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Urgent Appeal: Mina

Well, from one golden girl to another. The last urgent appeal was for golden oldie, Amy, who is now reserved and will be leaving us soon, and our new urgent appeal, although not an oldie, is pure gold!

Mina, a “not quite boxer” was found in the hills outside a local village and as she was in great condition and microchipped, we felt sure that her family would come for her. When phoned, however, they said that they were fed up with Mina’s running off and that they would not come to collect her. But first they would need to comfort the children, who would be upset. Good parenting 101!

Mina was born in January 2016, she has a docked tail and is very boxer-like, although smaller than a real boxer would be. She is extremely well behaved and very affectionate, happy to spend hours being patted, or equally happy to trot alongside you on a walk. She is fine with other dogs and we know she is fine with children. I cannot imagine her being aggressive with cats, but we have to check that.

Mina has never been mistreated, she has none of the “issues” that some rescue dogs can suffer from, she is a perfectly adjusted and beautiful family pet. An enclosed garden is required, but the same is true for most dogs. This is why Mina is our urgent appeal. You could go a long way to find a dog this wonderful.
Let’s find her a home, people!


Urgent Appeal: Amy

 
This time our urgent appeal is for a dog who as just arrived. Amy arrived this week due to the death of her owner. In fact this poor dog was not discovered for some three days since her owner passed away. As she is nine years old, it must be quite a shock for Amy to find herself at the SPA after spending her whole life with one person. She seems very calm and placid, and does not pull at all on the lead.

Amy was born in May 2008, and this is the reason we have chosen her as our urgent appeal. Dogs of this age find it far harder to find homes than their younger pals. However the SPA understand this, and dogs over 8 years of age leave for a special senior price of €80, for which your dog is sterilised, vaccinated and microchipped.

Amy is officially a labrador cross, however she is fine boned and has a long nose, so we think there is quite a bit of greyhound in there. She is a gorgeous chocolate brown colour, although she is quite grey around the muzzle.

We want Amy to have a wonderful home. She has been through a traumatic experience and we want her to be in a loving home where she can put this behind her. We have yet to test her with dogs and cats, but please contact us if you would like to offer Amy a home.

Urgent Appeal:Whisky

 

WhiskyWhiskey looks like a very small black labrador, he weighs about 17kg, about half of what a “real” labrador would weigh. He was adopted from the SPA when he was a puppy and brought back in mid April. The reason? His owners moved to a new house with no enclosed garden, and as they insisted on letting Whiskey “free range” all day, the new neighbours objected. And rather than make any effort to keep the dog safe, bringing him back to the SPA (in the boot of the car, by the way) was the chosen solution.

His owners assured us that Whisky is fine with other dogs. At the SPA this does not appear to be the case. By a strange coincidence, two relatively new SPA volunteers used to look after Whiskey while his owners were away. They, too, tell us that he lived with their dogs in total harmony, so his former owners were telling the truth.

I guess the answer is that Whisky is very stressed at the SPA, and this is why he is our urgent appeal.

Whisky was born in October 2010, so perhaps he has good reason to be stressed. Can you imagine living with a family for six and a half years and then being dumped in a cage?

Whisky is wonderful on the lead. He is a very affectionate dog who deserves a new home and we would love to help him on his way. He is vaccinated, castrated and identified and his adoption fee is €170.


Isidor|R227

isidor male young MalinoisMale, Young, Large

Isidor was abandoned by his owner who has changed jobs and no longer has time to devote to his dog. And Isidor is going to take quite a bit of time, to be honest. Not a dog for the faint hearted, Isidor pulls a lot on the lead and is a bundle of energy, as is often the case of the malinois breed. We are told that Isidor is fine with dogs and cats and children, but at the SPA he is alone for now, as he has just too much “bounce” for most of our dogs. Isidor was born in May2013 is looking for a home with experienced owners and an enclosed garden where this lad can get rid of some of his energy!
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Strong and full of energy
  • Good with other dogs and Cats
  • Needs an active experienced owners and enclosed garden

Urgent Appeal:Look

Look male shepherd crossSometimes an urgent appeal really is urgent, a dog who is old, or needs a home urgently for welfare reasons. However sometimes a dog is our urgent appeal just because we like him or her very much and want him or her to be happy. Such is the case this week, as we present to you Look.

This fabulous German shepherd cross was found at the SPA gates one morning along with a note from his owner to tell us that she no longer wanted him. As Look was identified, we were able to phone her (which seemed to take her by surprise!). We were thus able to find out a bit more about this boy.

Turns out that Look had spent his whole life either in the house tied up a the bottom of his owner’s garden. He was never walked and has had no contact with other animals. Look is busy trying to make up for lost time on the walking front, and calls pitifully if there is a chance of going out. He is a little bit strong at first, but is learning very quickly and stops immediately you call his name. Understandably, though, he is keen to explore. He likes to stop for a cuddle, though, and is really affectionate.

Look is gradually being introduced to other dogs and shows no aggression at all, and he is fine with children.

Look was born in April 2013, so is in the prime of life. I really like him and would love him to find a new, loving home as soon as possible.


Fun Dog Show – 4th June

This year’s event at La Petite Pépinière in Caunes-Minervois is going to be a little different and something special. Dog Rescue Carcassonne will be running a “Fun Dog Show”, sponsored by the SPA. The whole event will be in the style of an English Garden Fete and is in aid of the Languedoc: Solidarité avec les Refugies (Languedoc Refugee Support).

Come along with your dogs and show them off by entering into an event at the Dog Show. It really doesn’t matter what breed, age or temperament your dog is – everyone is welcome!  All of the events are designed to be fun for owners and their dogs alike. We are particularly keen to see ex-Rescue dogs as participants or supporters at the event.

There will be lots of other stalls and entertainment throughout the day at the event. Teas and snacks and a buffet lunch will also be on sale. Come along and have some fun with or without your dog. We look forward to seeing you there!

How To Enter

Choose one or more events from the list below and email  jane@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk to be entered into the event. Each entry costs 5 euros all monies go to support the charity. Winners will be awarded rosettes and doggy treats and recognition in our Dogs Hall of Fame Gallery. Entries will also be allowed during the morning at the event itself, at Caunes-Minervois.

Come along for a fun afternoon and support both charities!

Events

Biggest Dog or Bitch

Smallest Dog or Bitch

Cutest Puppy (under 12 months)

Most Pretty  Bitch

Most Handsome Dog

Waggiest Tail

Most appealing eyes

Longest ears (0-12 months), Longest ears (+12 months)

Longest Legs (0-12 months), Longest legs (+12 months)

Fastest Bonio eater

Most obedient dog/bitch any breed

Most appealing rescue dog

Best six legs – short course of tests for dog and owner

Look alike competition (most like owner or a celebrity, photo of celebrity required)

Best in show will be the dog the judges would most like to take home.

 

Email jane@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk with :

Dogs – name, age, gender, breed (if known) state if the dog is a rescue dog and if so where rescued

Owners – name and contact details and list which events you would like to enter your dog into

Urgent Appeal:Tis

 

 

Tis old male shepherd crossSomeone here must be able to offer a home to Tis. He is such a lovely dog, and is incredibly undemanding. He is a grey and black brittany spaniel who was born in May 2005, making him one of the oldest dogs at the refuge. He was abandoned by his family as his owner is ill, they say, and none of them are prepared to look after Tis. He just lies in his kennel looking out at the world, hoping perhaps for a walk or some affection. And he adores both!

On walks he trots along quite happily. He is a bit overweight, so is perhaps not built for long distances (at least not at speed), but he doesn’t pull in the slightest. And if you stop for a rest, he sits down by your side and waits patiently. An extremely well-mannered dog!

We are told that Tis is fabulous with children and other dogs, but that he does not like cats. Tis could carry on living outside, which is the life he was used to with his previous family, but ideally we would like all our old dogs to spend their twilight years indoors, with lots of home comforts.

Tis is twelve years old and as such comes under our “adopt a senior” programme. His adoption fee is just €80, for which he is vaccinated, castrated and identified.

Please help us find a home for lovely Tis.

 

 

Oscar|R167

Oscar male shepherd crossMale, Young, Large

Oscar’s owner was unable to manage this fairly large strong dog as well as her other animals, so Oscar is at the SPA looking for a new home. Oscar pulls quite hard on the lead, especially if he sees horses, which he will chase. He is a shepherd cross with a small griffon-like beard who was born in February 2016. Oscar is good with other dogs but has a tendency to be a bit dominant.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Fine with other dogs
  • Needs training on the lead
  • A lovely dog

Urgent Appeal:Billy

 

 

Billy male border collieBilly is a border collie who was born in January 2011, making him just over 6 years old at the time of this urgent appeal. He was abandoned at the SPA as his owners were moving house and did not want to keep Billy in a less spacious environment than before. Ironic that he is now housed in a tiny pen!

Billy is fine with cats and children, but is not keen on other dogs. He is a great companion, he walks well on the lead and is very attentive to whoever is walking him. He sits happily by your side if you take a break, and loves affection. Several families with small children walk him regularly, and although they are not in a position to adopt him, they are very fond of him.

Why the urgent appeal? Not only because Billy deserves a new home (he is a very good and easy dog), but also at the SPA his bright white fur is starting to discolour. This is only a question of aesthetics, but it is always sad to see a dog become less attractive as a result of live at the SPA.

Please help find a home for Billy. He is fully vaccinated, castrated and microchipped. His adoption fee is €170.

 

 

Urgent Appeal:Dart

 

 

Dart is a beautiful dalmatian, who like so many of the SPA dogs has arrived due to a change in his owner’s circumstances. Life for his homeless owner improved when he was able to move into a flat, however the hours of being locked up alone did not suit Dart, who was used to much more time outside and with company.

Dart was born in September 2008, which means he will be nine this year. However he is in great shape. And what a gentleman! He is wonderful on the lead, very affectionate and he is good with female dogs, cats and children. There is no reason at all why this dog should be hard to home!

Who has a space in their heart for this stunning lad? The only requirement is lots of love and presence. Surely that is not too much to ask?

Please get in touch if you can offer a home to Dart. His adoption fee is just €170, including identification, vaccination and castration.