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Busy day, or so it seems!

Today has been quite odd, as I have been in transit between Birmingham and London and am now, late at night, catching up with the day’s events, thanks to Facebook (where else?!). Looks like Doglinks has come up trumps for Toby, a small scruffy terrier who was abandoned yesterday, and he will be leaving on Tuesday, thanks to James who is also delivering Mona and Leon to their foster family.
A couple of other dogs have arrived, and my cousin, whom I haven’t seen for years, has asked a question on Facebook, so I am hoping that he may come and visit and leave with a dog; you never know! Watch this space!

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The show must go on!

The world doesn’t stop while I am away from the refuge, however indispensable I like to think I am! Thanks to my wonderful fellow-volunteers and the SPA Facebook site (www.facebook.com/SPA.CARCASSONNE) I have been keeping up to speed with today’s events during my meetings here in Birmingham.
Here is a photo of Pluto, second to last of the Planet puppies to be homed. Just one little girl, Neptune, left. But of course we have plenty of other pups. This couple have never had a rescue dog before and drove 3 hours to collect Pluto, having seen our appeal on the Doglinks site! 
Thanks to all concerned, to Moira for taking up the translating baton at the refuge, to the couple for their long round trip and to Evelyn at Doglinks for publicising our puppy-plight. One by one…..
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Long-distance blogging!

I am away with work for the next few days, but thanks to the wonders of the internet, the blog can go on! Beccasine left as planned, with the French SPA workers and volunteers dusting off their schoolboy English to help out. “My tailor is rich” seems to be a favourite expression, but none too helpful when you are in a dog-adoption situation.
The BIG news is that we have been in discussions with the lovely Eline at Animal Trust in Belgium, and in April she will be taking delivery of five SPA dogs. Four of them are ex-chasse dogs (hard to home here, but a novelty in Belgium) and the fifth is Carbon, a black labrador who is starting to give up hope.
We do not wish to burden Eline financially, as she is doing us a huge favour (she homed 4 chasse dogs for us last year, too), so we are putting out an appeal to reimburse the SPA as much as possible. All five dogs will leave fully vaccinated (including rabies) and passported. In addition they will be micro-chipped, and (by far the largest expense), either castrated or sterilised.
If you can help with a small donation we would be very grateful. Or if you fancy organising a fund-raising for our “Second Chance” dogs, please get in touch!
Oh, and by the way, if you had your eye on one of these dogs, they are all still available for adoption. Eline has says she will  just choose another one instead!
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Small dog arrives, lovely dog leaves!

The two main events of the day were the arrival of a small dog, which is either a Tibetan Spaniel or a Pekinese (he hasn’t seen the vet yet, and none of us knows what he is. Except that he is small and furry and neither tattooed or micro-chipped. Secondly, lovely Chispa, whose arrival was noted on this blog, left with her new family. And she has fallen on her feet. Chispa was found with air-gun pellets in her legs, which may require future surgery. But this didn’t put her new owners off one bit! Makes a nice change! The weather was awful, though, so we weren’t able to take any dogs out. Let’s hope the sunshine comes back soon!

Goodbye Chispa
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And hello Mao
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Finally, the right home for this lovely boy!

This dog was found in a local rubbish tip along with his brothers and sisters in June 2011. He was homed as a puppy and was well looked after until…(wait for it)…his owners moved to a flat with no room for a dog. So Cortes was abandoned at the refuge exactly one year ago, with glowing references. So why has he been there so long? Because he is black, of course. But Cortes has finally been adopted, and best of all, his new owners are neighbours of mine. I pass their house 4 times a day when I walk my dogs. I am so happy for him. 
We have several more labradors who are just as handsome as Cortes, so if you are not “anti black dog”, like so many other people, please get in touch! We can find you the perfect friend!
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Open Day Sunday!

Beautiful sunshine heralded the first Sunday of the month and our regular open day. The usual devoted volunteers showed up to greet any visitors and to walk the dogs, and our cruelty inspector and cat-lover extraordinaire gave the cat house a deep clean.
We and the dogs had a lovely day. Harley spent his day running round in the park with a young female, while his foster carers walked dogs, and we had plenty of visitors too.
Beautiful Beccasine (to be renamed Becca, I think) has a lovely new home (have to sterilise her first, or she would have left today), and a couple more dogs were reserved too.
Sometimes we question whether Sunday opening is worth the effort, but today I say YES YES YES!

Not long to wait, now, Beccasine!
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What a Day!

As I write this my head is filled with conflicting emotions and I just don’t know what to use as the subject of my post. Do I talk about the collection of food at Geant that has resulted in us being able to cancel our fortnightly dog food order? We had 15 trolley loads of food donated, plus 2 pallets from Geant. The sales in their animal food department went up by 46% during the two days of the SPA collection! 
And at the refuge the first of the Perfume puppies left, and the family deliberately took the most timid dog, Givenchy, as they knew she would be hardest to home. Then two of our big, black dogs were reserved. (I will tell you who once they have actually left, so as not to tempt fate). 
So it was a wonderful day, apart from the arrival of this terrified hunt dog. Yes another one. A female this time, but incredibly similar to Gaspard, below. We have called her Greta, and she is beautiful. We will look after her and feed her up and hopefully find her a lovely home.
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There are some lovely people out there

Today we had the first of two days at our local supermarket, Geant, who hosted a stand for the SPA, encouraging people to donate dog food to the SPA. People were so lovely! We were given 8 shopping carts full of dog and cat food, as well as anti flea and tick products and tins of food. Loads of people came to chat and tell us about their pets whom they adopted from us. We had a big board with a display of our dogs (thanks to my husband and his brother, who is staying with us and being put to work!). It was a lovely day and showed that for every person who mistreats or abandons an animal, there is another one who loves them as much as we do. 
We will be at Geant again tomorrow, and the refuge will be open on Sunday afternoon for the first Sunday of the month, so any late donations can be received there!

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Another sunny day; lots of dog walks!

Well, a few days after the biggest snowfall of the year we had a lovely sunny day and the volunteers were out in force, walking dogs and generally raising morale at the refuge. One of our dog-walkers had taken Belle to make sure she got on with the other family dogs, and today she confirmed that all is well, so Belle is as good as adopted, which is great news. Thanks to Doglinks another of our puppies is reserved, and although this still leaves us with  lots of puppies, our philosophy is “one by one”. Every dog out makes more room at the refuge! Adopting a dog saves that dog and also the one who takes his place.
Here is lovely Gaspard, who is a recent arrival and who went for his first walk today. Dog walking can change lives! Why not come and join the team!

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Good news as expected, and a surprise!

As I mentioned yesterday I was confident that we would have good news today, and we did. But let’s get the bad news over first; three puppies in this morning, one of whom is blind. If anyone knows of any specialist associations please get in touch. Oh, and two more ex- hunt dogs this afternoon.
But onto the good news:
Kiara, Baloo and Saphir all left today. Three puppies have new homes. (Well, Baloo, now Teddy, is 5 months old, but is a Newfoundland, so is going to be HUGE).But then came the surprise adoption. It was finally time for Atlas to find a home. I cried. This beautiful boy was found attached to a tree in the middle of a forest last summer. He was incredibly lucky to have been found, rather than dying of starvation, which was clearly his owner’s intention. Well, Yah Boo Sucks to you. Atlas has found someone who deserves him, which you clearly didn’t!
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