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At last, Dog Show News!

Today was a Bank Holiday in France (Assumption Day), and although the refuge was shut, there were quite a few people there walking dogs and cuddling cats. Thanks to everyone who gave up their time today to make the animals’ lives a bit better.

And yes, we know what you are thinking. Things HAVE been very quiet on the adoption front this week. However we are expecting good news tomorrow and more on Friday. In the meantime, though, we have news of an upcoming event.

Back by popular demand we proudly present the next DRC Dog Show! YIPPEE!

The first dog show event took place in June last year, and was a huge success. This year rather than being merely one attraction at someone else’s event, the lovely women at La Petite Pepiniere have saved the whole afternoon just for us. So we will be able to spread out a bit, and have even more fun!

As you can see, we will have other stalls for people to peruse while waiting for their dogs’ events. There will be a small agililty course, and our ace photographer Marketa will be there to take pictures of you and your hounds. Refreshements will be available (to benefit Longuedoc Solidarity with Refugees), and Le Jardin Champetre will be open next door so you can stock up on plants and shrubs too. They recently adopted Jenka (who was called Ficelle at the ScPA) and so if you are lucky she might make a guest appearance. But in any case, there will be plenty of ex-refuge dogs around the place, as well as other stalls and some surprises.

Again there will be prizes for the winning dogs in the various categories. As was the case last year, the whole day will be more for fun than anything. We don’t really pretend to be Crufts. Rather it is am enjoyable way to get together and see each others’ dogs in a beautiful setting, and hopefully to raise lots of funds for the dogs at the refuge.

There will be more details available in due course, but in the meantime, please keep the afternoon of Sunday 16th September free so you can come and join us.

Adoption of Wolfie

When Wolfie arrived last week everyone guessed that he would not have very long to wait. However few of us could have known that he would not even make it as far as the refuge, instead he was adopted immediately from the pound, ie after the minimum amount of time at the ScPA. How wonderful.

Wolfie was found as a stray, but he must have had a home before becoming lost. He was neither thin nor nervous, he loves people and does not pull on a lead. At under a year old, this dog seemed to have just about every quality that people look for in a dog.Why was he not identified? And why was no one looking for him? We will never know.

Luckily for him a family came to the refuge looking for a new pal. In fact they had come specifically for Texas, whom they had seen online. However he had been rehomed, so they did a tour of the refuge and their eyes fell on Wolfie. There followed a nervous wait, in case his owners showed up, but today Wolfie was officially up for adoption, and he left as soon as he returned from the vet.

His new family have six children and are very sporty. Wolfie, now renamed Marley, will never be alone and we are sure that a wonderful life awaits him.

As the weather was a bit cooler there were lots of walks, so thanks to everyone who came along to brighten up the lives of the dogs.

big fluffy dog with his new family

Wolfie (now Marley) – ADOPTED


Adoption of puppy Nougatine and papy Boomer is reclaimed.

Another of our little pups was adopted today; little Nougatine finally left the refuge, and although several of her siblings are still waiting for new homes, we hope that they, as well as all the other pups, will soon be on their way.

spaniel cross puppy

Nougatine – ADOPTED

Today’s other news is the departure of Boomer, aka Perlou. This very elderly Beauceron cross arrived last week, courtesy of the police municipal, as his owner had been taken to hospital. The police didn’t know the owner’s name, and the dog was not identified, so all we could do was wait and hope that someone got in touch.

As it turned out, the dog did not belong to the elderly “owner”at all, but to his daughter. She had left her dog in her father’s care for a couple of days. When she got home and was unable to get in touch with her father, she contacted the police who passed on the news. Naturally her father’s health was her first priority, but today she hot footed it to the refuge to collect Boomer.

Boomer has been living in the office area and has had the freedom to trot around the refuge, where he has proved to be a true gentleman. We are so glad that he has gone home again, and hope that the same is soon true of his owner’s dad.

big beauceron cross

Thirteen year old Boomer – RECLAIMED


The end of an era!

What a day! Eight leavers, including two whose adoption marks very much the end of an era. Read on….

First off, a border collie puppy, left yesterday during the open Sunday. This is great news for this lad, especially as he had to compete with the puppies who were for sale at a dog show in the centre of town. (Grrr.) His new family has named him Owen. We have already received pictures of him in his new home and he looks very contect. We wish him a long and happy life.

Puppy Owen – ADOPTED

The same goes for Aorlhac (aka Roxy), a young malinois who arrived at the refuge unidentified exactly ten days ago. He was reserved yesterday (another result of the open day, despite the searing heat) and today he left for his new home.

Aorlhac (aka Roxy) – ADOPTED

Three dogs were reclaimed too. Firstly there was Toy, who arrived nine whole days ago! Yes, his pound time was almost over, and it is perhaps this that prompted his owner to come and collect him. Yes, it might have taken him some time, but at least he didn’t let his dog risk being adopted by someone else.  Puppy Otis who arrived on Saturday, also found his family, as did puppy Maya. Her owners have been desperately searching for this little girl since she went missing sometime last week, and now she is identified, which should stop such a thing happening again, with any luck. No photos of Maya, as she was not with us for long enough!

Pepito (aka Otis) – RECLAIMED



We also said goodbye to shih-tzu Yellow. He arrived unidentified and although someone recognised him thanks to Facebook, they didn’t come to collect him. Had they made the effort to come in and sign a form to officially abandon him, Yellow could have left earlier. Instead he has spent ten days in the heat of the pound before leaving for his wonderful new home today. However all that will soon be forgotten.


Yellow – ADOPTED

Now to the day’s BIG news! It actually took place before the refuge opened this afternoon, when Carole and Aude delievered two dogs to their new home. Many thanks to them. ……Today after almost two and a half years, the last dogs from the dog-hoarding situation at Ste Eulalie finally left the refuge.

Small dogs are usually adopted very quickly. However after years of inbreeding and neglect, many of the 27 dogs who were brought in from the dog hoarders had never been handled and were understandably terrified of people. With the exception of Rica and Pérou, all have been homed with varying degrees of success. Many of you will have seen that a moment’s inattention has resulted in a couple of them disappearing, never to be seen again. Ondine was luckier, as thanks to Angelique’s almost superhuman persistance she was brought back into the fold, but make no mistake, several of these dogs are quite traumatised.

Rica – ADOPTED and in her new home

Progress at the refuge had really come to a halt, as there are just too many resident dogs for staff and employees to have time to devote to all of them. Dominique has been unwavering in her devotion to them, however, and has spent the last several weeks constructing an enclosure in her garden in order to be able to look after Rica and Pérou in a safe and secure environment.

Not that they weren’t safe at the SCPA , you understand. However with little or no chance of their being adopted, they were in a kind of no-man’s-land, occupying a box and not enjoying life very much at all. Seeing pictures of them in their new quarters this morning is wonderful and we say a huge thank you to Dominique for offering a life to these two dogs that will suit their temperament.

Pérou – ADOPTED and looking much happier already

Today is truly the end of an era! And what a great start to a new week!

Two pups leave for new homes

The refuge was hot again this afternoon, but there were quite a few visitors. This bodes well for tomorrow, when the ScPA is open for the first Sunday of the month.

Yes, visitors are great, but visitors who adopt are even better. And today two lucky dogs left. Both are puppies and are from very different-looking litters. And by the looks of things, both of them are going to be very happy indeed.

First to leave was a little puppy who had no name. The litter was not ready for adoption when a family passed to see if they could find a new canine companion. They have an elderly dog at home who has recently lost his pal, and they wanted to adopt a puppy this time. They chose a tiny border collie, who they are planning on naming Happy. And she looked very pleased with herself, as the first of her litter to leave.

white border collie


Secondly we said goodbye to Praline. She is the smallest of her litter, and has gone to live with a woman who also has a magnificent looking female staffy. The two dogs got on wondefully well in the park, with the big sister playing gently with her new friend. Lots of fun and games await this little girl in her new life.

puppy with long ears

Praline – ADOPTED

If you like the look of either pup, it is not too late. There are plenty more just like them waiting for homes. As well as numerous adults, of course. Why not come along tomorrow and meet them?

Jaya finds a home!

We have had some great adoptions this week. More quality than quantity, but this is often the way of things in mid-summer.

Today’s adoption is another wonderful one. After about just five weeks after being brought to the SCPA as a stray, lovely lab, Jaya (aka Abbie) has found a home. And not only that, she has gone to live with people whom we know well and who are great supporters of the refuge.

Lisa and Andrew have fostered puppies for the SCPA in the past and follow the refuge closely. They recently lost their beautiful lab, Mr Bumble, and whilst knowing that no dog can ever be replaced, they decided that Jaya would be a wonderful addition to their pack.

Jaya has a lovely life ahead of her, and of course we will have news and photos. And as they live next to a couple of SCPA employees/volunteers, Jaya is not out of cuddling range, either!

black lab


As this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, the refuge will be opening its doors. It might be too hot to walk the dogs, but some of them might be lucky enough to be out in the parks (shade permitting), and of course there are always cats to cuddle.

Adoption of Despé

Today we had another great adoption. Yes although they are few and far between at the moment, at least we have something to smile about from time to time.

Despé arrived at the refuge when he was just a baby. He was adopted by someone who promised the earth, but who brought Despé back when he was just under a year old. By then he was much bigger, less cute, and hence far more difficult to rehome. Especially as training him had not been high on his owner’s agenda. Grrr.

Luckily, Despé is a sociable lad, and so even though he is strong on the lead, he has enjoyed sharing his bex and playing in the park with other dogs. And today, after almost four months, his turn came again.

His new owners visited the refuge earlier in the week, but returned today to spend more time with him. Today’s visit confirmed their choice, and they went off to buy all the necessary supplies (lead, harness etc). Despé went for a final play with his kennelmate but was not at all surprised when he was then taken out of his box to rejoin his new family. Yes, he understood exactly what was going on, and he looked extremely pleased with himself.

Many thanks to his new family, and we look forward to news and photos.

big shepherd cross


The ScPA is short of timmed dog food, by the way, so if you live locally and would like to pop a couple of tins in, the dogs would be very grateful.

Adoption of Luxus and Isidor

We have two adoptions to tell you about today.

First of all, rottweiler Luxus. Everyone was really distressed when this lovely boy was brought back to the SPA for rehoming a couple of weeks ago, not least his (relatively new) family.

Luxus had a wonderful home with two other dogs of the same breed (both also from the ScPA). However when their owner became seriously ill, three big dogs, one of whom needs an enclosed garden, were too much for hs wife to cope with. Reluctantly and with many tears, she brought Luxus back to the refuge. However a dog this beautiful was not going to stay long, especially as we now know him to be good with children, other dogs and even cats, as long as introductions are done properly.

Volunteer Patricia made it her mission to find him a new home, and deciding that the best candidate lived in Limoges, took it upon herself to undertake a dog delivery today! Yes, this is sometimes possible, but of course depends very much on the good will of both parties. As with Jack, whom Moira delivered to Montauban recently, we do not undertake such tasks unless we are as sure as possible that the home is the right one. Luxus’s new home sounds wonderful; three hectares of land with the constant presence of humans and animals to keep him company.


Many thanks to Patricia for giving up a rare day off to take Luxus to his new life. We hope it is a happy one, and we hope that his former owners take comfort from knowing that he is no longer behind bars.

There was a second adoption today, too. And a great one. Our long-term resident, malinois Isidor, left for a new home. Like Luxus he had been adopted once before, and like Luxus, he was brought back with regrets. Isisdor has a very over-protective nature, and needed more space. When a retired couple who know the breed well came looking for a dog to share their large, enclosed garden, they were immediately attracted to Isidor. The fact that he has a tendency to guard suits them very well, although he will have a lovely family life as well as his “outside” duties.

Wonderful news for this dog who has spent well over a year at the refuge. We are sure that his sponsor Stephanie will be over the moon tonight, as are many of us, not least Isidor himself!

Isidor – ADOPTED

Two other dogs were reclaimed; firstly a little French bulldog who only arrived a couple of days ago, and secondly Youki, who had been with us for some three months. In that time we had all become very fond of him, and he of us, apparently, as he didn’t seem exactly keen to leave, by all accounts!




Adoptions of Rémi and Bridou

Two really wonderful adoptions took place today, so although the SCPA is very full and the weather  is scorching hot, there is something to smile about this evening.

First off we said goodbye to everyone’s everyone favourite puppy, Rémi. This little lad is the last of his litter, but as we so say, often the last to be homed has the best luck of all. And this seems to have held true yet again. Rémi is an exceptional little pup; whereas other pups would run and play wildly, he appeared to be quite pensive. Many people thought it made him appear sad, and there is a French cartoon character called Rémi Sans Famille (homeless Rémi), which added to his reputation. It is very easy to fall in love with pups like this, and it didn’t take volunteer Sebastien long to loose his heart to little Rémi. He himself has a full house, with his dog Phoebe and SCPA foster dog Balou, but Sebastien knew his parents would adore Rémi, as of course they did.

Today the adoption was completed and we are all delighted for this gorgeous little boy.

Rémi is no longer “sans famlle” – ADOPTED

Today’s second lucky lad is Bridou. He had been a DRC urgent appeal; he arrived as a “not quite pup” and as such we were concerned that he was going to be left behind. Since his arrival we have got many more “not quite pups”, but at the time Bridou was the only one. He is a great lad, but he arrived in April at the age of four and a half months and time was passing with no sign of a home.

However one of the employees has been looking after Bridou and has decided to take the plunge. So Bridou now has a wonderful new home with someone whom he already adores. Fabulous news for a really deserving dog.

big puppy

Bridou – ADOPTED

Finally the old yellow labrador whom we named Tattoo, was reclaimed. He arrived on Thursday and his tattoo really was very hard to read. I have no idea how his owners were traced, whether they saw his photos on Facebook or if it was thanks to detective work by the refuge or its supporters, but it might well be no coincidence that Carole “just call me Sherlock” is back in the hot seat today!

yellow lab


Adoption of Jewel

The weather was a bit cooler today; in the high 20s, as opposed to the mid 30s, so plenty of dogs went out for walks. Most of the walks are taking place in the mornings, with all the dogs asleep in the afternoon, so it was nice to see the refuge so lively this afternoon. Plus we had an adoption!

Handsome young beauceron Jewel arrived at the SPA exactly one month ago today. It was not his first visit,  and so this time it was deemed best all round for him to find a new home. And today it happened!

Jewel’s new owner is the mother of one of the SPA employees! She was visiting the area and came along to see her son’s place of work. Then she saw Jewel and offered to take him for a walk. The family had always had dogs of this breed, and as they love long walks, decided it was logical to have a dog with them again.

So lucky Jewel has gone off to start his new life. Wonderful news for this lovely dog who has not had the most stable of lives up to now. We are sure he will be very happy, and of course we will have lots of news, which we LOVE!



So the week ended on a high with a great adoption. And we have to say huge thanks to Marion who has been looking after the office so efficiently during secretary Carole’s absence. It is back to kennel duties for her on Monday, but everyone agrees that she has done a wonderful job these past couple of weeks.

All back to normal on Monday, and hopefully the week will bring plenty of adoptions.