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Ernie| R316

Ernie male rottweiler crossMale, Medium, Young

Rottweiler cross Ernie was adopted but brought back in July. He really is not a dog for first-time owners, and that is what his last family was. Despite our advice (we advised them against the adoption, too) and their best intentions, this young couple were just not ready for a dog like Ernie. Born in January 2015, Ernie is still in need of education. Not the usual commands, he has mastered all of them. His difficulty is with authority. He needs a firm hand or he risks running rings round his owner. Not that he bites, he is just a bit unruly. If you like a chunky dog and are an experienced owner, Ernie could be the one for you.

  • Friendly and affectionate if a bit unruly
  • Needs an experienced owner
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Spike| R484

SpikeMale, Large, Young

Spike is a wonderful dog in all senses of the word, and a new DRC favourite. Imagine a large dog who looks quite fierce, but who is in fact a big cuddly bear. That is Spike in a nutshell. He is a young dog, born in March 2016, and has been wonderfully well trained. He walks to heel (in fact he will walk along with his muzzle in the palm of your hand), and is full of joy. However he is nervous of new situations, perhaps hinting at a difficult past. A handsome dog, good with other dogs and children, Spike will make a great family pet for someone with lots of love and a bit of patience at first.

  • Friendly
  • Obedient
  • Lovel gentle giant

Indian| PP562

Indian female Czech Wolf DogFemale, Large, Mature

Indian is the second of the Czech wolfdogs at the SPA. She came from a man who rescues this breed but who had become overwhelmed with numbers, and the SPA stepped in to help. Indian is the mate of Artos, and would prefer to be homed with him and without other dogs if possible. She is about the size of a German shepherd, and timid with people who she does not know. Once she knows someone she will happily lick and nuzzle them, and shows lots of affection. She is not good with dogs other than Artos and cannot be homed with children. Indian was born in September 2013.

  • Timid with people not good with children
  • Mate of Artos or homed alone
  • Magnificent looking dog

Artos| PP563

Artos male Czech wolf dogMale, Large, Mature

It was only after the recent DRC photo shoot that I realised that Artos was not on our website, although he has been at the SPA since December last year! Taken in by the SPA by a rescuer who had bitten off more than he could chew, Artos is a czech wolfdog. If you don’t know this breed, it is worth doing some research, as they are quite particular! Artos is a big male, fabulous to look at and fabulous on the lead. He is good with some females, but does not like males, even of his own breed (yes, he is the Alpha dog). He is very affectionate with people, but we would not advise that he be homed with small children (although he can meet them on walks without any problems). Artos is magnificent and everyone feels a surge of pride whilst walking him. He as born in December 2010.

  • Sociable and friendly
  • Good with some female dogs
  • Magnificent looking dog

Baxter| R468

BaxterMale, Large, Young

Baxter is a pale shepherd who arrived at the SPA unidentified in October. He is about the size of a German shepherd, with medium long fur. And he is friendly and lively. The later is not surprising bearing in mind that the vet has estimated his age as being one year. Although he is mostly cream coloured, Baxter’s distinguishing feature is the yellow fur around his eyes. We haven’t tested Baxter with other dogs at the time of going to press, but by the time you read this we will know how he is with other dogs, and of course he can be tested with cats too. He is a great looking boy who will make a lovely pet.

  • Sociable and friendly
  • Great looking
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Cliona

Many of you will have read about Cliona and in fact many of you probably donated to her veterinary care. Cliona was spotted straying in a nearby village and was in such a state that many people were scared and threw rocks at her. Luckily some compassionate people gradually gained her confidence and managed to catch her and bring her to the SPA. Initially we were not sure that she could be saved, but two operations later and she is looking far better. The tumours have been removed and the skin has returned to its proper form. Cliona is now a stunning dog.

She looks like a small black labrador, but in fact Cliona is chocolate brown. She is about ten years old, we think, although the longer she stays with us, the younger she looks!

Cliona is living in the cat house and is fine with dogs too. She is wonderful on a lead and is affectionate with humans, especially ones she knows.

If the idea of rescuing a dog who was effectively left for dead appeals to you, then please get in touch with Cliona. She represents much of what the SPA Carcassonne stands for; stepping in to help out lost causes. She could spend the rest of her life as the refuge mascot, but we think she deserves better than that!


Popsy| R410

Popsy young griffon crossFemale, Medium, Young

How could you not love Popsy! A griffon cross who looks to be completely black until you see her in the sunlight, when all her brindle markings show. She is stunning. And adorable, too. Popsy was born in January 2016, so she was only 18 months old when she arrived (unidentified) at the SPA. She is fine with other dogs and great with people too, and she will make a fabulous companion for just about any family. If you like a smaller female and love a scuffy dog, she really is one not to miss!


  • Sociable and friendly
  • Good with other dogs
  • Lovely young dog

Comet| R442

Comet female Anglo crossFemale, Medium, Mature

Oh, Comet! What a fabulous looking girl you are! This Anglo cross is a beautiful looking girl who is 7 years old. Is she a hunt dog who has become lost? We will perhaps never know, as like so many of our dogs, she arrived unidentified. Comet shows none of the timidity of a dog who has spent its life in a kennel, however. Comet lies calmly in her kennel watching the world go by. She is very affectionate and as she is so stunning that we hope she will leave soon. Whoever adopts her should have an enclosed garden and be prepared to keep her on the lead if necessary, though. She has a long nose and long ears, and we know what that can mean!

  • Sociable and friendly
  • Good with other dogs
  • Needs an enclosed garden

Urgent Appeal: Roxy

Griffon cross Roxy has been at the SPA since April 2016, which is a real surprise when you consider what a fabulous dog he is. And not just fabulous looking, either.

Roxy was abandoned by his elderly owners as they found him too strong on the lead. He had been given to them by a well-meaning family member, hoping that having a dog would brighten their lives. Nice idea, except it is important to make sure that the recipients actually want a dog, and that the dog is suitable in terms of age and size. Roxy is the victim here.

He arrived at the age of three years old, making him four and a half years old now; the prime of life. And the SPA is not the right place to spend the best years of your life. Since being with us, Roxy has learned to walk well on the lead, initially with the help of a no-pull harness, but now without. And he shares his kennel well with other males.

Roxy does not like cats, but he is fine with children and already has good basic training. He is active and playful, not at all nervous of people and would make a great family pet.

Please help us find a home for Roxy.

Urgent Appeal: Pador

At the other end of the size and age range to last week’s urgent appeal, we present Pador. No one has any idea why this dog has not been adopted before now. He has been at the SPA since the end of May, and usually dogs of this size and who are this sociable are snapped up!

Pador is a jagd terrier cross who was born in June 2016. That’s right, he is just a baby. And although he has a lively side (what dog of this age doesn’t?), he can be calm too. He is great with dogs, great with cats and great with children. He is very affectionate and will sit on your lap, but he is no lap dog. He is a feisty (in a good way) bundle of fun, who will accompany his owner on long walks or lounge with him in the sun.

Weighing in at less than 10kg, Pador is easy to pick up, and being so affectionate, a cuddle is always welcome. He pulls a bit on the lead but just until he has worked out your pace. And of course with more exercise, he will be even better behaved.

Pador is a little gem of a dog. Incredible that he has not been adopted quicker. Come and meet him, you won’t be disappointed!