Featured Dog

Lucaluca- romanian

Sex - Male

Age - 1-2 years

Breed - Romanian Cross

Size - Medium

History - Luca has come over from Romania where there are thousands of stray dogs living on the streets. He is one of the lucky few who got brought to England for the chance at a better life. Romanian dogs are often treated badly and so they learn early in life to be cautious of humans in their fight for survival.

Personality - Luca is slowly starting to come out of his shell. Once you win his affection he likes having his ears rubbed and is starting to play with toys. He's very wary of people and takes time to warm up. It's such a rewarding moment when he comes out to greet you and asks for a love.

A little message from Luca -

"I'm still very scared and frightened that something bad might happen to me, life was hard in Romania. I want a quiet home with a nice human I can learn to trust"

Specific Requirements - No dogs, may be able to live with cats, adult only home (16yrs+)

Adoption Fee - £200

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  1. I first set eyes on Rolo when he was out doing his duties street collecting for Oakwood. I had lost my old dog Rocky only 6months previous to seeing Rolo and missed having a dog so much (I spent most of the months looking after friends dogs!)
    I was complete love at first sight when I saw Rolo and was so excited when the ladies who worked for Oakwood said he was available for adoption. They explained to me how the adoption process works and what i would need to do to get my application started.
    I then gave him more cuddles and left, when i turned round he was still watching me! I just knew he was the dog for me.
    I was quick to get the ball rolling with the adoption process and filled in an application form straight away when i got home!
    After this i met Rolo on several occasions at the rescue centre and took him on lots of walks which made me love him even more!
    After this I had a meeting with Gill to discuss more about Rolo. I explained about my lifestyle and the fact I had a cat.
    Gill also gave me more information about Rolo and his behavioral traits due to him being in rescue.
    The only problem that Rolo had was his separation anxiety.
    Now being a veterinary nurse i do have experience of dealing with this issue and have support at work to help me with this in the way other veterinary professionals and dog trainers.
    So i felt with my professional support and the support of my friends and family (and obviously Oakwood were there to help me) that i could really help Rolo and fingers crossed cure his seperation anxiety.
    However what i did fail to prepare for was the emotional strain that his seperation anxiety would impact on me.
    When Rolo first arrived with us, he would only sleep in our room as he couldnt settle away from us (he would cry/howl/toilet) this is incredibly difficult to listen to as i loved him and just wanted him to be happy. He was obviously the same when we needed to leave him (even if it was just to pop to the shop)
    However after nearly a year of tag teaming people staying with him, leaving him for short periods which then gradually increase, Oakwoods support (which was lots of phone calls with me crying!) keeping to a strict routine with him and generally just making him feel safe. We finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel!! He now doesnt cry/howl when we leave him, he doesnt sleep in our room and hes so settled. Its been such an emotional journey but i was determined to crack his awful anxiety problems as i love him so much and hes such an incredible dog in all other ways.
    Im so glad i was stubborn and didnt give up in the difficult times i had with him as now hes a perfect dog in every way.
    Just wanted to make other people aware that if they ever go through it, yes its tough but gosh its so worth it in the end.
    Also thanks to all the staff at Oakwood who helped me and listened to me cry down the telephone!!!
    Plus thanks for being there that cold December day so i could set eyes on Rolo!!!
    My cat Belle also says thanks for all the help with him as they are best friends!!!

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  2. Our journey with Oakwood started when i was 7 months pregnant and wanted some animal companionship to complete our family. I had heard of Oakwood through a friend and gave them a call. I expressed an interest in Fostering a dog over weekend and mid week periods. Oakwood were so helpful and their concerns ranged from the needs of the dog to our situation with an expanding family. They came to our house and assessed our home and garden to ensure the safety of the dog and for ourselves. A few days later we got a call telling us they had a dog who could really benefit from being fostered. I was ecstatic! Oakwood introduced us to an 11 year old Border Collie Cross called Penny. The most beautiful animal i had ever seen. I could tell she had been well cared for at Oakwood, her tail wagged and her smile was infectious. I knew immediately that fostering would not be enough for us, i wanted to keep her.
    After a number of weeks we finally adopted Penny. We had discovered that Penny had many issues, mainly with other dogs. Oakwood gave us advice on how to manage her aggressive-looking responses and explained the reason behind them. Penny also had some health issues with her teeth, oakwood offered us help with her veterinary treatment. We took it upon ourselves to rectify Penny's teeth as there were probably many other dogs needing more urgent treatment and we didnt want to take away vital funds.
    After 18 months of bliss our world was shaken when Penny was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor. I went to a number of vets for 2nd and 3rd opinions but they all had the same response. Penny was an old dog but she deserved a chance at life, oakwood never gave up on her when they took her on and we wouldn't either.
    Penny was given 3 months to live but she was a fighter and carried on for a whole year.
    Although our time with Penny wasn't as long as we would have liked im still honoured and grateful that we got to share our lives with Penny. Im an forever indebted to Oakwood for matching us up to Penny.
    I would definitely adopt again in the future, their support is first rate and they genuinely care for their animals.
    I regularly donate to Oakwood, be it money or dog food.
    Thankyou Oakwood. Xxxx

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  3. We adopted our beloved Max in November 2012. We went to Oakwood after spending a lot of time looking on their website and we sat down with them and explained our current situation (lifestyle, pets, children etc.) And they then showed us a selection of dogs suitable for our lifestyle. They were patient and let us spend the necessary amount of time with each dog and then let us take a few of them for a walk. We fell in love with a very skinny 3 legged dog from Romania who charmed us the minute we saw him and we knew there was no way we could leave without him. After a chat with the team and the necessary paperwork was filled out they let us take Max home for the day so we could see how he settled at home, we were genuinely sad to have to take him back but we continued to pick him up over the next few days so he could be with us and we could each get to know each other better. Oakwood were great throughout the process and very supportive their main focus was the welfare of the dog and ensuring you were matched up correctly to ensure any unnecessary distress and upset further down the line. I can't recommend Oakwood enough and their compassion for all if their dogs.

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  4. We first came across Oakwood when we volunteered to walk the lovely dogs. On our second walk we were asked to walk Bella, and that was it, love at first sight. On walks she was an absolute delight and I couldn't stop thinking about her. I eventually managed to convince my partner that she was "the one" and that she belonged with us! Unfortunately, Bella had been reserved by another family but she ended up coming back, luckily for us and we jumped at the chance. However, Oakwood were really up front with us and told us that although she's lovely on walks, she could be aggressive at home, very territorial and guarding which was why it had been difficult to place her. However, we wanted to give it a go and took her home on trial for the week, returning her on the evening and it broke my heart every time - I just wanted her home with us! Bella was perfect during this week and we adopted her permanently. Things haven't been totally smooth however, Bella has aggressive moments, and has been known to guard - at first when she was displaying her aggressive behaviour we were nervous to go near her and we struggled to find solutions to this! It really was worrying for a little while, however with support from Oakwood we have learned a range of techniques to help us with this behaviour and she has turned into the most wonderful dog we could ever have asked for. It definitely hasn't been easy, but the outcomes have so been worth it! If you're thinking about taking on a rescue dog, please don't let their past affect your decisions because if you persevere as we have you could find exactly what you've been looking for! She is so settled now, and I honestly can't imagine life without her any more.

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  5. This is our story of how we came to adopt a dog from Oakwood Dog Rescue Centre. After seeing their Facebook page and a picture of a scared, yet beautiful looking dog called Ida the decision to offer this dog a secure, friendly home was made.
    After contacting the home with our interest in adopting Ida we were offered the opportunity to come along to the home and meet Ida as the first part of the adoption program. We were aware Ida was a Romanian rescue dog and that she had been previously adopted by a local couple, who in their words could no longer interact with Ida, who they claimed was insular and unable to interact with the family.
    On our first visit we were sat in the training centre when Ida and 2 other dogs, who Ida was familiar with, were let to wander freely around the arena. Ida kept her distance and hardly cast a glance towards us. She wouldn't even approach when treats were offered, keeping her distance and staying in the far corner of the room. we sat for over an hour, using soothing words and trying to calm Ida's nerves all without her ever approaching within 10 metres of us. She appeared nervous and scared and only approached those workers who had had daily contact with her. We were definitely left with the feeling that in order to gain the trust of Ida we had a long road ahead.
    A second visit was arranged and this time we took along our own dog, Amy, to see how the two animals interacted with each other. Ida was once again timid and nervous, she was willing to accept Amy approaching her, but still kept a huge distance from us, despite the offer of treats and encouragement. At one stage, Ida leapt a four foot gate, to get away from our presence. This was clearly going to be a case of a lot of patience and the decision of Ida to gain trust between us. We decided to have a third visit before committing to the adoption program, hoping that Ida would finally accept our company.
    This time Ida did come a little nearer, but was skitty and nervous on each approach. However, despite the task in hand we faced, trying to interact with Ida we decided to bite the bullet and adopt Ida with the hope of giving her a secure, loving safe home.
    When Ida arrived, she took to her new bed and lay in it always aware of noise and sudden movement. She ate little, but kept to her bed, never trying to interact. We realised we had took on a huge task in trying to gain the trust of her. We were told to let Ida settle in, and not take her for walks until at least a fortnight into her rehabilitation period. She missed Amy not being in the house and seemed agitated and uneasy until Amy returned back from her walk. Ida began eating normally and was now able to receive strokes and neck rubbings without shying away. After a week of non walking we took the decision to take her for her first walk, using a lead and a choker lead in case she panicked and slipped her collar. Expecting Ida to be nervous and ready to bolt we only planned a short walk and were prepared for Ida refusing to walk. Instead Ida took to her first walk with more confidence than we expected, she didn't pull on her lead and was willing to follow Amy's lead. Ida was very jumpy and always looking about at all times aware of all the various sounds around her.After a week on her lead and encouraging signs at home with Ida's confidence growing we decided to let her off the lead for the first time, always a nervous worrying moment, especially with a dog such as Ida. At first she bolted off, bounding along the path, sniffing and searching and wanting to get as far in front of us as she could. To her credit she came towards us when called, but at first still kept a distance from us but with the offer of a teat and gentle words she approached and allowed herself to be put back on her lead. She has a love for other dogs and constantly wants to meet and greet, on or off her lead. On meeting friends and other dogwalkers, Ida was nervous and kept her distance. However after a few days and regular meetings with the owners and their own pets, Ida soon gained more and more confidence, allowing herself to be stroked and fussed, She now
    willingly takes treats when offered them, without shying away, she plays happily with other dogs and loves the freedom to run around and interact with people and their dogs.
    At home she has become much more social and climbs onto the sofa to be stroked and petted. She is so lively and playful each morning she wakes and bounds onto the bed to play and bounce around. The change in her is dramatic and many people have commented what a huge difference they have noticed in Ida since she first came onto the field. Ida is happier and much more confident in herself especially at home. It has took lots of patience and hard work to allow Ida to become more socialized and to gain the trust and love heaped upon her. It's hard to explain to people what sort of dog she was when we first met her and how she has now become such a loving, happy dog. It shows that the animal you see in the centre is not the animal that you will take home. It takes a lot of time and patience to bring out the true personality of an animal that has lived in an environment lacking in close personal attention due to the number of other animals there and the fact that the workers cannot always give their fullest attention to every individual dog.

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  6. In September 2013 we were told to expect the worst for our 14yr old golden Labrador so we decided to take on another dog to keep our 2 1/2yr old Doberman company. I had gone to oakwood to look at another dog only to find that she would not of been suitable for us. I then decided to ask if they had any black Labradors in, they then brought in a beautiful black 7yr old Labrador called Benji, I instantly fell in love with him I knew he was what I was looking for, we went through all the procedures necessary for us to be able to adopt him, in the end we were able to adopt Benji. I am pleased to say that my 14yr old Labrador survived his illness much to everyone's delight, Benji gets on very well with both my dogs and he is now a muched loved loved addition to the family. Thank you oakwood for introducing Benji to us, we couldn't have adopted a better and more loved dog then him.

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  7. Wanting to adopt a dog but not knowing where to start was my dilemma. (It also doesn’t help having two cats and a big heart!)

    Oakwood Dog Rescue has supported me the entire way (and still is!).
    Any questions we had were answered straight away and any problems were solved.
    We decided on Rolo to join our family and we were told all about the him, his past, any problems he had (he over reacts with other dogs) and loads of advice and help on how to overcome this.
    We was never lied to and they wasn’t 'beating around the bush' as to if he would or wouldn’t fit in with our family.
    Rolo settled in quickly during the home visits and we were more than happy to adopt him fully.

    Rolo has been undergoing interaction classes organised through Oakwood and also is about to have his first Groom! :-D
    The support visits also help us keep on-going with his training and also show that Oakwood are still there to help and care for the dogs which is nothing but commendable.
    I would highly recommend Oakwood to anyone seriously thinking about getting a dog! Were even thinking about our 2nd!
    Thanks Oakwood! :-D

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  8. We searched our local dog rescues only to meet endless dead ends, either unsuitable size dogs or the dog was reserved, after just about giving in and perusing going to a breeder we found Oakwood Dog Rescue.. After scrolling through several there he was my Timmy!!- now "Charlie Bear!!" it truly was love at first sight! he was my dog! ..well its a year on and he is the centre of my world!! we love him so much! we will never be able to thank the staff, or gill at oakwood enough for completing our family. xxxxxx

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  9. Having fostered several dogs for Oakwood, we realised we'd had a gap in our lives since losing our dog Daisy a couple of years ago. We saw Alfie, a cocker spaniel/chinese crested cross, as soon as he showed up on Oakwood's website and couldn't resist meeting him. It was love at first sight and he has now been a member of the Barrett family for a few weeks. I can't praise Oakwood staff enough; they are always there to offer advice and genuinely care, not only about the dogs, but also about the family who are adopting. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend adopting a rescue dog from Oakwood. THANK YOU OAKWOOD :)

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  10. We have just adopted Perry (German shepherd Cross). When we went for our first look at the dogs at Oakwood he was the one that hid behind the chair and weed on the floor and came nowhere near us. But I fell in love. He came to stay for the weekend and everything went smoothly...minus a few toilet problems but at 9months old who doesnt have these problems. We let him come to us not pushing him and letting him get used to us and by the end of the weekend i didnt want to let him go home. Perry then came for a trial week with us as he was to come to work (in a noisy factory) and being scared of thesound the kettle made we wanted to make sure he wouldn't be too distressed. He is now so used to all the noises he just lays on a blanket under my desk for 80% of the day which is nice to know he is comfortable. We have now signed the papers for Perry and he is officially ours. Perry now wags his tail when he first sees me on a morning and loves being brushed. The long walks in the contry seem to be doing him a world of good and he is nearly a confident dog. All of this in just over a week. I can't wait to see what the obedience classes help him to be along with a few more months of settling in.
    Thank you everyone at Oakwood for finding us our perfect dog.
    Steph and Matt

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  11. We adopted Purdy,the negative Dalmation, in February 2013. Purdy is our first dog. Oakwood helped us choose the right dog for our family. Purdy has settled in so well and loves her tlc. Purdy loves her walks, playing with sticks and balls. She is such a lovely nature and loves company and attracts so much attention when she is out and about. With the help of the Dog Trainers at Oakwood, Purdy is overcoming her issues in socialising with other dogs and now has doggy friends. What a turn around in our lives, wouldn't be without her now, well and truly spoilt.

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  12. I just thort I'd drop you a quick message to say a massive thank you we adopted our boy Bruce back in January 2013 myself and my family will forever in debt to oakwood for finding our gorgeous boy and saving him till we came along he has settled in and feels like he's always been part of our family he's got his paws well and truly under the table ( I wouldn't have it any other way) the support and after care we got and still get from oakwood is amazing again thank you for everything Marie and family xxx

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  13. A huge thank you to Oakwood for finding us the perfect dog. Previously we had a dog from another rescue centre who turned out to be a very troubled little boy who although loved very much was extremely difficult to manage. When we found ourselves looking for a new member of the family I was quite specific about what I was looking for – over 12 months, small, not a breed that may be perceived by others as nasty (due to living on a private estate), a dog that we could really enjoy. Knowing what we had gone through Gill was great at helping us try to find a suitable match. While we waited for the perfect ‘forever’ dog we took Lego into foster – A 6 month old X Staffie! – everything I wanted to avoid. Guess what? He is perfect. Friendly, affectionate, playful, likes other dogs and people. We of course had to adopt him and he is now a much loved member of the family.

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  14. I have to say Oakwood are the best by far. The hardest thing was to find the right place to adopt from. Oak wood came highly recommended and even though 150miles away this did not phase them or us or put any hurdles in the way. They rang to arrange the home check and everything went so smoothly. Which is all thanks to the dedication and superb staff. One hundred and fifty mile trip later and we were in love! Once everything was sorted one more trip and we are the proud owners of Dennis! I really cannot stress how helpful, supportive the staff are. Words really can't match just how outstanding they are. They made the whole experience fantastic. Dennis now fits in our family as if he has always been here. Thank you so much!!

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  15. Thank u oakwood for letting us adopt our boy Max, hes a great addition to our family. The after support and free training has helped us and max greatly. and has made the process of a new dog very easy. Most rescues will not let u adopt a dog if u work or have cats or a child under 10. But oakwood are very different they will take everything in to consideration and will find the right dog for u. We are a very happy family now with a very happy puppy :-)

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  16. We decided to adopt a dog from Oakwood after hearing great things about them. From the start of the process, when Gill went out of her way to do a home visit in Lincoln, to the day we adopted Scooby, we could not have asked for anymore from Oakwood. Despite having over 30 dogs to choose from Scooby is a perfect match for what we wanted.
    We would highly recommend Oakwood dog rescue and feel our family is now complete with Scooby.

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  17. I adopted Bruno (now Bolt) and it was one of the best things I've ever done, my days are now filled with extra laughter between him and my daughter! I thought adopting would be really hard but it was so simple with his best interests always coming first! yes puppies are cute and its rewarding to have trained them but you get double the reward by giving these dogs a second chance and training them! The staff at Oakwood are so kind! They also don't just hand over the dogs you get lots of advise and training which is fantasic! Once again thank you so much for letting me adopt him!

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  18. We got dave when he was just six months old from oakwood he loves anything and everything especially coming back to oakwoods doggy day care it is the only time hell pull on the lead, everyone loves dave as he is huge, dosile and very loving puppy. Hes a fab doggy :)

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  19. Thank you to Oakwood Dog Rescue and all the staff for helping us find the perfect dog for our family. Willow is so gorgeous and funny, a bundle of mischief and gaining confidence. The team at Oakwood are so helpful, kind and caring. The dogs get such an amazing chance through their dedication.

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  20. After losing my much loved old boy the year before, we visited Oakwood to look into giving a home to a dog again. Amy looked after us wonderfully and worked hard to make sure both we, and our new member of the family, were happy.
    We attended puppy training classes which our Roxy found a challenge (!) but have proved very effective with ongoing practice and patience. The playgroups provide socialisation and excercise, and lots of fun.
    Roxy is a very much loved part of our family and we are looking forward to years of laughs and cuddles with her thanks to Amy and the team.

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  21. Having lost our previous dog due to old age we thought we would never have another one. After about a year I (Linda) became terribly dog broody and started to look at ads in the paper, visit dog rehoming shelters etc, we saw Dottie at Carr house rescue, walked her and went home to think things over, our concern was our then 20 month old grandson, we were worried that Dottie might be too big and boisterous for him. When we decided to call back for a second look Dottie had gone! Some time passed and a friend told me about oakwood, I rang immediately, I asked Oakwood for a medium sized dog, good with kids and other dogs, quiet but with a sense of fun,....we have a dog that might suit you they said, she's a greyhound/collie cross called Dottie! it was the same dog, having been shipped to Oakwood due to lack of space at Carr House. Our fate was sealed. We went to visit Oakwood and voiced our comcerns about our grandson, we were told that although Dottie can be boisterous at play she is very calm and easy going in the home. We tried Dottie on walks and at home in our own environment, she fitted in perfectly. 18 month on she is my best friend and I hope I am hers, she is so loving and just wants cuddles and walks, the grand kids adore her. Thank you Oakwood, keep up the good work

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  22. My fiancé & I first went to Oakwood with the intention of volunteering to walk the rescue dogs. On that very first day we took out Elvis (now Olly) - it was love at first walk!! After serious discussion we rang up & asked if we could reserve Olly, there was no pressure from Oakwood who invited us to go see Olly again along with 2 other dogs so that we could see them interacting with each other & make sure Olly was the one we wanted. After that we took Olly back to our house every night that week for a couple of hours to get him used to us & our home (being rescued from Romania he had never seen a house before). When we decided to officially adopt Elvis it wasn't a hard process & after a home check, a signing of papers, & handing the money over he was ours! 
    Olly is currently extremely nervous of meeting new people but Oakwood have provided & continue to provide support, help, advice, training, & even 121 sessions to help us with this issue which we are still working on.
    I would say if you are serious about getting a rescue dog & are prepared to put in the time & effort needed then please consider using Oakwood. All the girls are lovely - whenever we take Olly for doggy day care he runs in tail wagging to greet them so they must be doing something right!! :-)

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  23. Oakwood are an unbelievable Rescue centre who I'd recommend to anyone. We were after a second dog to go with our other rescue dog, (a Staffie) who went through training with Oakwood even though he was not from there. They matched Pippa (a boxer-mastiff) with him perfectly as she needed to be very energetic to put up with him!

    The checks they do are there to ensure a dog does not get returned to them so don't get put of and the follow up training they provide is second to none. Don't be put of by the price, far cheaper and more satisfying than a pup. If I had more time, I'd go back and get a third! Do not look anywhere else until you have tried the Oakwood experience.

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  24. From the first time I saw Stanley on the website to adopting him oakwood were a pleasure to deal with professional , knowledgeable & friendly nothing was too much trouble . Stan is now an adored member of the family , you are always available for help & advice & I recommend you to everyone & make sure everyone is aware of you . I am now enjoying coming to walk when I can & wish you all the success in the world you sooo deserve it xx

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  25. After going through Oakwoods adoption process I can say I am a very happy customer. Oakwood didn't put any pressure on us to make a decision, everything was done at our pace and we were allowed to bring the dog we wanted home for a home trial to see how he would do. Without this we wouldn't have been able to commit. Oakwood have been extremely patient with my constant questions and queries and offered lots of support settling our new dog in. Their policies and procedures made us feel safe and happy with the rescue. We now have a full house but if the time comes we would definitely use Oakwood again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

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