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Offering a home to Kazou….

As my two dogs have matured, they are both about 12 now, I am beginning to see the advantages of elderly pets. No one wants to think of their dogs growing old but I’ve decided to make the most of it and enjoy the benefits.

The things I most enjoy is the calmness, the gentleness and the flexibility you get with an oldie.

Its been pouring down here today and even a few years ago I wouldn’t have got off with a quick walk along the boulevard and then them contently dosing the rest of the day. So elderly pets certainly have a place in many family’s lives.

We have a few senior pets who really need a home where they can relax and be loved but today I am focusing on Kazou.

Kazou needs a home!

Kazou has been on my mind for days as he HATES being at the refuge.

Refuge life is so hard for older dogs. The noise, the lack of human contact, pining for their owners….its heart-breaking to hear Kazou cry for attention and comfort.

Could you help Kazou? He is fine with other dogs and cats, an easy old boy who still enjoys a walk but really just wants love and attention. He is easy to walk and so grateful to get out of his kennel.

So who has a place for Kazou? You could adopt him or he could be a long term foster if you live locally.  If you think you could help then please email website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk.

Kazou is labrador sized and easy to manage.



Adoption of Dyson, Sally and Pomelos

Today we had three adoptions and all of them really good ones!

We are delighted to say that Dyson, our magnificent 4-year-old Cursinu cross has been adopted. He arrived in March when his owner became homeless and wanted Dyson to have a better life than they could give him. A very selfless act as Dyson was really loved.

It soon became very apparent that Dyson was a fantastic dog. He was fine with other dogs and cats and had nice lead manners. You would think that he would have been snapped up right away, but he wasn’t, in fact, no one seemed to notice him at the refuge!

DRC decided to make him our urgent appeal and we posted him on various social media groups. This really helped and we had 3 people wanting him.

Tracy and Jackie who adopted Barney, a stunning black Braque cross about 10 months ago, came along today to meet him and see how they got along. As one of the employees said the introductions were ‘impeccable’!

He will make a great playmate for Barney and we will have lots of news. We are sure that his first owner would be delighted with his new life!

Dyson and Barney…

Next to leave was little Sally.  Sally arrived as a timid young girl who hasn’t seen much of life. She cowered when approached and really needed a quiet home where she can regain confidence in humans again. Luckily she didn’t have a long wait and today she left with her new family.

Sally adopted!

The third adoption was that of puppy Pomélos. When he was the last pup of the litter volunteer Daniel took him home at night so he wasn’t lonely. But pups get under your skin and the thought of them at the refuge or with another family is sometimes too much to bear. So today Daniel adopted him….I am so pleased for both of them!





Adoption of Panzer and Ebony

Today our two leavers are both Labrador crosses and both will make great pets.

First to leave was Panzer, a stunning one year old boy. Young males are the most likely to end up in rescue and this is often due to the owners giving up on training and letting them roam. Boys will be boys and an uncastrated male will find plenty of distractions!

This however was not the case with Panzer who was a very well educated young lad who had great lead manners.  Hes just been with us a short time and It came as no surprise to hear that he had been snapped up.

Panzer – adopted!

The next to leave was Ebony, one of the 8 Labrador cross pups. this is great news as the refuge is no place for pups to learn and be socialised and we all know how important that is!

black pup

Ebony – adopted!

If you are a Labrador lover we still have some from Ebony’s litter as well as lovely Aria and Falbala. All are lovely dogs and need active forever homes!

Aria needs a home..

Falbala needs a home too!

So a good start to the week and we look forward to lots more adoptions later in the week!

Two happy dogs and two happy owners..

There have been no adoptions this weekend so I though that I would give an update on a couple of recent leavers.

Vanessa and Tadek adopted Venus and here is what Vanessa says about her..

‘Just a quick word to say Venus, now named Sugar is great, she’s such a happy and easy little girl. Lollipop is starting to get taken with her too 🙂
She’s clean in the house, no destruction at night, I suspect she sleeps on the sofa instead of in her bed according to the dog hair on the couch haha
I’ve even had her off lead today, she sticks around and is starting to have a recall 🙂
I couldn’t be happier.’

When adopting a dog with a toddler and another resident dog its really important to take your time and make sure that you make the correct choice. First of all Vanessa came to visit Sugar on her own, then with toddler Tadek and doggy Lollipop.  Vanessa was watching Sugars reactions very carefully as well as how Lollipop reacted to having a strange dog around her mum and baby! She then returned a few times to walk Sugar making sure that her heart hadnt over ruled her head!

Sugar ( ex Venus), a very lucky pup!

Next we had news of Fossette the 5 month old Fauve. She was adopted by Kate and hubby and is settling in very well. Kate wanted a pup to train to be around horses and looking at the photo she seems to be doing very well. Fossette will also be going to doggy training lessons and learning nice doggy manners which means that she will be able to go everywhere with Kate.

Kate and Fossette…

So two happy dogs , two happy owners……and strangly enough they dont live far from each other!

Its that time of year again…

With the weather feeling very spring like, its the time of year to think about protecting your dogs against fleas and ticks.

Lots of  people coming to France are not aware that many of the French ticks carry a parasite known as Piroplasmosa Canis, which causes a potentially fatal canine disease called piroplasmosis or ‘piro’. These ticks are more active in warmer, wetter weather, so spring and autumn tend to be the danger periods.

So, what are the symtoms of Piro?

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 Piro?

  • 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 ia Scalibor anti-tick 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.

Check regularly for ticks 


Adoption of Dagobert….

I am sure that our followers will be just as relieved as me that puppy Dagobert has been adopted. We bombarded every social media site possible appealing for a family for him. We certainly were not going to let this little pup grown up in the refuge!

Dagobert, that last of the Famous Five litter to be adopted!

Pups that grow up in the refuge are at a big disadvantage to those in a family. Careful socialisation is everything and without it we are relying on adopters to play catch up when they adopt. Sometimes this is very easy but often its not and that is why we do everything within our powers to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Remember socialisation is not just playing with other dogs, its getting out and about in town, getting used to busy public areas, meeting other animals such as cats, chickens, horses or sheep. Many dogs who have been undersocialized are terrified walking through the town with all the traffic and strange noises.

If you want a dog that you can take everywhere you need to put the work in and socialize them to these situations.  With my first pup I had him walking around town, in every restaurant and shopping centre that allowed us, at the airport, on a train and bus….the list is endless, but thats what you need to do. I did make one big mistake in that I forgot to teach him to be home alone. Big mistake! Luckily the addition of another dog helped him through this but you learn on your feet with your first pup and I was very lucky not to have ended up with a dog with separation anxiety!

With spring in the air this is a great time to get a pup and get it out and about. Keep an eye on our facebook page for the next litter……I am sure that it will be very soon.



Adoption of Myron

When 18 month old Myron arrived at the refuge he was a timid, scared boy. How he has changed in just a few months! Today he left as a bouncy, happy boy with a couple who are friends of one of our volunteers from Quillan, so we are bound to have lots of news. What’s more, they have had many spaniels so know the breed. As I was putting him in the car I saw lots of walking poles and thought, keen walkers. just what a energetic spaniel need!

Myron adopted!

Knowing the breed of dog that you are adopting is very important. I am a lazy dog owner and like labradors. Of course they have had years of training, all dogs need training but I like to come to the end of my walk with two dogs beside me rather than be scouring the countryside for a dog who has gone off on its own adventure. Each to their own when it comes to dog breeds!

You will all be relieved to hear that puppy Dagobert is reserved!  With any luck he will be leaving tomorrow.

I am sure that we will have another litter very soon so if you are after a specific breed do let us know. On a day to day basis we never know who will arrive, and we have people looking for Westies and Pekingeses, they don’t come into refuge very often but you never know!





Adoption of Reglisse and news of Helda…

When we mentioned that the three pups Othello, Only and Oslo had been adopted yesterday we never said that we also had their mum at the ScPA too!

However she didnt have a long wait and today she left for a great new life and as she has now been sterilised there will certainly be no more unwanted pups!

Reglisse adopted!

We also had news of how Helda was setting down.  It is a big change for this girl who has never lived inside. She chose to lie on her comfy new bed by the door. She will soon follow the other family dog Atlas and realise how much nicer it is indoor to outdoors!

She also had a visit to the beach today, everything is a first time experience for this girl  but she is in very safe hands!

Helda – on her beach walk.

When a dog is adopted it can be very worried, especially if the new home is very different from the last. First of all it is full of adrenaline and wonders if this is somewhere it can be safe. It can take a good few weeks before it begins to relax and appreciate its new life. Routine and consistency work wonders and of course love and patience!

We really do love getting news of our dogs after adoption and don’t forget that we can advise should you encounter any settling in problems too!

A home for Dagobert?

Dagobert is the last pup from the famous five litter.  He is a 9 week old beautiful setter cross and we hate the idea of him being left and growing up in the refuge.

We know his mum was a setter and we think that his Dad may have been a spaniel or collie.

He has the most gorgeous marking sand is such a happy, joyful pup who will make a fantastic family pet.

If you could give Dagobert a home then please get in touch.

Adoption of Helda, Freddy and three pups..

This morning, before the refuge was even open, we had the adoption of Helda. This 6 year old German Shepherd was bought at pet store as a pup but spent most of her life neglected at the bottom of garden.  She arrived at the SPA in November 2017 and had little interest until a family moved to the area last year. They were renting at first but wanted to wait until they were in their own house before taking Helda. They visited her many times, taking her on outings, getting to know her and making sure that she got on with their dog. And today off she went!

For Helda the best years of her life have just begun and she really does deserve this chance, so a massive thank you to Vasuki and family!

Helda, adopted!


Readers of yesterday’s blog will remember  that it was all about our teenagers and today lucky Freddy left! This really is fantastic news for this young lad who has basically grown up at the refuge. Be happy Freddy, enjoy life in a family!

Freddy, adopted at last!

We also had the adoption of three tiny pups. They didnt even make it onto facebook before they were reserved.  If you are looking for a small or specific breed do complete our pre adoption form and we will give you the heads up when one arrives!

Puppy Othello adopted!

Only adopted!

Oslo adopted!

Five adoptions is fantastic news but we still have puppy Dagobert from the famous five litter waiting on a family. We know that there has to be a first and last to leave but its so hard for this gorgeous little boy.  If you are thinking about a pup please think about offering him a home, hes a great pup!

Dagobert is still waiting!