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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!



What breed is that?

A very common question! Its the vets that give us there best guess but sometimes we are very wrong!

So here  is little Sugar ( ex Venus) who we said was a podenco cross…..oophs!

Sugar..ex Venus…podenco cross????

Here are the Wisdom panel DAN results!!!


Why dogs end up at the ScPA and Snatch is adopted!

This is a question that we are often asked and most of the time the dog is not to blame. Arrivals generally fall into 4 categories.

Abandoned – When a family can’t or won’t keep their dog, it is brought in for rehoming.

Strays – The Police Municipal or the public often bring in stray dogs.

Owner is ill and goes into hospital – this is happening more and more and the dogs are often elderly too.

Cruelty -Sometimes our cruelty officers remove dogs from unsuitable conditions and bring them in.

When a dog is abandoned, we have the opportunity to ask the owners about its likes, dislikes, if its housetrained and who it has lived with. This is very useful information and allows us to select a suitable family for the dog. When a dog arrives due to hospitalisation of the owner, we sometimes have the opportunity to ask about the dog but not always.

With stray dogs we often have no information and so its very important that we gather as much as possible as we get to know the dog in kennels. After its initial pound time the dog is tested with other dogs, cats and its behaviour on walks is observed.

Dogs brought in by the cruelty officer have not had a good start on life. These dogs need time, patience and love to recover from the past.

So, as you can see when dogs arrive, they have often been let down by their owners and really do deserve a second chance of happiness. Dog move on incredibly fast and they usually settle really well in their new homes.

What if you experience problems after adoption? – Don’t worry, we can provide advice and support from our behaviorist or trainers so you are never alone!

Our one adoption today was Snatch, a handsome 18-month-old berger x. He arrived as a stray at the beginning of June. This meant that he had 10 days pound time before he could be adopted. This didn’t mean that he couldn’t be reserved and lucky Snatch left today just as his pound time was over.

Snatch adopted!






Adoption of Lilas and Suzy

Today we were all delighted to see four-year-old Lilas leave with our volunteer Lou and her lovely whippet Captain.

Lilas first came to the ScPA at the end of last year. She had an abscess on her side which was removed by the vet when she was being sterilised and she left for her new home all wrapped up in bandages.

Unfortunately, the abscess reappeared and a MRI scan revealed this was caused by a grass seed that had migrated near to her spinal cord.  A big operation by our vet failed to remove the seed so Lilas came back to the ScPA for nursing and further treatment.

The further treatment had to be at the vet hospital in Toulouse so Darcey and I were on drop off and pick up duties. The initial scan in Toulouse was inconclusive as there was so much swelling so tlc and antibiotics were prescribed for Lilas.

The abscess opened which scared us but delighted the vets and it then healed up very quickly, so we are sure that the body expelled the nasty seed itself!

Lilas was a timid girl and to help with her socialisation she lived in the ScPA office. She was very happy and had a string of needy doggies sharing her space.

A few weeks ago, Lou, one of our volunteers noticed her and was looking for a buddy for her whippet Captain.  Lou got to know Lilas, introduced Captain and of course her hubby and today Lilas left for her new home!

This couldn’t have been a better ending for Lilas and as Lou is a volunteer we will have lots of updates!


Lilas and Captain…

Next to leave was a lucky little girl called Suzy. She had only turned one and being small and cute spent very little time at the refuge at all.

Oh that all the dogs could be so lucky!

Suzy adopted!

Adoption of Mila and Kazou!

Today we said goodbye to two dogs that really needed to be in homes and not the refuge.

First to leave was 4-year-old Mila. Mila was a dog who was very popular, but we learnt from previous adoptions that she bonded quickly with her main carer and was very jealous of anyone else in the household. This can be very difficult to deal with, but volunteer Phillipe has been getting to know Mila for months. Lucky Mila has been on many days out and today Phillipe took the plunge and adopted her.

This time Mila’s adoption has been set up to succeed and we are very thankful that Phillipe and family have given her this chance!

Beautiful Mila adopted!

Next to leave was Kazou. We made many appeals for this oldie and just as someone arranged to visit him today an extended family member saw an appeal, contacted us and today he left with her. Not before a visit to the vet of course….yes even 10 year old dogs could cause unwanted pups and we take no chance at all. All dogs who leave are sterilised!

Kazou adopted!

Just as one oldie has a happy ending another arrives. 13 year old Flambo has arrived after being removed from his home for maltreatment. Sigh….you can imagine how we all feel about that!

So, our next appeal will be for Flambo. But tonight, he can rest in a nice bed, with a full tummy whilst we look for a long-term foster.


13 year old Flambo !

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!