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Pebble | T448

Pebble female crossFemale, Young, Medium



I was not the only one to do a double take when this girl was brought to the ScPA. Apart from her age and the slight brindle pattern in her fur, this could be my dog Caillou’s younger sister. Hence the name Pebble, of course, even though very few of the French can say it! Caillou was quite spiky when he arrived at the refuge; he needed several months of work before he was ready for adoption, and only then it had to be with someone who knew him and loved him (haha, me!) This is not at all the case for Pebble. She is adorable; already calm and affectionate, and as soon as her pound time is over, she will be ready to leave. Don’t miss out if you like the look of this gorgeous girl.

 

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Calm and affectionate
  • Good with other dogs
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Goliath | T428

Goliath male douge argentinMale, Young, Large



Goliath is a big and handsome dogue argentin who arrived at the ScPA having been found in a village about an hour’s drive from the refuge. Unable to contact the owner, the police brought Goliath to the refuge with his son (we assume) Samson. Goliath was particularly thin when he arrived, and both dogs were covered in fleas. They were immediately treated, of course, and regular (and good quality) food had turned them back into very handsome dogs. New homes required, methinks! Goliath was born in November 2011, and is a very affectionate dog, covering anyone he meets in big slobbery kisses. If that is your idea of heaven (and it is pretty close to heaven, I have to say!), then please get in touch!

 

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Very affectionate despite the size
  • Good with other dogs
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Samson | T429

Samson young male Douge argentineMale, Young, Large


Samson arrived with a dog called Goliath, who we assume is his dad. That being the case, he is a dogue argentin cross and the vet estimates his date of birth as being August 2017. So not fully grown yet. Gulp! We know that lots of you like big dogs, though, and when they are as gentle as this lad, why not? To be honest stepping into the cage to take photos of these two was a bit nerve-wracking, as they are very big dogs. However it was almost death by licking; they are really affectionate and are desperate for human contact. They are getting plenty of that at the ScPA, of course, but both could do with new homes.

 

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Very affectionate despite the size
  • Good with other dogs
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Trudy

Those of you who follow us on Facebook might have seen the albums of several dogs who were left behind in a garden when the owner moved house. Six of them have been brought to the ScPA so far, but more are due to arrive. They are in various states of trauma, starting with Mattie, who was rehomed this week and who was one of the best socialised dogs I have ever met, to Billy, who is catatonic with fear still, a month after arriving to safety. Presumably the dogs who have still not been caught are in an even worse state.

Somewhere in the middle is Trudy. She has really touched my heart, as she so desperately wants to trust. She tried to follow the example of Mattie while they shared a kennel, and was just starting to come for treats when Mattie was adopted. Her new kennel mate, Nesquick, is also working his magic, and Trudy is turning into a fabulous girl.

She knows her name, she comes for cuddles, but still cringes whenever there is brisk movement or when a hand is raised, even if it is to pat her or give a treat.

Out of the refuge, though, she is a different dog. She is attentive on the lead, does not pull and although she is nervous of other dogs, that will pass when she gets more confidence. I know that if we could find her a home, Trudy would progress even faster.

Would you be able to offer a slightly nervous dog a home? I have to add that Trudy shows no sign of wanting to bite, even when she is terrified. Instead it is as if she wants to just disappear. It is heartbreaking to see. I am certain that with minimal work but lots of love, Trudy will very quickly turn into a well socialised and (even more) adorable dog.

Trudy is a shepherd cross who was born in September 2017, her adoption fee is €170, for which she is identified, microchipped and sterilised.

Urgent Appeal: Look

This is not the first time Look has been our urgent appeal. Last time it was just because we liked him, but this time it is a bit more urgent. Look is one of those dogs who is just not being noticed at the SCPA, all he needs is a chance to show people what a good dog he is.

Look arrived at the refuge in April 2017. We suspect that he had been deliberately left to wander, as when we contacted his owner, she informed us that she would not be collecting her dog, as in any case she had no time for him, and he spent his life tied up at the bottom of the garden. Despite the walks at the refuge, the life we have offered him has not been much better so far.

Look might look like an elderly dog, but in fact he was born in April 2013. He is only years old! He is very calm, good with other dogs and wonderful on the lead. He does not destroy and can be left alone, although after so long alone, he would love to have company, naturally.

Look has been at the SPA for well over a year and has seen many of his kennel mates leave for new lives. He is always left behind. And as he is so easily mixable with other dogs, he is always seeing new dogs. We would love his chance to come; he is showing all the signs of doggy depression, and we want this lovely German shepherd cross to smile again.

Please help us find a home for Look. He deserves happiness after so many years of sadness. He is really affectionate and trusting, he holds no malice towards humans, despite the fact that so far he has been let down by us very badly.

 

Balou | T395

Balou male shepherd crossMale, Young, Medium


Balou was brought in by one of the refuge’s growing number of cruelty inspectors. This medium sized pale brown dog was spending his life attached by a chain so that he was unable to run away. That is no life for a dog. However now he is at the refuge we understand a bit more why someone with an unenclosed garden would have trouble keeping this boy in. Boy is he a Houdini! He scales fences and can leap really high. So if your garden is not properly enclosed, you should probably forget about this lad. Balou was born in November 2014 and although we have not managed to mix him at the refuge, we are told that he is okay with other dogs.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Must have a secure garden
  • OK with other dogs
  • Needs a loving family

Mila | T309

Mila border collie crossFemale, Young, Large


This is Mila’s third time at the SCPA. She is quite a complicated dog, and whereas both her previous adopters were decent enough people, Mila took some time to show her true colours. Truth is that however tolerant she appears to be of other dogs in the short term, this border collie would be far better off as the only dog in the family. She is bright and intelligent, like most borders, but she definitely has her moments. When some people pass her kennel, she is calm and docile, with others she leaps up like an enraged beast. When she finds the right owner she will be the most obedient and devoted dog, but I suspect that it is Mila who will do the choosing. She was born in November 2014 and needs a border experienced home without other animals and where there are no small children or cats. She will make a great dog for the right owner!

 

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Needs to be an only dog
  • A home with no small children or cats
  • A border experienced family preferred

Diane | T347

Diane female shepherd crossFemale, Young, Large


Diana is a fabulous girl who we hope does not get overlooked. She is a young shepherd cross, born, according to the vet’s estimate, in December 2017. We have no idea at all why she is at the refuge, apart from the fact that she is a young dog who needs exercise. Diana is fine with other dogs, she shares her kennel very nicely and although she pulls initially she soon settles down on walks. And bearing in mind she was at the SCPA for over two weeks before going out on her first walk, it is hardly surprising that she had some energy to get rid of. The volunteers who walked her said she was just adorable; really attentive and affectionate. Diana will make a wonderful pet for an active family, either as a single dog or as a playmate. She is vaccinated, sterilised and identified by microchip and her adoption fee is €170.

 

 

 

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Loving and Affectionate
  • Fine with dogs
  • Will make a great pet for an active family

Jax | T365

JaxMale, Young, Large


Jax was abandoned by his owners as they were out all day and, left to his own devices, Jax barked a lot. This annoyed the neighbours, and as there was no solution possible (ah-hem), Jax, a young brindle coloured beauceron, was brought in for rehoming. It is probably the best thing that could have happened to this dog. He has seen nothing of life, and is terrified of his own shadow. Even the noise of his food bowl terrifies him. Poor, poor dog. As yet we have not been able to find him a companion to share with, but we hope to do so soon, as dogs are much happier when they are not alone. And Jax has so much to learn, and this will be done far quicker once he is able to share his kennel. So for the moment Jax is a work in progress, but he is in the right place, as the staff will look after him well, have no fear. Jax was born in October 2016 and is vaccinated, identified and castrated.

 

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Timid at the moment but making progress
  • Fine with other dogs
  • Will make a great family pet

Urgent Appeal: Puppies

Oh, gosh. Where on earth do they all come from? Well, we all know the answer to that one, don’t we…Irresponsible people not sterilising their dogs and expecting the SPA to pick up the slack. More than 20 puppies arrived in the space of a couple of weeks, and as the SCPA already had pups growing up behind bars and who were hoping to find homes soon, it is a disaster for them, too.

So who are the pups? As none of them were born at the refuge, we can only really guess at their parentage. Some arrived alone, most arrived with litter mates. Some were brought in by people who had “found them”, others were found at the refuge gates, giving the staff a nice surprise when they arrived in the mornings.

The one thing that all the pups have in common is that they all need good homes. We have written on numerous occasions about the responsibilities that come with puppy ownership. Basically you have a blank canvas, and there is no point taking on a puppy if you are not prepared to put in some effort. However many people prefer it this way; you have no history to overcome, and your dog will grow up knowing nothing but love.

Here are some of the puppies. We have several spaniels, both male and female, who were born in April, we have border collies who were born at the end of May, we have some pups of indeterminate breed who were born in mid May, and we have a couple of others. Not forgetting of course the not-quite pups, that is the pups who are over 6 months old and who are still waiting for homes.

If you are thinking of adding a puppy to your family, please consider adopting from the SCPA.

Just four of the many puppies who are at the SCPA