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Tao|PP497

TaoMale, Young, Medium

Border collie Tao has not had the easiest of lives so far. He was brought to the SPA in summer in an emaciated state, so weak he could hardly stand. He was taken home by a volunteer who nurtured him until he was ready to be adopted. His new family loved him, but he kept herding their children and the nipping was a problem. We tried to keep him out of the SPA by finding him another foster, but that did not work out and Tao is now in a kennel. Understandably he has lost a lot of confidence, and we are looking for a family without other dogs. Tao is okay with other dogs, but he is so affectionate that he needs a lot of attention and for now it is best if he doesn’t have to share his master’s love. He is beautifully trained and was born in April 2014. He is vaccinated, castrated and identified.

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  • Well trained
  • Needs an active home
  • Does not want to share his home with other dogs

Urgent Appeal: Tag

TagTag has been at the SPA longer than any of us expected. He arrived at the end of August 2015; a lovely medium haired German shepherd with a greying muzzle, despite his relatively young age. Tag arrived when he was just four years old. That was over a year ago, and incredibly Tag is still waiting.

Although he can walk along close to other dogs, he prefers to live alone, at the SPA at least. Perhaps out of the refuge he would be able to share his life with a female. One thing we are sure of is that he is not good with cats. Were this not the case he would probably already have found a new home.

Tag is a favourite with many volunteers, as apart from a few seconds when he first gets out of his kennel, he is a dream to take on walks. Moreover he is very affectionate and has that instant link with anyone walking him that is lacking in many dogs who can become institutionalised with time.

Tag is a fabulous dog. He is a dog you can be proud to be seen with; gorgeous, handsome, intelligent…everything a dog should be. He hates the SPA and we really do not want him to spend another winter there.

Tag has just turned five, he is castrated, vaccinated and microchipped and his adoption fee is €170. Please consider offering this beautiful and deserving dog a new home.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Poupette

PoupetteThe recent adoption of Kipnak, another senior dog, has given us hope that there may be someone out there willing to offer a home to Poupette. She was recently abandoned at the SPA shortly before her 12th birthday. We were all upset by this, but there is nothing we can do; if someone refuses to keep a dog then the best we can do is take it in and hope.

Poupette was adopted from us two years ago and at the time she was far thinner than she is now. She is being walked regularly in an attempt to get rid of her excess pounds, but she needs far more exercise than she can get at the SPA, despite our best efforts. Poupette is incredibly fit for her age, happy to run if given the chance. She is wonderful on the lead, although she pulls slightly when she sees other dogs. This was the reason she was abandoned, incidentally. A halti would have solved the issue, although to be honest her pulling is so minor that were Poupette mine, I would not bother. Her former owner was old and infirm, however, and clearly unwilling to make any compromise.

Poor Poupette is now just lying looking miserable in her kennel. She does not bother to get up to meet visitors as she is just too sad. However when you approach with a lead she is so happy that it just melts your heart. And despite her eagerness to get out, she remembers her manners and sits nicely for you to put her on the lead.

On Poupette’s notes it says she is not good with other dogs. However she can live with other dogs providing they leave her alone. She is an old lady and does not want to be bothered by youngsters. She has lived with cats and there were no issues.

As an elder dog (one of the very oldest at the SPA), Poupette’s adoption fee is just €80, for which she is vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped.

We really do not want her to spend a winter at the SPA. She deserves so much better, as do all our dogs, of course, but Poupette has less time to find a home than the rest.

 

Flavien| PP451

Flavian beauceron bouvier bernois crossMale, Young, Large

Flavien was brought to the SPA by the police municipal in Esperaza, who found him straying. His owners recognised him thanks to Facebook and told us that they would collect him, but not if it meant spending any money. Well, of course we had no plans to charge them anything, but they needed to pay the vet to have their dog identified, and this they simply refused to do. Sadly we have no choice than to put Flavien up for adoption. He is a beauceron crossed with a bouvier bernois, and was born in October 2011. He is fine with dogs, cats and children. What a shame that a dog who appears to be perfect should be left at the SPA because his owners do not have the money to make him “legal”. Still, as he used to spend his days tied up, perhaps it is for the best.

 

 

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  • Fine with children
  • Fine with cats and other dogs
  • Will make a fine family pet

Lutine| PP341

Lutine Female, Young, Medium

Here is one for the soft hearted. Lutine is a spaniel who arrived in early August 2016. At the time she had no fur and was emaciated. It didn’t take much time (seconds, in fact) for us the SPA to realise that she has leishmaniasis, and since then she has been receiving treatment. She now has fur and has put on weight and is ready for her new home. With regular medication her illness will not progress, but due to the advanced stage at which it was treated, the drugs are quite costly. For this reason the SPA is looking for a long term foster family, so that we can continue to pay for her ongoing vet bills. In this way we hope to find a home for lovely Lutine so that she does not spend her life at the SPA. She was born in 2010 and is very lively and you would never know that she is ill!

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  • Lively and affectionate
  • Long term foster
  • Needs ongoing medical treatment

Nesquick| PP429

Nesquick  french spaniel crossMale, Young, Medium

Nesquick is a French spaniel cross who was brought to the SPA in late September. At the time of going to press he has not seen the vet, but he looks to be young and in good health. He is quite a stunner, too, and for people who like long walks and exercise, he will make a great dog.
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  • Shepard Cross
  • Good family pet
  • Friendly

Urgent Appeal: Cooper

cooperWell, incredibly last week’s urgent appeal, Hyde, was adopted this week! And no, it was not as a result of the appeal at all. But as I discussed with Carole, this is often the case. A dog can wait for months, years even, with nothing and then all of a sudden they are the flavour of the month!

Let’s hope this new urgent appeal has as much luck.

Please meet Cooper. He was the dog who has been sharing his box with Hyde since her arrival, and the two dogs were very close. In fact Cooper is largely to thank for Hyde’s adoption, as being far more confident than her, he gave her courage to approach people despite the noise of the SPA.

Cooper is a yellow lab/shepherd cross who was born in November 2011. He has been a the SPA since December 2014 and it is a mystery as to why. He is such a great chap. A bit chunkier than when he arrived, but that is due to lack of walks. He is fine on the lead and loves to play. A bit reactive around dogs he does not know, Cooper soon settles down. He is great with people of all ages and would make a great family dog.

Please do not think that refuge dogs are by definition damaged. Often they have just been unlucky and have been let down by their previous owners. Cooper is such a dog! Please give him a second chance.

Dylan|PP287

Dylan black male shepherd crossMedium, Young, Male

Dylan is a black male shepherd cross who was born in July 2015, according to the vet’s estimate. Like so many of our dogs he arrived as an unidentified stray, and he has the added misfortune of being black, dogs of which colour take the longest time to home. Dylan is a good natured dog and is sharing his kennel with another male.


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  • Affectionate and obedient
  • Fine with other dogs
  • Will make a lovely family pet

 

 

 

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Bouriget

 

bouriquetBouriquet was found tied up to some bins in a nearby village. At the time he was in need of veterinary care for a nasty cut, which of course was done immediately and paid for by the SPA. Is this unwillingness to pay for a vet’s bill the reason why this dog was abandoned, perhaps? He seems to be perfect in every other way.

Bouriquet is a cocker spaniel cross who was born in January 2006. As such he is a senior dog, so his adoption fee (and he is vaccinated, microchipped and castrated) is just €80. He would make a perfect pet for someone who wants a calm, loving companion and not necessarily too much exercise. Not that Bouriquet is in poor health; he would happily accompany his owner anywhere. But equally he would be happy just lounging around.

He is fine with other dogs and is gentle with everyone he meets. A couple of people have come to the SPA to adopt dogs and their age meant that they would be perfect owners for Bouriquet. All of them have refused to adopt a dog of his age (even though in dog years he is younger than many of them!). Surely someone out there does not write off a dog when he turns 10!

Please can someone offer a home to this lovely lad.

Patty|PP298

Patty labrador cross femaleLarge, Young, Female

Patty was found with Sweety, and there seems to be no doubt that these dogs have spent a lot of time together even before they were found lost and alone on the Carcassonne ring road. They may well have been left there by people leaving on holiday, although as neither dog was identified, we will never know. Patty is a gorgeous deep black labrador cross. She is very affectionate and even though we know the chances of homing her together with Sweety are small, we hope that both dogs will find happiness again.Patty was born in July 2013.
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  • Affectionate
  • Fine with female dogs
  • Will need some TLC