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Adoption of Nola and Florence!

Today two lucky pups were adopted. Seven month old labrit x Nola was the first to leave. What a beauty she was and as she was abandoned with her dad Diego and sister Nova we knew that she was housetrained and sociable. She is also likely to be a medium sized adult which is very attractive to a lot of adopters. These pups are VERY cute but let’s hope that her new owners have seen past that and are prepared to put in the training required in a herding breed!

Nola adopted!

Next to leave was tiny Florence. I love this litter, so like my lab x was when I first saw him as a pup. I am sure that they will be great dogs and we wish Florence, the first of the litter to leave, all the very best. There are still 4 pups to go so be quick if you don’t want to be disappointed!

Florence adopted!

And another reminder about your animals tomorrow night….keep them indoor and safe! Even the steadiest dog can bolt when terrified, so don’t take any chances!

Adoption of Ohana

Tonight’s blog is a late one as both Darcey and I are traveling. This week has been typical for this time of year when adoptions slow down as people go off on holiday or welcome guests and abandoned dogs start to arrive! So the refuge is filling up. On a positive note that means that there is a great choice of dogs available for potential adopters!

Ohana our beautiful one year old German Shepherd was the lucky girl who was adopted today and that should come as no surprise to anyone that has seen her. She is a stunning looking girl and lovely natured too!

Ohana adopted!

For potential adopters please remember that the refuge is open this weekend 2-6pm and please don’t forget to keep your animals safe during the celebrations this weekend! You can be sure that next week our phones will be ringing non stop with desperate owners reporting lost dogs and hoping that they have arrived at the ScPA and are safe!

 

 

Adoption of Elly…

We all breathe a sigh of relief when a senior gets adopted especially in this heat! This unrelenting heat is so hard for the oldies that we really do try and move them asap.

Today’s lucky leaver was 10-year-old Elly who arrived about a month ago.  Elly really was a beauty and certainly didn’t  seem like 10 years old!

Elly adopted!

We have many conversations with adopters about the age of the dog that they should adopt but most feel that if you adopt a younger dog you will have fewer vet fees and will have the dog longer.

Well you might…but no dog come with a guarantee.  There is no guarantee that a two-year-old will live to be 15 or that a 10-year-old will only have a couple of years. And at some point, your young dog will be older and you will have that cost anyway.

Some of our older dogs are very fit and healthy and have no ongoing vet costs. If they do have ongoing costs then they can often leave under FALD..foster of long duration. This is a great scheme whereby the dog is yours for its lifetime but it comes to our vet and we pay the bills. This means that you have no vet bills if you are kind enough to take one of these oldies!

Older dogs have so much to offer. They are usually housetrained, easy to walk and a 20-minute totter around the park a couple of times a day is enough for them. They make instant, loyal companions…..all they ask for in return is a bed and affection and the adoption fee is only cost 80 euros too!

 

 

 

Adoption of Bali…

I remember the first time I saw Bali was when he came back from his vet check up and I thought that like most like colored cute puppies he would be adopted very quickly!

This was not to be though and as the weeks passed he got bigger and bigger and seemed destined to be one of the unlucky dogs who grow up at the refuge!

Today his luck changed and off he went…7 months old!

Bali adopted!

Seven-month-old pups are a lot of work, even if you have had then from young pups and put in the time and training you needed. They suddenly become like teenagers who push barriers and seem to have a mind of their own. Consistency and love get you through these months and as most of us have been there we know that it passes.

Today we also heard some very sad news of a much loved dog who died this weekend after being thrown from a car which went off the road. The dog was unattached. Please, please attach your dogs whilst traveling. It is the law but we see so many dogs loose on the back or even the front seat!

I am sure that like us you would never forgive yourself if this happened and you hadn’t secured your dog. There are seatbelt attachment, harnesses, car seats, crates, dog guards which are all readily available. So please please use them and keep your buddy safe!

 

 

 

Popular pups!

Today all 4 pups from a stunning litter left.  Pinpin, Pandora, Piñata and Perlin created a lot of interest when they went online and no wonder, they are stunning! We have no idea about the breed, a bit of German shepherd maybe, time will tell, but they will be big dogs.

Perlin adopted!

Pandora adopted!

Piñata adopted!

Pinpin adopted!

When we have pups, we sometimes know the mum, rarely do we know both parents so what the pups will turn out like is a bit of a guess.  It would be wonderful if we could DNA all the dogs but the cost of that would be prohibitive. However, lots of new owners have done so and we have had some surprising results!

If you would like to DNA test your dog, you can buy Wisdom kits from Amazon. You then register the kit online, take a couple of cheek swabs, post it off and three weeks later you have the results!

If you do test your dog, please send us the results…we love guessing the breeds and seeing whether we were right or very wrong!

Adoption of Clyde

Today was terrible at the refuge. goodness knows what the temperatures were in the dog’s kennels and there is little that we can do.

If I win the lottery I am buying an airconditioned facility with cozy central heating for winter!

But at least we had one adoption. Four-month-old Clyde was abandoned this week and adopted today…so hopefully, he will be nice and cool this evening!

Puppy Clyde adopted!

With the start of the summer holiday period, we are expecting more abandons. We hope that people will be responsible and contact us for a date to bring their dog in. We would much prefer that to have them tied to our gate, to a tree in the woods or simply kicked out to fend for themselves!

If you do abandon your animal irresponsibly….please remember karma is a bitch and one day it will bite you in the butt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption of Fifi..

When I heard that 4-year-old Fifi had been abandoned, I knew that there would be a flurry of online activity.  Little white cuties are very popular and as predicted he had no time to wait at all.

So why on earth would such a cutie be abandoned? Allergies in the family made it impossible to keep this little chap but at least he didn’t have a long wait.

Fifi adopted!

The heat at the SPA was horrendous today and, in an effort, to keep the dogs hydrated we are adding wet food to their normal dry kibble. You can only imagine how many tins that we get through so today we ran an appeal for donations.

Already we have had a great response so a big thank you to all if those who donated.

I also feel really sorry for out dedicated kennel staff. Manual work in this extreme heat is very hard especially when you have about 100 dogs and 100 cats to see to each day!

So that’s all for tonight and lets hope this weekend brings news of further adoptions. That more dogs out of the heat and less for the staff to see to!

 

 

Adoption of Nala…

It’s on days like today that we feel so sorry for the dogs in the refuge.  It’s almost impossible to keep them all cool and it’s certainly too hot to exercise then.  Instead, we spray their kennels to keep them cool and make sure that their water is topped up and not too warm.

Some of the dogs love our paddling pools and when possible, volunteers take them to the lake for a swim.

As usual, we have had lots of new arrivals. One very lucky girl was Nala who was abandoned yesterday and adopted today by her original owner who had lost her when her relationship broke down. What luck that she heard that Nala was at the ScPA or Nala would be like our other 100 dogs and roasting in her kennel.

Nala adopted!

A word about our puppies. We have been inundated with inquiries about our recent litter. And no wonder, they are stunning.  Should you see a pup or a dog that you fancy then pop in and fill out a questioner and see the pups. You may be able to reserve one or we may ask you to wait if we have lots of interest in the pup. This is so we can match the pup to the most appropriate home.

So with the heat set to continue, we hope that potential adopters will come in and help us get some more dogs out of the heat!

The heat is on..

There are warning everywhere…next week is going to be VERY hot. So how are you going to keep your pet safe in the heat?

As well as the ambient temperature the humidity levels are also important.  I will be up early walking my dogs but even then, I will be limiting their exercise as they are oldies and a bit chunky too! Remember that animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly!

So as well as limiting exercise, remember to take water with you, even on short walks. Make sure that your walk is shady and don’t forget how warm pavements and tar can get. Let your dog walk on the grass, it will be much cooler.

Keep them cool form the inside out…pop some doggy lollies/ ice cream in the freezer now or try the licki mats which my dogs love.

So what products can help keep your dog cool? There are cooling body wraps, vests or mats. You soak these products in cool water, and they’ll stay cool (but usually dry) for sometime. If your dog doesn’t find baths stressful, see if they enjoy a cooling soak or even a hose down in the garden.

How do you know if your dog is too hot? Take their temperature! Dogs’ temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees. If it does move your dog to the shade and watch out for signs of heat stroke.

Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness. If your dog is showing any of these…..Apply cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and get then to a vet asap!

 

 

 

Adoption of Caramel….

It was hot at the refuge but nevertheless, we had a lovely adoption. Today puppy Caramel left for a smashing life with a couple of early retirees who will be around all day to socialise, train and exercise her. This is exactly what a puppy wants and I feel much comfier with such a family than a family with young children and a hectic household. Caramel has not spent much time at the refuge at all so is a very lucky pup!

Caramel adopted!

Next week is going to be scorching. Tomorrow we will look at ways to keep your dog safe and well in the heat but for tonight I am off to see to lovely Arizona who is with me in foster for a few weeks tlc..