It’s almost unbelievable but today we have had five superb adoptions!!!! Every one of them would have merited a blog to themselves but I shall start with Titou’s story as it is typical of many dogs in France.
Titou was one of a number of puppies who were being handed out at random to passers-by in the centre of Carcassonne. The person doing so has crossed paths (and swords) with the SPA since, and to be quite frank, is beyond listening to any reason whatsoever. When I suggested that he get his dog sterilised (even offering to pay for the operation from my own pocket), he said that his dog was free to do as she wished, and if she wanted to have puppies, that was her decision. Okay, in this case the dog may indeed be more intelligent than her owner, but in general it is humans who make decisions on behalf of their animals.
In any case, one of the people who just happened to be passing at the time was the Secretary of the SPA Association (not to be confused with Carole, who is an employee and works at the refuge every day). She asked for a puppy, which she then brought to the SPA. Titou was taken home by some former volunteers, who wished to adopt him, but threats to his wellbeing meant that Titou had to be rehomed urgently.
Enter Edith, foster carer extraordinaire (you can read an article by her on the page “life after the refuge”). Edith took Titou home and looked after him along with her own dog, Othello (also an ex-SPA dog), and there he has been for some two months while a new home was sought.
Finally today Titou left to live in a huge estate close to Carcassonne, with a poodle as a companion and owners who will be at home all day. Fabulous news and wonderful that this dog has never known life at the refuge. I wonder what happened to the other puppies who were given away on the same day. Inevitably some of them will end up at the SPA, more black lab crosses, untrained and uncared for. This at least cannot be said of Titou, despite the somewhat unsettled life he has had up to now.
If there is a moral to this story, it is yet again to sterilise your dogs! Only this way can we prevent more unwanted puppies being born to fill up refuges or wander the streets lost and alone.
Next to leave was Pitchou, an eight year old who was abandoned at the beginning of July when his owners divorced. This is an all too common reason why dogs end up at the SPA and just goes to show you how little regard and respect some people have for their dogs. I do understand that both parties are moving on to a new future but surely between two of you can accommodate a dog you have loved and shared for eight years! Poor Pitchou howled when his owners left, he was very distressed and we knew that at eight years old he may have a long wait for a new home.
The first photo that we had of Pitchou was a very sad looking boy behind his kennel bars .As soon as this was put on our facebook page we were contacted by Michele , who had spotted his picture and fallen in love with his story and sad eyes. She contacted us to say that one of her dogs had recently passed away and if Pitchou was friendly with other dogs and cats she would love to drive over from Pau to meet him. The ‘sociable’ with other dogs bit was very important as Michelle had spent 13 years looking after a staffie cross who had aggression problems so definitely wanted a dog she could trust around her family and friends. To love and care for a dog with aggression problems for all of that time shows real dedication so I was really hoping this lovely family was going to come and visit Pitchou. If a prospective family has cats we can cat test a dog to make sure he is safe to live with them and luckily Pitchou ignored the cats in the cat house which is always a good sign! An appointment was made to visit but had to be cancelled when their dog Ruby became very ill with a very severe gastro bug so another one was made a week later. When I arrived at the refuge to introduce Michele to Pitchou I was delighted to see that the whole family had come to meet him.
We brought Pitchou into one of our parks to meet his new family and he quickly charmed the two girls and dad as well as Michele. He is a very playful eight year old who was delighted to have an audience to show off his tricks with his kong; he would race after it, bring it back, bury it, dig it up and then throw it at you! This was soon a done deal and Pitchou was reserved. After a trip to the vet to be identified and castrated he left today to live with a playmate Ruby, two cats and rabbits. Who would have thought this eight year old shaggy dog would have been so lucky!
After Pitchou, Adele our six month old berger cross left. Adele has only been with us since July and its clear from her size at six months that she is going to be a very big girl!
The next pup to leave was Black Jack, a black Labrador cross. He too hasn’t had too long to wait for his forever home which isn’t surprising when you see how cute he is!
Last but not least was the very special adoption of our twelve and a half year old Yorkie called Muesli. This lovely boy was found in July and we knew we were looking for a very special home for this elderly chap but today was his lucky day….happy retirement Muesli!
Titou – A bright future ahead of him!
Pitchou who is off to Pau!
Adele – A big girl for 6 months!
Black Jack – So cute!
And last but not least Muesli!