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Sunday ScPA Summary

Here we are with another week’s update from the ScPA. Hopefully this week’s leavers will fare better than last week’s; two of them are already back at the refuge. Pollux and Loustic’s freedom did not last long, with both families giving up after a very short period of time, making many of us wonder what the heck people expect when they adopt a dog. Surely everyone is prepared for at least a minimum time of adaptation. Sadly apparently not.

In fact today’s summary should have featured eight dogs, but one of them, Jack Russell Luna, is back already. Not the shortest adoption ever, but surely in line for some kind of record.

But let’s move onto the good news; this week’s leavers.

Two of the three beagle cross pups left for new homes, which is great news for Kurt and Slash. They really are adorable little lads and we hope it will not be too long before their brother, James, finds a home too. It is so hard for puppies to grow up at the refuge.



Another puppy, the fabulous Linoise found a new home, as did “not quite pup” Milka. And despite Luna’s abortive adoption, two other female Jack Russells did find homes; both Betsy and Puce left the refuge for new lives.

Linoise – ADOPTED




Eldest of the week’s leavers was ten year old yorkie Andrew. He arrived earlier this month but sadly for him, and possibly for his owner, he was not identified. Although ten makes Andrew sound quite elderly, of course in general the smaller the dog, the longer the life. We hope that Andrew and his new owner have many many happy years together ahead of them.

Andrew – ADOPTED

Let’s hope we don’t see any of these dogs again unless it is in happy photos or for visits from delighted and committed owners, and roll on next week, when there will hopefully be more dogs leaving for what will be FOREVER homes!

This weeks seven leavers…

This week we have had 6 adoptions and  a very special lady was reclaimed by her owner.

We will start with my favourite Mike. This young boxer cross was a dog who just made you smile when you looked at him. Like any young boxer he was full of love and playfulness and I am so glad that he has gone to a great forever home.

Mike adopted!


Pollux was our next leaver. Pollux looked like a lab but was about double the size, All this boy wanted was love after his owner died and was one of the cuddliest dogs that I have ever met. I am so glad that he has gone to a loving home where he will have unlimited cuddles and attention.

Pollux adopted!

Chipolata was also adopted . When this young girl arrived, there was much discussion over her breed. Maybe a bit of staffie? of beagle? Who knows but it certainly didn’t stop her funding a home despite have a slight hip deformity!

Chipolata adopted


We were all delighted when Patty was adopted. Patty was returned after quite a time in her last home and that was after a two tear wait!  So, when she came back we feared that this would be the case again. Luckily this was be to be and off she went!

Patty adopted

Bonny was the next to be adopted. A lovely friendly burger cross who got on with everyone. He was  a stunning lad, no wonder he was snapped up quickly!

Bonny adopted

Loustic, a very calm and gentle Brittany spaniel was also adopted. Its so nice when dogs like Loustic don’t have a long wait and as we have lots of Brittanys who pass through our doors he’s a lucky lad!

Loustic adopted

Now the best story of the week is that of 15 year old Tinka. She arrived a few months ago and went into long term foster with Sally and Darren. Imagine our surprise when her owner turned up on Friday looking for her. He had spilt up with his wife who had kept but lost Tinka. As soon as he heard this he came in and was delighted that he could be reunited with his girl. I bet Tinka was also just as delighted!

Tinka reclaimed…





Letting dogs “Fight it out” is a big no-no!

Today a dog who had been adopted on Sunday was brought back to the refuge as he was not getting on with the other dog in the house. This despite a test at the refuge, which seemed to go okay. Dynamics in the house were very different however, and the family did not feel capable of dealing with the issues. So far so sad, but no great shakes.

The reason for the blog is that someone (external to the ScPA) seems to have suggested that the best thing to do is to let the two dogs fight it out to see who is dominant. After that the fights would cease.

There is so much wrong with that that it is hard to know where to start. But NO! There is a big difference between letting dogs have slight niggles while they are getting to know each other, and what could turn out to be a fight to the death.

The end result of leaving two dogs to fight it out would almost inevitably be two traumatised dogs and probably a very expensive vets bill.

When Caillou arrived in our home nearly three years ago, there were a couple of issues with Nero, my other male. Growls were heard, and on a couple of occasions teeth were on display. However we stepped in and separated them before anything could kick off. There was never any question of leaving them to decide who was top dog. Because top dog is us! After a very short time they got to know each other and soon they were curling up together like old pals.

If you are determined to make it work, then slow and steady is the way.  Some people just accept that their dogs don’t get on and keep them separate both inside and out. Others rehome one of the dogs. Everyone has a breaking point and some people do not have the patience or ability (or time) to deal with issues. Which is presumably why yesterday’s adoptee was brought back. But thank heavens he was!

If you have two dogs who do not get on consider getting professional help. But never allow dogs to fight to establish dominance. It will not end well!

Sunday ScPA Summary

It was back to business as normal this week with nine dogs being adopted. That is nine dogs in the warm, excluding of course those who were lost and reclaimed by their owners, and as usual there were several of those. As well as those who were lost and have not been reclaimed, and so add to the numbers at the ScPA.

The first adoptions took place on Monday, with both Carlos, a stunning fauve de Bretagne and collie cross Taz leaving for new homes. We are particularly happy about Taz, who arrived with a badly injured leg following what we presume was an unwanted encounter with a car. The ScPA vet  re-broke the hip joint in order that it can reheal in the proper position, which has meant that Taz has been spending lots of time in the reception area. He proved to everyone what a fabulously well behaved lad he is, and by all accounts his new family is delighted with him.

Fauve de Bretagne

Carlos – ADOPTED


Later in the week we said goodbye to Velux, another relatively recent arrival. He is far prettier in real life than in this picture, and is possibly a spaniel / French bulldog cross. Another recent arrival, Rocky, left too. His family had gone to a lot of trouble to bring him back from a distant island when they moved to France, only to bring him in for rehoming when they subsequently got divorced. Still,  lucky Rocky didn’t have long to wait before finding happiness once again.



A truly wonderful adoption took place on Saturday; that of Black, a large and powerful looking dog who was adopted towards the end of last year and brought back due to poor management by his family. Sometimes dogs of Black’s size can wait a long time for a home, and in fact Black’s previous stay was a very protracted one. Not this time, though, and we were all delighted for him.



Little Pop also found a new home this week, with many of you probably guessing that she arrived the same time as last week’s leaver, Iggy!


Three of the week’s adoptions took place today. First to leave was lovely Star Lord, who arrived as a stray towards the end of December. A magnificent brindle coloured cross, Star Lord has cut quite a dash at the refuge and it is surprising that he has been there this long. Also finding a home today was Sherlock, whom you might recognise as having been adopted already once this year. Very sadly some things cannot be predicted, and a sudden severe illness meant that little Sherlock was brought back very unexpectedly and reluctantly. However he has found a new home almost immediately; that is the advantage of being a small dog. Although Black has proved that big dogs can strike gold too.

Star Lord – ADOPTED

Sherlock – ADOPTED

And the “best” adoption of the week? Probably that of Danceuse, first of the very timid border collies to find a home. She arrived as one of 7 dogs who had been locked away since being born, with no human contact or access to outside. Luckily they made it to the safety of the ScPA, where they have been left pretty much alone for 3 months or so. Gradually they have been learning to trust people and have finally been separated to socialise with other well-balanced dogs at the refuge.

Danceuse is the first to find a home, and we hope that the others soon find gentle and patient homes in which to continue to recover from their earlier neglect and mistreatment. Happy new life Danceuse and the same to all the week’s other leavers, too.

Danceuse – ADOPTED

Let’s hope for another good week with lots more leavers.

Dog Show – more details

We promised you more information about the DRC Dog Show with a Difference, and true to our word, here you are.

First off, many thanks to Marcus who designed such a wonderful poster, which we hope you will share with all your friends. It gives a good idea of what we will be up to on the day, and conveys the spirit of fun which we are sure will be present on the day.

We are planning on starting the event at 11H00, when display and “taster sessions” of agility, truffle hunting etc will start. People will have the chance to visit our friends at Cancer Support France, eat some lunch (there is a kitchen on site and we plan to sell snacks and cold drinks), buy some bric-a-brac and perhaps have your pet portrait taken in Marketa’s pop up photo studio. Plus of course register for the competitions that will take place throughout the afternoon.

Regarding the bric-a-brac stall, we already have a couple of offers of things to sell. So yes, we are once again collecting your unwanted items. The longer you can keep them the better, as storage can be an issue, but we would be grateful for any donations.

We are very excited about the event. Having it in a tailor made location should aid with many aspects of the day. For instance the club has permanent kennels where dogs can wait while their owners are doing activities that require two hands! This means that anyone with a reactive dog can have a bit of a relax, not always easy when your dog is stressed.

Kennels to keep your pooch safe while you peruse the bric-a-brac!

If you would like to help with any aspect of the day, volunteers are always welcome. Nearer the time we will put out an appeal for cakes and other lunchtime edibles in the hope that this will help to raise some additional funds.

All money raised will go to improve the lives of the dogs at the ScPA Carcassonne, which is about 15 minutes drive from the Club Canin at Trèbes. The refuge will be open and who knows we might even have a visit or two!

As you will probably have guessed, this will not be the last blog on the subject. But we hope it is enough to encourage you to save the date!

A Hidden Gem – Popeye

Popeye has not been at the refuge for very long, but he is a DRC favourite and we would like to help him find a wonderful new home as soon as possible.

Popeye was brought in at the end of December with his sister, Olive, who was rehomed almost immediately. As is often the case, the boy has been left behind. In fact Olive and Popeye are almost certainly the siblings of recently homed Tom and Théa, and probably of Tom and Tommy too. Someone had an unwanted litter and rehomed the pups very badly; something that makes dog lovers and those in animal protection very frustrated.

Popeye is lively and attentive

The couple who brought Olive and Popeye in were very unclear about where the dogs came from and what their behaviour was like. They just said that the woman had developed a sudden allergy and that the dogs were a nuisance. It is hardly surprising that two untrained adolescent dogs in a house would soon become unwelcome.

Despite being somewhat wild on his arrival, Popeye has become just about everyone’s favourite dog to walk. It is amazing how much a dog’s behaviour improves when he is getting regular exercise! Popeye is now wonderful on the lead. He trots along at your side, and is extremely attentive, especially if he thinks a treat may be on the cards. This could be thanks to his breed.

We know from DNA tests carried out on one of the siblings that Popeye is 75% labrador, and he has many of the breed’s traits. He is very affectionate, and highly motivated by food. This makes him easy to train and he is quickly learning all the basic commands.

Popeye is excellent on the lead.

After Olive was adopted, Popeye had to make new friends, and this proved to be no problem at all. He is currently sharing with one of the refuge’s timid (mistreated) border collies and helping to give her confidence. And he is happy to walk alongside any other dogs, no barking or lunging towards them, just a well-mannered slightly curious sniff.

Popeye is quick to learn and loves showing off his new skills

Popeye is fine with children and non- reactive towards cats. He would be an ideal family dog and would make a great companion for walks. His sister Olive (who was adopted two weeks ago) is already walking off lead, and we suspect that Popeye will be equally biddable.

Adoption fees at the ScPA have recently increased to €190, but as he is a DRC hidden gem, we are happy to pay towards Popeye’s adoption. Just get in touch. And of course Popeye is fully vaccinated, identified and castrated.

Popeye is light on his feet and dances along side his walker

Let’s find this hidden gem a home!

Sunday ScPA Summary

We thought it might be a good week for leavers as the first adoption took place on Monday. But then things calmed down and the only other adoption did not take place until Saturday. And there was not even the excuse of flooding to explain this.

Still, in addition to the adoptions a couple of dogs were reclaimed and there was good news from Belgium with the adoption of brothers Levy and Mickey, so it has not all been bad.

Linette was the first dog to leave the refuge, and everyone was delighted for this elderly German shepherd. Her new family have already sent photos of her lying happily in the comfort of her new home, which she shares with two other dogs of about the same age. Lucky Linette.

Linette – ADOPTED

Saturday’s leaver was stunning blue merle border collie Iggy. Inevitably such an attractive dog received a lot of interest, with numerous potential adopters. As ever some people will have been disappointed, but hopefully they will adopt another dog in due course.

blue merle border collie


Let’s hope for better news during the coming week. There are lots of amazing dogs at the ScPA, and we at DRC will tell you about a couple more soon and hope that our spotlight on some of the many hidden gems helps to find then homes. And if you are looking for a dog, let us know and we will try to help you find your perfect pal!

A Hidden Gem and Urgent Appeal- Graf

It has been a little while since we brought your attention to one of our hidden gems, so without further ado, please meet Graf.

This English setter is one of the most gentlemanly like dogs at the refuge and although he is not particularly elderly, he has just passed the ScPA’s criterion to be a senior dog. So Graf is both a Hidden Gem and an Urgent Appeal. This means that should you wish to offer him a home, you can receive a helping hand with the fee from DRC, but of course that is no reason to adopt a dog. Once you read about Graf you will see that there are many other good reasons to do so.

english setter

Graf is attentive

Graf is a setter who was born in May 2011. He was brought in for rehoming by his family who were unable to cope with this dog’s tendency to escape from their garden. But this is his only fault, and it is one that can be solved by having a well enclosed (really well enclosed) garden. Once this problem is solved, you will not find a better dog than Graf.

Graf is fine boned and light on his feet and he does not pull at all on the lead. If we hadn’t been informed about his Houdini tendencies, we would never have guessed. Even on a 10 metre lead he remains close to his walker’s side. And if he does walk ahead and you call his name he comes back immediately for a pat. Walking him is a real pleasure.

Graf never pulls to the end of his lead and always keeps an eye on his owner

Graf is fine with other dogs and is currently living with one of the refuge’s very nervous dogs to help her to gain confidence. And of course he is doing a great job. We don’t know how he is with cats, but we can check this out easily enough.

He is wonderful with children and just the sort of dog who would help little ones overcome any fear of dogs. Although he spent over 8 years with his family, he spent most of the last two years chained up to prevent him annoying the neighbours. So although being at the refuge is hard on him, it is definitely the first step to a happier life. And whoever adopts Graf will be extremely lucky indeed.

Graf is a very handsome lad

I cannot stress enough the need for an enclosed garden. Graf has already worked out how to slide the bolt to open his kennel door. He loves being with people, and cannot be left outside on his own unless the drawbridge is definitely up! However that is not the hardest problem to deal with, and as Graf is such a wonderful dog to walk, he would be fine with a small garden plus regular outings.

Come and meet lovely Graf and fall in love just as we have all done!

Home to Home success – From Djabu to Zaba

On Sunday we blogged about the adoption of Roquette, now renamed Nogi, mentioning that she had gone to live with recent DRC home to home success, Djabu. We mentioned that we would tell you more about this later in the week, and here we are!

A bit of background to refresh your memories: In October DRC was contacted about a magnificent blue merle Great Dane by supporter Jane. She had heard of his plight and told us that he was threatened with a one-way trip to the vet were a new home not found within two weeks. This may or may not have been a genuine threat, but it did bring a sense of urgency to the situation.

As it happened, it took just 24 hours for Djabu to find his new home.

Zaba making his grand entrance!

His new mum, Renia, wrote this piece for us.

“There I was, innocently cooking dinner one evening, late autumn last year when ‘I think we’ve found our dog!’ came my husband’s voice from the sofa…

He had seen a FB post from Dog Rescue Carcassonne about a five year old Great Dane urgently needing a new home. As soon as I saw the photos, I agreed: We had found our first dog together.

Zaba with his new mum

Laurie replied to the post and said that we were very interested. Two days later, we met Djabu, a beautiful, blue Merle, and went for a walk with him and his temporary carer, who was unable to keep him any longer. Our minds were quickly made up and we agreed that we would come to collect him after our planned trip away.

We couldn’t wait! 4th November couldn’t come quickly enough.

Zaba enjoying café culture with his dad

As soon as we were back we drove over to collect our new family member. As soon as he was called from the house, Djabu positively galloped out to meet us and gave us the best welcome. Then, as soon as Laurie opened the boot of the car, he leapt up. This dog wanted to come home with us, no doubt there! An hour later, we were home and Zaba, as he is now known, settled into his bed, as if he’d always been with us.”

Enjoying the freedom of the beach

Isn’t that a lovely story? And you can see how well Zabu has settled in by the fact that Renia and Laurie have just adopted lovely Roquette (now renamed Nogi)

If you would like to share the story of you and your DRC home to home or ex-ScPA dog, please get in touch. You can write to us via our Facebook page or send an email to us at website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk

Zaba and Nogi on their first walk together

Sunday ScPA Summary

Hardly surprisingly this has not been the best week for adoptions. As many of you will know, the river Aude, which runs through Carcassonne, burst its banks on Wednesday following heavy rain upstream, and for safety reasons the ScPA shut early on Wednesday and did not open at all on Thursday.

The land on which the refuge is located is on a steep hill, and so was not at risk from the river. And luckily the heavy rain that fell on Thursday flowed past without doing any damage. However staff had difficulty getting to work, as many of the surrounding villages were cut off. But don’t worry, those who could make it in were there to reassure the animals and make sure that they were not in danger.

Seven adoptions did take place, however, and all seven dogs must be delighted to be somewhere dry!

First off was Mini J, a small crossbreed who is absolutely adorable and despite her feistiness, is very good with cats! She actually left on Thursday, despite the fact that the refuge was closed. It seemed a shame to disappoint her new owners who had reserved her earlier in the week and had been looking forward to collecting her.


And then on Friday there were two adoptions, that of fabulous Petrus, and a dog that looks a bit like him but who is not related, the lovely Olive. She does have a brother, Popeye, who is still waiting for a home. They are the siblings of recently adopted Tom and Théa (now Betsy) and of earlier leaver Tommy. All of them have proved to be excellent companions, so if you are looking for a new dog, why not take a look at Popeye?

Petrus – ADOPTED


The weekend saw two dogs leave on each day. Puppy Susan was first off, after having arrived in a very emaciated state and probably following some mistreatment. Puppies should definitely not cringe when they are stroked. Border collie cross Maxou also left on Saturday, with some great supporters of the ScPA. He could not have found a better home.

Puppy Susan – ADOPTED


On Sunday it was the turn of big overgrown puppy Malou, who was badly homed by another local association who were not able or willing to take Malou back when his new (very elderly) owner was not able to manage this huge boy. Not exactly responsible homing; but all has ended well for Malou as he has a new home already.


Today also saw the adoption of Roquette by friends and supporters of DRC. Who remembers the Home to Home success of Great Dane Djabu in November? Well this big lad, renamed Zabu, now has a new friend, the fabulous Roquette. She too has fallen on all four paws, and later on this week you can read more about how Zaba is getting on, as we will have a Life After the Refuge tale to pass on.

Roquette – ADOPTED

On the subject of the coming week; now is a very good time to adopt, if you are thinking of doing so. This is because the adoption fees at the ScPA are going up on February 1st. For dogs, that is. For some reason cats are inflation-proof! Puppies will now be €220 (plus the fee for neutering) and adults will be €190.

These fees include the cost of sterilisation (for the adults) and the first vaccination (the second, too, if the dog has been at the refuge for more than 3 weeks) plus of course identification.

We at DRC find the new fees on the high side, but we have no input to this. We would happily help you find a dog from elsewhere if you like, but we would strongly discourage people from taking dogs from Leboncoin and other internet sites. Firstly these dogs are often not identified or even health-checked before being given away. If you subsequently get this done (which any responsible owner should do), this, along with neutering, will inevitably be more than the adoption fees at the ScPA.

DRC Hidden Gem – Banksie is looking for a home

Secondly dogs are often being given away for a reason, and you may not always be told this. At the ScPA the employees know the dogs and can advise as to a dog’s suitability.

Finally if an adoption from Leboncoin does not work out, it is almost unheard of for the person giving the dog away to take it back. You could well be faced with the unpleasant task of rehoming the dog yourself, or bringing him to the ScPA for rehoming. We see a great deal of this already, and it is very frustrating.

As is DRC Urgent Appeal – Mirabelle

There are certain dogs at the ScPA whom we at DRC adore. These are our Hidden Gems and Urgent Appeals. We are happy to pay a small subsidy towards the adoption fees of these dogs so that they can find their homes. Please get in touch with us first, of course, and we will sort it out at the ScPA end. Likewise if your dog leaves with the first vaccination only, and you will have difficulties paying for the crucial second vaccination, please feel free to contact us.

We hope those of you who live locally are warm and dry and that if you did have any flood damage, that everything recovers quickly.