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Adoption of Tommy on International Black Dog Day

I am really happy about today’s adoption, mainly because the dog in question, Tommy, looks like a clone of my boy, Caillou. So much so that when volunteer Shirley came in last week she initially thought I had brought him back! AS IF! But seriously, there is a pretty good chance that they share a mother, and just sad that whoever this dog is, she is still having unwanted puppies.

Tommy arrived in early August, and like Caillou seemed a bit wary of people. He got over his fears in double quick time, however, and was soon sharing his kennel too. He proved to be great on the lead, and today when a family came to meet him, he passed the cat test too. Hmm, perhaps he is not related to Caillou after all! Ha ha!

In any case, it is wonderful that Tommy has found a home so quickly. And what a home! Tommy’s new owner is a young woman who has a French bulldog, but who wanted another more sporty dog to accompany her on her horse-riding expeditions. We are sure he will have a whale of a time.

The adoption of Tommy is also quite apt as today is international black dog day. Okay, Tommy isn’t all black, but mostly! This is a day when shelters the world over promote black dogs, as they are the ones who have the least chance of being adopted. Incredible thought it may seem, even in the 21st century, superstitions still abound that black dogs (and cats, of course) are harbingers of ill fortune. Crazy, isn’t it?

Tommy’s new family will be busy discovering how much joy a dog, “even” a black one, can bring to their lives. Many thanks to them, and we look forward to news and pictures.

Black dog with white bib


Jhabu will be leaving for his new home soon!

We are looking for a new home for stunning pedigree Great Dane Jhabu.

His owners left for a new life in Australia, but before doing so they found Jhabu what they thought would be a home for life. Sadly it was not to be, and his new family wishes to rehome him.

Blue merle great Dane

Djabu is a magnificent boy

Jhabu is a magnificent blue merle Great Dane. He is five years old, is vaccinated, castrated and is in good overall health. He came from a breeder and is a fabulous looking dog. Jhabu was born with one leg shorter than the other, but thanks to regular exercise and massage he no longer limps, so his handicap is of no significance, although he might get a touch of arthritis in later life.

His behavioural problems are perhaps due to the fact that his original owner allowed him to nip when he was playing. Being nipped by a dog of this size, even during play, can’t be much fun, so his interim owner has been working on this. Jhabu is having trouble accepting that the rules have changed, so an experienced owner is needed, and he is probably best being homed away from small children.

Jhabu can live with cats, although supervision will be required

Jhabu can live with other dogs, although careful introductions will be needed. If play gets too rough Jhabu can forget how big he is, and so needs to take a bit of a time out, but this just requires a bit of supervision. He can be a bit brusque with cats, and again supervision will be required.

Jhabu is a magnificent dog who is responding very well to his new training regime. It is never too late to learn, and Jhabu is keen to do so.

What he needs most is a change of environment, a calm home, preferably with someone who knows the breed and has time to devote to him.

Djabu loves the outdoors, but would like a calm life.

Can you offer a new home to Jhabu? There are no adoption fees and Jhabu is located about 1 hour from Carcassonne, near to Mirepoix.

Adoption of Moon and Ruben

Yesterday was even better than we thought, as there was another adoption which for one reason or another failed to make the blog. Just a couple of weeks after being returned to the refuge, lovely Moon was rehomed. She was one of five dogs who arrived together at the beginning of 2018, and when she was the first to be rehomed, everyone assumed that would be her sorted for ever. Sadly it was not the case; her new owner changed jobs and had no time for Moon.

The ScPA was sad to see her back, but that has changed to happiness now that Moon has found love once again. She is a fabulous girl, fine with other dogs, fine with cats and fine on the lead. This time surely she has found her forever home!


Another dog who left yesterday was Pandora, who arrived identified under the name Staffia. Yesterday was day 10 of her pound time so her owners were cutting it a bit fine, but of course it was wonderful news that this greying black labrador was reclaimed.

Staffia (aka Pandora) – ADOPTED

Then today it was the turn of little Ruben, a young pup who was found and brought to the refuge some three weeks ago. As a single pup this young lad has not been very happy; it is tough for the youngsters to be alone, but important that they are not exposed to disease. The last week or so has been far better for Ruben, and today even more so, as he has left with his new family.

small brown pup


The sun was shining and there were plenty of volunteers out walking the dogs. So it was a good end to the week, with hopefully more good news on the way.

Daisy leaves as do three other dogs!

Today was a busy one at the ScPA and in this case it means lots of adoptions. Four, in fact, which is wonderful news. Especially for the dogs in question, but also for their new families. After all, what is more exciting than having a new dog?

I am sure that thanks to yesterday’s blog you all knew that Daisy would be leaving today. As you know, this little girl arrived pregnant with five pups, and has done an amazing job of bringing them up. Well, she had more than a little bit of help from foster mum extraordinaire, Cyndy, who has loved and looked after Daisy and her pups, finding each and every one a wonderful home. Daisy has had perhaps the best luck of all, as she has gone to live with Muriel, whom we here at DRC know well. She has been a supporter of the association since the beginning and is also a personal friend of both Moira and me. And we have very good taste in friends!

Here is Muriel and her mum together with Daisy. There will be lots of news, naturally, and we know that Daisy will be adored. Muriel has been looking for a dog like this for a very long time, and we are delighted that she finally has her dream dog, and that she came to the ScPA to get her.

dog on knee of Muriel


News of three other leavers is just as wonderful!

Little Sharpei cross Plume has a new home, after just a week or so. She was brought in by her family for rehoming due to her not being good with poultry. She is a gorgeous, affectionate and socialised dog and it was clear that she would not have long to wait for a new family. We are assured that her new home is feather-free; apart from Plume herself, that is!

sharpei cross


Next off was Muse, one of several beautiful breton spaniel crosses at the refuge. Muse arrived with her brother (we assume) Pegasus, in mid July. As usual the female has found a home first, but Pegasus is just as stunning and we are hopeful that he too will find a home soon. It must be hard for him to see his sister leave, but such is the fate of many “couples” who arrive at refuges the world over.

Breton Spaniel


Today also saw the adoption of DRC’s current urgent appeal, Ben. This is particularly good news, as he, like Pegasus, saw his siblings leave before him. What’s more he was adopted soon thereafter and brought back 24 hours later as the family cat was not pleased. It is a shame that some dogs are not given any time to settle in, as quite often a bit of patience is required at the beginning. However today Ben’s turn came again and he may be better off with his new family.

His new mum is delighted with her new boy, as well she should be; Ben is a lovely young lad. DRC has duly updated its urgent appeal and we now have our fingers crossed for Jax.

pointer cross


Many thanks to her and to all of the day’s other adopters. Days like this gladden the hearts of staff and volunteers. And the week hasn’t even finished yet! What will Sunday bring?

Adoptions of Soda and Pablo

After a couple of quiet days, today two lucky dogs left for their new homes. Both of them are relatively new arrivals, and although it is particularly wonderful when long termers are adopted, it is also fabulous when young, well socialised dogs do not have to spend too long behind bars before finding happiness.

Soda is a smallish black shepherd cross who arrived about three weeks ago having been found tied to the refuge gates. Not only is this unnecessary (there are kennels there which keep dogs safe and secure), it could also have been fatal. This is because the sliding gates are operated by remote control and had Soda not been spotted before the gates were operated, she could have been dragged into the mechanism. There is a sign specifically telling people to not tie dogs to the gates, but perhaps people who tie dogs to refuge gates don’t worry about what happens afterwards.

In any case, Soda proved to be a delightful little girl, happy and energetic and fine with other dogs. It is fabulous that she has found a home so quickly.

There are a couple of other black (or mostly black) females of the same type at the refuge, so if you missed out on Soda, take a look at the photos or get in touch.

black female with white patch


Second to leave was Pablo. He arrived at about the same time as Soda, and he too has been lucky to find a home so soon. But when Moira and I met him on Tuesday, we somehow knew he wouldn’t be waiting long. Pablo has incredible body language, wiggling his whole body with pleasure when anyone approached his kennel.

He was spotted by a family who have been back a couple of times to introduce everyone and to make sure of their choice, and today was the day. Pablo has wiggled off to a new home, and we look forward to news of him, just as we do of Soda.

brown dog with black muzzle


The weekend starts here, and we already know of one adoption that is due to take place. It is of a little girl who has been busy bringing up her babies, but who is now going to a home of her own. Can you guess who it is?

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Adoptions of Jack and Bolide

There were two adoptions today, one of a small dog who everyone knew would find a home easily and the other of a dog who risked staying for a long time, but who hit the jackpot after a relatively short time.

First off was Jack. He is a young shih-tzu who was brought in for rehoming last week because his owner was moving house. Although this is a very strange reason for rehoming a dog, especially a small one, it is obvious in such situations that the dog is better off finding a new home, and luckily for Jack he is just the sort of dog that attracts attention. Lucky boy! His new home looks ideal; a woman who is retired and so is at home all day to cuddle her new companion.



Second to leave was Bolide, a shepherd cross who arrived in mid July. Although he is a very handsome lad, this is just the type of dog who can spend a long time at the refuge. This is for no particular reason, apart from that dogs like this have nothing to really distinguish them for all the other dogs of their size and type.

This is one reason why it is always worth chatting to staff and volunteers. They are the ones who know the dogs best and they can steer you towards some of the many hidden gems. Better still, why not walk any dog you are interested in, and get to know them a bit. This is just what Bolide’s new owner did; he has been along several times to get to know Bolide and today was the day when he finally took his new pal home.

We are delighted for him and wish both him and Jack a long and happy life with their new families.


Adoptions of Betony and Samurai

Today the very last of Daisy’s pups went to her new home. I am told that Betony is the most lively of the litter; and there is always one. You know, the one who is the first to get into trouble, and often the one who gets their siblings into trouble too. Well that is Betony; so it was even more important than ever that the right family was found! Despite her “butter wouldn’t melt” looks, Betony is quite a handful. Sarah is more than up to the task, however, and Betony has gone off to live in the vineyards near to Narbonne where she will have plenty of things to occupy her ever inquisitive mind.


Betony – ADOPTED

To celebrate the departure of the last pup, here is a photo showing all the pups with their new owners. Well done to Cyndy for all her hard work whilst looking after them, and also to her and Moira in selecting their new owners. These pups have had a wonderful start in life, and we hope they know nothing but happiness from now on, too.

Each of Daisy’s pups with their owners

There was another wonderful adoption today, too. Samurai arrived at the refuge in early July, but it was a long time before his photo was put on the internet. This is because this young spaniel cross arrived with the dreaded parvovirus. His arrival could have put at risk the lives of all the other young and vulnerable dogs at the refuge, but of course the person who abandoned him will not have cared about that.

Samourai was rushed to the vets, where he spent several days on a drip. It was touch and go for a while, but as you can see from the photo, Samurai made a full recovery and is brimming with good health and enthusiasm for life. Yet another dog for whom coming to the ScPA was literally life-saving. We say thanks to his new family and look forward to news and photos, as we do of all our dogs and cats.

golden coloured spaniel

Samurai – ADOPTED

There was a reservation too, so more news tomorrow.



A successful and surprisingly sunny Sunday!

As most of you probably know, today was the day of the DRC fundraiser at Chateau Miaou. This was our fourth annual Yard Sale, which combines a barbecue plus book, clothing and bric-a-brac stalls, and yet again it was a great success. Despite somewhat dire weather predictions, we had three hours of good weather (including real sunshine), before one torrential downpour, which saw us all scuttle for the  shelter of Sharon and Willie’s barn. But when you bear in mind that at one stage we had been expecting a deluge, we were delighted.

A very busy Chateau Miaou

Everyone seemed to have a lovely time, picking up bargains, chatting about the world, patting visiting dogs (it was lovely to see Gloubi and Panther, amongst others) and supporting DRC and Cancer Support France, who joined us for the first of what we hope will be many joint functions.

Our new friends, Gail and Jon, from CSF.

The total raised for DRC was just over €650, which as many people said, is not bad for a couple of hours work. But make no mistake, there is quite a lot of effort put into the event, so as ever we must thank Sharon and Willie for hosting us, and everyone who came to man (or mostly wo-man) the stands.

We had visits from ex SCPA dogs Gloubi and Panther, amongst others

As ever huge thanks go to those who donated books, clothes, bric-a-brac or just as importantly time to make the day a success and that of course includes everyone who attended. If all goes according to plan there will be another such event next year, so if you missed out this time, why not think about joining us then?

Dog and Cat in perfect harmony!


We have no news from the ScPA today, so will catch up with any adoptions tomorrow on what will be the start of a new week.

See you then!

Two adoptions and Kayseur finds a foster!

There were two adoptions today, plus one very lucky dog left the refuge to join one of our fabulous foster families!

After less than a month, old boy Kayseur has left the ScPA for a peaceful and happy (and we hope LONG) retirement with supporter Dany. She, you may remember, opened her heart to Markus, who sadly passed away a few months ago. Losing a dog is horrible, as many of us know, but Dany has decided to open up her home to another dog in need, and everyone is very thankful that she has. Especially Kayseur, of course!

This boy is particularly lucky as he is at the refuge after suffering from animal cruelty. And not only that, he is already quite old for a dog of his size. This is why we are so grateful to our long term fosters; they offer love and affection to dogs who are less likely to find homes than their younger, fitter pals.

So we say a huge thank you to Dany and to all our other long term fosters.

woman with big dog

Kayseur – gone to long term foster 

If fostering an elderly dog is something that appeals to you, then do not hesitate to contact us or the ScPA directly. There are usually several souls in need, as sadly loyalty between owner and dog is not always a two way street.

Today the last of Daisy’s pups, Cassis, left for a new home. Just mum to go now, and word is that she, too is going to fall very much on her paws. So we thank Cyndy yet again for the excellent job she has done with Daisy and pups, and we say watch this space for the final chapter!

spaniel cross pup

Cassis – ADOPTED

Today’s other adoption was that of Cash. He arrived back at the end of June, together with beagley pal Tango, and is a truly wonderful young dog. I guess it is testament to the number of amazing dogs at the refuge that it has taken him so long to find a home. But other equally great dogs have waited a lot longer and continue to do so, so in many respects Cash has been lucky. He will certainly feel lucky tonight, as he starts his new life of love and freedom. Many thanks to his new family.

speckled black and white spaniel


So it was a good Friday, with hopefully more good news to come during the weekend.

Adoption of Vick

There was one adoption today, that of Vick. He is a beautiful russet brown coloured dog who has just turned 18 months old, but during this time had not known much in the way of love. There are several dogs like this at the ScPA, and at most refuges in fact; fabulous dogs who have been neglected rather than mistreated, and who just need a chance to show people how much they have to offer.

Vick’s new family know that he will need lots of love and patience, and their lifestyle sounds just perfect. They are at home almost all the time, and with their two children, have plenty of time and energy to devote to their new companion, who we are sure, will be just as devoted in return. We wish lots of happiness to Vick and say many thanks to his new family.

russet red labrador cross


Now just a quick word for those of you in the Carcassonne area or further afield, and who are planning on attending the DRC event on Sunday in Castelnaudary. Yes, there was rain last night.  A lot of rain. And yes, there is rain forecast for the weekend. Never fear, however; Chateau Miaou has plenty of covered space, so even if it buckets down, all will be well.

Please don’t let a poor forecast put you off coming out to support us. And not only us; the wonderful people from Cancer Support France will be joining us for the first time, so that gives you twice as much reason to come to see us on what we hope will be a sunny Sunday, despite what the so-called experts predict!