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Urgent Appeal: Flash and Poppy


Poppy border collie crossI am not suggesting that these two dogs be homed together, but as they are brother and sister, it was hard to choose which one should be highlighted in this urgent appeal.

Flash and Poppy were found when they were five months old, which is not an ideal age to arrive at the SPA. The cuteness of being a puppy has gone, and in the case of these two, their lack of socialisation at an early age means that they are quite timid and nervous.

At the moment taking them for a walk is quite a challenge, as although once they are in forward motion all is well, they both have a habit of going on strike and just refusing to budge. Lots of encouragement and biscuits are required to get them moving again. Having said that, they have only had a couple of walks, so it is early days.

And we must point out that neither of them shows any aggression at all; they wait passively as you lift them up and carry them a few paces.

We think that the dogs are border collie crosses, but Flash is quite a stocky boy, and Poppy has slightly wiry fur. They were born in mid-October 2015 and are vaccinated, sterilised and identified. Gentle, patient homes required, possibly with another resident dog.
Flash border collie cross

Urgent Appeal: Looky

lookyOkay, a deaf dog might not be everyone’s dream. But on the other hand why not? Border collies are famously bright, and at one year old, Looky has his whole life ahead of him. Sadly until now he has had no training or socialisation at all; from the age of three months to one year he was tied up on a tiny balcony. We doubt that his owners even realised that he was deaf, he was just a dog that was unwanted.

Looky was born in late February 2015. He has bright blue eyes and is a stunning lad. He will need an experienced and training minded family with a lot of patience. He is lucky enough to have a sponsor, who walks him regularly, and already he is making enormous progress; he is affectionate and has the border collie’s desire to both learn and please his master.

Looky is castrated, microchipped and vaccinated and is ready for his new life.

Urgent Appeal: Rosie

RosieRosie was one of the dogs who was included in our “oldies” urgent appeal a few weeks ago. The other oldies were adopted, but Rosie is still with us, and as she was the oldest of the oldies, this is just not fair.

Rosie was identified when she was three months old, so yes, she is 13. However it seems clear that she has been well looked after all her life, so she is in great health. She behaves like a much younger dog, adored her walks (and loves to run) and jumps around with happiness when she sees people she knows. In a very ladylike manner, of course!

Rosie is very dark brown and is a shepherd lab cross. She has a short, stumpy tail (we don’t know why, obviously). She is not good with cats, but is fine with some dogs.

As she is a senior, her adoption fees are just €80. But even this amount has been paid by well-wishers, so there are no adoption fees.

All we want for Rosie is a lovely place for her to spend her remaining time. And this could well be much longer than you think. If you are in the Carcassonne area, we would be happy for Rosie to go to a long term foster home, meaning that you will not even have any vets bills to worry about. Not that Rosie has any ongoing treatment, but we know that this is one thing that can put people off adopting an older dog.

Rosie is wonderful to walk, she is incredibly gentle on the lead and is fine with children. Please don’t let her finish her days at the SPA.

Urgent Appeal: Yuki

Youcky Yuki has been at the SPA since February 2013, and I remember well the day of his arrival. He had been placed in the external box by the SPA gates, presumably by his owner. The poor boy was absolutely terrified, and this manifest itself in what appeared to be aggressive barking. Once in his box, however, he started to calm down, and pretty soon we were able to see what a nice boy he is.

Initially he was extremely strong on the lead, and walking him was quite difficult. This reputation has remained, although his regular walker, SPA volunteer Karen, assures me that he has made enormous progress. In fact seeing them out on a walk this week it was obvious that he has calmed down a lot. Not surprising really, as Yuki has now been at the SPA for two whole years!

He is not good with other dogs, sadly, so will need to be homed alone. Yuki was born in December 2011, so has just turned four years old. And half of that time has been behind bars.

Who can give this boy a lovely home?

Urgent Appeal: Autumn

Automne griffon crossAutumn is one of those dogs that can break your heart. She is a griffon nivernais, which is a breed often used for hunting in France, but which make fabulous pets. Autumn in typical of the kind of dog we get at the SPA; basically failed hunters. This girl is scared of her own shadow and during her four years on this earth, seems to have seen nothing. When she first arrived, Autumn shared her kennel with a very young, very bouncy dog. She was a bit overwhelmed and hid at the back of the kennel. Since moving to share with a much bigger, steadier dog she has settled down well, and enjoys watching the world go by. She plays like a puppy when she sees a tennis ball, which is very endearing. However she hates being on a lead and spins round in panic. Autumn is looking for a kind, patient owner with a well-enclosed garden. She would benefit from having another dog to learn from, but this is not essential. She was born in November 2011, is vaccinated, identified and sterilised. Her adoption fee is €170.

Urgent Appeal: The Oldies

At the moment, and just as winter is getting underway, the SPA has many older dogs. Some of them, like last week’s appeal, Kipnak, have been there for many months. Others, like Rosie and Larsouille, have just arrived.

There are many advantages to adopting an older dog. Firstly the adoption fee is reduced, and for just €80 you can have a fully vaccinated, sterilised and identified dog. You may worry about vet’s bills, but any medical problems will be explained to you before the dog leaves, (although none of our oldies have any medical issues), and in any case vets bills here are far lower than in the UK.

Older dogs are often far easier to look after. With age comes wisdom, and the very fact that these dogs have been at the SPA shows that they know that life can be hard. They are often very good at recognising when they are onto a good thing, and settle immediately to their new life.

They often have a kind of peace about them and can bring a calmness to a boisterous pack, or a focus to a family without dogs. Often requiring less exercise, an older dog can be a great companion for a less active family or elderly couple.

Please consider giving a home to one of our older dogs. They all have their own personalities and needs, but I am sure that we can find a perfect match for you and your lifestyle.

Urgent Appeal: Kipnak

KipnakWhen Kipnak arrived at the SPA in October 2014, no  one expected that he would still be at the SPA over a year later. A medium sized discreet dog who is great with other dogs and who is fine on the lead should not have to wait this long. So let’s try and give Kipnak a helping hand to find his new home.

Kipnak is identified as a husky cross, but he is of much smaller and slighter build than a husky, with shortish fur. He was born in 2004, so is one of our senior dogs and hence benefits from a reduced adoption fee of just €80. He shares his kennel happily with males or female dogs and is a very easy dog.

On walks he is respectful towards the person on the end of the lead, never pulling or going at an uncomfortable speed for them. He is lively for his age, in fact he could pass for a much younger dog He has no ongoing health issues

Kipnak would make a great addition to any family. A real hidden gem!

Urgent Appeal: Gege

gegeGege is our urgent appeal for no other reason than that he has been very unlucky. He was adopted but brought back 24 hours later as his new owner seemed to have an adverse physical reaction to him. Devastating for the poor dog, who had done nothing at all wrong.

During his brief time in his new home he was absolutely perfect; clean, calm, affectionate. Everything a dog should be, in fact. This is why we would like to help him find a home as quickly as possible. He arrived in May 2015, and as far as we are concerned he has spent more than enough time behind bars. To have freedom snatched away from his so quickly is just so unfair.

So let’s see what we can do to find him a home again!

Gege is a porcelain cross, who was born in August 2011. He is fine with dogs of both sexes and despite his size, does not pull hard on the lead. He is simply beautiful and has proven his worthiness to be a great pet. He has frequently been walked by people with young children and he respects their size.

C’mon guys, someone out there must be tempted!

Urgent Appeal: Peraud

peraudSometimes you can tell how long a dog has been at the SPA not just from his unique identification number (we start with a new letter and from 001 on Jan 1st each year), but also from his name. Looking at the number LL326, SPA aficionados can tell that Peraud has been with us since last year (LL) and about the middle of the year (we get about 650 dogs in annually, so 326 is about halfway. So maybe June or July. Then his name, Peraud. This is a cyclist who did great things in the 2014 Tour de France! Et voila!

Peraud did indeed arrive in late July 2014. He was found as a stray and never reclaimed. His date of birth was estimated as being July 2008 (it has to be an estimate, as like so many of our dogs, he arrived unidentified). Peraud is a grey and black spaniel, who is fine with female dogs and most males. He is very lively, despite his age, and loves his walks.

Peraud is of small to medium size and shares his kennel quite happily. I am not sure how he is with cats, my guess would be enthusiastic, but not necessarily aggressive. A voir, as they say in French.

In any case, if you are looking for a middle aged but active dog to accompany you on walks, why not give Peraud a chance? He has been with us for a long time, and we just can’t work out why no one is interested in him. Spaniels are not just good for hunting, they make great pets too. And the fact that his owner did not come and collect him implies that Peraud is probably not a great hunter. That has to be in his favour! Go on, give this boy a chance!


Urgent Appeal: Falco

falcoIn the normal course of events Falco would not be at the refuge. He had a young owner who loved him and walked him. However she lives with her parents and they made her life and that of the dog very difficult, so he has ended up at the SPA. 

Being a black labrador is not a good thing for SPA dogs, however Falco has youth on his side. He was born in December 2012, so is just 18 months old. This is barely out of puppyhood as far as labs are concerned, as owners of the breed will know. Falco is fine with other dogs, he has shared with several since his arrival at the SPA at the end of March. He has some basic training and we know that he used to be housetrained, although he may have forgotten some of his manners. He will quickly relearn, though, as he is a very bright dog.

As labs go, Falco is of the leggy variety so is probably not a purebred, although he is very elegant. He is fine on the lead and is good with children. He would live quite happily as a second dog or as a singly too. Ideally a garden would be great to play in. Like most labs he loves chasing a ball and generally having fun.

Please help this lovely dog find a home.