Today, as promised we will catch up with refuge news. I mentioned in an earlier blog that Bounty our 11 year old shepherd cross was going to have to come back to the refuge as his foster mum was ill, well the great news is that we have found a forever family for him!
This is really great news for any older doggy but this lovely boy is a gem, great with other dogs and cats. a really loveable boy! Sometimes adopting an older doggy is a sensible choice depending on your lifestyle and most oldies become devoted. loyal companions really quickly!
Next to leave was Marjolaine. I was really pleased to hear this as she arrives in a box with her 2 sisters three weeks ago and her sister were adopted on Friday. That is the whole litter who have had vet care, been vaccinated, micro chipped and rehomed in only a few weeks. This was definitely down to the power of social media!
So yesterday one senior and one puppy left….a good day!
September means the start of the hunting season in France, or la chasse, and it can be quite a shock to see a group of hunters heading past your house.
Each Sunday you will see the countryside dotted with vans and cars and will hear the distinctive howl of hounds as they flush out or chase the game. You are sure to cross a group of hunters heading off into the woods with guns slung over their shoulders so if you are out walking it’s wise to wear bright clothing. I would strongly advise keeping your dogs on the leash, one in case they are ‘accidentally’ shot and two because the hunt dogs have on many occasion swarmed my dogs and some dogs could find this very intimidating. You would think that the hunters would have trained dogs so could simply call their dogs away, not a chance! Most chasse dogs are hunting by instinct alone and have had no or little training!
All chasse dogs should be identified but very few are, as this legislation, like lots of legislation regarding the chasse in France is not enforced. This unfortunately makes it very easy for the hunters to abandon dogs who aren’t good hunters, who are too old or are hurt and need vet treatment.
So we careful out there, especially on Sundays and take no chances with your doggies!