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Urgent Appeal: Loubi

Many of you will probably think that Loubi has been rehomed, because that was the title of one of last week’s blogs. However it did not work out and 24 hours later Loubi was back at the refuge. I did not mention this in the blog because it was absolutely nothing to do with the dog, and the reasons for his return are extremely painful for the family involved. There is no need to add to their woes. They were even more upset because Loubi was absolutely perfect during the brief time he spent with them. He appeared to be housetrained, and despite our warnings about his interaction with their cats, apparently he was absolutely fine with their two felines.

So Loubi is looking for a new home. And as he waited so long to find his first home, we really want this to be soon.

Loubi was born in May 2018, so he is really still a puppy. He is fine with other dogs, and cats (we now know) and children. He is a lab/griffon cross who has everything going for him, apart from his colouring…yes, you guessed it, Loubi is black. But lots of us like black dogs, of course, so let’s get Loubi out of the refuge and into a home.

Loubi is all ready to go, castrated, identified and fully vaccinated. He is waiting for his family at the SPA Carcassonne. He is a pup still, and although he is sharing his kennel with another young dog, he would love a home of his own.

 

Urgent Appeal: Nesquick

Nesquick is one of the ScPA dogs for whom the phrase “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” was invented. We have lost count of the number of dogs he has shared his kennel with; each time they are adopted he shares with the next dog, never complaining, always welcoming.

Our last urgent appeal, Trudy is still at the refuge, and although she is still a bit timid, she is far less so since she has been sharing with Nesquick. In fact she has trouble walking without him; he is her safety net. As long as he is close, she is fine. But the fact he is such a good box mate, does not mean that he doesn’t deserve a home of his own, so let’s try and find him a home.

Nesquick is a spaniel cross who was born in September 2013. He was found in a nearby village, where, we are told, he was bullied by children. For this reason he would prefer a home without young children, although he can walk with them happily. Nesquick was born in September 2013 and has now been at the refuge for over 2 years, which is a very long time!

He pulls on the lead, but this is partly due to getting out so infrequently. Which is due to the fact that he pulls on the lead. He would love an enclosed garden where he can run around to his heart’s content!

Nesquick is a good steady dog if you have a nervous dog; he seems to immediately understand them and put them at ease. If you think you could offer this lovely boy a home, please get in touch

 

Urgent Appeal: Trudy

Those of you who follow us on Facebook might have seen the albums of several dogs who were left behind in a garden when the owner moved house. Six of them have been brought to the ScPA so far, but more are due to arrive. They are in various states of trauma, starting with Mattie, who was rehomed this week and who was one of the best socialised dogs I have ever met, to Billy, who is catatonic with fear still, a month after arriving to safety. Presumably the dogs who have still not been caught are in an even worse state.

Somewhere in the middle is Trudy. She has really touched my heart, as she so desperately wants to trust. She tried to follow the example of Mattie while they shared a kennel, and was just starting to come for treats when Mattie was adopted. Her new kennel mate, Nesquick, is also working his magic, and Trudy is turning into a fabulous girl.

She knows her name, she comes for cuddles, but still cringes whenever there is brisk movement or when a hand is raised, even if it is to pat her or give a treat.

Out of the refuge, though, she is a different dog. She is attentive on the lead, does not pull and although she is nervous of other dogs, that will pass when she gets more confidence. I know that if we could find her a home, Trudy would progress even faster.

Would you be able to offer a slightly nervous dog a home? I have to add that Trudy shows no sign of wanting to bite, even when she is terrified. Instead it is as if she wants to just disappear. It is heartbreaking to see. I am certain that with minimal work but lots of love, Trudy will very quickly turn into a well socialised and (even more) adorable dog.

Trudy is a shepherd cross who was born in September 2017, her adoption fee is €170, for which she is identified, microchipped and sterilised.

Urgent Appeal: Look

This is not the first time Look has been our urgent appeal. Last time it was just because we liked him, but this time it is a bit more urgent. Look is one of those dogs who is just not being noticed at the SCPA, all he needs is a chance to show people what a good dog he is.

Look arrived at the refuge in April 2017. We suspect that he had been deliberately left to wander, as when we contacted his owner, she informed us that she would not be collecting her dog, as in any case she had no time for him, and he spent his life tied up at the bottom of the garden. Despite the walks at the refuge, the life we have offered him has not been much better so far.

Look might look like an elderly dog, but in fact he was born in April 2013. He is only years old! He is very calm, good with other dogs and wonderful on the lead. He does not destroy and can be left alone, although after so long alone, he would love to have company, naturally.

Look has been at the SPA for well over a year and has seen many of his kennel mates leave for new lives. He is always left behind. And as he is so easily mixable with other dogs, he is always seeing new dogs. We would love his chance to come; he is showing all the signs of doggy depression, and we want this lovely German shepherd cross to smile again.

Please help us find a home for Look. He deserves happiness after so many years of sadness. He is really affectionate and trusting, he holds no malice towards humans, despite the fact that so far he has been let down by us very badly.

 

Urgent Appeal: Puppies

Oh, gosh. Where on earth do they all come from? Well, we all know the answer to that one, don’t we…Irresponsible people not sterilising their dogs and expecting the SPA to pick up the slack. More than 20 puppies arrived in the space of a couple of weeks, and as the SCPA already had pups growing up behind bars and who were hoping to find homes soon, it is a disaster for them, too.

So who are the pups? As none of them were born at the refuge, we can only really guess at their parentage. Some arrived alone, most arrived with litter mates. Some were brought in by people who had “found them”, others were found at the refuge gates, giving the staff a nice surprise when they arrived in the mornings.

The one thing that all the pups have in common is that they all need good homes. We have written on numerous occasions about the responsibilities that come with puppy ownership. Basically you have a blank canvas, and there is no point taking on a puppy if you are not prepared to put in some effort. However many people prefer it this way; you have no history to overcome, and your dog will grow up knowing nothing but love.

Here are some of the puppies. We have several spaniels, both male and female, who were born in April, we have border collies who were born at the end of May, we have some pups of indeterminate breed who were born in mid May, and we have a couple of others. Not forgetting of course the not-quite pups, that is the pups who are over 6 months old and who are still waiting for homes.

If you are thinking of adding a puppy to your family, please consider adopting from the SCPA.

Just four of the many puppies who are at the SCPA

 

Urgent Appeal: Bang

Our latest appeal is for Bang. He is a small to medium crossbreed who was brought to the ScPA having been found in a warehouse with occasional visits from the owners. Yes, many dogs have worse lives than this, but as far as we are concerned, they all deserve better!

Bang was born in January 2016 although he perhaps looks a bit older due to not having had the easiest of lives up to now. He is fine with most other dogs, but his relationship with cats is a bit more complicated. He seems to tolerate them indoors, but outside is a different matter, so a cat free home would probably be best. Unless your cats are quick movers, at least.

He is getting lots of love at the refuge, most notably from Ingrid, who sadly cannot adopt him due to issues with one of her other dogs (although Bang is not to blame at all). He is walked often and loves his trips to the lake, where he sploshes around happily. He is fine in the car and is good at adapting to new situations. He is quick to learn and would thrive at dog school.

Bang is full of joy and fun, and although we are sure that the refuge is the nicest place he has lived, we are certain that the best is yet to come!

His adoption fee is €170, for which he is castrated, vaccinated and identified by microchip.

Please help us find a home for Bang.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Bridou

Bridou arrived at the refuge when he was still a young puppy, and I fear that he will spend the rest of his puppyhood at the refuge, unless he is very lucky. Brought in by a family who claimed to have found him, this young lively lad probably just turned out to be bigger than they expected. There is little doubt that they were his owners; they probably got him for free from leboncoin or another internet site, but soon got bored. What a shame for little Bridou.

He probably has some bernese mountain dog in him; he certainly has the right colouring and the right physique. True, some of it is probably puppy-fat, but he is going to be a chunky boy. He is full of enthusiasm for everything. He shares his box fine, and loves playing and going for walks.

The family that had him previously have given him no education at all, but he is keen to learn and even keener to please whoever is at the other end of the leash. Bridou will make a wonderful family pet, but will need a training minded home, where he can learn all the things he has missed out on thus far.

Bridou was born in January 2018, so he is still a very young dog. Please let’s not let him grow up at the ScPA.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Cappucino

Our last couple of appeals have been for elderly dogs or dogs who have been at the SPA for a long time, so this time we thought we would change it up a bit. As we often remark on the blog, the SPA has many hidden gems; dogs who just get passed over because they do not always show their best side when they are in a kennel.

One such dog is Cappucino. He is a black and white brittany spaniel who is a really easy dog. He is small to medium size, and very affectionate with everyone. He is fine with other dogs, gets on fine with cats, and all in all is just about perfect. He is an active dog, so would love a family with an outdoorsey lifestyle or one who take lots of long walks. An enclosed garden is probably required, at least until Cappucino knows the ropes.

Cappucino was born in January 2014 and is castrated, identifed and fully vaccinated. Why not come and meet him at the SPA Carcassonne?



Urgent Appeal: Gloubi is RESERVED!!!

How does a dog like Gloubi end up in a refuge? It seems strange to anyone who loves golden labradors that Gloubi should be at the SPA. She was found alone and with no microchip or tattoo, but as we can tell from her (ah-hem) girth, this dog clearly had an owner before arriving at the SPA in mid-April. Her excess pounds perhaps give the impression that she is an elderly dog, but not at all; Gloubi is just eight years old. There is plenty of life in this lovely girl.

Gloubi is fine with other dogs and cats, she loves children and she loves affection. At present a quick walk is fine, but as she loses some of her excess kilos, Gloubi will be able to run and frolic in the way that labradors love.

Can anyone offer a new home to Gloubi? She is no trouble at all, and if you are looking for a calm, elderly (ish) dog who will make a loving and loyal companion, you could not find a nicer girl.

 



Urgent Appeal: Roxy

Some of you may have read the joyous blog when we announced the adoption of Roxy after two years. He left with someone who had walked him at the SPA and spent a whole month planning to adopt him. Less than 24 hours later he contacted the SPA on Facebook to tell us that he could not keep Roxy in his apartment, which was just too small. Since the adoption took place the apartment had shrunk considerably (he told us it was much larger when he came to adopt), and also a live in partner had appeared as if by magic.

What a huge disappointment for us all, but mostly of course for Roxy. This dog (no dog) did not deserve to be treated in such a cavalier manner.

Usually a failed adoption teaches us a lot more about the dog. Not in this case; we learned a lot more about the owner, who of course is now blacklisted. So we will stick with our original description of Roxy.

A big black griffon cross with a brown moustache, Roxy was born in January 2013. He was given as a puppy to an elderly couple who were unable to look after him, and they brought him to the SPA in April 2016. Yes, Roxy has been with us for two years.

He pulls a bit on the lead, but that is easily sorted out with a no-pull harness, which he is very used to wearing. He is fine with other dogs although can be a bit reactive to other males he sees on walks. He is a real gentle giant. When he thought he had a new home he went round giving huge kisses to all the staff and volunteers. He never jumps up at people and is a mature, well mannered dog.

Roxy has spent long enough at the SPA now. Please help us find him a forever home.