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And the Winners are:

Handsomest male – Victoria with Hector
Prettiest Female – Liberty with Ellie
Longest Ears – Yvonne with Fynn
Tallest- Steve with Olly
Best Veteran – Jessica with Paco
Celebrity Lookalike – Harry with Scrumpy (aka Morgan Freeman)
Best Six Legs – Pauline with Willow
Longest Legs – Steve with Olly
Biggest Paws – Miles with Duffy
Waggiest Tail – Martin with Manon
Smallest – Paula with Bruno
Most unusual mix – Lucie with Punky
Smiliest – Catherine with Billy
Fluffiest – David with Eddie
Best Rescue- Yvonne with Fynn
Shiniest Coat – Tony with Chester
Best Junior Handler – Lucie with Biscuit

Judges Choice – ELLIE!

Best in Show

Judges’ Choice – ELLIE

Dog Show Categories – The Big Reveal

Plans for the DRC dog show on September 16th in Caunes Minervois are coming along nicely. Many thanks to everyone who has already registered. It is not too late, and of course you can just turn up on the day. But this way we will have some idea of how many people to expect. This will of course help the caterers, (ie Gill and the rest of the team from Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees), who are also busy getting ready.

If you have registered, apologies if we haven’t responded to confirm your participation; but if you have filled in this form, you will be on the list!

Marketa, our ace photographer will have just returned from attending an exhibition in Barcelona, where she has some pictures on display. Those of you who follow her on Facebook or on the National Geographic Your Shot site will have seen some of her amazing photos. This is too good an opportunity to miss; a picture of your hound by such a talented photographer. This is a fundraising event, so she will be charging €10 for 2 jpg files, and as Marketa is kindly donating her time, all of this money will go to Dog Rescue Carcassonne, and ultimately of course to help the animals at the SPA Carcassonne.

A winner’s rosette…Could this be yours (or rather, your dog’s)?

The categories are as follows. You can enter up to five different events for €10, and it would be helpful if you could have already made up your minds beforehand that will speed things up on the day.

  • Handsomest Male
  • Prettiest Female
  • Longest Ears
  • Tallest
  • Best Looking Veteran
  • Celebrity Lookalike
  • Best Six Legs (dog and owner)
  • Longest Legs
  • Biggest Paws (relative to size of dog)
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Smallest
  • Most Unusual
  • Smiliest
  • Fluffiest
  • Best looking rescue
  • Shiniest Coat
  • Best Junior Handler
  • The dog the judges want to take home

The coveted “Judges Choice” award

There will probably be a couple of surprise categories, too. Plus of course the mini agility course, which will be lots of fun, for sure. Get your running shoes on!

Everyone is welcome to come along; anglophone, francophone or neither of the above; there will be plenty of people who speak canine! And of course you are more than welcome to come along even if you don’t have a dog. There will be plenty to keep you busy; a book stall, bric-a-brac, and a raffle, as well as watching the pooches go through their paces.  And don’t forget that Le Jardin Châmpetre will be open, as it is a garden heritage day throughout France. This is just next door to La Petite Pépinière and you can visit the beautiful gardens and buy plants and shrubs to take home.

Jessica from Le Refuge des Grandes Oreilles will be there and you can find out from her stand what wonderful work she and her association do for our equine friends in the region and beyond.

Gates open at 14H00 and registration will begin immediately, although the first event will not be until 15H00. Until then you can browse the stalls, and eat cake. What could be nicer?

Here is a map to take you to La Petite Pépinière.

If the afternoon is anything like last year’s event, it will be talked about for weeks to come, as well as raising money for some very worthy causes. We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

At last, Dog Show News!

Today was a Bank Holiday in France (Assumption Day), and although the refuge was shut, there were quite a few people there walking dogs and cuddling cats. Thanks to everyone who gave up their time today to make the animals’ lives a bit better.

And yes, we know what you are thinking. Things HAVE been very quiet on the adoption front this week. However we are expecting good news tomorrow and more on Friday. In the meantime, though, we have news of an upcoming event.

Back by popular demand we proudly present the next DRC Dog Show! YIPPEE!

The first dog show event took place in June last year, and was a huge success. This year rather than being merely one attraction at someone else’s event, the lovely women at La Petite Pepiniere have saved the whole afternoon just for us. So we will be able to spread out a bit, and have even more fun!

As you can see, we will have other stalls for people to peruse while waiting for their dogs’ events. There will be a small agililty course, and our ace photographer Marketa will be there to take pictures of you and your hounds. Refreshements will be available (to benefit Longuedoc Solidarity with Refugees), and Le Jardin Champetre will be open next door so you can stock up on plants and shrubs too. They recently adopted Jenka (who was called Ficelle at the ScPA) and so if you are lucky she might make a guest appearance. But in any case, there will be plenty of ex-refuge dogs around the place, as well as other stalls and some surprises.

Again there will be prizes for the winning dogs in the various categories. As was the case last year, the whole day will be more for fun than anything. We don’t really pretend to be Crufts. Rather it is am enjoyable way to get together and see each others’ dogs in a beautiful setting, and hopefully to raise lots of funds for the dogs at the refuge.

There will be more details available in due course, but in the meantime, please keep the afternoon of Sunday 16th September free so you can come and join us.

Save the Date for Summer Fun!

As many of you have remarked, it has been a quiet week at the SPA and that of course means a quiet week on the blog. But don’t worry, we have not been idle! We are already busy planning the next fundraising event, which is due to take place next month; on June 17th to be exact.

This will be third annual Yard Sale and Barbecue to have been hosted at Chateau Miaou, and this year it will be even bigger and better. As well as books, DVDs and a tombola we will once again have a barbecue courtesy of our hosts Willie and Sharon, who together with Mr Saussice, will be serving up wonderful British-style bangers. There are also rumours of some bacon butties! This year vegetarians will not be left out, either, thanks to Kim’s astounding home-made marmalade.

There will also be an opportunity for those who couldn’t make it to Fanjeaux to buy any of the amazing clothes and accessories. This year we will have a bric-a-brac stall, and  plenty of fun to be had for all.

Everyone is welcome; parking is available and there are just no excuses for not joining us. Come and say hi, grab yourselves a bargain and help Dog Rescue Carcassonne support the animals at the SPA Carcassonne.

Come and join us and bring your friends!

The refuge will be closed tomorrow for Pentecost, but we know that one lucky dog will be leaving. We do try to be flexible, especially when it means a dog being in his new home as soon as possible. So see you tomorrow night when you can read about the week’s first adoption!

3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show

Back by popular demand, the 3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show. This ‘ not to be missed’ afternoon is on Sunday 13th May at 3pm in Fanjeaux Village Hall (Salle Municipale Gaston Panouille – http://www.webvilles.net/sports/activites/6556/salle-polyvalente-gaston-panoville—fanjeaux-fanjeaux.php)

Lots of people have been asking us about this and we have had some wonderful clothes, shoes and accessories donated.  It will be a great, giggly, girly afternoon so bring along as many friends as you like.

Once you have seen the models strutting their stuff you can buy the outfits and browse though our ever increasing stock of lovely outfits. There will be shoes and bags, scarves and hats…..and so much more!

Other stalls will include cosmetics, soaps, food stuffs, the DRC stand and a few surprises too!

A glass of bubbly and nibbles are included in the price of your ticket and there will be lots of other refreshments available too.

Please contact Karen, Sabine, or Jane for tickets. It would be great if you would buy your tickets in advance so we know approximate numbers to cater for, but don’t worry tickets will be available at the door too.

 

For tickets please contact:

Sabine Beissert                   sabineb@live.co.uk
Karen Pead                          karen.pead@orange.fr
Jane Knight                         knight2@me.com

 

 

Halloween – Black dogs and cats!

With Halloween nearly upon us, what better emblem to discuss than the black cat and dog?

Since the Middle Ages, the black cat has been seen as an animal of mysticism, the dark arts and witchcraft, with many interpretations depicting a black cat on the end of a witch’s broomstick or gazing out through the misted window of a haunted house.

And this age-old view of the black cat as a bringer of bad fortune doesn’t stop there. For many people who refuse to adopt black cats and dogs from shelters, it is easy to see that this unfounded superstition continues.

In a similar way, black dogs are often overlooked in refuges in favour of dogs with more colourful or uniquely patterned coats. When questioned about their decision to adopt a non-black dog, many people said that the black dogs were too imposing, too ‘ordinary’ or that they considered them to be bad luck.

We see this every day for ourselves. The lighter coloured dogs and cats move far faster than the black ones.

So, to give our black animals a chance we have a special reduction on our black cats and dogs from 28th October until the 5th November.

At the SPA we will be celebrating Halloween on Sunday 5th November. There will be spooky surprises and fun for everyone…come along and join us!

 

Come and meet our black dogs and cats!

Fun Dog Show – 4th June

This year’s event at La Petite Pépinière in Caunes-Minervois is going to be a little different and something special. Dog Rescue Carcassonne will be running a “Fun Dog Show”, sponsored by the SPA. The whole event will be in the style of an English Garden Fete and is in aid of the Languedoc: Solidarité avec les Refugies (Languedoc Refugee Support).

Come along with your dogs and show them off by entering into an event at the Dog Show. It really doesn’t matter what breed, age or temperament your dog is – everyone is welcome!  All of the events are designed to be fun for owners and their dogs alike. We are particularly keen to see ex-Rescue dogs as participants or supporters at the event.

There will be lots of other stalls and entertainment throughout the day at the event. Teas and snacks and a buffet lunch will also be on sale. Come along and have some fun with or without your dog. We look forward to seeing you there!

How To Enter

Choose one or more events from the list below and email  jane@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk to be entered into the event. Each entry costs 5 euros all monies go to support the charity. Winners will be awarded rosettes and doggy treats and recognition in our Dogs Hall of Fame Gallery. Entries will also be allowed during the morning at the event itself, at Caunes-Minervois.

Come along for a fun afternoon and support both charities!

Events

Biggest Dog or Bitch

Smallest Dog or Bitch

Cutest Puppy (under 12 months)

Most Pretty  Bitch

Most Handsome Dog

Waggiest Tail

Most appealing eyes

Longest ears (0-12 months), Longest ears (+12 months)

Longest Legs (0-12 months), Longest legs (+12 months)

Fastest Bonio eater

Most obedient dog/bitch any breed

Most appealing rescue dog

Best six legs – short course of tests for dog and owner

Look alike competition (most like owner or a celebrity, photo of celebrity required)

Best in show will be the dog the judges would most like to take home.

 

Email jane@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk with :

Dogs – name, age, gender, breed (if known) state if the dog is a rescue dog and if so where rescued

Owners – name and contact details and list which events you would like to enter your dog into

Yard Sale – 26th June

Please come and support us at our Yard Sale. This is taking place on June 26th at Chateau Miaou, 1956 Route de Villesavary, Castelnaudary.

The event will take place between 10am and 2pm and we will have stalls selling good quality clothes and books, bric-a-brac, dog and cat accessories, plus there will be a barbecue and cakes! Tim (aka Mr Saucisse) will be there to make sure no one goes hungry. Unless they are vegetarian. But that is what the cake is for! 😀

Hope to see you there. Tell your friends; all welcome!

Oh, by the way, we are not inviting others to bring along their own goods to sell, this is very much a DRC only selling day. However if any of you would like to man (or woman) a table for us, we would be delighted!

Yard sale