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A home for Helly

Today at the refuge was hot, far too hot! Summer time is very hard for the dogs and even with tarpaulins on the cage roofs to create some shade, its so so hot!

A couple of weeks ago we did appeal for paddling pools for the dogs and thanks very much to those who donated some. If you do happen to have one that your dog wont use then do pop in with it. My Labradors who love water wont use a paddling pool, I think that they think it’s a giant water bowl but lots of our dogs will!

Todays lucky girl was Helly. Helly arrived at the end of May as a stray, most likely an ex hunt dog. She is probably a  Bruno de Jura cross, but that’s just a guess. She was very worried about being in such a chaotic noisy environment and appeared very timid at first.

Like all of the scardies she slowly gained confidence and her new owners know that they will have to give her lots of time and patience. At least that is one less dog struggling with the heat in a concrete kennel.

We did have an arrival of another oldie who we have more details of tomorrow as well as the reservation of one of the lovely ‘Wonder Woman’  litter.

Tomorrows weather is hot again but don’t let that put you off. You can still come along, meet the dogs or play with the kittens. Lets hope that despite the heat we have lots of adoptions and I think that we will also have a special doggy visitor!




Millie needs a new home…

Today we had no adoptions so I thought that I would tell you about our most recent ‘Home to Home’.

Millie is a three year old Jagd terrier who arrived at a local village lost and pregnant. A couple took her in, helped her give birth to 7 puppies and when they were weaned, rehomed them.

As Millie became less stressed and more confident she started to go for the other resident female so we feel that she would be best in another home. She is fine with males and cats.

Medium sized females ( 15kg) are very popular so we are looking for a dog free home where Millie can have the love and attention that she craves.

Millie is ready to go to a new home. She is identified, vaccinated and sterilised.

If you could give Millie a home please contact Josephine on 0468700938 or email us on website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk



Adoption of puppy Pat….

Today we had the adoption of puppy Pat who didn’t have long to wait at the SPA for a forever home. Some are not so lucky and although we prefer pups to go into foster than stay at the SPA, there simply are not enough puppy fosterers available.

Puppies are a huge, in fact lifetime commitment and before you take one on you really should consider several facts.

Do you really want a puppy?

Puppies are super adorable, but they are also little devils who pee, poo and chew. If you don’t have the time or energy to deal with housetraining or the natural bounciness of puppies, consider getting an adult dog.

Do you have time for a puppy?

Puppies need a lot of attention, and if you want house training to work, they need to be taken out regularly. If you work in an office for eight or nine hours a day, consider what you are going to do with your pup when you’re gone. Will you be able to come home at lunch to take your dog for a short walk? If not, can you afford a dog walker or have a friend pop by? Its not practical to leave a pup home alone for hours on end and a bored pup can cause havoc!

Is your home puppy proofable?

If you like your home to be pristine and spotless, a pup is not for you. Especially in the first year, your puppy will try to chew on everything she can get her mouth on (including furniture, books, and electrical cords), and she’ll manage to go to the bathroom in in extremely inconvenient places. Be sure that that’s something you can handle.

Are you physically able for a pup?

Most dogs, especially when they’re young, need to be walked—a lot—for a number of reasons: Walking helps them burn energy and stay healthy, it gives them lots of time to train on the leash, and it gives them vital exposure to other people, other pets, weird smells and sights, and unexpected noises. They also need training. Are you willing and able to spend a lot of time walking/training a pup?

Is everyone in the family onboard?

If you have a hubby or significant other, you need to make sure that they are happy to have a puppy in your  home, and that they are willing to contribute to pet care—because, inevitably, they will be called upon to help out with your dog. House training (and dog training in general) requires really consistent routines and rules, and it will only work if everyone in your household is on board.

If you can answer yes to all of these points them do keep an eye on our faceook page for available pups. You can also let us know that you are looking for one by emailing website@dogresucecarcassonne.co.uk

Puppy Pat…adopted!


Adoption of Roosevelt…

Today two dogs left the SPA and one returned.  The first to leave was Roosevelt an 11 year old boy who found himself at the SPA after his owner suddenly died. The SPA is a scary place for oldies and we are always grateful when a family either adopt or foster an older dog.

The next to leave was a large Newfoundland. Its always a relief when we can track down owners or if they call to ask if we have their dog. If he hadn’t been reclaimed I am sure he wouldn’t have had a long stay as he certainly was a stunner but I bet that he is very relieved to be home tonight.

Today Levis came back as he just couldn’t settle living in an apartment in Paris. With every failed adoption, we gain a little more knowledge about a dog and can better advise any future potential adopters.

I am sure that I am not the only person who has noticed that grass seeds seem to be everywhere already. Grass seeds can enter eyes, ears, noses, and any other orifice you can think of. They can even work their way into the body via the skin, carrying infection which can cause a painful swelling. This in turn can cause an abscess which can be fatal.

Please remember to check your dog regularly for seeds that may be wedged, and remove them before they can do any damage. Usually they can be felt and removed by hand, and a good brushing after each walk can help. However, if they are in the ear canal, nose or eye, a trip to the vet is usually required.

Signs to look out for are frequent shaking of the head and scratching (if grass seed in ear), licking and chewing of the area (if on the body), sneezing often accompanied by blood (grass seed in the nasal passage), squinting or rubbing along with swelling (grass seed in the eye).

My dogs are short haired so they are quite easily spotted but on longer haired dogs they can do quite a bit of damage before being discovered.

Roosevelt adopted!

Grass seeds…check your dog after each walk.




Keeping your dog cool….

Its been very hot and according to the meteto its set to continue and as there were no adoptions today I thought that I would remind you about keeping your dogs cool.

Dont forget the 5 second rule…

And here are the signs for dehydration..

Some great tips on keeping your dog cool…


Adoption of puppy Nappo

When two pups arrive together we are always really pleased when they are adopted within a few days of each other.

On Saturday puppy Nell left with his new mum Wendy and yesterday puppy Nappo left with his new family too!

These pups had just over the 10 days pound time to wait for a family and that is how we like it with pups. At three months old these pups needed to be out and about, meeting new people, nice dogs, other animals and having great positive experiences. This socialisation window can determine how your dog reacts to all of these things in the future so its well worth the time and effort to take advantage of this.

We do have another puppy looking fie a home.  Puppy Mimi , a 7 month old female griffon x is an absolute delight!  Our griffons are very popular with British adopters who seem to love the scruffy hair and big brown eyes.

Cute though they may be, puppies are lots of work but if a puppy is not what you are looking for how about Tia , a 7 year old really affectionate spaniel who is great with other dogs , cats and children. Poor Tia was abandoned as her owner became ill, a story that we are hearing more and more of.

We have all noticed the increase of in number of older dos whose owners have either died, gone into care of have become ill and cant care for them. These oldies who have been in a home all of their life are confused and dis oriented at finding themselves in a busy refuge and just as we hate seeing pups at the refuge we hate seeing oldies too.

So whether you would like a pup, a senior or an adolescent we have over 100 dogs and there is bound to be one for you…come along and visit us anytime Monday – Saturday 2-6pm!

Dont forget that tomorrow is a public holiday in France and we are closed. We will be open as usual on Friday.

Nappo adopted!

Puppy Mimi needs a home..

Tia needs a home..


Keeping your dog safe in the car…

There has been lots of talk about how dogs should travel in cars on the facebook forums lately and the law does say that dogs should be attached. So lets have a look at how dogs travel and what common sense rules we can apply to keep them nice and safe.

Driving down the road on any given day, it is not uncommon to see dogs hanging their heads out of car windows, bouncing around freely in cars, and sometimes even on drivers’ laps. It doesn’t take much common sense to know that these are not safe situations, but many of us still allow our dogs to ride in the car unrestrained. Why? Many people feel their dogs become stressed out if restrained. Others feel that their dogs enjoy the car ride because they can do things like hanging their heads out the window. Regardless of how happy these things make the dog, they are undeniably dangerous. Here’s why:

  • A loose dog can easily distract the driver.
  • An unrestrained dog can block or move the steering wheel, gear shift and gas/brake pedals.
  • A loose dog can be injured or killed by an airbag.
  • When hanging its head out of a car window, debris from the road can injure a dog’s eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • In the case of an accident or even stopping short, your dog can become a dangerous projectile. This not only poses a risk to your dog; it is a risk to you, other people in the car, other drivers, and even pedestrians.
  • In the case of an accident, a loose dog can become a threat to emergency workers trying to rescue you from a damaged car. Or, your dog could escape and become lost.

Do your dog, yourself and everyone else a favor and restrain him. In addition, do not allow your dog to travel in the front seat, even if restrained. Keeping your dog restrained and in the back will decrease the likelihood of a distraction-related accident and keep your dog safer in a crash.. Here are the main types of car restraint options for dogs:


A cage is one of the safer ways for your dog to travel, provided the crate is very sturdy and secured in place. If you have an SUV or similar vehicle, you may wish place the crate in the cargo area of the vehicle. Just be sure to find out if this is the crumple in your car. If so, the cargo area may be the worst place for your dog! A small or medium crate will typically fit in the back seat of most vehicles. Look for straps or harnesses that will keep the crate secured, or find a crate made to have a seat belt strapped to it. Otherwise, you can end up with a deadly projectile in the case of an accident.

Car Harness

A car harness or seat belt is another one of the safer ways to restrain your dog in the car. Car harnesses fit just like regular harnesses but are made to withstand the impact of a car accident. Look for a harness that fits your dog well and attached securely to your car’s seat belts.  Thoroughly research the brand of the harness before you buy it to find out what studies the manufacturer has done.

Car Seat

Dog car seats and booster seats are similar to car harnesses but designed for small dogs. The concept is to boost the dog up to a higher level where he can see, but to still keep him safe. Be very selective when choosing a dog car seat. Some are merely modified dog beds that provide little safety. Look for a seat that attaches securely to your car’s seat belts AND has a harness that attaches securely to the dog. Some have leash clasps meant to attach to your dog’s own harness. Never hook this up to your dos collar, as your dog can be strangled in a crash.

Car Barrier

Car barriers are designed to block off a section of the car. Some are placed behind the front seats to keep a dog in the back seats. Others are placed behind the back seats in SUVs to keep a dog in the boot area. However, the barrier can easy come apart in the impact of a crash. Even if the barrier stays intact, the dog will still be thrown against it and around that area of the car. Basically, a barrier is better than nothing, but not as good as a harness or crate.

So cage, harness, seat or barrier are all options to consider. Obviously, it is most dangerous to travel with no restraint at all. Your best bet is to find the right restraint for your dog and increase his odds of survival in a car crash.

Not the safest way to travel!



Invitation for the 2nd SPA Fashion Show!

Are you looking for an afternoon’s entertainment with like minded ladies and some affordable retail therapy, all for a very good cause?

Then our 2nd Fun(d) raising Fashion Show, a charitable event in aid of Dog Rescue Carcassonne, might be just the thing for you!

Due to the success of last year’s first ever SPA Fashion Show, we are repeating this popular event on Sunday, the 30th of April in the Village Hall in Fanjeaux, starting from 3pm.

Giggles are guaranteed, when you watch our lovely amateur models show off some of our gorgeous second hand outfits and strut their stuff to funky disco music. There will be refreshments (some free with your entry ticket) and before and after the show you can find some brilliant bargains from our huge choice of second hand clothes and accessories. There will also be stands with cosmetics, soaps and decorative items for your home. You might even find a funky new collar for your dog! We will also have a tombola and would be very grateful if you could kindly donate a prize for the day.

Tickets for the show will be available shortly at 15 EUR each. This includes the Fashion Show itself, a glass of bubbly as well as nibbles. To help with planning, we would prefer to receive payment in advance but tickets will also be available on the day at the door. Please email any of the organizers (details below) if you are interested.

Do come and bring along your girlfriends to this fun event and support the DRC – we and the many abandoned dogs say a big “Thank You” in advance for helping with the most important thing in their lives, finding kindness and a loving “forever home”.

Looking forward to seeing you in April.

Sabine, Karen and Jane


For tickets please contact:

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

Sending dogs abroad…

We get lots of comments about sending dogs to the UK. Some are questioning ‘don’t they have enough dogs over there?’, some are critical ‘that’s a ridiculous journey for a dog, you are mad!’ and some of course are positive.

The reality of rescue here  in France  that we simply do not have enough good homes locally. Our numbers are fairly constant so when, at any one time 100+ dogs are waiting for a home, yes we need all the good home we can find regardless of whether a dog has to cross a border to get there.

We are ever so careful about where we send our dogs. Homes are checked, questions are asked and we need to be very confident that the home will work out before the dog is even prepared for travel.

All of our dogs leave via TRACES unless the new owner picks them up. This means that they leave with a DEFRA type 2 transporter and so we know exactly where the dog is at any one time.

It is a long journey for the dogs but they are in a comfy cage, in a temperature controlled vehicle with regular stops. We usually use FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS AND CATS to transport our dogs to the UK and they always get our dogs there, hale and hearty and ready to go.

On Sat at 5.30am morning puppy Elsa left on the transport. You can see her below when she arrived in Reading this morning. I think that you will agree that the prospect of such a wonderful home is well worth the effort.

Many thanks to Christian and family for welcoming a rescue pup from France rather than going to a breeder for a pup.  I know that Karen, Christians mum and our volunteer will be very proud of them for supporting us and that we will have lots of updates.

If you do fancy one of our lovely French dogs, you can email us at website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk , send a facebook message or call us in French on 0468253545 or in English on 0468247097.

Elsa arrived hale and hearty…






Adoption of Marley, Laya and Rex..

Two of tonight’s three adoptions are both recent arrivals and are both young, lovely looking dogs. The third is an older gent who has had quite a wait in kennels.

Laya had just more than the statutory pound time to wait and I am really not surprised. A young, friendly female of only two years old was always going to be popular.

Marley, a very handsome one year old attracted lots of interest on our social media sites and no wonder. Hes probably one of the most handsome dogs Ive seen, add to that his playful, friendly nature and its no surprise why he was adopted so quickly.

We love when dogs don’t have long to wait for their forever home and its always a bit of a mystery why some dogs attract little interest. Is it their behaviour in their kennel, their colour, whether they bark or not or why is it some dogs just don’t move?

If all of our dogs were great with other dogs, loved cats, adored children and were trained would our job be any easier? Well I think that training has a big effect on how a dog appears to potential adopters. If you ask them if they’d like to walk the dog that they are interested in and it pulls them so much they come back puffing and panting they most likely won’t adopt. Yet with only one walk a week it’s so difficult for us to teach lead manners. A recent article that I read said that if a dog lay down beside a potential adopter that they were much more likely to adopt it!

One dog who took a long time to catch anyone’s eye was 10 year old Rex who arrived in August last year. I really enjoyed walking this lovely boy as did lots of volunteers. Rex was adopted a few weeks ago but just couldn’t live with cats. Today was his lucky day and he has gone to a cat free home!

Last night I did make a little error in the blog reporting that the wrong Domino had been adopted. Below you will see a picture of the Domino who was actually adopted.

Marley adopted..

Laya adopted..

Rex adopted..

THE adopted Domino..