walk away…one thing I can guarantee; she’s coming with us wherever we go. She’s now tied to our hearts, forever...THANK YOU!
  • Hi K9. Thank you for our two super dogs, Daisy (daze) and Pirate! We have had them for 4 months now and they have settled into our family great! Pirate is slowly beginning to relax and trust again. They are both amazing and make everyday day so much fun, we would not be without them! keep up the great work! ash, geoff & phoebe x
  • We adopted Balu from K9 in June 10 when he was a tiny puppy and have since returned home to Scotland. Balu is the sweetest natured dog ever and just loves going for long walks in the countryside. Adopting Balu was the best thing we ever did and we can't thank K9 friends enough for allowing us to be Balu's forever family.
  • I adopted Addison, the Dalmatian/German Shepherd X in October 2010. I just happened to be on Facebook in my lunch hour as her photo was put onto the K9 page. She had such beautiful colourings - ginger spots on her head, legs and tail and dark brown spots on her body. I had to have her. I emailed and left messages and fortunately arranged to see her on the Saturday and fell in love instantly. I already had 3x Dalmatian X rescues and she would make the perfect even number and was just stunning. A week later I look Millie, our top dog, for an introduction. All seemed ok, so Addison came home and met the other two and was renamed Khamila ('Perfect' in Arabic). She took a long time to settle - I spent the first two weeks sleeping on the sofa with her because she would just cry if I wasn't with her. She was very nervous of people and very slow to interact with the other dogs. We were fortunate to relocate to Abu Dhabi in November and moved to a huge villa with a massive 1/2 acre garden. The dogs now enjoy the luxury of their own air coniditioned playroom and outside relaxation area, which they love. We are also two minutes walk from a quiet beach and they love their long walks in the desert ground each morning. Khamila has now settled - she plays with the other dogs, particularly loving the boys, but she is still nervous around new people and dogs. However, her confidence is improving all the time as we have started to look after dogs when people go on vacation, so that they can enjoy our huge space rather than being shut in kennels - this socialisation has been great for Khamila and she is coming on leaps and bounds. She is a stunning dog, becoming really fit, looks to be in excellent condition, loves her food, is a sleeping beauty and loves chewing her toys. She's even mastered opening door - but then they say Dalmatians are very intelligent. She's an amazing addition to our family.
  • We fostered Horatio on 8th Jan 2010. We bought home a nervous, scared dog who found it difficult to trust humans. We could see the difference a 'furever' home would make to him and so decided to adopt him in February. One year on and Horatio is very happy. He now has a friend, a saluki-cross. He loves his walks, head tickles, treats and playing with Flopsy. He still does not like baths, but he is much better! We are lucky and privileged people to have such a wonderful family member in Horatio. We are sure gives us so much more than we can ever give him!
  • I was browsing k9 friends website to find out the area as i was planning on to help to walk the dogs when i clicked on the wrong link who brought me to the adoption page,there was aerial,first on the list,her eyes captivated me,it was like you could see through her,and sense the trauma and depression,it brought tears to my eyes,i then had a chill down my spine and a little voice told me that we needed to rescue her! i ask my husband and there we went 2 days later to meet her at the shelter,she was a pretty traumatised,half wild little dog curled up in a corner,didnt dare to make eye contact with us,she was one of the 20 dogs brought from the municipality, we took her out of the kennel and 2 weeks on she made a major progress,she walks on a lead,eats a lot,she still shy with men but she trust me well enough to come out and have a sniff around,i cant wait to bring her back to the uk with us and meet my old dog,we have a massive garden and live on a private estate where she will have a great life! just to say to anyone who has doubts adopting,dont hesitate they only need some TLC! we love her to bits and im so happy that the website redirected me on the wrong page,it was meant to be! :)
  • Dear K9 Friends, We adopted Bailey in January 2009. Since then we have moved 3 homes, but Bailey has always been with us. And since the birth of our son, the 2 have been best friends. Thanks K9 Friends for adding a happy member to our family. God bless you for your hard work!
  • We fostered Phillie the German Shepherd Bitch in August, with a view to keeping her until she had recovered, as she wasn't doing too well in the kennels. Phillie had a real bad start in life, and she was either descended from bad breeding, or had been abused. As a volunteer at K9 myself, the plan was to try and find her a great home, then foster other dogs and train them so they could be homed too. The problem is, Phillie is a loving and affectionate dog, and although she has her deformaties, if you can see beyond them, she is a perfect family pet. The first two weeks with her were hell, she barked all night, and wasn't house trained, but with love and attention, she overcame her anxieties and settled in. Too many people give in at the first hurdle. Dogs are like children, they need a responsible person to look after them, and to spend time training and giving them the love they deserve, and in turn the love they return is fantastic. Phillie is now fully adopted by us, and walks round the lakes on Ranches twice a day, as well as having free run of our garden. We love having her, and we would both like to pass on a really big thank you to all at K9 for the time and effort the put into Phillie and the other 100 plus dogs they have there at any one time. I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of having a dog to go to K9, and not to support people who breed dogs out here. Although many of the dogs at K9 are cross breeds, these in fact make better pets in many cases as they tend not to be highly strung, and have great qualities which make them ideal family pets. Phillie will be a part of the family for many years to come and is fantastic. Thanks again, Geordie & Lisa.
  • Resting after a good walk. Love him to bits
  • After losing our much loved dog we knew we needed to have another ASAP to fill his paw prints. We missed fur and sand on the floor, a large wet area around the water bowl, our walks, the snoring, wet kisses and a wagging tail. Not wanting to support puppy mills we gave the pet shop a miss and went straight to K9 looking for a large dog, friendly with other dogs, and calm. In K9 terms Mia may be large, but having had very large dogs, we thought she was the size of an over grown hamster. Other than not fully meeting our size requirements Mia has checked in all the boxes and a has not put one paw wrong. She has been the most easy going, friendly, loving and loyal companion we could have hoped for. She is now the older sister and mentor of our second rescue dog, who does meet the size requirements, and a bit more (you have to be careful what you wish for). Mia has gladly shared her space and our love with our new dog, with great compassion and understanding, and is a fab role model, which makes introducing this large and un-socialized dog into a home much easier. Getting a new dog, whether an older dog or a puppy is all about expectations, and fitting the right dog with the right owner. K9 did a fantastic job based on our wish list, and found us a wonderful match to our family. Thank you K9 for the fantastic work you do, and for giving dogs like Mia a chance of a new life. And for giving us a new dog to call ours. Paw Power and kind regards Eva
  • Hello to everyone at K9, I have just bought the new 2012 K9 calender from the British Vets in Abu Dhabi, it's lovely. and i thought i would update you on Fidgets progress. We adopted Fidget in October, 2010, when we came to the kennels we were looking for a puppy, and preferably male, after having a good look around and meeting lots of dogs, we met Fidget, and she adopted us ! It was love at first sight between her and our son, Alex. We brought her home and she quickly found her way around the house and garden, finding the sunniestspot in the garden. She is a very affectionate dog and loves to be cuddled, play with her toys, and go for long walks. She doesn't like cats or water, so bath time is always fun! I have enclosed a photo of Fidget in the garden. Adopting her has been a really good thing for all our family and we couldn't imagine life without her now. Thank you K9 for all the great work you do, Your'e all wonderful ! The Trabut Family & Fidget.
  • We adopted Zack from K9 Friends 9 years ago. I was supposed to be taking him from the foster home to the vets for neutering. We found out on the way to the vet that the foster home had given him his breakfast, so he couldn't have the operation that day. I had to keep Zack at my house overnight ...He of course went for his neutering the next day but came straight back to my house..He is much loved:)
  • My parents and I have adopted him just over a year ago and he is doing great, This is a picture. I hope that i can hold a bakesale next year again to help you out!