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Filou has found a home!

DRC is trying to help find a home for beautiful lurcher Filou.

Despite the name, this is a female dog, and is a fabulously fit ten years old. She needs to find a new home as sadly for her, her Dutch owners are having to return to the Netherlands for health reasons. Those same health reasons mean they are unable to take Filou with them.

Filou loves to sleep

We know lots of you love this breed, so here is your big chance!

Filou loves other dogs, in fact until recently she lived with a pal. She is not great with very young kids, but can live happily with older children and adults. We do not know what she is like with cats. She has not had many walks, as the couple have a huge garden in which Filou plays.

She also loves to play 

Filou has been loved her whole life. She responds well to commands, but at the moment only in Dutch! But as we see from the adoptions that take place at the ScPA, dogs are incredibly quick to learn, and we are sure that pretty soon Filou will have learned English, or French, or German or whatever language her new owner speaks.

Her owners love her so much that they would rather take her to the vet to be put to sleep than bring her to a refuge. This may seem strange to some of you, but they insist that they do not want their dog to ever have to experience refuge life. So although their position sounds harsh, we have to have sympathy with their wishes. It also means that finding Filou a new home really is a matter of life or death.

Filou loves to relax

Filou is sterilised, vaccinated and identified and although she is currently in the Tarn just north of Albi, she can travel to her new home.

Please help this lovely elderly lady. Share her story, share her photos and if you can help, please get in touch. DRC is lucky enough to have the help of a Dutch speaker, who has kindly offered to help with any questions you may have.

Together we can find a new home for Filou! We don’t have much time, though, so get your skates on…..

Just look at those eyes. …Please help Filou

Three dogs leave, including another chance for Filou.

After a quiet couple of days (well, not really quiet, but with no adoptions to report), today three dogs set off for new lives.

First up was Billy, who has gone to live in Germany. As usual this meant quite a lot of admin, but we are getting good at this by now! TRACES documents were submitted to the DDSCPP in good time, and the certificate allowing Billy to leave was collected yesterday. All that remained was to put Billy on an officially registered vehicle (again with Christian of STIAC), and that was done before the refuge opened this morning.

Following the death of his owner Billy had spent 6 months tied up in a garden, so the SPA must have been a great improvement. But his time at the SPA is now over. It has “only” been seven months or so for him, but that is quite long enough, especially for a dog who loves walks as much as Billy! He knew something was up yesterday when Angelique and Isabelle gave him a bath so that he could meet his new family smelling his best!

tricoloured setter


Next to leave was little beagle cross Shailo. What a cutie this lad is. Apparently he was often seen wandering in a nearby village, before someone brought him to the SPA. No owner came to collect him (he was unidentified, of course) and so after ten days in the pound, Shailo needed a new home. He was a very popular lad, lovely on walks and extremely affectionate. He has only spent a couple of weeks at the SPA, and we are delighted that he has a new home.

beagle cross

Shailo – ADOPTED

Today’s third adoption will surprise many of you. It certainly did me. Filou is being given another chance. Can a leopard change his spots? Will Filou finally realise that being in a home is better than being at the SPA and reward  his new owners with love and not bites? We will see. His new family have been told EVERYTHING and are willing to have a go….so it’s fingers crossed for Filou.

small grey and white dog


Filou is adopted but Hyde is back.

By all accounts today was a busy one at the SPA and so no midweek slump this week.

Seven new dogs arrived, which of course is a disaster. Two of them were reclaimed, and we know quite a  bit about one of them, as it was none other than Titi, the dog that Jane officially adopted even though he belongs to her former neighbours. Jane is in Guernsey right now, and first chance he got, Titi was off. Luckily someone brought him to the SPA (again) and a quick bit of Facebooking to Jane in Guernsey helped to reunite dog and owner. Thanks to Jane’s friends for transmitting messages and making phone calls!

Very sadly Hyde’s dream is over. You may remember that she was adopted two weeks ago after 18 months at the SPA, and we were all delighted. Unfortunately she is not house trained and although for some people this is an issue they are willing to work on, such was not the case for Hyde. Her owners were sad, but Cooper, Hyde’s kennel mate will presumably be delighted to see his pal again. We know more about Hyde now. Apart from not being house trained, her adopters tell us that she is extremely affectionate. Surely there must be someone out there who has the patience to give her a home?

We did have an adoption, however, and it is almost enough to put a smile on our faces. Filou has left us again for a new home! Yes, little Filou who has not exactly covered himself in glory at his previous two homes, but he deserves another chance, especially as his new owner has been well warned about his “foibles”.

Two volunteers are keeping in close touch and if Filou comes back again, so be it. Fingers crossed for him!

Titi – quick in and out
strange loking beast











Poor Hyde is back again. 













Filou – ADOPTED (again!)

scruffy black and white dog








Going to the End of the Earth for Filou

I promised good news, and good news we have.

Seven year old poodle cross Filou has been at the refuge for almost a year, but today he left the SPA for what we are sure will be the final time. I say “final time” because before being abandoned in August last year, Filou had paid many visits to us, being collected by his owners each time. When they were informed that he was with us last summer, they agreed to collect him, but specified that they would take him straight to the vet to be euthanised. So the SPA decided to keep him and see what we could do about finding him a new home.

Despite being small and cute, Filou is not the easiest of dogs. Or rather he is selective about who he likes. He didn’t seem to be too fond of his owners. Luckily for us, he liked almost everyone who walked him! He became the favourite of many volunteers, particularly Sabine, who became his sponsor, and paid for him to be groomed as well as ensuring that he was walked on a regular basis.

He came with a health warning, however; no children and only experienced dog owners. Luckily he caught the eye of someone visiting the DRC website and after much discussion with Moira, it was “just” a question of getting Filou to his new home. As the blog title suggests, this was in Finisterre (end of the earth, geddit?), so clearly some planning was required!

Covoit-Queen Domi offered to take him halfway (she is another Filou fan), but Sabine wanted to complete her “duties” of sponsor. But what to do? The weather is unbearably hot and her car has no air conditioning. Step in Moira, or rather Moira’s car. What teamwork!

This morning at 08H00 Sabine and volunteer Karen set off from the SPA in Moira’s car to meet Filou’s family at about the halfway point. It will be a long journey for him, but one that takes him to a whole new life. I know that tears will be shed, Sabine desperately wanted Filou herself, but the next best thing is finding him a wonderful home, which is what has been done.

Other refuge news can wait till tomorrow. Today is all about Filou.

The only other thing I do want to mention is the launch of the new Facebook page Cat Rescue Carcassonne. It is hoped that this will bring the feline overcrowding issue to an Anglophone audience, and encourage people to adopt a cat from the SPA. The link is below. If you have Facebook please “like” and share. Let’s see if we can help some cats too! Thank you.


Sabine with Filou. Sponsor of the year award for her!












And Filou meets his new mum and dad



Filou gets a makeover and it is apple season!

The two-woman whirlwind that is made up of Karen and Sabine has been hard at it. First it was a car boot sale on Sunday, selling €40 in books, and today it was collecting Filou from the refuge and taking him to Magdog Carcassonne for a pampering.

Magdog in Limoux “do” our mutts for free, as you know, but Sabine is a sponsor mum who takes her role very seriously, and she wanted to pay for Filou’s pampering. He has turned out to be quite a stunner under all that fur. And according to the groomers, he was a very easy customer, good as gold and welcome back at any time. Let’s hope that he finds his new home before there is a “next time”, however. With regular brushing there is no reason for a dog to be in poor condition. However Filou is not an easy dog to home, as he needs experienced child-free owners. Many thanks to Karen and Sabine for making him at least look like a normal dog!

There is someone out there for you, Filou, we just know!

Elsewhere at the SPA one of yesterday’s arrivals was reclaimed and there were no entries.So it was a much better day than yesterday.

The four puppies that have been with us for a month or so are now up for adoption so I thought you would like to see a photo of one of them. They are all girls and will be of medium size. They are known as the “Apple Litter” and this little girl is called Granny, believe it or not. A granny at just three months old!

Photos of the other new arrivals will follow, I promise.

Filou on his way to the beauty parlour










And on his way back











One of yesterday’s arrivals, Pompom












And the most beautiful Granny in the world


Pit leaves and Filou goes back home!

We had some excellent news from the SPA this afternoon, and well done Carole for keeping it quiet yesterday, when she must have been bursting at the seams to break the news. Like me, she is a bit superstitious and does not want to tempt fate by announcing news in advance at the risk of disappointing people. She was the one who did all the work behind the scenes which led to the adoption today of one of the SPAs all too many “oldies but goldies”

Fabulous Pit is now a free dog again, at the grand old age of ten. For a big dog this is already quite old and so thank you to his new family who travelled some distance to collect him. The dog washing team can attest to this boy’s lovely nature, as can the employees; he was one of a small but select group of dogs who is free to wander around the refuge at will in the morning when the gates are shut. His nearly six months at the refuge are over now!

We had more good news in the re-adoption of Filou, after a failed adoption. This little chap was abandoned in May due to the illness of his owners. They were certain that he would be adopted quickly, and did not feel it was fair to keep him locked up while they were recovering, assuming he would quickly be adopted. And they were right. Except Filou seemed to have other ideas, and bit the people who adopted him, so he was brought back. I think he had just made up his mind to wait as long as it took for his owner to be ready to take him back, so today he went back to the life he had known before! Cunning chap!

By the way, DRC is asking for pictures of dogs who have been adopted from the SPA and who are now enjoying their holidays. If you would like your pooch to be included in our Facebook album, please send a photo to website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk or to our Facebook page Dog Rescue Carcassonne. Here is my favourite photo so far, Maddie, ex Malaga, who was adopted from us as a puppy and who lives in Scotland but takes her holidays in France.

I would also like to wish a happy 9th birthday to Gretta, who was adopted from the SPA several years ago and who now lives with the DRC web-elves. They give up their time and skills to help us rehome dogs, and all they get in return is a stinky Houdini of a hound. 😀

We had a couple of new arrivals today, but let’s keep things positive tonight!

Lovely Pit- Adopted just short of his tenth birthday









Filou – Back at home.












More photos like this one of Maddie (ex Malaga) please!












And happy ninth birthday to ex- SPA dog Gretta.



Life is sweet after the SPA

Earlier in the week a couple of volunteers went to visit some SPA dogs in their new homes. In an ideal world we would visit every single dog after adoption, but we are mere mortals, and the numbers of dogs involved make this impossible. Of course it is always good to get news via photos on Facebook etc, but nothing beats seeing dogs in the flesh. Whom we visit depends on a number of things. Sometimes a dog was a bit difficult at the SPA and it is interesting to see how they are getting on in their new homes. It is a learning process for everybody;  dogs who we thought would not be able to share their lives with other dogs quite often do so happily when they have more space. Such visits can help us reasess dogs who are still in our care and try and find them the best home possible.

Sometimes we visit dogs just because we were particularly fond of them when they were at the SPA and want another chance to give them a cuddle! Sometimes we know that the dogs are well and happy, because we know their owners and get regular news and photos. But that doesn’t mean we don’t visit, particularly if there is a good incentive to go. And what can be better than jewellery and cake!

A few weeks ago we mentioned a fundraising event, whereby a percentage of the sale of handmade jewellery would be donated to the SPA. The reason for this generosity is that  Lizzie, Ali and their friends Yvonne and Henny are great supporters of the SPA. So what better excuse did we need to pay a visit in which we could combine a bit of retail therapy with seeing some ex-SPA dogs!

It was so lovely to see Jonty (ex Button), Scout (ex Princesse) and Lily Blue (ex Greta) looking so relaxed and happy. Not only that, we came back with some excess cake (is there such a thing?) and a very generous donation to help the animals of the SPA. Thank you so much, Team La Caumette. And thanks also to the families who were visited earlier in the week.

For all these dogs life is sweet after the SPA, and we wish the same for all our animals.

Filou in his new home









Quizz is a happy lad too!












Scout (ex Princess) Jonty (ex – Button) and Lily Blue (ex Greta) are put through their paces

Scout Jonty and and Lily



Four adoptions, including KATE

Well, surely everyone must have guessed who the lucky dog was alluded to in yesterday’s blog. After 15 months at the SPA, Kate finally left the refuge today. For those of you who did not know, on Thursday a puppy was in urgent need of a blood transfusion, and when the vets phoned the SPA, it was decided to take Kate to help out. After which she went straight back into her kennel; which seemed such a shame!

Carole wrote a Facebook appeal which was spread far and wide. Although there were three calls to offer a home to Kate, by the time the first of these was received, Kate had already been reserved by a family who knew nothing about her recent activity! They came to the SPA and fell in love with Kate and their decision was confirmed when Carole told them about her heroics! I guess it was just her turn!

Everyone is delighted for her, of course and her sponsor mum, Isa, even took a detour from her weekend away to say goodbye to her favourite dog.

Another lucky dog today was Banco. She had caught the eye of a family on Thursday and today they came back to see how she was with their own BIG dog. Little Banco was a bit nervous at first (she shares with another small dog), but she soon gained confidence, and off she went.

Funnily enough her new family chose between Banco and Flora, and as it turned out, Flora was the next to leave! Yes, looking resplendent after her recent “do” by Angelique and with a new harness, Flora’s new life starts here. What a change from the scruffy dog who was found with her friend Fonzy exactly one month ago today.

Finally it was the turn of Filou, the Lhassa Apso, who was abandoned just over a week ago. Yes, it didn’t take him long to find a new home.

With just one arrival, today was a great end to the week.

Kate – ADOPTED (after 15 months)
black dog with family











small wire haired dog










small brown dog










Filou (aka Lol) – ADOPTED

black lhassa


More good news.

Well, we promised you two adoptions today but in fact we have four to tell you about.

First up was Elmo. He is a fabulous german pointer, who arrived relatively recently, but very underweight. It has taken him a couple of weeks to recover and during this time he turned the heads of the family who had adopted Choco, another german pointer, some    months ago.

They came with their dog on Monday to test compatibility, but we were already confident that things would go well; both dogs are very easy-going and Elmo has been sharing his kennel since shortly after his arrival. Today Elmo left for his new home where he will soon be playing with his new pal.

Next to leave was Mowgli, now called Rex. He is a fabulously moustached small griffon cross who appeared a bit nervy in his kennel but was quite another beast outside. He is sweet and affectionate and he was loving all the attention he was getting from his new family today.

Next to leave was Nick, or rather Jackson, as he is called as of now. He was reserved on Sunday, but, as mentioned in the blog, he needed to see the vet one final time before leaving for an injury to his neck. We are very pleased that Nick has found a home; he had clearly been loved before arriving at the SPA and seemed to be very ill-equipped emotionally to survive without human affection. He will be happy to have a loving home, as no matter how hard we try, with 130 dogs at the SPA, it is impossible for the employees and volunteers to give all the dogs as much affection as they want.

Last but by no means least we said goodbye to Flossie. This beautiful brindle coloures spaniel cross arrived at the end of June and we were initially hopeful that she would be reclaimed. She had been collected once before when she was taken to the mairie of her local town, but as her owners STILL didn’t bother identifying her, we had no way to contact them. Flossie now has a new home. And of course she is now sterilised. Win win.

We had one new arrival, but unless you are very quick, he will be gone. A one year old pedigree lhassa apso will not be with us long.


german pointer









Mowgli (now Rex) – ADOPTED

smiling black dog










Nick (now Jackson) – ADOPTED

woman with small dog









Flossie – ADOPTED

brindle black spaniel









And new arrival – LOL (aka Filou)

black lhassa


M is for Toby !

Today saw the adoption of Toby, aka Moby. This dog had been brought to the SPA on 13th November by a woman who had seen him alone and starving in a field close to her home. She did everything she could to find his owners, but as he was unidentified, there was very little to go on. Toby could have spent a long time with us, as adoptions are not exactly in full flow at the moment, especially when it comes to big dogs.

However Paula’s interest in Toby did not stop once he was at the SPA. She found a neighbour who was looking for a dog, and once the pound time had been completed and castration carried out, off went Toby to his new home. Shame the same can’t happen for all the dogs who arrive.

It was interesting talking to Paula on the phone this morning. She just couldn’t understand why the pound time of 10 days should apply to a dog who was not identified. Like many of us, she feels that the least people should do for their dog is identify him. Especially as this is the law. The 10 days then give enough time for the SPA to contact the owners and for them to come in and collect their dog. It should not be a kind of period of amnesty for irresponsible owners to put things right.

Hear hear!

Yesterday we had the adoption of puppy Filou, who was lucky enough to have been with a foster family instead of the SPA. Many thanks go to them. And on the subject of pups, there has been lots of interest in the BORDER litter….which of them will be the first to go, do you think?

Moby (now Toby) – ADOPTED

Black and tan dog with his paw in someone's hand










Filou – ADOPTED. Thanks to his foster family.

tiny puppy being held up.