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Gucci is an ex ScPA dog who needs a new home due to no fault of his own or his owners.

Here his what his mum says about him…

‘Gucci is a happy go lucky little dog who loves life and just about everyone and every thing in it. He is 8 years old – going on 8 months!

He has been with us almost 4 months and during that time he has proved himself a great little dog who is fun to be with and very easy to have around.

He is looking for a new home through no fault of his own as sadly unforeseen circumstances have arisen, however we cannot bear to take him back to the refuge and so are hoping to find a good, loving home from home.


Gucci is completely house trained and sleeps in his crate. He can be left in the house without any problems and is not destructive.

He loves to be groomed – not so eager about the bathing bit but never objects!

We have had other dogs to stay in the house and Gucci is fine with them.


He walks well on a lead, waits patiently to have his lead put on and doesn’t pull. He is not scared of anything except maybe a bit nervous of other dogs when he is out on a lead and so sometimes barks at them.

He adores running free, has never run away and his recall is very good.

He does love to chase anything that moves quickly ie birds.  He will chase cats on the move, but he has never shown any aggression to them and is getting more relaxed with those which refuse to budge!

He loves to go in the car and travels well, often settling to sleep.

We don’t have children but Gucci has had no problem with the ones he has met both at home and outside.

Ideally he needs a home with a garden to play in and plenty of walks. He is a superb dog for anyone enjoying an outdoor life – a truly great companion, full of love and life.

If you think you may be interested in offering Gucci a home I am more than happy to answer any questions on 0652951938 . Please note that I cannot return calls to numbers other than French ones.’

Gucci is identified, vaccinated and castrated and there is no adoption fee for the right owner.

You can contact Jane on 0652951938 or email website@dogrescuecarcasonne.co.uk



This weeks seven leavers…

This week we have had 6 adoptions and  a very special lady was reclaimed by her owner.

We will start with my favourite Mike. This young boxer cross was a dog who just made you smile when you looked at him. Like any young boxer he was full of love and playfulness and I am so glad that he has gone to a great forever home.

Mike adopted!


Pollux was our next leaver. Pollux looked like a lab but was about double the size, All this boy wanted was love after his owner died and was one of the cuddliest dogs that I have ever met. I am so glad that he has gone to a loving home where he will have unlimited cuddles and attention.

Pollux adopted!

Chipolata was also adopted . When this young girl arrived, there was much discussion over her breed. Maybe a bit of staffie? of beagle? Who knows but it certainly didn’t stop her funding a home despite have a slight hip deformity!

Chipolata adopted


We were all delighted when Patty was adopted. Patty was returned after quite a time in her last home and that was after a two tear wait!  So, when she came back we feared that this would be the case again. Luckily this was be to be and off she went!

Patty adopted

Bonny was the next to be adopted. A lovely friendly burger cross who got on with everyone. He was  a stunning lad, no wonder he was snapped up quickly!

Bonny adopted

Loustic, a very calm and gentle Brittany spaniel was also adopted. Its so nice when dogs like Loustic don’t have a long wait and as we have lots of Brittanys who pass through our doors he’s a lucky lad!

Loustic adopted

Now the best story of the week is that of 15 year old Tinka. She arrived a few months ago and went into long term foster with Sally and Darren. Imagine our surprise when her owner turned up on Friday looking for her. He had spilt up with his wife who had kept but lost Tinka. As soon as he heard this he came in and was delighted that he could be reunited with his girl. I bet Tinka was also just as delighted!

Tinka reclaimed…





Become a member of Dog Rescue Carcassonne

We have now been an established association for 5 and a half years.  Over the last few months, we have been looking at how to restructure how we work with the ScPA, on social media and how we could help more dogs in the area.

We have various projects in mind and have decided to offer annual memberships at 10 euros per year. This will boost our funds so we can help more dogs and is a great way for you to show your support for DRC. And you will, of course, be kept up to date with all our news.

If you already donate monthly via paypal then you will automatically get a membership but if you don’t and would like to become a member then you can do so by paypal website@dogrescue carcassonne.co.uk or via the donate button on our website http://dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/

Your support is very much appreciated!

How to choose a good refuge….

So you have decided to adopt a rescue dog, that is great news but how do you choose a good refuge and what should you ask to make sure that you make the correct choice?


Conflicting answers or reluctance to answer questions are red flags.

  1. Ask about the dogs heath and request to see all medical records if there are any problems, not just vaccine records.  Look for any discrepancies between intake paperwork and what is being advertised. Glaring age, breed or weight differences should be a red flag.
  2. What is the dog’s known history – not just where did this organization get the dog but what do they know before then?  Was it stray?  Owner surrender?  History is important because dogs with poor early socialization or bad experiences may be may require more extensive training but be sure to confirm what they KNOW versus what they’re ASSUMING.
  3. What socialization has the rescue or shelter been doing with the dog, especially if it’s a puppy?  What do they know about the dog’s formative early months of life? Do they have the puppy’s mother?  Have they been using food during socialization or just exposing the dog to things without ensuring it was a positive association?
  4. Ask about behavioral issues.  Concerns should be discussed with their certified behaviorist (who should also be the one administering behavioral assessments).  Inquire about guarding behaviors, body handling and sociability observed while the dog has been in their care.
  5. Why was the dog abandoned, if the dog was an owner surrender? Was it for behavioral reasons?  Many rescues and shelters often try to downplay behavioral concerns or owner neglect.
  6. Where has the dog has been while it’s been in this organization’s care?  In a kennel?  In a foster home?  What interactions has the dog had with children, kids, cats or other dogs
  7. What training methods do they use?  If they don’t publicly say, ASK!   It should specify they do not condone the use of aversive methods including prong, choke or shock collars or electric fences.
  8. Research and read reviews about the organization you’re considering adopting from.  If they are a charitable group, ask around for recommendations.
  9. And lastly, OBSERVE:  Before you’re ready to adopt, visit a few times. Do the animals seem happy, well cared for and the volunteers/staff happy to be doing their job?  Are the dogs being happy talked and given treats?  How are the animals being handled?  Are they being dragged around by their leash at events?  Are they cowering in their crates?

Happy looking dogs!

So, it’s buyer beware, and it’s up to us to help keep refuges accountable.  Ask lots of questions, demand answers and yes, trust your gut. Making good matches – for both the people and the dog – should be their top priority, not just trying to move out as many animals as possible.

Doing your homework beforehand could cause a lot less heartache afterward!




It will be cold, so cold….our Hot Dog Campaign!

It doesn’t seem that long ago we were worried about keeping the dogs cool and now we have to think about how to keep them warm over winter.

The South West of France is all about weather extremes and it seems crazy that not long after installing misting systems,  we need to consider more heat lamps and of course the running costs of all the lamps.

These lamps are very clever and are programmed to come on automatically as the temperatures plummet.  If we say the worst of the winter is 10 weeks long, it only costs about 30 euros per kennel to keep a dog warm!

Here are some of last years in action,


If you would like to contribute and help us keep our dogs warm, then you can do so by :-

  1. Donate via paypal. The address is website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk
  2. Donate using a CB  by clicking the DNATE button http://dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/
  3. Donate in cash
  4. Donate via cheque ( ScPA Carcassonne)

It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see dogs shivering in their kennels and every euro donated makes their life just a little bit easier!

Help us keep our dogs warm….




Daisy and pups , 4 months on…

I am sure that most of you will remember Daisy the very cute terrier cross who arrived at the refuge and gave birth within hours. The mum and pups then went into foster with Cyndy where they were loved and cared for but just as importantly socialised.

Early socialisation is so important and can really shape its future reactions in the big scary world.

Needless to say, these pups are all very happy, well-balanced pups and the owners are delighted!

Daisy went to live with DRC’s friend Muriel and her parents. She is living with ex ScPA Woofy , a large mastin called Tina, cats, chickens and tortoises.

Here she is on the bed with a very shocked looking cat…

Who’s that sleeping on my bed!

Puppy Max who lives near Fanjeaux has 3 furry doggy siblings and is proving to be a remarkably bright pup. He’s great on walks and is regularly sees ex ScPA dog Zelda.

Look at his lovely leg markings!

Ren was the only tricoloured pup. He also is doing extremely well and his owner is carefully socialising him with children and especially bicycles as he does seem a bit worried by them.

Next is Betony….she is the pup who went to live in a vineyard with mum Sara. She too is extremely clever and is enjoying herself in the garden and vines, so all seems good there…she’s loved by everyone and is virtually inseparable from Sarah.


Here is Mimi ( ex Pansy) who is definitely in the leggy phase. Mimi is back staying with Cyndy whilst her owner is on holiday. She is a lovely, happy, dynamic pup…just as it should be!

Mimi ex Pansy!

We haven’t has new  Hanna from a sure but I am sure that she is just as happy as all of the others!

These pups owners are lucky as they had the opportunity to have a well sociallised rescue pup who had been with their mum in a household situation.

Wouldnt it be great if all pups had this chance!

When I’am Old and Grey..

If we are lucky enough to still have our dogs when they become old and grey then helping them stay comfortable, as pain-free as possible is something that we may have to deal with.

My Boxer x Labrador, Phoebe is a large dog who has had arthritis for a couple of years. This was confounded by a partially torn ligament in her back leg when she chased a hare over a recently plowed field.


She, of course, has prescribed pain medication and I have tried some supplements like turmeric, CBD oil etc but there has been no miracle cure.

So, how do you keep an old dog happy and active? Well, weight management is important and that’s very difficult when feeding time is one of the things they really look forward to. Luckily mine like veg so I try and bulk meals up as much as possible.

Careful logistical management is very important too. I have found that although she manages the stairs, she bunny hops down so I limit how many times a day she goes up and down to a minimum.  She now chooses not to jump on the sofa or bed as its very painful for her to get off them.

Laminate flooring is a nightmare! If we are anywhere with it, I have to create a track; for her with blankets or whatever is available. If booking hotels or holiday lets, I find myself looking at the room floor coverings and whether there is a lift or not!

There are some advantages. Her walks are slower, and she doesn’t go far from your side which I really like. Walking 2 older dogs certainly takes less concentration than 2 mad youngsters!

Its approaching holiday time and we will have 2 youngsters as well as my two oldies. I am seriously considering a dog ‘buggy for Phoebe so she can be with us all without limiting the younger active dogs walks too much.

As yet she doesn’t need a car ramp but I have removed one of the back passenger seats so she just has a little step to get in the passager door through to he back doggy area, Opening the boot means a much bigger leap in and out!

I have heard a few nightmare stories of dogs going off their legs whilst on walks. So I am going to buy a ‘Help ‘Em Up harness and shoulder strap’ just in case. I certainly couldn’t pull her on a blanket, coat or anything else in an emergency without really distressing her and me!

Phoebe has no problem with her neck or shoulders, but I do use a raised bowl. This does take some strain off her joints.

Have you a dog with limited mobility?  Are there other methods you used that were successful?  Do you have any hints or tips? Do let us know!!!

To brush or not to brush…..

A Third of British Dog Owners Brush Their Dog’s Teeth (& It Could Save Their Dog’s Life!)

I laughed when I read this headline as every time I am coming back to France from the Uk, Darcey asks me to bring doggy toothpaste. She cleans all of her dog’s teeth every night.

I have to admit that I did laugh, but no…it really could save their life!


Tooth and gum disease is something which is easily preventable if owners follow simple steps including regular brushing, improving their dog’s diet and using dental specific food and chews if recommended by vets. Two thirds of vets recommend that owners clean their dog’s teeth every day.

Gum disease can lead to periodontal disease, a build-up of plaque which can if left untreated cause the gums to recede, bacteria to enter the bloodstream and sometimes even spread to other organs, the heart, for example.

The worst-case scenarios for untreated tooth and gum disease in animals can result in tooth extractions, blood poisoning / septicaemia, tooth loss, disease in other organs and even death.

So what are the signs that there may be a problem  :

  • Blood on their toys
  •  Facial swelling
  •  Dropping food
  •  Favouring one side of the mouth
  •  Bad breath

If you decide to start, here are a few tips..

  • Start by getting your dog used to having your fingers around its mouth by gently pulling gums back and massaging them.
  •  Use a finger brush to get your dog used to having something touching its teeth and gums.
  •  Once your dog is used to the finger brush, move on to using toothpaste and a doggy toothbrush.
  • Only dog-friendly toothpaste should be used as it does not contain fluoride which is dangerous to dogs.
  • Always use positive reinforcement with treats and praise so your dog ends up enjoying having its teeth cleaned.

So, I am going to give it a go………who else brushes or what do you use to keep these knashers sparking????





Nervous about adopting a dog with Brexit looming?

Tonight’s blog is in response to adopters who are a bit wary of adopting a pet at the moment due to Brexit.

First of all, if you adopt in France and your pet has an EU passport you don’t have a lot to worry about. Worst case scenario is that your pet needs a blood test one month after they have their rabies vaccination. You will then have a wait of 10-14 days for the result and providing the blood test is successful you can then travel back and forward as usual 1 month after the blood test was taken.

So the procedure is:-

  1. Rabies vaccination
  2. Blood test after 1 month
  3. Travel as normal 1 month after successful blood test.

Once your vet has the results, he will stamp your pets passport. As long as you keep your rabies vaccinations in date there is no further blood test needed.

That is the worst case scenario…it could be that some agreement is made and pets travel as normal.

If you are like me and have older dogs, you may have had a blood test done before the UK entered the EU.  Surprisingly, as long as you have always kept their rabies up to date, no further blood is needed.

For those in the UK , with a Uk passport, the process is a bit longer and you will need about 4 months to prepare your dog.

Here us a successful rabies blood test result, Anything above 0,5 is a pass…this cats is 12,4!

Page 8 in the old style UK passport is where the vet would have stamped to confirm a successful serology test!







Adoption of Paco, Missy and Lost…

Well, today was certainly a busy day at the refuge. We have the adoptions of Paco, Missy and Lost and then Gaspard found a foster home!  After that tiny Fry was reclaimed so thats 5 leavers…what a day!

We will start with the youngest. Puppies Pepsy and Paco arrived at the refuge about 2 months ago. victims of neglect. Pepsy was adopted last week leaving poor Paco waiting on his own. Luckily he didn’t have a long wait and left today to live with another dog and 9 cats!

Puppy Paco has a home at last!

The next adoption was that of little Missy. Missy was found and brought to the refuge. After her 10 days pound time, she was adopted by the person who found her. I know some people will wonder why she bothered bringing her in if she was going to keep her. Well this was absolutely the right thing to do, When you find a dog it’s not finders keepers, someone may be distraught and looking for their dog! 10 days pound time gives owners time to reclaim their dog.

Missy is off to live with 2 other small dogs!

Next to leave was Lost. This is another dog who was reserved soon after arriving and has left soon after his pound time was up. Lost is off to a family with another dog so he will have a friend to help him settle in.

Lost adopted!

The next boy to leave was Gaspard, a lovely but poorly German Shepherd. He has at last found a foster home where he can have the tlc that he so needs. A massive thank you to the family who have taken this boy in!

Gaspard has a long term foster…lucky boy!

Last but not least, little Fry was reclaimed by his owners. That’s only1 night he had in kennels..another lucky boy!

Fry was reclaimed..