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Nougaro and two pups leave…

Another scorching but busy day at the refuge and luckily we were busy with departures rather than arrivals!

Two of the ‘wonder woman’ pups left, one into foster and one has been adopted.

Sameer was the last pup from the litter to be trapped and brought to the refuge but he certainly was the boldest! He didnt have long to wait and no wonder he really was a super pup! Today he left with his forever family!

At the moment, we have quite a few pups and in the afternoons they attract lots of attention with their puppy antics in an exercise park in front of reception. Its great for the pups to all play together, different breeds, different ages but we cannot stress the importance of socialisation which the ‘wonder woman’ pups have clearly missed out on.

This is not just socialisation with other pups but with adults, children, around cars, bikes you name it pups need to be carefully exposed to it.

The second ‘wonder woman’ pup to leave was Hippolyta. She is a very pretty, timid girl and has gone to foster mum Shirley to catch up with the socialisation that she has missed.

As Shirley is a dog trainer as well as a volunteer, little Hippolyta is in the best of hands and I am sure that she will be ready for adoption soon.

The next adoption was a really great adoption. Nourgaro a very gentle but timid shepherd cross who had been with us for 2 years! He really was a lovely boy who was easy to walk and it’s a mystery why he waited so long.

We seem to be on a roll with long timers leaving. That’s both Tipi and Nougaro this week which really is encouraging.

Alfie ( ex Mabrook) came along to visit and to bring us some dog food ( thank you Chris and Monique) and to walk some of our dogs, so Padar and Polo got to meet Alfie and have a nice walk.

Lets hope that this weeks luck continues and that we see lots more dogs adopted. Next week will be very busy with strays and lost dog reports after the 14th July celebrations but more about that tomorrow!


Sameer adopted!


Hippolyta in foster!




A ‘home to home’ for Belle?

At DRC we are very lucky to have such loyal supporters and its great when folks who already have a dog from us adopt another.

This week two of our ‘home to home’ dogs have been lucky enough to go and live with two of our ex SPA dogs. Our ‘home to home’ dogs are dogs who need to move homes but the owners are happy to keep them at home until we can find a new family for them. This saves the dog ever having to spend time in kennels.

First of all Luckie the very handsome husky went off to live with Clarky the Beauceron and then Carla went off to live with Haggis.

This is a great outcome for all concerned and although its early days, both dogs appear to be settling in well.

We do have another lovely dog looking for a home:

Belle is a beautiful 4 year old black and white, Boxer x Labrador who was adopted from us when she was about 6 months old.

Until 8 months ago she lived in harmony with 4 other dogs, cats and chickens but has taken a dislike to one of the older female dogs.

5 dogs are a pack and when the dynamics don’t work something has to be done so with a very heavy heart Belles mum has decided that she needs a new home.

Belle has had the best of care, she is fed a balanced raw food diet, is fully vaccinated and passported, is sterilised and is in great health.

She can be walked off lead and her recall is great, she avoids other dogs when out and about and certainly doesn’t go looking for trouble! She loves swimming in the lake or at the beach.

At the moment her mum thinks that she may be best as an only dog but this is dog dependant.
The love of Belles live is the family cat…so we know that shes not a cat chaser and she totally ignores the free range chickens.

Belle can be left home alone, is non destructive and is of course housetrained.

If you could give this lovely girl a home please contact Moira on
0468247097 or email website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk.

Clara is off with Haggis..

Luckie is off..


Belle needs a new home…

Tipi toddles off…

According to the weather forecast todays overcast sky and lovely breeze is the calm before the storm but lots of volunteers took advantage of the break from the sun to come along and walk dogs.

Today we had a special visitor. Faro who was adopted just over a year ago and lives in the UK was on holiday near Carcassonne so came along to say hello and have a walk with some of our dogs. Faro did not arrive empty handed and brought more scalibor collars, cat and dog food, so a big thank you to Kim and Graham his mum and dad!

He must have brought Tipi luck as just after his walk with Faro he was adopted and that was after waiting 18 months for his forever home. I really cant understand why this lovely boy had so long to wait, he was good with other dogs, calm and easy to walk. Ok he is a hound and is a bit vocal but only when he is excited and thinks that he is going off hunting. He has gone to a calm home with an older couple which is just perfect for him.

We did of course have a new arrival. A very scared Bleu de Gascogne. This poor lad looked terrified and I expect that this is yet another hunt dog who has only seen life in a kennel. Never mind, little does he know how much his luck had turned as our staff are fantastic at bringing on timid dogs and we will look for a patient, loving home for him where he can enjoy the life that every dog should have.

So ends another hot week but numbers of dogs are not too bad. I wish I could say the same about kittens, they are everywhere. We have had over 60 arrive over the last few weeks and they are still arriving! If you are thinking about a kitten please think about adopting..all of our kitties are vet checked, leucose tested, identified, vaccinated, had flea treatment and all for only 70 euros!

Tipi adopted…

It was nice to see you Faro!


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!