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Popular pups!

Today all 4 pups from a stunning litter left.  Pinpin, Pandora, Piñata and Perlin created a lot of interest when they went online and no wonder, they are stunning! We have no idea about the breed, a bit of German shepherd maybe, time will tell, but they will be big dogs.

Perlin adopted!

Pandora adopted!

Piñata adopted!

Pinpin adopted!

When we have pups, we sometimes know the mum, rarely do we know both parents so what the pups will turn out like is a bit of a guess.  It would be wonderful if we could DNA all the dogs but the cost of that would be prohibitive. However, lots of new owners have done so and we have had some surprising results!

If you would like to DNA test your dog, you can buy Wisdom kits from Amazon. You then register the kit online, take a couple of cheek swabs, post it off and three weeks later you have the results!

If you do test your dog, please send us the results…we love guessing the breeds and seeing whether we were right or very wrong!

Adoption of Clyde

Today was terrible at the refuge. goodness knows what the temperatures were in the dog’s kennels and there is little that we can do.

If I win the lottery I am buying an airconditioned facility with cozy central heating for winter!

But at least we had one adoption. Four-month-old Clyde was abandoned this week and adopted today…so hopefully, he will be nice and cool this evening!

Puppy Clyde adopted!

With the start of the summer holiday period, we are expecting more abandons. We hope that people will be responsible and contact us for a date to bring their dog in. We would much prefer that to have them tied to our gate, to a tree in the woods or simply kicked out to fend for themselves!

If you do abandon your animal irresponsibly….please remember karma is a bitch and one day it will bite you in the butt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption of Fifi..

When I heard that 4-year-old Fifi had been abandoned, I knew that there would be a flurry of online activity.  Little white cuties are very popular and as predicted he had no time to wait at all.

So why on earth would such a cutie be abandoned? Allergies in the family made it impossible to keep this little chap but at least he didn’t have a long wait.

Fifi adopted!

The heat at the SPA was horrendous today and, in an effort, to keep the dogs hydrated we are adding wet food to their normal dry kibble. You can only imagine how many tins that we get through so today we ran an appeal for donations.

Already we have had a great response so a big thank you to all if those who donated.

I also feel really sorry for out dedicated kennel staff. Manual work in this extreme heat is very hard especially when you have about 100 dogs and 100 cats to see to each day!

So that’s all for tonight and lets hope this weekend brings news of further adoptions. That more dogs out of the heat and less for the staff to see to!

 

 

Adoption of Nala…

It’s on days like today that we feel so sorry for the dogs in the refuge.  It’s almost impossible to keep them all cool and it’s certainly too hot to exercise then.  Instead, we spray their kennels to keep them cool and make sure that their water is topped up and not too warm.

Some of the dogs love our paddling pools and when possible, volunteers take them to the lake for a swim.

As usual, we have had lots of new arrivals. One very lucky girl was Nala who was abandoned yesterday and adopted today by her original owner who had lost her when her relationship broke down. What luck that she heard that Nala was at the ScPA or Nala would be like our other 100 dogs and roasting in her kennel.

Nala adopted!

A word about our puppies. We have been inundated with inquiries about our recent litter. And no wonder, they are stunning.  Should you see a pup or a dog that you fancy then pop in and fill out a questioner and see the pups. You may be able to reserve one or we may ask you to wait if we have lots of interest in the pup. This is so we can match the pup to the most appropriate home.

So with the heat set to continue, we hope that potential adopters will come in and help us get some more dogs out of the heat!

The heat is on..

There are warning everywhere…next week is going to be VERY hot. So how are you going to keep your pet safe in the heat?

As well as the ambient temperature the humidity levels are also important.  I will be up early walking my dogs but even then, I will be limiting their exercise as they are oldies and a bit chunky too! Remember that animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly!

So as well as limiting exercise, remember to take water with you, even on short walks. Make sure that your walk is shady and don’t forget how warm pavements and tar can get. Let your dog walk on the grass, it will be much cooler.

Keep them cool form the inside out…pop some doggy lollies/ ice cream in the freezer now or try the licki mats which my dogs love.

So what products can help keep your dog cool? There are cooling body wraps, vests or mats. You soak these products in cool water, and they’ll stay cool (but usually dry) for sometime. If your dog doesn’t find baths stressful, see if they enjoy a cooling soak or even a hose down in the garden.

How do you know if your dog is too hot? Take their temperature! Dogs’ temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees. If it does move your dog to the shade and watch out for signs of heat stroke.

Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness. If your dog is showing any of these…..Apply cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and get then to a vet asap!

 

 

 

Adoption of Caramel….

It was hot at the refuge but nevertheless, we had a lovely adoption. Today puppy Caramel left for a smashing life with a couple of early retirees who will be around all day to socialise, train and exercise her. This is exactly what a puppy wants and I feel much comfier with such a family than a family with young children and a hectic household. Caramel has not spent much time at the refuge at all so is a very lucky pup!

Caramel adopted!

Next week is going to be scorching. Tomorrow we will look at ways to keep your dog safe and well in the heat but for tonight I am off to see to lovely Arizona who is with me in foster for a few weeks tlc..

 

 

Hurah for Humphrey!!!!

I have to say that I was pleasantly shocked when I got tonight’s update from the ScPA . Humphrey was adopted!!!!  This poor chap has been with us off and on since about 2014…..now I bet everyone is thinking , what on earth was the matter with that dog and the truth was…not a lot!

When he arrived he was typical of many young under socialised Malinois boys, a bit of a handful and needing an active training minded home and for that he had to wait. He waited nearly 2 years and then came back several months later!

This time he has been with us since October 2107 but although he has had a long wait, he has come on leaps and bounds and has even been sharing his kennel with lovely Poma!

My memories of Humphrey will be the emm ‘fun’ we had getting his lead on. You had to have his kong at the ready, jump into the kennel, stick the kong very quickly into his mouth……and then he was the perfect walking companion! Where ever  Humphrey went his kong went…..I do hope he has left with it!

Humphrey will make a loyal friend for his new owner. Having spent much of his adult life at the refuge he will need time and patience…..please be a good boy Humphrey, we don’t want you to come back!

Be happy Humphrey!!!

We also have an update of how Lilas is doing. She was adopted a week ago today and here is what Lou her mum has said ‘ So this time last week I came to pick up the very nervous Lilas. Having fallen for those amazing flappy ears whilst walking the dogs as a volunteer.
I have no idea where her fear of men comes from but Lilas will take treats from Steve my husband…….. on her own terms. She doesn’t go near him in our kitchen or basement but the rest of the house she will. She is a funny one. Captain our timid whippet is accepting of Lilas and given time I am positive they will play together. To be fair, Captain has been under the weather because on day 2 of Lilas arrival Captain was attacked by another dog on our walk. Which required a trip to the vets. He seems to be more himself today.
All in all we are very happy and Lilas tail is wagging more and more each day 😊😊😊

Lilas learning to relax at last!

So a great adoption and a nice catch up….what will tomorrow bring?

 

Adoption of Gordon, Fiona and Mexico!

Today was a great afternoon at the refuge. It was warm with a nice breeze and I was just coming back from walking Ernie when I noticed a lovely couple who came to have a look around on Monday.

Its always positive when people come back for a second time.  They were interested in Nimo who behaved very well with them on a walk but Nimo is a bit of an escape artist and he is easily bored so we thought that he would benefit from having another dog in the household.

We suggested that they try walking Gordon our Gordon Setter and they loved him. They popped to Jardiland to buy supplies whilst we sorted our his vet certificate and gave him a brush!

He jumped in their car happy as anything and we will soon have news of how he is doing!

Gordon adopted!

Many thanks to both the UK adopter and an association in Belgium who offered Gordon a home. As he arrived as a stray he couldnt travel for 3 months as is the law when travelling via TRACES.

Next to leave was Fiona who had hardly spent any time at all with us. I dont even have a decent photo of her!

Fiona adopted!

Last to leave was messy Mexico. He arrived as a scruffy stray but instantly became a real favourite with staff and volunteers. We loved the scruffy look but he was a bit smelly and very matted so we appealed for a groomer to give him the once over. We could hardly believe our eyes when he came back!  Today was his lucky day and off he went to his new home!

Mexico adopted!

So a lovely afternoon with three adoptions and tomorrow I think another one of my favourites is leaving!

 

 

 

Tick Fever

Today we heard of another dog who was very poorly with ‘tick fever’. The main tick borne diseases of south west France are known by several names – Babesiosis, Piroplasmosis or  tick fever.

Lots of  people coming to France are not aware that many of the French ticks carry parasites which cause potentially fatal canine diseases called piroplasmosis or  babesiosis!  These ticks are more active in warmer, wetter weather, so spring and autumn tend to be the danger periods.

So, what are the symptoms of tick fever?

Different dogs react to the infection in different ways, and symptoms will differ according to the individual dog and the stage of the disease, but the most common signs are:

  • lethargy and loss of appetite
  • fever, shivering and elevated temperature
  • dark urine
  • anaemia (to test for this, press a finger against your dog’s gum. When you release the pressure, the blood should return immediately. If the spot stays pale for a few seconds, it can indicate a problem).

Dogs bitten by an infected tick typically start to show symptoms within 24 – 48 hours, and the disease can be rapidly fatal. The dog’s kidneys try to filter out the infected blood cells, and are themselves damaged in the process. It’s important to catch the disease as quickly as possible to limit the possibility of kidney damage, so play it safe and take your dog to the vet.

How can you prevent them?

  • If your dog is long-haired, keep him trimmed and well-groomed. The best prevention is to find and remove the ticks before they can bite. All French vets and pharmacies sell a tick removal tool.
  • Wait several days after bathing your dog before applying the anti-tick treatment, and don’t bath him for a couple of days after application.
  • Make sure the treatment is applied directly to the skin, not the hair.
  • Keep a close eye on your pet.

In addition to applying the anti-tick treatment, we also advise a Scalibor collar. This is impregnated with an active ingredient that gives six months of protection, and can be used with the Advantix without fear of overdosing to give maximum protection.

If  you catch the infection very early, there should be no long-term consequences.  In 80 or 90 percent of cases, dogs develop a degree of natural immunity after being bitten. This means that most dogs have the disease once, then never again.

So prevention with Advantix, a Scalbor  collar and quick action should you notice the symptoms, keeps your dog safe and sound.

 

Adoption of Dionysos!

Today at the refuge it was scorching. I am not usually there in a Monday  but popped in for an hour or so. I did manage to miss the one adoption of the day and that was our Greek God, Dionysos!

This is not his fist adoption but i hope its his last! He is a really super dog, friendly. good with dogs, cats and children. So why was he returned?

Well just because you have a garden it doesn’t mean that your dog doesn’t need walks and lots of activities and a bored dog will try and escape. He never actually escaped but the family were upset that he tried!

This family have been pre warned, told about the breed and we hope that this is the last time we see this lovely lad at the ScPA!

This week is going to be hot. That means early morning walks for your dogs and resting inside in the cool during the worst heat of the day. If your dog is older, unwell , a bit over weight…don’t risk walking over 30 degrees. It just isn’t worth it. Far better  to miss a walk than risk heat stroke!