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Home to Home for Bess… France or the UK

Bess is a 4 year old Griffon x lab. She was adopted from us 3 years ago and is a very sweet, loving dog.

She lives happily with children and another smaller dog who she gets on with fine, apart from the very occasional spat.

When she lived in France she was a happy dog. She had space, a large non-enclosed garden and she didn’t wander. She met other dogs without problems, always off leash. The family had gites and she was fine with guests and their dogs.

In the UK she has little outside space and she has become reactive to some other dogs when on leash, but off leash is fine most of the time.

She is being rehomed as the family need to work in the UK and mum finds walking 2 dogs difficult, especially when Bess reacts to other dogs.

Her recall is ok when off leash.

Mum thinks that she could live with another dog, is ok with kids but not cats. She thinks that she needs an experienced owner who would not panic when she reacts.

She can be left alone with another dog for a few hours, but she hates being on her own.

Hubby is driving to France on Friday to do some work on their French house and is talking Bess with him.

The options at the end of the 2/3 weeks are to take Bess back to the UK with him if we can find a family or to the refuge if not. She has an up to date passport.

 

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Bess needs a home..

3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show

Back by popular demand, the 3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show. This ‘ not to be missed’ afternoon is on Sunday 13th May at 3pm in Fanjeaux Village Hall (Salle Municipale Gaston Panouille – http://www.webvilles.net/sports/activites/6556/salle-polyvalente-gaston-panoville—fanjeaux-fanjeaux.php)

Lots of people have been asking us about this and we have had some wonderful clothes, shoes and accessories donated.  It will be a great, giggly, girly afternoon so bring along as many friends as you like.

Once you have seen the models strutting their stuff you can buy the outfits and browse though our ever increasing stock of lovely outfits. There will be shoes and bags, scarves and hats…..and so much more!

Other stalls will include cosmetics, soaps, food stuffs, the DRC stand and a few surprises too!

A glass of bubbly and nibbles are included in the price of your ticket and there will be lots of other refreshments available too.

Please contact Karen, Sabine, or Jane for tickets. It would be great if you would buy your tickets in advance so we know approximate numbers to cater for, but don’t worry tickets will be available at the door too.

 

For tickets please contact:

Sabine Beissert                   sabineb@live.co.uk
Karen Pead                          karen.pead@orange.fr
Jane Knight                         knight2@me.com

 

 

3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show

Back by popular demand, the 3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show. This ‘ not to be missed’ afternoon is on Sunday 13th May at 3pm in Fanjeaux Village Hall (Salle Municipale Gaston Panouille – http://www.webvilles.net/sports/activites/6556/salle-polyvalente-gaston-panoville—fanjeaux-fanjeaux.php)

Lots of people have been asking us about this and we have had some wonderful clothes, shoes and accessories donated.  It will be a great, giggly, girly afternoon so bring along as many friends as you like.

Once you have seen the models strutting their stuff you can buy the outfits and browse though our ever increasing stock of lovely outfits. There will be shoes and bags, scarves and hats…..and so much more!

Other stalls will include cosmetics, soaps, food stuffs, the DRC stand and a few surprises too!

A glass of bubbly and nibbles are included in the price of your ticket and there will be lots of other refreshments available too.

Please contact Karen, Sabine, or Jane for tickets. It would be great if you would buy your tickets in advance so we know approximate numbers to cater for, but don’t worry tickets will be available at the door too.

 

For tickets please contact:

Sabine Beissert                   sabineb@live.co.uk
Karen Pead                          karen.pead@orange.fr
Jane Knight                         knight2@me.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murray and Clyde…

This week has not been the best week at the refuge but today has cheered us up as our two 15 year olds, Clyde and Murray went to their foster home.  It’s a very special person who agrees to foster 2 oldies so a big thank you to Sharon who saw our appeal on the website and offered her help. It would be sad for two 15 year olds to spend 3 months in the refuge so a foster home is a great short term solution.

This is not their first time with us. Last year their British owner spent a long time in hospital but was then able to reclaim his dogs.  Unfortunately, he had to return to hospital but hopes to be able to return for his dogs soon.

When Sharon contacted us I couldn’t help but smile when I heard the Scottish accent and as their owner is also Scottish the boys will certainly feel at home. I drove them over to Sharon’s who lives near Bezier and I am sure that they will settle well.

On a much sadder note, on Friday we said a sad goodbye to Dick our 13 year old setter. Dick really had had a sad life and finding himself at a noisy, chaotic refuge was just too much for him. His health deteriorated rapidly and although we love saving lives we never let a dog suffer.

Many thanks to Ingrid and Carole who accompanied him on his last journey and held him in their arms as he passed over to rainbow bridge.

Next week we hope for lots of adoptions to cheer us up. The weather seems to be improving so its a great  time to adopt and and get out and about with your new friend!

Murray and Clyde

Murray and Clyde…in foster now.

 

Another puppy adopted…

Sometimes a litter arrives and we know that they wont have a long stay. Yesterday the second pup Morrison was adopted which just leaves puppy Jopin still looking for a home.

Morrison – adopted.

Jack Russel lovers will really appreciate this young chap..he is definitely more terrier looking than his siblings and a very lively, happy pup!

jack russel puppy

Jopin needs a home..

So what can you expect when adopting a pup? Well, lots of fun and also lots of work.  When you get puppy home house-training, crate training and walking on a lead all have to be learnt.  Puppy training classes are a great idea and for anyone in the Azille area we can highly recommend Centre d’Education Canine Azillois. These classes are in both English and French so no need to worry about language!

Tomorrow being Saturday will be busy at the refuge. lets keep our fingers crossed for lots of adoptions.

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur..

The joy of our life, Arthur was adopted by us in October 2016 from the SPA in Carcassonne. We wanted a dog since moving to France and we trawled the internet looking at various dog sites to find the perfect match. We went through the idea of buying a puppy and decided we wanted an older dog and therefore, why not a rescue dog? It just made a lot of sense to have a rescue dog. My husband who should have been a vet, couldn’t stand the thought of all those rescues out there without homes. The sadder the situation the more his heart opened. We nearly settled on a poor 9 year old dog who had had a rotten life, but she was taken before we got our act together.

 

This time wasn’t wasted, as we were able to be acquainted with the various problems that rescues can come with, and also we started to mentally collect our shortlist together. Meanwhile we were chatting to Moira at the SPA at Carcassonne but we couldn’t settle on the ideal dog. I remember this time of going on to their website and learning off by heart the details of each dog as we were on there every day. We also sorted out what was important to us, we are able to take our dog for walks everyday, had a large garden, but didn’t want to be out there for hours. Finally, we took the plunge and drove down to Carcassonne to see the dogs upfront. We kade a pact that if there wasn’t a dog that appealed we would drve back empty handed rather than taking a second best.

 

We live in Brittany and the SPA was a good 8 hour drive away. We bought doggie things some sensible, others less so! Then we were off to see the SPA. I was first taken aback by all the barking when we arrived at their compound. Barking to me is a no-no with my dogs so a bit hard to adjust. I have since learned that compound dogs do this to attract your attention, so be warned! We met Moira and she suggested that we walked round all the cages before making up our minds. By the time we finished our rounds my husband was convinced to take them all back with us! We were toying with the idea of two dogs, and fortunately Moira talked us out of it, and she was right, the settling in period is very important for a successful adoption.

 

A scruffy looking dog in a cage on his own took my eye, and while Moira and my husband were discussing doggie things, I walked over to see this large ball of scruffiness. He didn’t bark like the others as he was a new dog, just in last week. We fell in love with him straight away and knew that he was the dog for us. Moira suggested a walk with him, and joy oh joy he never pulled on the lead, not once!

 

He came home on the freedom van, they delivered right to our doorstep. And at 7 years of age, Arthur started his new life with us. It took him about 3 months to settle in. He never barked, and never pulled on his lead. We learnt that he had an amazing habit of doing his toilet on top of things, like a rock or shrub or even tall grass. Once in a motorway services area he managed to put an artistic gathering of poo on top of one of the large kerbside stones! I scooped it up immediately, hoping to goodness, that no one saw us. But he could have got 9 out of 10 for artistic merit!!!

 

Arthur slept in his own bed in our bedroom and there was never a toilet mishap. As he grew more confident he started to pull on his lead, so much so that I couldn’t manage him. I was conned by an expert! We devised a Halti with harness system and he is unable to pull, only to stop and try to pull off the Halti. He still hasn’t accepted it, but puts up with it on our daily walks through the countryside.

 

Everywhere we go everyone wants to stop and pat him. Particularly in England. His breed is the oldest in France, especially bred for hunting, a Griffon Nivernais. Unfortunately, their hunting trait is so good that even now if Arthur picks up a scent he wants to be off. This is a downfall for recall though! Sadly, we cannot let him off the lead outside of our garden. He does eventually come back but it may be hours.

 

One unusual habit that he formed in the back of our estate car is to lick the side windows, going from side to side to lick them with a high pitch squealing sound! We haven’t resolved that one yet but giving him less room slows him down a bit. When we got our other rescue dog, he learnt that he can bark at other dogs! So he can be a quick learner if he wants to. We drive up to the UK frequently and he is a good sailor as well as learning that motorway driving is sleeping time.

 

One cat of ours likes to snuggle up to him in the evenings when we are settled on the sofa, Arthur doesn’t mind at all, but when the purring drives him mad, he leaps off and makes himself comfortable somewhere else. The same cat though plays ‘Chasey’ through the house with him, they take turns chasing each other. It is hilarious to watch a 25 kg dog being chased by a 5 kg cat!

 

Our lives have changed since we got Arthur, we have a furry animal that loves to be with us and curl up beside us when he wants some company. He is our watchdog when it comes to strangers, dogs and the occasional attack by a local cat he warns us with his loud, deep bark. He is great with children, friendly with other dogs and our family and friends. What more could a dog owner want?

 

The choice of having a second dog was confirmed quickly as he made friends and became best buddy with our other rescue dog straight away. There are times unfortunately that we can’t take him on our travels, so having a ‘sister’ is good company when they are put into boarding kennels. As you can see, she has taught him some naughty tricks but that is to be expected. We went back to the SPA Carcassonne to find our second dog, but there were none suitable at that point. However, Moira came up trumps hearing of a dog on her doggy grapevine. All has worked out well since. And when the sad time comes when he passes on to doggy heaven, we will be in contact with the SPA Carcassonne again to have another rescue dog.

Arthur…a happy boy!

 

Babars foster diaries….

We always say that we learn so much about a dog when in foster and this really helps us target the perfect home for them.

Babar has been in foster for 10 days and we have learnt so much about him. He will be leaving for his new home in Scotland in two weeks but until then I am sure that you will agree that he is in expert hands!

Here is his second foster report by his foster mum, how many dogs come with a instruction manual????!!!!

Observation of Babar: week ending 25 March

We have now cared for Babar for 10 days. He is a total sweetheart but he is very timid and easily frightened, especially of men and people in dark clothing, as well as sudden movements and unexpected noises, so will need quiet patience for some time. He will make a sweet and affectionate pet after he has built up his confidence. He is much happier and perkier dog than when he first arrived. He trots around after me and goes to Philip now for affection. He loves his walks on the beach and would run around for ages. We keep him on a long lead so he is a little limited but is full of enthusiasm.  He likes other dogs. He has started eating very well. He would like to chase cats. At first he was nervous about getting in and out of the car but now happily jumps in or out as required. Once in the car he seems fine, interested in seeing what is passing by.

He is a quiet, well behaved dog but he doesn’t know the usual commands in French or English. He pulls on the lead if he is not wearing his halti. He is anxious to please and eager not to do anything wrong, so he should not be hard to train. I thought about taking him to a class in Agde while he is here, but I think he would find it too scary, so we are trying to teach him through the consistent use of words and signs.

Babar has apparently been house trained in the past as his preference is to go in the garden. For the first few days, I noticed he ‘marked’ first thing in the morning and after a meal, so I put him into the garden at these times. I let him into the garden pretty regularly and then let him back in as soon as he wees. We have had no incidents after the first few days.

We are able to stop any unintentionally bad behaviour like chewing the door mat. He stops as soon as he is told ‘No’ (said firmly, but not crossly or loudly). We are using ‘Wait’ (for a short wait such as getting out of the car in an orderly way) and ‘Stay’ (with my first finger up) and he is getting a wee bit better on the Halti collar. As he reaches the end of his extending lead I say ‘Stead-ee!’ in the hope that he will learn to slow down and not jerk himself.

We have had friends over for dinner. They are quiet people who understand dogs. He was fearful when they arrived, but OK by the time they left. Today we went to the beach with our friend Tony and his dog. By the end of the walk, Babar was happy to go up to Tony for a sniff.

 Babar’s Routine

Morning: We get up at 8.00. When I am dressed I put Babar into the garden to do his wees. He stays there until Philip is dressed and then we go out. We fix the Halti colour on an extending lead. We keep it short for a walk to the park. We walk very quickly but allow stops to sniff trees and do more wees. In the park I extend the lead, slip off the nose part of the halti and follow him as he sniffs around. Then the ‘nose’ back on and a short lead for a brisk walk home. Breakfast is in the garden where he stays for 10 minutes or so to do No 2 (sometimes he waits till his afternoon walk). Then he is let in.

Day time: He has a ‘safe’ mat next to the sofa where he likes to sit by my feet. He occasionally likes to snooze in his crate during the day too, but Violet often steals his bed. Being with another dog, even the thief Violet, seems to give him confidence. He often copies her, e.g. going outside when she does, chewing the antler after she has finished.

We go out for short periods each day so he gets comfortable with separation. We put him in the crate when we are out.

Mid afternoon we take him for a long walk on the beach. I start him on the extending lead and the halti collar: he is not fond of it, but it helps me to manage him and it teaches him that pulling is uncomfortable. Our halti is too big for him (it is Labrador size), and the ‘nose’ part rides too high and interferes with his eyes when he pulls. This is obviously not ideal, so after a short while we put him of the very long lead and fix it to the collar in the traditional way. By then he has remembered that pulling is a bad idea, so this works well and he has a great time. He loves the beach and will run around, splash about in the shallows and sniff. He enjoys a little play with other dogs. If Philip has the lead, he will run up to me periodically and wag like mad to say he is pleased to see me, and occasionally give a welcoming ‘woof’. Other than that, he is exceptionally quiet. He is nervous of other people we pass walking on the beach and is always interested in other dogs. He does not show any signs of aggression.

Evening: Supper is about 6.00 in the garden or, at first, on his ‘safe mat’ when he was too stressed to eat unless he was close to me. Sometimes I had to hand feed him some or all of his food, but now he eats very well. He stays out for 5 minutes or so to wee.

We let him out last thing at night to wee and then he goes into his crate for the night. Some evenings he puts himself to bed in his crate.

Recommendations for a new family

Do you know if the new family are indeed going to pick him up early April? They are going to be very lucky people.

Before they set out, they may appreciate a little advice based on what we have learned up till now.

  • Having his bed in the crate works well. He needs one about 80cm long or larger, preferably one where one complete side will open, as he wasn’t keen to go through the small opening to the one we have. Nervous dogs often feel safer in a crate and are highly unlikely to have accidents during the night.
  • He needs a bed about 70 cm long. A soft one is easier to get in and out of the crate.
  • He pulls a lot on the lead so a halti collar and extending lead will make life easier. Perhaps also buy a very long lead if there is somewhere open to exercise him. If he is let off the lead before he is trained to recall, if he is frightened by something or starts ‘hunting’, or both, he may be hard to catch.
  • At first, we made sure he was secured/his lead held when we opened car doors with him inside so he didn’t escape. Until he feels safe, he will be frightened and if he escapes and may be hard to catch. Now he knows us, this is no longer necessary.
  • It might be wise to follow our routine at first. If he goes off his food like he did when he first came to us, feed him cooked chicken and rice with a warm chicken gravy to bring out the flavour, twice a day. After a few days, we substituted increasing amounts of his normal (Royal Canin, medium sized, adult dog) food.
  • Introduce him gradually to new people, ask them to let him come to them in his own time and make sure he has a safe spot to retire to until he feels ready to come out.

Could you foster for us? If so please get in touch..

 

Babar in foster….

Adoption of Belle…

Today puppy Belle was adopted and as she only arrived on Monday she has been very lucky indeed! As we have lots more pups who will leave over the next few weeks I thought that I would remind potential adopters of their responsibility.

The reality is this – a puppy at eight weeks requires your attention about as much as an eight-week-old human baby would.

The puppy needs constant supervision – and if you are adopting him, that’s your job!

If you want to raise a dog who is well behaved, has a normal temperament, is not predisposed to behavioural issues such as separation anxiety, toilet training issues, fear or general anxiety… the work starts as soon as your pup is home.

With pups prevention is advised. Prevent what you can wherever possible and manage the pup’s environment so that he has little or no opportunity to go wrong.  This means puppy proof the house, move books from the lower shelves, put bins behind cupboard doors, use stair gates and close doors to prevent access to areas where the pup may chew  furnishings, pick up all Persian rugs temporarily and more importantly put things away such as shoes, children’s toys etc. Any time your pup engages in an unwanted behaviour, take a step back and ask yourself how you could have prevented it.

Interrupt unwanted behaviour.  I know from experience that it is not always possible to prevent all unwanted behaviours when you have a puppy.  So you teach your dog a positive interrupter.  This can be a word or a noise, anything you like, as long as it doesn’t frighten or startle your pup.  You could use a “Yay!!” or a kissy noise for example.  Once interrupted redirect him onto something more productive.

Of course pups are great fun and really do keep you on your toes…enjoy the fun and madness as it passes so quickly. Those of us with older dogs would love to turn back time for a day with our pups

Belle…adopted!

 

 

Tuesdays two adoptions…

Today the sun was shining and lots of dogs were walked. On my ‘to do’ list was to take more photos of Danov. He wasnt long back from his walk,when I saw him being being led to a car….et voila, he was adopted!  I am not surprised that the family chose him as he is very calm and loves affection.

Danov arrived with his brother Bogdan at the beginning of February. At the moment we have quite a few spaniels so he was very lucky not to have too long a wait!

Danov adopted!

Next to leave was puppy Vitto. This lovely little lad only arrived yesterday and after a trip to the vets he left today.  Wouldn’t it be great if all of our pups were so lucky!

Vitto adopted!

For anyone wanting a pup, we have plenty! We have little Belle, a chocolate berger x as well as a litter of 6 pups ( 3 boys and 3 girls).

Belle needs a home!

For anyone adopting a pup remember that pups are hard work and really need lots of time and patience.  If you want a dog that you can take anywhere you need to be prepared for lots of training and socialising. We have leaflets available  on housetraining, crate training  and don’t forget our training diaries on our website too.

Read how to..

toilet train your pup..http://dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/poppys-training-snippets-toilet-training-and-feeding/

crate train..http://dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/poppys-training-snippets-crate-training/

the importance of socialisation…http://dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/poppys-training-snippets-socialisation/

 

 

Taser…

Normally we don’t use the blog for individual dogs but needs must and Taser really deserves a home.

Taser is 7 and has been with us for about half of his life! Why? Well, we really can say that it was down to no fault of his own…his owner was murdered.
Is it because he resembles a bull breed, is brindle coloured, is male…why has he not been adopted?
He is a very loyal boy who loves people and most dogs ( not cats though). He’s strong but very trainable as he loves treats and squeaky toys and he knows all of the basic commands. He is a boxer cross and the boxer playfulness and cheekiness is very endearing.
Taser has shared his kennel with many dogs, usually scared females who he helps restore their trust in humans he really is a sensitive lovely boy!
He could go to the UK. We will transport him to any good home.
So, if you are looking for a loyal, loving dog to share your life then please contact us.

Taser really deserves a family!