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Growing up in the refuge…

Some dogs who arrive at the SCPA are lucky. They are young, pretty, handsome, white or light coloured and no sooner have we put then on our website / facebook page and they are adopted.

They however are the minority.

Today another litter of pups arrived which means that we have a LOT of puppies. It also means that older pups like Bridou and Nemo who were small and cute when they arrived but are now in the ‘leggy’ stage, are much less likely to be adopted. And we have quite a few in the same situation.

Both of these pups are missing out on vital socialisation and that is why we HATE seeing pups growing up behind bars.

Young pups need to be in a family, being carefully introduced to other people, animals and places, not stuck in a noisy hot kennel.

Bridou arrived in April when he was 4 months old. He’s a really great pup who we have mixed with other gentle dogs.  He’s calm for a pup and loves his walks and playtime in the park.  He will need a family who will commit to training and exercising him so he has the very best of chances at being a well mannered dog who you could take anywhere.

Bridou needs a home…

Nemo arrived in May and is now 8 months old. He is a lovely deep brown colour and has very waggy body language. Like Bridou, he too will need an active training minded home, but will be a great loyal companion.

Nemo needs a home too..

If you could offer either of these doggies a home then please do get in touch and come along and meet them. You wont be disappointed!


We need volunteers!

We desperately need volunteers!

Without our volunteers the dogs would not be walked outside of the refuge. We really need to get the dogs used to being out and about, teach them leash skills and get them socialised. Through doing this we learn lots about the dog and can thus advise prospective adopters re their choice of dogs. As a volunteer you can walk small dogs, big dogs, the choice is yours. If you don’t fancy walking you can play in the park with dogs, groom them or just give them cuddles.

Prefer cats, that’s no problem. Our cats really need socialised and love when visitors come in for cuddles.

Whatever time you have to give helps our dogs and cats  cope with the stress and anxiety of kennel life.

We have a super team of both English and French speaking volunteers so if you would like to join us you would be made most welcome.



Adoption of Duchess, Barney and Pimprenelle…

Today I was up early to walk my dogs and then leave for the refuge for 8am to collect Duchess who I took on day 1 of her journey to a lovely family in Prevessin Moens, near Geneva. I handed her over to Muriel, one of our long-time supporters and tonight Duchess will stay with Muriel and family who will take her all the way to Prevessin Moens tomorrow.

We know Terri and Michael, Duchess’ new family well as they have already adopted two dogs from us.  The first was a very handsome collie cross called Dyson and the second was a lovely griffon cross called Aimee. Both these dogs are now at rainbow bridge, so it was great news that they were not only adopting from us again but trusted us to choose their dog for them!

Duchess has no idea what a great active life awaits her in the Alps. Terri who works part time has cleared her schedule for the whole of July and August to settle Duchess in. I can’t wait to see photos of her in the mountains.

Muriel and her mum and dad have transported lots of dogs for us. They also have one of our older dogs Woofie ( ex Tayson) and are very experienced handlers. Many thanks to them for giving up their time to help us out yet again!

Duchess adopted!

This afternoon Barney was adopted by a super couple who live near the coast. They have only been in France a couple of months and they too are very experienced doggy people. In the Uk they ran a home boarding facility. They came to us for a doggy after losing their older Labrador just before coming to France. Barney now has the chance of a happy settled life which is very different to what he has been used to. Once he is settled they will adopt a friend for him……what a lucky lad!

Barney adopted!

The next to leave was puppy Pimprenelle.  She arrived with her sister Nicky who will now be alone. Lets hope that she doesnt have too long a wait!

Puppy Pimprenelle adopted!

On a not so good note, little Candy is back. This little pinscher arrived at the the refuge with 2 pups Sugar and Spice. She was adopted quickly but this was not to be and so is once again available for adoption.


Candy is looking for a new home.


Too much of a good thing….

We all know that dehydration can be fatal to our dogs, but now we are learning that too much water intake is equally dangerous!

During summertime, it’s great to see our dogs frolic in the water. It’s so much fun watching them play in their kiddie pools, run around the water sprinkler, or jump into a lake or river to retrieve a ball or stick…

But these activities all have one potential danger – our dogs may inadvertently ingest a large volume of water.

The result?

When there is too much water in the body fluids, sodium levels outside the body cells become significantly depleted (a condition known as “hyponatremia”).

In order to rebalance itself, the body increases fluid intake inside the cells. As a result, the cells are “swollen” with fluid, making them bigger in size.

As you know, the brain is encased inside the hard skull, if the brain cells are swollen with fluid, there is no room for the brain to expand, this causes an increase in the intracranial pressure and a lot of damage to the brain.

So does that mean we shouldn’t allow our dogs to play in the water?

Of course not!

Also, we should learn different ways to prevent this from happening in the first place!

If your dog has is diving, retrieving, and playing in the water make sure that they have frequent breaks.

Watch out for these signs and symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loss of coordination (your dog may stagger, stumble, or fall down)
  • Restlessness
  • Pale gums
  • Drooling excessively
  • Dilated pupils

If you suspect that your dog has consumed too much water take him to the vet right away.

Wokette and Bouboule are adopted!

Today we have good news.  First of all, little Wokette was adopted yesterday at the open day and today another great little dog Bouboule, was adopted.

When Wokette arrived a few weeks ago we knew that she wouldn’t have a long wait. She was a small breed female French Bulldog cross and was very cute! Its great that she has a family as the temperatures in kennels are horrific at the moment and brachycephalic dogs are really at risk.

We hope that today instead of panting and puffing in the refuge she if lying in the cool of her new home.

Wokette adopted!

Todays adoption was that of Bouboule, another smashing little dog. Bouboule was 11 years old and also at risk from the heat. He has been very lucky not to have too long a wait and we hope that he too will be enjoying the cool of his new home.

Bouboule adopted!

Social media is full of stories of dogs overheating and dying in the heat in both the UK and France. I cant stress too much how dangerous vigorous exercise is for dogs, young and old in this extreme heat.

Please do not take any chances. Exercise your dogs very early mornings or very late at night. Its better that they even miss a walk than die of heat exhaustion.

If you are lucky enough to have a pool which you don’t mind your dog in, it’s a great way to exercise them and keep them cool. Rivers, lakes and even paddling pools are just as good.

It goes without saying that dogs in hot cars are at risk. Unless you have good aircon don’t risk it unless you set off very early or late.

So please keep your doggies inside during the heat of the day to keep them safe and cool.






Jack gets another chance…

We were all devastated when Jack was returned in March, after a few months in his new home. This wasn’t his fault, just the older lady who adopted him had not accounted for a 10 year old being so lively and energetic.

Until a few weeks ago there had been no interest shown in him since his return, I guess because he is an older black dog. But that didn’t stop him catching the eye of  a couple well used to rescue dogs and their complexities!

They had been following him on our website and were attracted by his breed and size. Jack is a Jagd terrier x Labrador and as they already have a female Jagd terrier, they love the breed.  They also have a very mellow pointer who is very accepting so were quite prepared to do careful introductions and give the dogs time to adjust and find their place.

Although Jack had already been sharing his kennel and play park with another male called Bang we would normally have asked the adopters to come to the refuge with their dogs, so we could oversee the introductions and see for ourselves how the dogs were together. However, this wasn’t possible so what should we do? Should we just say no or should we transport Jack and trust the adopters to do sensible introductions?  With the former, Jack doesn’t get his chance, with the latter there is a risk that the dogs don’t get on together. As the adopters were realistic and experienced we chose the latter!

So, this morning I was at the refuge for opening time and drive him to Montauban to meet his new Mum and Dad. Human introductions went well and off he went to meet his new doggie family.

Time will tell how things are going to work out for Jack, but we all have our fingers crossed!

Jack adopted!




A home to home for Google

Due to owners illness, we are looking for a home for 3 year old Google, a Bruna de Jura x.


Google has lived in a family home with other dogs and cats. He is house and crate trained.

He has a lovely sweet nature and is good on the lead but will meed an enclosed garden.

The owner would love him to be in a family where he got lots of 1 to 1 attention and being a young boy, he will need an active home.

At only 14kg he is medium sized. He is microchipped, vaccinated and castrated.

If you think that you could offer this lovely boy a home then contact Josephine Washington on 06 76 38 05 70

Adoption of Lascar and Gribouille.

Two weeks ago, Lascar arrived at the refuge and we all thought that he was extremely lucky to leave the same day.  Unfortunately, he came back the very next day because the family cat did not like him. Abandoned twice in as many days is never good for any dog’s moral.

Lascar settled into refuge life, happily sharing his kennel and I bet he was wondering what on earth was going to happen next.

Luckliy Jessica, a young lady from Chamonix read Lascars story and thought that he was just what she was looking for. Not many adopters contact us to say that they want an active young male dog! However, the dog did need to be able to get along with cats as her mum does have both cats and a dog and when visiting the UK all the animals need to be able to live in harmony!

Lascar was reserved, and it was an early start for Jessica and friend this morning as they began their long drive to collect him.

It will be another stressful day or so for Lascar as he travels back to the Alps but then he will be in husky paradise. Jessica has a well enclosed garden for him and leads a very active life in hills…just what a young husky needs!

Lascar adopted!

How I wish that it had been so easy for four year husky old Texas.  Texas was adopted and brought back as his cat hunting hobby were causing mayhem where he lived.  Strangely enough Texas did grow up with a cat but like many dogs, he just got on with his cat!

So, we are looking for an active family with a well enclosed garden and without cats for Texas.

If you think that you could offer lovely Texas a home, then do get in touch.

Texas is desperate for a home!

The second adoption was that of Gribouille. This very cute little Yorkie was abandoned a few weeks ago but was never going to have a long wait. He was small and cute and attracted lots of attention.  Luckily for him he was adopted just before the real heat begins.  Next weeks meteo shows temperatures soaring and extreme heat is very hard for our dogs.

Gribouille adopted!

If anyone happens to have any paddling pools that are no longer needed we would really appreciate them. The dogs love to cool down in them and we would like as many dogs as possible to have access to one!

Any pools would be most appreciated!



Adoption of Danov..

Today, Danov, one of my favourite dogs was adopted! Danov arrived at the refuge at the beginning of February with his brother Bogdan.  Both were happy, sociable dogs who were a delight to walk and very affectionate. It didn’t take long for Danov to be adopted, unfortunately that was short lived, and he was returned a couple of weeks later.

The main reason for him being returned was that he could climb the garden fence and they family were not willing to heighten the fence.

When adopting an active breed such as a Brittany spaniel, we try to ensure that adopters are realistic about their exercise needs.  Young energetic spaniels need an active, training minded family who are willing to cater for their needs and if they are to be left in the garden, it must be secure.

We do have quite a lot of Brittany spaniels at the refuge so Danov is lucky not to have had too long a wait. His brother Bogdan has had little interest shown and with the arrival of lots of spaniel pups, risks spending a long time in kennels.

With the hot weather and summer holiday approaching adoptions are thin on the ground which means that we have a great choice of dogs for potential adopters.  If you are thinking about getting a dog, do give us a call and we can advise you what dog would suit your lifestyle.

We do know the background of lots of our dogs, especially the ones who have been abandoned. This means we can tell you what kind of family the dog is used to and what other humans and animals he has lived with. Some adopters take comfort in knowing the background and others really don’t care. It’s a personal choice and we are here to help either way!

You can contact us by emailing website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk or messaging us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dogrescuecarcassonne/.

Danov adopted!

Bogdan is still waiting.

We never name drop, but……

Today little Stewart the lovely little fox terrier was adopted.  I really don’t know why it took such a long time for a small, cute, well-behaved boy to be adopted but maybe he was waiting for the perfect home!

About 3 weeks ago we had an email enquiring about Stewart, but we already had a couple who were interested in him and had already arranged a visit. I replied saying that should the couple not take Stewart I would get right back to them. The couple didn’t take Stewart, so as promised I got right back in touch.

An email later and I thought that I recognised the name. Mr Google confirmed that I was right, and it was none other than the real Peter May I was talking to!

( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_May_(writer) )

We had a nice chat and he and his wife arranged to come over to meet Stewart today.The meeting went well and after a nice walk, Peter and Janice decided they wanted to adopt him.

As this is their first ever dog we chatted about what they could expect when they got Stewart home. With a first dog, adopters really do have no idea about what to expect, especially with a rescue dog. We covered housetraining, food, sleeping arrangements, exercise needs and lots more.

Stewart was found roaming in a local village, he was hurt and bewildered when he arrived. Little did he know that with the ScPA’s tlc and our presence on social media he would soon be off to live with a celebrity!

Of course, all of our dogs are not so lucky. Some have been waiting patiently for years. One of the best ways to help them and ensure that we can help more dogs, is of course fundraising. Peter has generously donated lots of signed editions of his books which we will feature in the next fund raising event.

Stewart, adopted by Peter and Janice!


Today was also a lucky day for pups Isaac, Newton, Sugar and Spice!  None of these pups have had a long wait but we have LOTS more! If you are considering a pup then please get in touch and keep an eye on our facebook page.

Isaac, now Charlie was the first pup to leave.

Spice was next!

Sugar was next…

Last but not least was puppy Newton!