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Adoption of boxer Maya

On Saturday a beautiful boxer called Maya was brought to the refuge for rehoming. At only a year old, this lovely girl was almost perfect; okay with other dogs, okay with cats and children. Her only “fault” is that she kept escaping from the garden, and this is why her family decided to bring her in for rehoming.

Of course a dog of this breed and age was sure to attract lots of interest. Several people came to meet her, amongst them a family who had lost their own boxer some 6 weeks ago. And her name was Maya too! This time I use the word “lost” literally. Despite the fact that she was identified and her owners have searched near and far, and high and low, there is no trace of Maya at all.

In any case, it seems like Fate that a new Maya has come into this family’s life. One thing is for sure, new Maya will help heal their hearts and help them move on. And as for Maya, she looked extremely pleased to be leaving so soon, and with such a lovely family.



The ScPA also has a rabbit looking for a new home. This girl who has been named Bounty, was obviously in pain, her teeth needed clipping. Now that this has been done, she is much happier and is clearly a lovely animal who is well used to being handled. So if you are after a rabbit, now is your chance to rescue one!

Bounty – looking for a new home.

In other news another pup was reserved and a recently arrived dog, Sarga, was reclaimed. There is more good news expected tomorrow so see you then!

Two Puppy Adoptions and Boule changes her Status

Three adoptions today, although one of the three was already in a home. Read on and all will be revealed.

First off was Capucine, now renamed Layla. When this puppy arrived at the refuge in early March she was all bald and pink. She had a nasty skin complaint which took several weeks and many many trips to the vet before being cured. As soon as she was able to be walked, one particular volunteer was waiting eagerly to be first in the queue. And ever since this first walk, Petra has been in thrall to Capucine. However having three dogs already (including another ex-baldy Pepper (ex Denver), she was determined to not crack and take her home. As time has gone on, though, with no one else wanting to offer this young girl a home, Petra’s determination had begun to waiver.

And on Wednesday morning, she finally cracked! Petra had fostered and subsequently adopted Anglo cross Celeste (Sally) last year, but this ended tragically when Sally died from poisoning when out on a walk.  Capucine is a bit similar, though hopefully without Sally’s tendency to wander. At six months old, Capucine is the perfect puppy, playful and full of fun. At the time of writing, Layla has met all the pack and all four dogs are getting on wonderfully, so her new life has got off to a great start.

Capucine (now renamed Layla) – ADOPTED

Still on the subject of puppies, another of the Ebony litter was adopted today. This time it was the turn of Rowan. I asked if she had been given that name (which is a variety of tree, like all the Ebony litter) because she was the most beautiful of the females. However I was informed that she was the one who eats the most, which is what passes for humour around these parts. (Bit of an in-joke there, please forgive me). So that is another lucky pup in a new home.

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Now to the other end of the age spectrum. We have some heartwarming news about one of our oldies who until today was in foster. Cyndy is so enthralled by Boule, that she decided to formally adopt her. So as of today Boule’s status changes from that of being in a foster family to being officially in her new family! Huge thanks to Cyndy, and what a lucky girl Boule is.

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Boule – officially ADOPTED

What will the weekend bring? Let’s wait and see!

Adoption of Puppy Érable and Mia

Today the ScPA said goodbye to the second of the “Ebony” litter.  This time it was a little girl, who had been named “Erable” (ie Maple) at the refuge, but who is now going to be known as Loulotte. Her new family are young retirees with a cat, lots of time, and some grandchildren. Sounds like a perfect life for this little puppy, and everyone is delighted for her.

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Érable – ADOPTED 

Today’s other leaver was border collie Mia. She has been with us since the middle of April, and as is so often the case she was not identified. However it turns out that this dog had owners who loved her a great deal. They were pleased to find out she was at the ScPA and came to adopt her today. So this lucky girl has left with a family who know and love her! She is a fabulous and well socialised dog, and we are all pleased that she has left the refuge so soon.

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There will be at least one puppy adoption taking place tomorrow, so see you then!

Adoption of Cortex and Polochon

Today saw the adoption of two dogs, and by coincidence both of whom arrived with siblings or other family members.

First off was Cortex. He arrived with his brother, Minus at the end of January. These dogs had been found as strays in a local village, and it seems clear that they were just pups who had got too big. They are great lads, though, and with regular walks and love at the ScPA were soon showing how well behaved they could be in the right hands. Minus was adopted last month, and we are pleased that Cortex has not had long to wait.

His new family have been to walk him a couple of times before and came along to test him with their dog today. Everything went well, and at just over one year old, Cortex’s new life has begun!

Cortex – ADOPTED (with his new pal)

Next to leave was Polochon. This teckel cross is the fourth of the five dogs who were brought in in mid-April by a family who lost their home. Just Aria left now, and we hope she will find a new home too, as she is fabulous. But back to Polochon. He was the most nervous of the dogs, and has come on in leaps and bounds since his arrival. This is thanks to staff and volunteers, and also to the dogs with whom he has shared his kennel.

His new family has a border collie and three cats, plus a small human. Not only that, but one of his new adult humans is at home all the time,  as they work in shifts. Oh, and their dogs go on holiday with them too, so lots of adventures await little Polochon.

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Polochon – ADOPTED

So it was a wonderful day for two dogs and for all the others who were walked in the bright sunshine on this May Day bank holiday.

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This is beautiful 7 year old Aria, who is the last of Polochon’s family to remain at the ScPA

Adoptions of Goliath and Fossette

Two more adoptions today to keep things ticking over and moral on a high.

First to leave was Goliath.

We have noticed on a couple of previous occasions that for some dogs, adopters are like buses. You wait for ages and then they all come at once. Such was the case for Goliath. This dogue Argentin cross has been at the ScPA since August 2018, when he was brought in with his son, Samson, both in very poor condition. After a couple of initial enquiries  that came to nothing, it all went quiet. Then last week THREE families wanted him! Of course only one family could adopt him, but things actually sorted themselves okay due to compatibility issues with other dogs.

Goliath’s new family has no other dogs, but they have children who are completely gaga about Goliath, and he seems to feel the same. It has been a long wait for this lad, who is now over seven years old. But he will soon forget his time at the ScPA and whatever went before it, too.

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Next we said farewell to Fossette, a tiny puppy who arrived earlier this month. We are not sure what breed she is; perhaps a fox terrier, perhaps a fauve de Bretagne, but one thing is clear, this girl is very lively! And that is great, as that is just what Kate and her husband were looking for. They came post haste to the refuge to reserve her, pending the end of her pound time.

So today Fossette is in her new home, where she will never have to spend any time alone. Kate plans to take her everywhere with her, which is perhaps as well, as Fossette has already become quite an expert at opening doors! Plenty of fun is expected!

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Fossette – ADOPTED

As well as that there were plenty of walkers plus several people with plans to adopt, so it was a good day. And don’t forget the ScPA is open tomorrow afternoon for those of you who would like to take a tour!

Three Adoptions and Bezingha Flies to Freedom

At 16H00 yesterday afternoon, Bruno de Jura Bezingha was playing in the park at the ScPA. This morning she is in her new home in the Netherlands. And inbetween she has been for a walk with a toddler, slept on a bed, and eaten what was probably her first DentaStix! Let me tell you all!

Georgie and her family fell in love with Bezingha when they saw her photo on line. They adopted fauve de Bretagne Chanel last year, and are always on the lookout for fabulous dogs. Making the trek to Carcassonne again was tricky in terms of timing, and they didn’t really want to rely on road transportation. I was discussing this with Moira, who suddenly had a lightbulb moment: Her husband was going to be doing some work in the Netherlands and was due to fly there from Toulouse this morning.

So long story short; husbands were cajoled, research was done, airlines were contacted, cages were borrowed (thanks Laura), cages were cleaned (thanks Moira), and then yesterday it happened. Bezingha spent the night with Moira and her family, and this morning it was off to the airport to be met by a very excited Georgie some 90 minutes later. And that was it; a new life has started for this lovely dog, who only made it to the ScPA thanks to one of our cruelty inspectors. To be fair it was more neglect than cruelty; Bezingha does not hunt, so spent her days tied up.

We look forward to photos of Bezingha as she settles in with Chanel and her other new pal, John Wayne Junior (an adorable teckel). I might even be planning to visit them myself….

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Bezingha – ADOPTED

But wait! There is more good news.

One of the latest litter of pups (the “Ebony Litter”) has been reserved; a little boy who was chosen yesterday. There are 8 pups in this litter and they have had their second vaccinations and are all ready to leave!

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The first of the puppies of the Ebony litter has been adopted.

Another of today’s lucky adoptees was Venus. This little podenco cross was thrown over the refuge gates earlier this month, can you believe. Luckily she caught the eye of none other than dog behaviourist Vanessa. She came along to meet Venus straight away together with ex ScPA dog Lolipop, after which she reserved her pending the end of her pound time. Yes, even when dogs are flung unceremoniously over the wall, we have to respect the law. Grrr.

Vanessa has been back a couple of times since together with her baby (whom Venus adored at first sight) to walk Venus and get to know her a bit better. And today was the day that Venus, now identified and sterilised, left for her new home. Needless to say we will have news and photos, and who knows, these might feature a Llama or two, as well!

Venus – ADOPTED (playing with her new pal Lolipop)

The original title of this blog was that three dogs had been adopted,  including Bezingha. But in fact it was three plus Bezingha! Another very lucky dog today was old boy Kayzer. He was brought to the ScPA following the death of his owner. However a friend of the family could not bear to think of him there, and managed to find him a new home. And it is not just any home, it is with a great friend of the refuge, a wonderful woman called Caroline who is devoted to animals and who has adopted from the ScPA before. So Kayzer’s troubles are well and truly over!

Eleven year old Kayzer – ADOPTED

Many thanks to all of today’s adopters, today was a great start to a new week.


OAP’s Day (Old Aged Pooches, that is)

Jaguer is one of those dogs who breaks your heart, but you are unable to help. He was brought to the refuge at the age of eleven following the floods last October; loss of their house meant his owners were unable to look after him. They were not alone, several other dogs came to the ScPA to be looked after for various periods, and in fact one is still waiting for his family’s home to be rebuilt.

This was not Jaguer’s first time at the refuge; he had been adopted when he was already quite elderly, and we knew that rehoming him would not be easy. This boy barks  a lot. When he feels he is being ignored he barks to attract attention and he bark with excitement on walks. He is fine with other dogs, and in fact since sharing his kennel with Sioux his barking has subsided somewhat, and we know that it is only the effect of the refuge. But it is hard to convince potential adopters of this!

Someone who knows him best of all is his former family. And today they came to collect him! In fact they formally adopted him again.(They had officially abandoned him in October, but that is a technicality). The most important thing is that Jaguer is back at home. And anyone seeing the reunion between dog and owner would be in no doubt that this is wonderful news.

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Jaguer – ADOPTED

And then things got even better. Many of you know that we have been trying to find a home for Bouboule,  a 12 year old griffon cross. He is a lovely old man, his only fault being that he cannot stand being alone, and like Jaguer, he barks. He is fine with other dogs and cats, adores children. And for his age is in fantastic health. Finding him a home has been tricky, mainly because of the barking.

His plight has been highlighted on the ScPA Facebook page for some three weeks now, and although a couple of people have expressed interest, nothing concrete came of it. Until today, when Robin, who has long wanted to adopt Bouboule, was finally able to make it to the refuge. She and her children had fallen for Bouboule thanks to his Facebook photos, and when they met him today, they knew he was the one!

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Bouboule – ADOPTED

So that is two oldies homed in one day! After a relatively quiet week in terms of adoptions, today has put a smile on everyone’s face. And there is more good news due tomorrow…without wishing to spoil the surprise, let’s just say that Moira has a long-eared guest for the night!

Adoption of Fidgy and Gimby

Today saw two more lucky dogs leave the refuge. By coincidence both of them had been brought in by their families for rehoming, so in both cases the ScPA knew quite a lot about the dogs. In addition neither dog had been at the refuge for very long, making these dogs doubly lucky.

First to leave was Gimby. He is a three year old pedigree golden retriever who was brought in exactly one week ago. His family was moving house, and although they found a home for their other dog, a German shepherd, Gimby was not as lucky. Today his luck changed. Or rather yesterday, which was when his new family, came to meet him, complete with their two golden retrievers! Introductions were made, and everything went well; Gimby should be very happy indeed with his new life. His new family are already well known to Audrey, recent adopter of Griff, and we will doubtless have news and photos of the ever expanding dog-walking group!

Gimby (left) with his new family

Next to leave was Fidgy, who is the eldest of the five dogs who were brought in for rehoming and whose “friends” Myrtille and Naya were adopted yesterday. Leaving Figdy really broke the couple’s hearts, and I can see why. A nine year old beagle cross, she is a bit round of girth, very gentle and smiley and just a fabulous elderly lady.

Well today she found an elderly gentleman (of the human variety) with whom to start the next phase of her life. He had recently lost his long term companion and came to the ScPA to look for a new elderly dog to shower with love. And who can blame him for falling for the charms of Fidgy. Certainly not me, or anyone else who has met her since her arrival two weeks ago. It is a rare thing for a dog of this age to leave so quickly, but Fidgy is truly special, in the way that only a beagle (or an almost-beagle) can be!

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So two wonderful adoptions on this Friday afternoon. Now bring on the weekend, the dogs are ready and waiting!

Adoption of Myrtille and Naya

We have had a couple of days without any adoptions, but today, to make up for this, we have news of two leavers to tell you about.

The lucky leavers were two of our teckel crosses, Myrtille and Naya, who are actually mother and daughter! And they have gone to a new home together, which must be a great comfort to their former family, who were sadly unable to keep their five dogs due to having lost their home. The other three are still waiting, and they are all fabulous, so we hope none of them has too long to wait, either.

Many thanks to their new family, who came looking for one dog but who ended up going home with two. Wouldn’t it be nice if all our adopters did the same!

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Naya and Myrtille – ADOPTED together.

Three dogs were reclaimed by their owners today and it was bright and sunny so plenty of dogs were out walking and playing in the parks. So even if adoptions have slowed down a bit (school holidays, perhaps?), the dogs are making the best of it.

We are hoping for more good news, of course, but two dogs happily homed together is pretty good news, I am sure you agree.

An Easter Miracle for Griff

At long last, Griff has a home! This is the amazing news that we hinted at yesterday, and sure enough, there was not long to wait before finding out who the lucky dog would be. DRC has been trying to help Griff find a home for some time, and his photo and his story has been shared far and wide, but for some inexplicable reason, no one has been interested in him. This handsome dogs has been at the ScPA since October 2017!

To recap; Griff and his siblings were locked in a garage for their first two years, until their owner finally relented and brought them to the refuge. Naturally all were unused to human contact, and socialising them was very much a labour of love, carried out by employees and volunteers.  Griff made slower progress, but he too has become a different dog since making it to safety. Why no one wanted to adopt him remained a mystery, however.

But then came the miracle he had been waiting for. Audrey, a member of the ScPA board decided to open her home and her heart to another needy soul. For those of you remember, she adopted Phoenix, a griffon / border collie cross whom she had seen being abused by his owner on almost this very day in 2014. Now it was time to expand the family. And wanting to adopt a dog who needed her, Audrey and her partner chose Griff.

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So yes, this boy has had a long wait, but Griff’s problems are well and truly over. His ScPA “champion”, Phil shed more than a few tears as he left, whilst at the same time knowing that Griff could not possibly be any happier, and of course that we will get regular photos and news.

Just look at his face, as he leaves the refuge!

So it was a fabulous Easter Day for one dog, and as the refuge is open tomorrow too, maybe the Easter miracles are not over.