Hi All – I am back!
I am sure everyone agrees that Moira has done an excellent job while I have been away, so much so that I am thinking of (ab)using her more often. But today I have been at the refuge and I have tidings of great joy, so I have told Moira to shove over and make room for me!
First up was the adoption of Paca. She arrived at the refuge a whole 15 months ago, and was very nervous, almost to the point of being aggressive. However she quickly got the hang of refuge life and quickly became a favourite with many of the volunteers and employees. She is a big strong girl and enthusiasm was her biggest fault. And despite the amount of time she has spent with us, Paca’s lust for life has never diminished. Finally today she found a home, and we are delighted for her!
Second was the departure of Candy, who has been with us since the end of December. Not so long, you may think, but the departure of a Rottweiler is always cause for celebration. There are papers to fill in, courses to attend and all sorts of hoops to jump through, as these dogs are officially dangerous! Try telling that to lovely Candy. She is going to live with Fabio, a beautiful Dogue Argentin who was homed from the refuge several months ago. Bizarrely in the UK Dogue Argentins are catagorised as dangerous, whereas in France they can be owned by anyone. Hmmm.
On the bad news front, we have been told by the SPA in Toulouse that no, they will not be collecting Tom. He is a 10 year old German Shepherd cross who has been with us for just over a month. The agreement is that any dog that has been adopted from a refuge returns to the same refuge if he is ever found or abandoned. Toulouse are refusing to take Tom back, because they know at 10 years old they will be unable to rehome him. This is absolutely disgraceful behaviour in my opinion, especially as we are full to bursting. We hope that Tom finds a home, and he is certainly better off with us than he would be in Toulouse, however this washing of hands is just not acceptable.
Paca leaves after 15 months
Goodbye to Candy
And Tom is abandoned by the refuge that should be looking after him.