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A busy Monday…

Today was a busy day at the ScPA. Just on 2pm as we opened a lady arrived with her dog to test it with our lovely patou Diesel and another couple came along to test their two dogs with Abbie. Just as we were in the park doing introductions another couple arrived to visit Pompom!

It was obvious that Diesel and his visitor got on well and the next thing I knew he was in the car ready to leave.  Diesel shared his cage Duchess who left a week or so ago to live in the Alps. They were a striking pair and  its great that they are both now in great homes.

Diesel adopted!

 

Abbie the Labrador was of course reserved. All 3 dogs got on well and she too will be leaving soon.

Pompom was a star with his visitors and they will return later in the week with their two dogs.

I am sure that the weather has a big effect on adopters. It was so much cooler today and much more pleasant walking about the refuge.

If we feel uncomfortable walking about in the heat spare a thought for the poor dogs in concrete kennels. This is a great time for potential adopters, we have lots of extremely adoptable dogs so a big choice.

If you are thing about adopting, get in touch or pop in, you wont be disappointed!

Keep your pets indoos!

Every year we warn people how scary a place for animals Carcassonne will be on the 14th July. Every 15th of July we have scores of lost dog reports!

France commemorates the start of the French Revolution with a national holiday on 14 July. So there will be mass celebrations up and down the country which inevitably involve fireworks!

At the SPA we prepare ourselves as we know that we’ll get a large number of stray animals and lost dog reports on Sunday / Monday for animals that got spooked with the fireworks and happened to be outside at the time. Last year on the 15th we had 11 reports of lost dogs and then more during the week as people realised their dogs weren’t going to come home on their own!

As a responsible dog owner, please do everything in your power to protect your dog tomorrow night which will be filled with loud bangs, pops and sizzles!  Remember, your dogs hearing is 10 times more sensitive than yours!

Your best bet is to keep your dog indoors somewhere where he is likely to do the least amount of harm to himself, and your house! You should also turn on the TV or a radio, with the volume turned up loud to make it less likely that he will be able to hear the fireworks outside. Since the flashing lights can scare your dog just as much s the loud noises, be sure to close all the curtains and blinds inside your home and turn ON all the lights in the room. This will make the bright lights from fireworks less noticeable to your dog. Plus, closed curtains and blinds offer a small degree of sound-proofing in your home, lowering the high pitched sounds a tiny bit.

Here are a few precautions you can take way ahead of time to prepare your dog for this stressful night:

Make sure your dog has his collar and ID tags on. In the worst-case scenarios, dogs have been known to chew through crates, doors, and even jump out of windows due to their anxiety.

Let your dog outside to toilet well before the fireworks begin. Have him on a leash, even in the garden.

Exercise your dog earlier in the day by taking him on a longer-than-usual walk. This will tire him out and make him less likely to over-exert himself later if/when he becomes stressed from the sound of fireworks and play some music to drown out the fireworks noise!

So please don’t take any risks, no matter how steady you think your dog is. It’s only one night a year and simply not worth the risk…keep all pets inside and safe!

Fireworks scare pets..keep them indoor!

 

Adoption of Max, Flakes and Candy!

At last we have had some adoptions!  This week has been very slow, I think that with the extreme heat, the thought of walking around a scorching refuge is just too much!

However today, three families were not put off. Max, Flakes and Candy left for new homes!

This was Max’s second stay at the refuge. The first time he left with his previous owners ex partner but that was not to be and back he came.  This time we hope that he has left with his forever family, its time that poor Max has some stability in his life.

Max adopted again!

Next to leave was Flakes. This young berger cross has not been with us long at all.  We would like that for every dog who arrives but sadly there are not enough suitable adopters for the volume of abandoned dogs!

Flakes adopted!

Candy was the third dog to leave. This was also Candy’s second time at the refuge. Luckily for her she had less than a week to wait on a new home! Lets hope that this time it is her forever home!

Candy adopted again!

Tomorrow being the 14th July the refuge is closed.  There will be an early blog about keeping your animals safe tomorrow night but please do remember that fireworks and animals are not a good mix so keep you cats and dogs indoors tomorrow night!

Adoption of puppy Nicky…

On Saturday we told you about the adoption of puppy Pimprenelle and how her sister Nicky would be all alone. Well luckily Nicky didn’t have too long to wait and today she left with her new family.

Puppy Nicky adopted!

Anybody wanting to adopt a puppy needn’t worry as we have LOTS of other pups. Why are they not on our facebook or website yet? Well, when each litter arrives we need to ensure that they are all nice and healthy, are eating well and then take photos of each pup.

When you have numerous litters, this takes time. But don’t worry, if you want a pup then just get in touch or pop in and we will tell you who is available.

Adoptions are very slow at the moment as people are thinking about holidays or guests arriving but if you are staying at home and have time off then this could be the perfect time to adopt.

You will have the choice of well over 100 dogs, all desperate for their own family. If you need help and advice on what dog would suit your family and lifestyle then just ask, we are happy to talk you through choosing and adopting.

If the searing heat of the afternoons is worrying you then we can sometimes meet you at the refuge in the morning. Its easier for potential adopters, volunteers and the dogs when its not quite so hot!

 

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.

pinscher

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Goldy is adopted and Huguette finds a foster.

Good news from the ScPA tonight. First off Tuesday’s beautiful cairn terrier arrival, Bonnie (in real life Canelle), was reclaimed. She arrived unidentified, except according to her owner this was not the case. This time it was not a case of a microchip having moved or becoming de-activated. Canelle was actually tattooed as a puppy. Except that the skin on her inner thigh is black and so is tattoo ink. Oops. It is worth thinking about whether or not your dog’s identification will do its job, ie reunite you with your dog should he or she go missing. In this instance Canelle and her owners were lucky that the person who found this wonderful pedigree brought her into the refuge, otherwise she could have been lost to them forever.

We then had the first of our leavers. Prue and her daughter were looking for a companion for their dog, and Goldy caught their eye. This young malinois has been at the refuge since the end of March. We are not sure of her past, but she has a deformed jaw, presumably due to having had a bit of a wack when she was a puppy. Just as well she came to the ScPA, then.

Since she has been with us she has been the adored favourite of volunteers Catherine and particularly her daughter Amelia. They have walked Goldy religiously and done a huge amount to aid her confidence in people. They were unable to adopt her, however, as Goldy is not at all good with cats. However we all agree that if you can’t adopt a dog yourself, the next best thing is that he or she finds a wonderful home, and that is what Goldy now has. We look forward to news and photos.

Goldy – ADOPTED

Today’s second leaver is one we are particularly happy about. At the ScPA on Tuesday we were a bit worried about Huguette. This elderly hunt-type dog arrived in early June, apparently with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She had obviously had numerous litters and is not in the best physical shape. She was also covered in ticks and fleas and just seemed exhausted. She was finding refuge life hot and uncomfortable and was not eating well. It was sad to see her just hiding away and refusing to go even for short walks.

So we put out a quick appeal, and immediately Lesley got in touch to ask if she could come to visit Huguette with a view to taking her into long term foster. Everything was crossed when Huguette went to meet the cats yesterday (many thanks to the staff for their help), and then today when Lesley and her husband came to introduce Huguette to their own dog, Pam.

Who would have thought a mere 48 hours ago that Huguette would now be lying under a shady tree, free to roam around the couple’s huge garden and with everything an elderly dog could desire for what we hope is a long and happy retirement. Many thanks to Lesley and her husband. I know several people who will sleep better tonight knowing that Huguette, (aka Sam) is with you.

Huguette on her journey home