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Goodbye Gordon!

When Gordon arrived at the SPA in February 2014 we suspected he would have a long wait and how right we were. Like lots of other black Labrador crosses, prospective adopters seemed to pass by his kennel without a second glance.

To people like me who love Labradors and have two lab crosses who look very similar to Gordon, this baffles us as we are very aware what superb dogs they can be. But like all young Labradors Gordon was a lively chap. He was only eighteen months when he arrived so has spent nearly  half of his life in kennels. Some of the stronger volunteers walked Gordon as he pulled at the start of a walk but he soon settled down and he did love his treats!

Today his wait was over and off he went with his new family. No more concrete kennel for him, instead a nice bed and lots of walks. Its been a long wait so he deserves the best!

Two dogs who haven’t even made it onto the page yet were claimed and we will have photos of yesterday’s other two tomorrow.

A scary facebook post today prompted me to remind you about the importance of tick prevention and checking your dogs over for ticks.

The main tick borne disease of south west France is known by several names – Babesiosis, Piroplasmosis, Tick Fever. It is a life threatening disease, which can lead to complications such as kidney failure.

Early signs are trembling and shivering. Depending on the severity of infection the dog will refuse food and is reluctant to leave his bed. This can happen very suddenly.

If you collect a urine sample, (easier in males than females!), you may find that it is not the normal yellow colour, but brown. Also, the gums are paler due to the breakdown of red blood cells.Those of you happy to wield a thermometer will find the temperature is often as high as 104°F or 40°C.

If you suspect this disease, take your dog to the vet  as soon as possible.

Prevention of the disease is easy.Firstly using anti tick treatments, such as Frontline, Advantix or whatever your vet recommends. These are easy to apply bur remember that they must be applied to the skin and not on the hair. There is also an anti tick collar available called Scalibor, however as it does not treat for fleas, frontline or advantix ought to be used every month in conjunction to prevent flea infestations.

Please remember to check your dogs over daily for ticks and don’t forget to look in their mouths too!

Gordon…adopted!

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Remember to check in your dogs mouth for ticks…

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#blackdogsunday

Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday, today is #blackdogsunday!

This years ‘Black Friday’ hype was almost impossible to ignore as will be tomorrows Cyber Monday so we at Dog Rescue Carcassonne thought that we would join in and create a #blackdogsunday.  This has become an annual event to promote our wonderful black dogs and is the Sunday in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

It was heartening to see that some of our dogs featured last year have found homes. Blackie, Xenon, Cash, Chips, Darwin, Dali, Echo and Gordon are all in homes, let’s hope that this year’s candidates will be just as lucky! 

Black dogs are notoriously hard to rehome but have just as much love to offer as their lighter coloured counterparts. You all know that Darcey and I are great lovers of black Labradors and have 3 between us.  We are so confident that all of our black dogs could make fantastic family pets that we  will offer a discount of 15% on the adoption fee!  So for the whole month of December, any dog featured today will cost you 15% less with DRC paying the 15% to the SPA. What is more, is you fall in love with one of these lovely boys but live out with the Carcassonne area we will get the dog to you!

All of the dogs featured today have been with us far too long and really need a family of their own. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if they could be in a warm cosy house instead of a concrete kennel for Christmas?

So, why the hashtags? #tags indicate a “label” which makes it easy to track and search topics in social media and we want as many people to join in as possible!

It was a lucky coincidence that Kali, who had been in foster with Audrey was adopted today. She was to have been in the black dog album and it was great having to delete it! Thanks to Audrey who really helped this timid girl regain her confidence and move on towards a really bright future!

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Kali..adopted!

 

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Another Amazing Adoption

Following yesterday’s adoption of Gordon, the rottweiler, we were not expecting good news so soon. Compared to last Tuesday, with its seven arrivals, today was a breeze.

There were just two arrivals, one a beautiful female golden labrador who is identified and should leave tomorrow (so no photos of her for now) and the other a tiny puppy, who has been called Limbo. He may well turn out to be a harlequin beauceron, and although we would like him to be in a foster home (and we did have offers to take him), we are not quite sure if he has a touch of mange on his ears. Not worth the risk of infecting a foster family’s animals, so Limbo is stuck with us for a while.

Then came the adoption of the day. And maybe of the week. Yes, even including the adoption of Gordon yesterday.

Panais arrived at the end of December 2014 and immediately let it be known that he was not happy at the SPA. He rubbed his ears on the side of his cage, resulting in his needing a bandage round his head (a bit like when people have mumps in cartoons). And he was not the most sociable of dogs. Lucky for him, though, he had a sponsor mum, who has been to walk him several times a week. Thanks to her, Panais has had lots of exercise and affection, despite his rather strong character.

But his sponsor was unable to adopt him, as she already has two dogs, and Panais does not like other animals. In fact he is not all that fond of most people. However today, out of the blue, and despite numerous “shares” on the internet, it was just a random visitor who fell for this little chap.

So today to resounding cheers, we bid farewell to Panais. Watching him in his new dad’s arms licking his face was amazing.

Oh, one final word, despite the fact that this is DOG Rescue Carcassonne, we like to help out the cat side of things when we can. The SPA is desperately short of cat transport boxes, if anyone has any lounging around unneeded. Ones with metal doors preferably. Many thanks in advance!

New arrival – LIMBO

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Panais – ADOPTED

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And we would like some of these please!

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What, no Rott?

Whoever thought this day would come? Certainly not me. And the situation may not last long, but for now we are proud to announce that the SPA Carcassonne has no rottweilers in residence!

This is no small achievement. As most of you know, in France rottweilers are category two dogs. This means that permits are required, which are both time-consuming and costly. This puts some people off, and in any case, not everyone is a fan of this breed. At one stage we had five in residence, and there has always been at least one there since I have been volunteering some five years ago. I am sure there are very few volunteers or even employees who can recall a time without a single rottweiler.

Our final rottie, Gordon, was adopted today. He was not the easiest of dogs, either, but he was lucky enough to find a family who were experienced with the breed. They felt at ease with him, so he was good as gold with them.

And we had a second adoption! Many of you, particularly those who follow the SPA Cats Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/SPA-Carcassonne-Chats/184347501612210?fref=ts will be aware that a couple of weeks ago we had a mass arrival of felines following the death of a couple in a nearby village. Well, in amongst all the cats there was a tiny little dog, and today she was adopted!

At ten years old, Missy is a very lucky lady. One thing we know about her, she is okay with cats!

We only had one arrival, so it was not the worst start to the week. But remember what happened last Tuesday…..

Gordon – ADOPTED

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Missy – ADOPTED

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#Black Dog Sunday!

Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday, today is #BlackDogSunday!

This years ‘Black Friday’ hype was almost impossible to ignore as will be tomorrows Cyber Monday so we at Dog Rescue Carcassonne though that we would join in and create a #BlackDogSunday.  This will become an annual event to promote our wonderful black dogs and will be the Sunday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Black dogs are notoriously hard to rehome but have just as much love to offer as their lighter coloured counterparts. You all know that Darcey and I are great lovers of black Labrador and have 3 between us.  They will be our ‘black dog’ ambassadors at our Christmas Fair on the 6th December so if you’d like to meet then, come along and say hello! We are so confident that  all of our black dogs could make fantastic family pets that we too will offer a discount of 15% on the adoption fee!  So for the whole month of December, any dog featured today will cost you 15% less with DRC paying the 15% to the SPA. What is more, is you fall in love with one of these lovely boys but live out with the Carcassonne area we will get the dog to you!

All of the dogs featured today have been with us far too long and really need a family of their own. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if they could be in a warm cosy house instead of a concrete kennel for Christmas?

So, why the #? #tags indicate a “label” which makes it easy to track and search topics in social media and we want as many people to join in as possible!

Blackie – is just a dog that doesn’t seem to get noticed. He’s a sweet seven year old dog who’s house trained, good with kids, fine with females, just a really easy boy!

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Balthazar – Or big B as I call him is a lab and a half! He’s seven year old big boy who could live with a female and would need an enclosed garden. He’s not too fond of our feline friends and could not live with one!

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Cash – is a four year old very affectionate boy. He loves his walks and would do well in an active training minded family.

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Chips – is a five year old loving boy. We think that Chips would thrive in a home with a calm female for company and where the owner was initially home all day. Cats or farmyard animals would probably be too much for him to resist, he loves a chase!

#chips

 

Scooby Doo –an eight year old big boy who loves his walks. He’s very affectionate and confident!

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Falco – is a two year old boy who is full of youthful exuberance and would do really well with a training minded family. He’s fine with other dogs so could make wonderful addition to any doggy family.

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Darwin – is an active young one year old boy who is not strong on the lead and loves other dogs!

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Gordon – is another young black Labrador who really needs out of the refuge. He settles well on his lead and loves treats so should be a dream to train!

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Xenon-is an eight year old friendly boy who is still you lively and great fun. He could share with another dog and loves to play!

#Xenon

 

Dali– is another young, big, bouncy, affectionate two year old who needs a bit of training. He’s an absolute delight and will make a great addition to any family.

#dali

 

Echo – is a six year old griffon cross who definitely has a bit of schnauzer about him. He’s good with other dogs and a favourite with many volunteer!

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Seven more arrivals, and how YOU can help!

Usually at this time of year things start looking up at the SPA. Holiday season has finished, kids are back at school, and usually the adoptions re-start after a typically busy summer. This year there appears to be no let up and the dogs just keep on arriving. We have no idea why. But we wish it wasn’t the case.

Today seven more dogs arrived, and there were no adoptions. Two of the arrivals are puppies who were found in Trebes yesterday. They are unlikely to be reclaimed and are doubtless the result of an unwanted litter. Then there is Caramel, an eight year old levrier cross, Jimmy a four and a half year old lab cross (who is identified) and Black, a young griffon cross.

I have no idea about the two other  new arrivals, as I was not at the SPA, however tomorrow we will try and get photos so that we can try and track down their owners, or failing that (most likely), start looking for new homes for them.

I know many of you would love to help out, but, like me, you are unable to adopt. That could be because (like me) you already have what many people would consider to be too many dogs (only four in my case!), or perhaps because you way of life is not suitable. But there are many other ways you can help. For one, you can spread the word amongst your friends. Tell people about the SPA Carcassonne and the efforts we make to look after our dogs.

We are proud of our policy of no euthanasia due to lack of space. However in order to achieve this, we have to have adoptions. Otherwise it does not work. The refuge walls are not made of elastic.

You can speak to people about the benefits of castration and sterilisation. Nothing fills up the SPA quicker than litters of unwanted puppies. And what do puppies become? Yes, adult dogs! Usually untrained and often left alone to fend for themselves, like the two from Trebes today.

You can make sure your own animals are identified.  At least that way should they ever arrive at the SPA or another refuge, you can be contacted and your dog will not be at risk of being adopted by someone else (which can happen at the SPA Carcassonne) or euthanised (which can happen in many other refuges, due to lack of space).

You can also “sponsor a dog”. This can mean anything from creating posters to “advertise” the dog and help attract people to him, hopefully resulting in his catching someone’s eye. Or you can buy “your” dog useful gifts, such as tick and flea treatments, or a nice collar. Some people even pay for “their” dog to be castrated, which can make him more sociable and usually easier to home, or at least able to mix with another dog while he is waiting at the SPA.

And if you are driving anywhere, why not let us know? We have several dogs about to make long journeys and we can often make use of lifts, if you don’t mind a hairy passenger in your car! People going back to the UK from the Carcassonne area are particularly useful, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if this is you. And don’t worry, we won’t fill your car with a huge beast if space is restricted, we have dogs of all shapes and sizes looking for homes!

Please help out any way you can!

New arrivals, stray pups, Panache and Diabolo.

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New arrival – eight year old Caramel

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New arrival – Jimmy

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New arrival – Black

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Look at this fabulous montage done by Gordon’s sponsor!

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Three out, two in.

Some of you will have seen the newspaper articles about a dog who was rescued by the Gendarmerie from its owner who had tied it to a lamp post and was systematically kicking it. The poor dog is now at the SPA and although he is not as badly injured as one might expect, it is still tragic that this seems to happen again and again. The owner will be prosecuted for animal cruelty, but as we know this is rarely enough to deter a recurrence. And a fine is always too small and is unlikely to be enforced. It makes me want to cry.

Another puppy arrived, deposited at the home of one of the SPA employees by a neighbour whom he had followed through town. Needless to say he is not identified.  A third dog arrived identified, so he was able to be reunited with his owner immediately.

There were even two adoptions believe it or not. After two and a half long months, Alana, our lovely female border collie cross finally found a home. This was another internet romance, with her new owner having unashamedly fallen in love via Facebook and agreeing to adopt Alana, providing the feeling was mutual. Which it was. Hooray!

The other adoption was that of Michigan, who left as soon as possible after his “pound time” was over. The best thing about this adoption is that his new owner is one of the guys who is helping to build the extension to the cat house at the SPA. Perhaps it will start a trend amongst his colleagues!

Finally, look at this amazing poster which was made to publicise a SPA dog. Gordon’s “sponsor” is obviously a very talented woman and hopes that this eye-catching picture will encourage someone to come and adopt her favourite dog!  All our sponsors do an amazing job, by either coming to walk “their” dogs, by sending gifts of anti-tick collars, for example, or as in this case by being incredibly creative!

Alana – ADOPTED
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Michigan- ADOPTED

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New arrival –  FLAMBO

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And a boost for Gordon’s adoption chances!

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