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A day of reunions!

Well, today saw no fewer than three dogs finding their owners. Tom, a Brittany spaniel and Bruno, a little griffon cross were both chipped, so reuniting them with their owners was not too tricky. However Moise (in real life, Titou) was not identified, so that was a bit harder.

Turns out this border collie was 15 years old, and his owners were delighted to find him. Even more so as he has not been in a cold wet box at the refuge, instead he has been looked after by a SPA-supporting family. They said they would keep him for as long as it took to find his owners, and I know for a fact that they were quite sad to see him leave. I get attached to any dogs that come my way very quickly, too, so I understand completely!

One further reunion was that of Kaira and Chico. Kaira returned from the vets after being under observation since her twisted gut on Saturday. Now she is back to normal and she and herkennel buddy, Chico were very pleased to see each other. She will be encouraged to eat in a more ladylike manner from now on, after her lucky escape!

So all in all that is four reunions today. And in a way, the one adoption was also a reunion! The couple who adopted Martin have been walking him regularly for nearly two months but were unable to take him sooner due to travel commitments. When they arrived today, complete with lead and collar, Martin (now Marty) knew his time had come, and he wagged his little stump of a tail like crazy! We are all so pleased for him, this little lad arrived in a terrible state, covered in scars. Isn’t he looking handsome now!

So that is four dogs out of the refuge today, and only one arrival. He is chipped too, so who knows, maybe he will be reunited with his owner too. We could do with more days like this!

Bruno finds his dad
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Moise (aka Titou) finds his owners. He is 15!

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And Martin (now Martin) is adopted after 5 months at the refuge!

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(This is how he looked when he arrived at the SPA four months ago)
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Operation “Go Dog” is a success!

This blog was written by Rebecca, and a huge thank you goes to her and to James for the role they played in Operation Go Dog!

As you all know, Saturday was another amazing day with nine dogs leaving the refuge, five of which were taken by the fabulous ORFEE Association. It is often the case that people would love to adopt from a refuge, but are hesitant about adopting a dog with an unknown past…will they be housetrained? What are they like with other dogs, cats, and children? This is where fabulous associations such as ORFEE come in to play. They take dogs from various refuges around France and place them in loving foster families. Here they are assessed and educated before departing for their forever homes.

Having volunteered at the refuge for almost a year, you become familiar with each dog and of course, everyone has his or her favourites. Sometimes you come across a dog, or dogs, with which you form an instant bond. Griffi and Griffo were like that for me. There was just something about this brother and sister pair that touched my heart. They were so shy; very few volunteers could coax them out of their box. Their big soulful eyes watched silently and forlornly from the back of their cage. Once they were away from the refuge, they became completely different dogs, full of joy and affection. When I heard that Griffi and Griffo had been chosen by ORFEE, I offered to help deliver them to their new foster family. Joining Griffi and Griffo would be youngsters Cadbury, Flocon and Badens. By the departure date, two further dogs would be added to the voyage, a young female Andalucian Podenco named Poody, and a one-eyed Chihuahua named Jewel.

The big day was finally here. We arrived at the refuge to see the dogs happily running and playing in the dog parks. I look over to see Calvin sitting and gazing longingly into the dog parks. He was ever hopeful. Today was his big day too; he just did not know it yet. My partner James and I left the refuge mid-morning with the sun shining and six excited dogs in the back of our van. We had just one more stop to make, we would be collecting Jewel from her foster mum along the way. In Alzonne, a tearful Valerie handed over the tiny Chihuahua and we then set off on our 4-hour journey.

On our arrival in Limoges, the foster parents and adopters were already waiting; the pouring rain had not diminished their enthusiasm! We opened the door of the van to seven wagging tails. One of the foster parents took one look and simply said ‘Their new lives start here’. I almost burst into tears. The first to leave was Jewel. Jewel arrived at the refuge in a terrible state- he was covered in ticks, fleas, was thin, and missing an eye. He was lovingly fostered and went from strength to strength. Jewel was rehomed via Doglinks and here, you can see Jewel safely in the arms of his doting new mum Sue. Thank you!

Poody was next to leave. This Andulcian Podenco was brought into the refuge as the result of police action against a dog trafficker. You can imagine everyone’s despair at finding her tied up to the refuge gates a few years later. This time, however, she has gone to a wonderful foster home with another Podenco to play with. I have a sneaky suspicion she will be adopted by her foster mum Irene soon enough! Here is Poody and Irene before heading home out of the rain and into the warm!

Badens and Cadbury were next to leave. By this time, the rain was heavy so I have no photos of their departure. There fosterers have been quick with photos and news so Darcey will be able to tell you all about their progress. (They are doing fine, both enjoying being in the warm and learning all about family life-Darcey)

Flocon, an exuberant youngster, was taken away by his new foster family with his tail wagging and excitedly bounding about. He will make a lovely family pet. We have already received pictures of him in his new foster family and I managed to take this one of him in a moment of calm (calm Flocon).

Finally, it time to say goodbye to Griffi and Griffo. A bittersweet moment for me…if things were different, it would be me adopting them!.

PS from Darcey

As someone who has arranged dog deliveries in the past, and continues to do so, (as do many other employees and volunteers), I can tell you that it is one of the most stressful things ever. Even when it involves a single dog, there are always worries: will the adopter show up, will I get lost, will the car break down, will the dog be okay. Rebecca and James coped with 7 dogs at once and I am incredibly grateful and also impressed.

If anyone else can ever help us out with dog delivery, please get in touch. As you see from Rebecca’s blog, it was a really rewarding thing to do, and we promise to do all the arranging for you!

And finally, if you now regret having missed out on one of these dogs (the Orfee five, that is, not Jewel or Poody), please get in touch with Association Orfee. http://association-orfee.forumactif.com/ You can follow the progress of the former SPA dogs there, too!

Sue and Jewel
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Poody and Irene

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Flocon being calm! He is now with Angelique and is doing really well!

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Rebecca says a tearful goodbye to Griffi and Griffo

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And here she is with them at the SPA earlier this year

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Finally here are Cadbury and Badens, safe and in the warm, as are all the others too, of course

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Twisted Gut: “the mother of all emergencies”

Well, news of the five dogs who left with Association Orfee yesterday is trickling in and all seems to be going excellently. There are a couple of photos already of the dogs in their new homes, but I will wait till tomorrow to tell the whole story, as Rebecca has all the photos of the journey and she will write most of the blog, with any luck!

So today I am writing about something far less pleasant. Yesterday morning while cleaning out the pens, Melanie, one of the SPA employees, noticed that Kaira was not well. She rushed this lovely Dogue de Bordeaux cross to the vet and Kaira underwent emergency surgery for what is known as Bloat or Twisted Gut; aka the Mother of all Emergencies.

A quick look on the internet will explain why. One of my Facebook friends and an SPA supporter, Nicki has experience of this, as she lost her lovely rescue Doberman, Tupac, this way several months ago. Evelyn of Doglinks had more luck when her hound, Jojo had the same problem a couple of years ago. And luckily thanks to the quick actions of Melanie and our excellent vet, Kaira has been saved, but it could have worked out so differently.

Bloat is basically when gas and/or food stretches the dog’s stomach to many times its normal size, causing tremendous abdominal pain. For reasons we do not fully understand, this grossly distended stomach can rotate, thus twisting off its own blood supply and the only exit routes for the gas inside. Not only is this condition extremely painful but it is also life-threatening. A dog with a bloated, twisted stomach (more scientifically called gastric dilatation and volvulus) will die in pain in a matter of hours unless drastic steps are taken.

It usually occurs when a dog has eaten a large meal too quickly, or has taken exercise too soon after eating. The larger, deep chested breeds are affected more than the littlies.

So how do you recognise if your dog has bloat? He or she may have an obviously distended stomach especially near the ribs but this is not always evident depending on the dog’s body configuration.

The biggest clue is vomiting. The dog appears highly nauseated, writhes in pain and retches but little comes up, apart from sometimes foamy bile.

If you see this, rush your dog to the veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

And how to avoid the condition? Well, nothing is guaranteed, but the two main factors to prevent bloat are to feed your dog two small meals per day rather than one large one, and to never take a dog out for exercise after he has eaten. It is also a good idea to stop your dog eating too quickly. This is easier said than done (I have a “speed eating beagle” to prove it!), but putting a large stone into the bowl (or here in France a petanque ball) around which the dog has to eat, can slow down a “gobbler”.

Kaira had a lucky escape, which is amazing when you think of all the dogs there are in the refuge and how easy it would have been for this condition to have passed unnoticed (three cheers for Melanie). Cases in dog refuges are almost always fatal….Now all we need to do is find this girl a home.

Kaira, saved in the nick of time
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Nicki’s beloved Tupac wasn’t as lucky.

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Le grand depart take two!

No, I haven’t accidentally copied last Saturdays blog! Today was another amazing day, with nine dogs leaving the refuge. It was slightly different, this week, as today five of them left thanks to an association, the wonderful Association Orfee (http://association-orfee.forumactif.com/). These five dogs will all go to foster families where they will be assessed and more importantly LOVED before either staying or moving on to their new homes.

The lucky dogs were Griffi and Griffo (a brother and sister who have been at the refuge for 18 months), and youngsters Flocon, Badens and Cadbury. I will tell you more about this tomorrow or Monday, when I have news and photos from Rebecca and James, who took the dogs all the way to Limoges (thanks guys!). So far all I know is that collection went well, which is good enough for now!

Two other dogs hitched a ride to Limoges, Jewel, the little one-eyed Chihuahua, who was in foster care with Valerie and has been homed thanks to Doglinks (thanks to you both!) and also Poody, a tiny Podenco who is being fostered pending adoption thanks to June, a levrier-loving friend of the SPA.

But that is not all, two more adoptions took place today; firstly we said goodbye to Ibiza, the French bulldog/yorkie cross of 3 months who has been living in the cat house where she was dwarfed by many of the inmates.

Then finally an amazing adoption. Of course they are all amazing as far as the dog is concerned, but this was very special and a fair few tears were shed. Former Urgent Appeal Calvin finally found a home!  He has been at the refuge since 5th October 2011. That is over two years! Everyone saw him and just thought “hunt dog”. But in fact he had lived in an apartment with cats until the death of his owner. Finally someone has noticed this lovely boy and at six and a half years old, his life can restart. He knew what was happening and jumped up to say goodbye to us all with a huge smile on his face.

So today was quite simply wonderful! Thank you to Orfee and thanks to all the employees and volunteers for their efforts today. GO TEAM CARCASSONNE!!!

The Lucky Orfee Five (plus Poody)
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Jewel- adopted
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Ibiza- adopted

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And  last but by no means least CALVIN. After more than 2 years at the SPA!

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Dogs and kids (again!)

I am sure many of you will have heard the terrible news of the four year old girl who was mauled to death by a recently adopted rescue dog in England earlier this week. Naturally there have been numerous discussions on various websites, and many people have sent us emails to ask us our opinion.

Well, firstly this was a horrific event and the family does have our sympathy. BUT….

We are really concerned that all refuge dogs will be tarred with the same brush. We don’t know the full story and probably never will, but there are some golden rules that we follow at the SPA.

We always ask if the family has any children. We know for a fact that some of our dogs are NOT good with children, and we tell people this quite clearly.

For the dogs who are abandoned, we ask their former owners to fill out a form to provide us as much information as possible. This includes if the dog has lived with children, and if so, was this trouble free. Puppies do “mouth”, and this should not be considered biting. It is perfectly normal puppy play, but should be discouraged as when the dog gets bigger, so do its teeth. Please don’t confuse it with aggression, though! We have had several puppies brought back as they “bite”. No they don’t, you just haven’t trained them!

For the majority of dogs we do not know how they are with children, as they have been found straying and we don’t know their history. However a couple of our employees and several of our volunteers have children of various ages, and so quite often we can “test” dogs. But as with the famous “cat test” it is easier to see if a dog is NOT all right with children than if he is.

For the dogs who are lucky enough to spend time with foster families before adoption things are much clearer.

However as a general rule, remember the following:
When you welcome any animal into your family, no matter where that dog came from, you take on a great responsibility. When you choose a dog, please think carefully about your lifestyle and how the dog will fit into your family. Of course rescue centres have the responsibility to tell you the truth about a dog and advise you accordingly. But once the decision is made it’s your responsibility, not the breeders, the refuge’s, the seller’s, it’s yours! Whether the dog is a pup, a rescue or a dog you got free from leboncoin (boo, hiss), from the minute these paws are over your doorstep it’s up to you to teach both the dog and your children to live in harmony. This can take work and a lot of time and effort. If you aren’t prepared for this you really should think long and hard before bringing a dog into your household because otherwise you are putting your children at risk. Children must be taught how to act safely around dogs and must be supervised at all time.

Please don’t give up on refuge dogs because of one tragic case.

Meanwhile back at the refuge, as expected, Obelix found his owners (a big thank you again to Martine for keeping him safe and warm at her house). Mozart was adopted too, just after I had finished writing all about him for the urgent appeal. I am happy really, honest!

Dougal, one of the Magic Roundabout puppies left too, and lovely Prue has been adopted after nearly 6 months at the refuge. She didn’t want to leave, which was quite upsetting for the staff, but at the same time it shows that she can’t have been too unhappy at the SPA. Oh, and Guessy, a young French bulldog left too. We hadn’t even bothered putting photos of her on our page; dogs of this breed are rehomed without any problems at all!

So all in all not too bad, despite the arrival of yet another pup and the return of Molly after 2 weeks. But we have great plans for her, so all should be well.

Fifteen year old Obelix is reunited with his owner!
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Mozart leaves! He was just about to be my urgent appeal!

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Prue leaves; I hope she won’t miss us too much!

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And foster mum supreme, Lisa, says goodbye to Dougal
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The sun shines again. A bit.

After a couple of pretty miserable days the sun shone again today, both literally and metaphorically. Several volunteers came to walk the dogs and the husky who was brought in yesterday found his home.

Then came the excellent news that the owners of the 15 year old English setter had been found. This old boy arrived on Monday in fabulous condition and with a tattoo, which would usually enable us to locate his owner. However after 15 years the tattoo had become illegible, and so we had to rely on Facebook  and good will to do the work. Over 2000 people shared the picture of the dog, who incidentally was lucky enough to be taken home to the house of Martine, one of volunteers. No one wants to see a dog of that age in a kennel in the rain.

Anyway today all the work paid off and his owners were found. Thanks to the ever tenacious Carole and also to Facebook follower, Catherine, for solving the mystery. The owners live in Toulouse so won’t be able to come to collect their dog till tomorrow, but I think it will be quite a reunion!

In other news yesterday saw the completion of the Anatolian Exodus, with Titan leaving for his new home, near to Marseilles.

And today we said goodbye to Jimmy. He arrived on October 11th and when the employees and volunteers saw him, they said “English”.  It is true that we seem to be drawn to this kind of dog (small, bit griffony, wire furred). So I was not very surprised when the woman who arrived to adopt him today turned out to be a fellow countrywoman! Jimmy is going to keep his name and has a lovely friend, Lola to play with. The photo only shows Jimmy, not his new mum, Nicky, as she had not expected to pose, and was “not looking her best”. She looked fine to me, but in any case she follows the site and blog and has promised to send photos of Jimmy once he has settled in.

So today wasn’t too bad, although six dogs have arrived in the past two days, which is not ideal. Still, onwards and upwards.

Oh, and Baby Eddy did a nice solid poo. I took a photo. Don’t worry, I won’t put it on the blog, but it did make me very happy. I am a woman of simple pleasures!

Swing find his mum

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Jimmy leaves

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No news but good news!

Well, unsurprisingly given the horrendous weather, there were very few visitors to the refuge today. Equally there were no dog walks taking place, although one hardy volunteer, Rob (a Brit; we are used to rain) did show up to offer his services. You may find it strange that we do not walk our dogs when it is cold and wet. Many people argue that we should, that they walk their own animals, so why should refuge dogs not be allowed out.

The reason is that your dog can go inside to get warm afterwards, SPA dogs can’t. It takes them ages to dry off and they just curl up, wet and miserable in their kennels. Far better to leave them warm and dry. After all, the rain cannot last forever, can it???

The employees and I took the opportunity to have a bit of a clear out of the office, which we don’t always have time to do. There were no new arrivals but two dogs did find their homes. Neither dog had actually entered the refuge yet, but two people came in to tell us about dogs they had found, and in both cases we were able to match them up with dogs who had been reported missing.

The other really good bit of news (apart from the lovely Florentines that were brought in by one of our supporters, Jane), concerns a dog that has come to be known as Baby Eddy. He arrived at the refuge on October 22nd having been found straying, and immediately fell very ill. He was rushed to the vet where he spent five days under transfusion. Tests for parvovirus were negative, but the symptoms were very similar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_parvovirus). Things were not looking good.

The vet phoned us on Wednesday last week to tell us that Baby Eddy was probably not going to make it, as he was not eating and his veins were collapsing due to the transfusions. No, no, no, we said. On instructions from Carole I raced to the vet to try to tempt Baby Eddy with some raw burger meat and BINGO! Mika joined me there and took Baby Eddy back to the refuge where he could have more company (the vets, quite rightly had him in isolation, but the loneliness was making him lose the will to live)

For a while it was touch and go. Baby eddy has been living in the infirmary, where transfusions and injections continued for 4 more days. This was supplemented by more burger meat, and chicken and ham slices (thanks to Moira and Simone). Then all of a sudden Baby Eddy turned a corner. Today he was eating normal (though sensitive digestion) dog food and leaping everywhere to get cuddles.

I cannot believe the sense of relief we are all feeling. It has been pretty much round the clock care and worry.  Needless to say he lost a lot of weight, but his appetite is now excellent and he is getting better in leaps and bounds. It is going to be very difficult to put him into an outside kennel, which we will have to do as soon as he is fully recovered.

We are going to be looking for a very special home for this little dog who has undergone so much. If only I had room for one more……

Baby Eddy on Friday, feeling very sorry for himself

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Baby Eddy today, bright as a button!

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Mangy Mutts!

Well, after the relative joy of the past few days, today has been far less uplifting.

Last week a puppy arrived suffering from terrible mange; it was so severe that we did not even post a picture of him on Facebook. We prefer to reveal him to the public only once he has recovered enough to not scare children. He will be a beautiful looking dog once he has been treated. He is not the only one, though; we have had 10 dogs brought in with mange in less than a month.

And today yet another pup has arrived with this condition. So I thought I would write a bit about this disease. Carole has already put a picture on the SPA Facebook page to alert our followers as to what to look out for, but for non-French speakers or non-Facebookers, here is an English explanation.

Mange (la gale in French) is a skin disease caused by tiny parasitic mites. The mites live on or in the dog’s skin, causing discomfort and coat abnormalities. It can affect both wild and domestic mammals. Most forms of mange are highly contagious and affected dogs become extremely itchy and suffer patchy hair loss from scratching, biting and licking. It is usually most noticeable on the ears, which can become bald at the tips, although this can be due to other diseases, too.

Mange is a non-seasonal and can affect dogs of all breeds and ages. Young dogs with weak immune systems are particularly vulnerable, as are stray dogs, as they too will have weakened defences. Mange can also be passed to humans.

So how do we deal with mange at the SPA? Well, clearly it is important to isolate the dog in order to stop the disease from spreading. The dog then receives a course of anti-parasitic drops and regular baths. Six weeks or so later and all is well!

So if you see notices on the boxes asking you not to touch the dogs within, it is often because they are undergoing treatment. Yes, it is lovely to say hello to a dog and give him a biscuit, but if you then touch the rest of the dogs in the refuge, an epidemic can break out.

Of course you may be a dog owner who is now in a panic and are worrying about how to protect your best friend against this parasite. Well if you follow these four steps, all should be well.

  • Ensure that your dog has a healthy diet.
  • Control all parasites regularly, such as fleas and worms.
  • Stay current on all vaccinations. (The annual vaccination does not protect against mange, but it certainly helps with overall health).
  • Stay alert for any signs of the disease and see a vet immediately.

Finally if you see a dog with this condition, please don’t shy away or refuse to help him; he needs you! Just be sure to wash your hands as well as any bedding you may have used to transport the dog. The lovely people who brought us three of the Anatolian shepherd pups did just this. And look how beautifully they all turned out!

A dog with mange and the mite responsible

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Le grand depart

Hold onto your hats everyone! No fewer than eight dogs left the refuge today! Been quite a while since we had a day like this!

Lemon (now Buddy) and Shakira left for their new home this morning. A big thanks to Moira for driving them half way, I will let her tell you all about it tomorrow. Then this afternoon saw the continuation of the Anatolian Exodus, with two of the three remaining Anatolian Shepherd puppies, Gargamelle and Gaia, leaving for pastures new. Titan will leave us on Wednesday. 

We then said goodbye to one of my favourites, Spirit, who was found in a terrible state and taken to the refuge in Castelnaudary, from where we collected her towards the end of September. Finally a loving family and some stability for this lovely girl, who has been moved from pillar to post for most of her life. Next to go was Cherry, who has a lovely new black labrador for a brother. Flurry left just before closing time, another dog who had been homed and then brought back due to a divorce. This time her luck seems to have well and truly changed.

Moka also left. This is the border pup who had been in foster care with volunteer Val for two months. He has gone to live with friends of the owners of two other SPA borders, Sake and Lolipop (remember them?). Like them Moka will take part in a programme of educating school children to love and respect animals. This is only possible because Moka is such a well-balanced dog, and he (and we) have Val to thank for that. If there were a gold medal for fostering, we would be handing one out to Val. I am sure she is a bit tearful at saying goodbye to her baby, but that leaves room for a new temporary member of the family.

Fostering is not for everyone. I failed dismally. The only time I fostered I fell in love and refused to let the dog go. It takes a special kind of person.

On the subject of fosters, Moise, the old border collie, has gone to live with another border-loving family. He is very lucky as he is old and arthritic, so a winter at the SPA would not suit him one bit. He will have to undergo an operation in the coming weeks for a tumour on his unmentionables, but at least he will be in the warm to recover.

Coraline left for a foster family too. She will spend 2 weeks with Isabelle, one of our volunteers before moving to her “permanent” family. And foster mum extraordinaire, Edith, took Frizzy home to try and build up her confidence and get her ready for a new life.

So if you add those to the eight adoptees, the refuge has eleven fewer dogs tonight. Or at least it would have had three dogs not arrived. But tonight I am still smiling!

The SPA is open tomorrow as it is the first Sunday of the month. Let’s hope I am still smiling this time tomorrow!

Darcey is happy
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Introducing a new dog to an oldie!

Today the refuge was shut for All Saints Day and apart from the arrival of one dog, dumped in the external boxes (how brave of you!), nothing happened. So even though today isn’t Sunday, we have a Sunday-type blog!

This week we received an update on Habbie (Noosa) who was recently adopted into a family with an older dog, Biba. Biba was used to having all the love and attention to herself, and her owners were quite nervous about bringing a new, young dog home. Would Biba be upset and feel usurped? As this week’s email and photos show, all their fears were unfounded. Biba has found a new lease of life and the two dogs play happily together.

Introducing two or more unfamiliar dogs is tricky no matter what their ages, but the task is even more complicated when one dog is a hyper puppy and the other is an aging pooch used to being the top dog. However when introductions are done correctly the outcome can be really amazing!

So how do you set up these introductions for a successful outcome? Please remember that dogs, given a choice, do not  raise puppies when they are advanced in age. They want to raise their “kids” when they still have the energy to keep up with them. It’s not that the puppies are “obnoxious” to them – it’s just that they have another state of mind and.in order to be around the older dogs the puppy has to learn social skills.

It is sensible to introduce your old and new dogs on neutral territory. This reduces the risk that your existing dog will see your new puppy as an intruder in his space. Watch both dogs for signs of discomfort and aggressive posture. If the hair on your dog’s back stands up, if he bears his teeth or if he stares for a prolonged period, separate the dogs and try the introduction again on another day. Feed older and younger dogs separately. This keeps your puppy’s nose out of your older dog’s bowl and prevents jealous fights over food. Eating together should be one of the last things your dogs learn to do..Remove objects from the environment your dogs can’t or won’t share or that might start fights. Make sure both your older pooch and your new puppy have their own food and water bowls, beds, toys, leashes and other supplies.

It is very important to offer your older dog at least as much love and attention as you did before the new puppy moved in. Having two or more dogs should not mean that each dog is loved less. Allow your older dog to warn your puppy with a snarl or growl. This is natural behaviour and is designed to set limits for the puppy. Make sure your older dog has a safe place away from the boisterous puppy. Just like small children can tire adults, puppies can quickly get on the nerves of older dogs. Let your older dog have a break in a safe place the new puppy is not allowed.

Remember that a young dog will have different exercise needs to an older dog so structure your walks accordingly. It’s nice to reward all your pets for behaving nicely but when you offer love, praise and treats you are settling both dogs up for a happy future together!

Habbie ( Noose) and Biba are perfect examples of how well youngsters and older dogs can get on. Hopefully their success story will inspire more families with older dog to give a home to a youngster and don’t forget, should you ever run into any problems with a SPA dog, just lift the phone and call us. We have two dog trainers on staff and are more than happy to help! And if your French isn’t up to it, just send a message to this website and we will happily give advice.

Habbie (Noosa) and Biba

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