Zebuline’s owner is well known to the SCPA, as we have played host to many of his dogs over the years. Usually he reclaims them, and usually (like always!) we wish he wouldn’t. Zebuline has a chance for a new life, as he has not come to collect her. It would be great for this stunning cross breed to find a new home. Zebuline was born in December 2017, doubtless the puppy of one of her owners other dogs. She is really beautiful with staffy-like brindle colouring, but there is nothing staffy about her at all. She is sociable and affectionate. Had she not arrived at the ScPA she would doubtless have spent her life having litter after litter of pups who would have been condemned to the same life. So this is a super save all round.
Years ago someone came to the SPA and asked me to bring them a medium brown dog to adopt. As usual we had several, but the first one I brought out fit the bill and the prospective owner said that seeing any more would cause her indecision and regret, so she named him Mutley, and off they went to live happily ever after. If she came today, the first dog I would show her would be this boy, Marley. He is mid sized, mid brown and, apart from his smiley face, not much to distinguish him from many of the other dogs at the refuge. Dogs like this are easy to overlook, but it is often well worthwhile giving them a second glance. They tend to be great all rounders, and such is the case with Marley! Let me know if you would like more information.
This dog’s arrival at the refuge is fabulous news. Douce has been living wild and providing us with a regular supply of puppies. Of course everyone loves puppies, and Douce’s babies have been very popular each time, but the cycle had to stop. At last someone managed to close Douce in their garage when she went for food, and at last we have been able to sterilise her and start fattening her up. Living on the streets all her life has not been easy, and Douce will have to take things slowly. She is in the warm of the infirmary and there she will remain until she is strong enough to live outside. In the fullness of time, Douce will be looking for a new home. She is unused to human contact but love and patience will work wonders, as it does with all dogs. She will need an enclosed garden, obviously, and it might be some time before she is ready to come for cuddles, but Douce will make a lovely companion for a hound lover.
Regis arrived at the SPA already castrated but not identified. How strange that someone should go to the bother to have a dog castrated but not make sure that he can be reunited with his owner. I do wish that vets would encourage identification during operations, it seems such an obvious thing to do. However be that as it may, Regis is at the SPA, unidentified and now looking for a new home. He is a black lab cross who was born in November 2015 (clearly this is a guess). Regis’s muzzle is going a bit grey, giving him a rather sophisticated appearance, but he is still a young dog, so don’t be fooled. There is lots of life left in this lad! And he is a great dog. He is fine with other dogs, seems to be cat friendly and walks nicely on the lead. He is very responsive to his (new) name, and is a really gentle and well behaved dog. I have a feeling he is going to be one of the ScPA’s hidden gems!
Jasmine is a very small black and white fox terrier. She arrived in early November looking very sorry for herself, cold, wet and dirty. And very very scared. When dogs arrive like this we sometimes have trouble taking photographs, as they can be a bit snappy due to fear. However Jasmine was fine, although she did her best to cower from human contact, which is always sad to see. She is now sharing her kennel and so is feeling a bit happier. So far we do not know much about her, apart from that she is not at all good with cats. If you like this breed (classically non shedding), please get in touch.
Many of you will probably think that Loubi has been rehomed, because that was the title of one of last week’s blogs. However it did not work out and 24 hours later Loubi was back at the refuge. I did not mention this in the blog because it was absolutely nothing to do with the dog, and the reasons for his return are extremely painful for the family involved. There is no need to add to their woes. They were even more upset because Loubi was absolutely perfect during the brief time he spent with them. He appeared to be housetrained, and despite our warnings about his interaction with their cats, apparently he was absolutely fine with their two felines.
So Loubi is looking for a new home. And as he waited so long to find his first home, we really want this to be soon.
Loubi was born in May 2018, so he is really still a puppy. He is fine with other dogs, and cats (we now know) and children. He is a lab/griffon cross who has everything going for him, apart from his colouring…yes, you guessed it, Loubi is black. But lots of us like black dogs, of course, so let’s get Loubi out of the refuge and into a home.
Loubi is all ready to go, castrated, identified and fully vaccinated. He is waiting for his family at the SPA Carcassonne. He is a pup still, and although he is sharing his kennel with another young dog, he would love a home of his own.
Pia is a lovely little girl who has had a difficult time so far and is looking for a new home. Unlike the family’s other dog, who had a normal life, with regular walks etc, Pia was kept inside to look fierce and guard the property. Probably because she is small and stocky and looks like a dangerous dog! It is true that Pia has problems with some men, particularly when she first meets them. She is fine with all the male SCPA employees, however, proving that it is just a question of confidence. On the positive side, Pia is fine with other dogs, and she passed the cat test with flying colours. This is a chance to get a staffie type dog with none of the administrative hassle that comes with these breeds here in France. Pia was born in August 2015.
Noisette was found at the refuge gates one morning with her puppy, Pirouette. Both dogs had mange and were put in isolation until this infection had been treated. Luckily they had each other, so it was not too bad an experience for them. Now, they are all well and ready for a new home. Noisette is a shepherd cross who seems to be a very calm girl. Recently she escaped from her kennel and her first instinct was to run to the nearest person, who just slipped a lead over her head and gave her a cuddle. Yes, you are right, probably a homeless person’s dog; sociable and well balanced. Her puppy-bearing days are over now, and although she is not quite five years old, Noisette would like a more stable lifestyle than she has had up to now!