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Two adoptions and RIP Filou

The week took a while to get going in terms of adoptions, but we have two to tell you about today.

Little puppy Bruno has had a tough start in life, arriving at the refuge with an injury to his leg. This meant a plaster cast and relative immobility for him, but little Bruno seemed to take everything in his stride, as it were. He is a fabulous lad and as his new family realised, a hunt dog is only a hunt dog if he is taken out to hunt. Otherwise he is just a dog with extra long ears and a powerful nose, but a wonderful family pet!

Have a lovely life, little lad, you deserve it.

Bruno de Jura puppy


Second to leave was Léo. This dog arrived at the end of June, and as he was identified there was every chance that the refuge would be able to contact his owner. And despite the fact that the phone was never answered, the owner did come to the refuge to confirm that Léo and the dog who arrived with him, Maurice, were his dogs. But then he left without them and there has been no news since.

This is bizarre in itself, but more so when you bear in mind that Léo is superbly well behaved. He is obedient and doesn’t pull on the lead. It is hardly surprising that he caught the eye of a new owner. She could hardly believe her luck and was on cloud nine as she left with her new pal today.

chunky brindle dog


We also have some sad news. Late on Monday evening, Papy Filou passed away. This very elderly spaniel cross arrived at the refuge in mid July in very poor condition. He had a number of health issues and has been living in the office area and taking short and gentle walks around the area. The only thing he would eat was minced beef and other fresh meat, and an appeal was made on Facebook. Needless to say our supporters came up trumps, and Filou did not go hungry. Thanks to everyone, as ever.

Sadly no amount of love and vet treatment was enough to turn things around for this lovely old boy. On Monday volunteer Marie offered to take him home so he could experience some home comforts before his time came. However he went quickly downhill and was taken to the vets later that night, where he was held in the arms of Marie and Philippine as he gently slipped away.

Many thanks to them and to everyone who loves and cares for all the animals at the refuge. It is sad that some of the dogs and cats do not find homes in time, but maybe they do….For some of them the ScPA is probably the best home they have ever had, and they definitely know that they are loved.

floppy-eared spaniel

RIP Papy Filou

Let’s hope tomorrow’s news is nothing but positive!

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.



Another good week for adoptions…

Last week 6 dogs left with their forever families!

This is great news especially for Oups who had been with us for a long time.

Oups adopted!

It was also great news for oldie Filou, the refuge is summer is hell on earth for the oldies! Well, Filou will be fine now….this is great news.

Filou adopted!

Vixen, a border collie who arrived with his siblings months ago, also left. This is a great achievement for our dedicated staff as theses collie arrived terrified and totally unsocialised.

Vixen adopted!

Nala, Bridget, and Himalaya were all relatively new arrivals and we are so glad that they didn’t have to spend too long waiting for their forever family.

Nala adopted!

Bridget adopted!

Himalaya adopted!

Let hope that this week we can have at least another 6 dogs adopted!


Two adoptions (at last) and some more great news.

Well, it has been a long week, waiting for the first adoption. At last today two, no THREE) dogs left the refuge for new lives.

Of course the week has not been without good news; many dogs arrived and departed, including this little lad, Kevin, who was reclaimed yesterday. No, Kevin is not his real name, and now should he go missing again, anyone checking his new microchip will see his real name; Filou! So perhaps if you don’t want to see a photo of your dog on the internet with a ridiculous name, you should get him or her identified!

small pinscher

Kevin (not his real name!)- RECLAIMED

Now to the adoptions. First off was Bambi, a small sized crossbreed who arrived a couple of weeks ago. We knew who his owners were, hence not publicising his photo on Facebook to try to find them, and by the time they confirmed they would not be reclaiming him, he had already been reserved. Not bad, eh? For anyone who notices the resemblence between Bambi and Hermione, you are not alone. And as he came from the same place, we are pretty sure there is a family connection.

small terrier


Second to leave was yet another of the ScPA’s hidden gems. After almost four months at the refuge Olaf has a home. This young pointer (maybe) cross arrived towards the end of June at the (estimated) age of 18 months, and it has taken him far longer than many of us expected for him to find a home. He is a great little lad who is fine with anyone and anything, and he has been a great favourite on volunteer-led excursions from the refuge.

black and white dog


Then things got even better; Porcelaine, our old lady huntress has left for a long term foster home! Porcelaine is 10 years old and has never known life inside, so she has a lot to learn. She is very lucky to be given this chance; please don’t blow it, Porcelaine!

old hunt type dog


The week is far from over; we still have the weekend to come. Let’s hope there is more good news to come. But today’s news has already gone a long way to raise our spirits.

Adoption of Roddy

When a male/female pair of dogs arrives at the refuge, I think that 9 times out of 10 the female is adopted first. We have seen this over and over again, most recently perhaps with Sofi and Kris, but it has been the same many times in the past.

Today that trend was reversed, with the adoption of Roddy. When he and his “sister” Gabby were brought back to the refuge for rehoming in the middle of June, it looked as if Gabby might be the first to leave. Until she proved to be reactive to cats, that is. So today it is lucky Roddy who left for a new life.

chocolate lab cross


These dogs initially arrived at the refuge together and were lucky enough to be homed together the first time. However all good things come to an end, and it was extremely unlikely that they would be able to remain together once more. However we are sure that both dogs will adjust soon enough. Roddy has a new home with lots of new adventures ahead of him, and Gabby will soon have a new kennel mate, and hopefully a home of her own before too long.

border collie cross

This is 6 year old Gabby, who is still waiting for a new home

Also tonight we have a new dog, who we are hoping will tug at someone’s heartstrings. Filou is a cocker spaniel who was born in 2006 and who has arrived at the refuge in very poor condition. He is a lovely old gentleman who keeps very much to himself. He is on the small side and is fine with other dogs and cats and really just needs a quiet home where he can rest his poor old bones. Just look at those eyes! Could you offer a home to this lad?

12 year old Filou is looking for a home