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Two fabulous adoptions and a fostering.

Well, here’s something that doesn’t happen nearly often enough! A lovely man came to the refuge to look for a very particular dog. Kiko had been abandoned at the SPA three weeks ago by this gentleman’s neighbour (usual story, border collie, too active/intelligent for its owner). However Kiko had been a good pal to this man’t children, and when he found  out that this beautiful dog had been dumped at the SPA, he came to adopt him. So his children have their playmate back, and Kiko has the home that he probably always wanted! 
Another departure today was that of Bonn, who caught the eye of a family who were not put off by her long ears. In fact they, like our good friends at Animal Trust, are Belgian, so do not have the French anti-chasse dog prejudice and are more inclined to go on the character of the dog. And Bonn is a gem of a dog.
On the subject of long ears, my golden girl, Sveltesse has gone to a foster home that we hope will become permanent. And there is another reservation, but I will save news of that for another day! Don’t want too much good news all at once! 

Kiko: back to the old neighbourhood with an owner who loves him!
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Bonn “Who me? Long ears? Never!”

 

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Working Afternoon in the Sunshine.

The refuge was shut for the second of two bank holidays, but the volunteers were having none of it! We miss our dogs too much, and the thought of them spending another afternoon alone, apart from a quick flit in to feed the thinnest dogs, was just not acceptable. The sun was shining, so a few of us volunteers and three volunteer/employees agreed to meet.
We had a lovely time doing all the things that we quite often don’t get the chance to do, due to ringing telephones, dogs being brought in etc. We washed some dogs, we played with some of them in the park, we cleaned out the infirmary, we changed the kennels of some of the dogs to give them a change of scenery. It was a really lovely afternoon, and we even had cake, which can’t be a bad thing.
Here are some of the photos: I know  some of this looks like child labour, but I promise they were all willing participants!
Open as normal tomorrow!

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Washing out the dog bowls
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Cleaning in the infirmary
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It never stops.

After I had uploaded my blog last night I thought I would be able to relax for an hour or so before going to bed. Then the phone rang. It was the SPA guardian, calling to tell me that a very young puppy had just been put into one of the external kennels. Could I find someone to take her, please, as her eyes were only just open, and she was way too young to be away from her mother, let alone survive in the refuge.
A quick post on my Facebook wall and one in a private group of fellow-volunteers brought several offers, and now Ilana is safe with one of the volunteers. Thanks to those of you who offered to take her in, I will bear you in mind for next time. And yes, that is a threat/promise!
I have to say, people never cease to amaze me. Apart from minimal manning in the mornings to clean out and feed the dogs and cats, the refuge is shut both today and tomorrow. It was a miracle that the pup was found in time. I know whoever dumped this puppy is not reading this blog, so there is little point in venting my spleen. But I have to say that whoever it was is an extremely sick individual. 
Here is little Ilana, curled up asleep on her foster mummy’s lap. She is a very lucky girl. Ilana is going to be a very small dog, a yorkie or a pinscher type, we think, and in due course will be up for adoption. So if you are reading this, perhaps her story will touch you and you will offer her a home when she is old enough!

Ilana

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A foxy new arrival and a new look on Twitter!

Hey, you didn’t really expect there to be any adoptions today, did you? Not when there are two days of bank holidays approaching and of course most people will take Friday off, thus having 5 days free. So inevitably the movement was inwards, rather than outwards. Some of the owners of the 4 new dogs may well come back to get them and be happy to have had some bargain-basement kenneling. Most of them won’t bother. 
One little guy who will be easy to home is Basil, seen below with one of our volunteers who met him for the first time today and was tempted to take him home! What a lovely looking chap! If he has owners, best they hurry up and reclaim Basil, because he won’t stay long after his 10 days “pound delay” is over.
Something very good did happen today….For those of you who follow us on Twitter, we have a whole new look. No, not down to me! Whereas I am not a complete Luddite, I do not Tweet. However this morning I was contacted by a webmaster who had noticed that we  have lots of followers (perhaps including you), but not many tweets. This is because our usual twitterer has been very busy, and was more than happy to have a helping hand!
Follow us, if you don’t do so already. And if you have any time to spare and skills you would like to offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
https://twitter.com/SPACarcassonne

Little Basil
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Megan’s Progress

I know I witter on endlessly about our volunteers and the fabulous work they do. Well, as I may have mentioned, not only is their “work” restricted to dog walking.  Some of them take the more urgent of our dogs home to foster. This can mean puppies who would otherwise be exposed to the illnesses of the refuge. Once they have their second vaccination they can return to the refuge without any risk to their health (if they have not already been homed directly, that is)
It can also mean taking home dogs who are elderly or poorly. And tonight I wanted to show you some photos of Megan, who arrived less than a week ago at the SPA, having been used as a staple gun practice area. She was absolutely terrified in her kennel, and so it was a case of “Volunteers to the Rescue”. Here is Megan before and after. She has only been out of the refuge for 4 days. It just shows what a difference a calm, loving environment can make to a dog; even the most hopeless looking of cases.
Yesterday little Bobby, the bichon left with a new foster family, and I await some “after” photos of him, too!
If you would like to be part of this amazing work, please get in touch via my website http://www.dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/ . Or perhaps you might like to adopt the beautiful Megan, who is just 18 months old and is busy learning what a wonderful place the world can be!

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And 4 days later
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Spring Fayre – the Results!

Well, I can’t say that people came in droves, I think the weather meant lots of people stayed at home doing gardening or just lounging around. The Brits were out in force though, and I hope a good time was had by all. 
The Aude Shantymen entertained us with their songs, as did Rick (and Jane) and we had the best chips and (so I am told) fried chicken in the world. I ate more cupcakes than I care to mention (thanks Dotty!) and I was delighted to see so many ex-refuge dogs, now healthy and happy in their new homes.
Numbers-wise we made 500 euros in cash, plus 400 euros in cheques, so it was a success as far as that was concerned. Just a shame we didn’t have more people, but it was their loss!
At the refuge, meanwhile, plenty of dogs were walked and one was reserved. I will keep the suspense until she leaves. On the negative side, eleven kittens were brought in, supposedly having been found. Honestly, people must think we were born yesterday. HURRUMPFFFF.
For today’s photo I thought I would show you the fabulous poster made by the girls who ran the bric-a brac stall. It is the cover photo for the SPA Facebook page! 
You can see it there, as well as all our lovely dogs in glorious technicolour!
Thanks to everyone who came along today; great to see you all and your dogs!
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Spring Fayre Final Reminder.

Well, the movement was in the right direction today, with dogs leaving, rather than arriving at the refuge! Three dogs left us today, Magnolia,  the last lab cross puppy (but we have other pups, never fear!), as well as Giggle, one of our labrits, who has gone to live in a chateau (seriously) and also beautiful Hugo. He is an Australian Shepherd, whose owners couldn’t be bothered to collect when he arrived at the SPA with his brother Goonis. We gave them fair warning (the dogs arrived over a month ago, and every time we phoned the owners they hung up the phone, sometimes after having increased my knowledge of French obscenities). Clearly they didn’t deserve these two beautiful dogs. I hope Goonis finds a new home soon too, and that these selfish people never ever get dogs again!

See him and all the other dogs on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/SPA.CARCASSONNE or on my site http://www.dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk/ (links to both are on the right)

Finally, please don’t forget tomorrow’s Spring Fayre at Berriac Town Hall. There will be a raffle, a tombola, music, food and drink and lots of stalls selling arts and crafts and loads more. And as the town hall is so close to the refuge, you can go and meet our dogs and cats too, as the SPA will be OPEN and manned by our fabulous volunteers! Go and make their day by adopting an animal!
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More arrivals; it must be the holiday season!

ow do you know when it is holiday time in France? Because loads of dogs arrive at the refuges, of course! Yesterday we were shut, but 6 dogs still managed to arrive, and a further 5 today. Where are we expected to put them all? Well, clearly that is our problem; the people who dump them all clearly don’t care a jot.
The only person with whom I have any sympathy is the owner of Snoopy, a beautiful dalmatian, who was brought in today. The poor woman has a terminal illness and is unable to look after her dog. She was clearly very ill, and in my opinion this is why the SPA exists, to accept dogs whose owners have a genuine reason for giving them up, not just a change of heart. In any case, Snoopy should find a home easily, as despite being 7 years old, Snoopy is fine with all other dogs and cats. And I know there are lots of fans of this breed out there!

It was not all bad news today, as apart from one of the new arrivals whose owner came to get him, there was actually an adoption. Little Ed, has been renamed Elliot, and gone to a lovely new home. The last Elliot we had at the refuge was a magnificent rottweiler. As someone pointed out, the colours are the same, but there is about a 50kg difference in weight between the two!

Snoopy arrives

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Ed (Elliott ) leaves

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Our wonderful volunteers strike again!

gibusNo more arrivals today, I am relieved to say, but no departures either. Well, not permanent ones. One  of the things that keeps me going when times are rough, is the devotion of the other volunteers. In fact when I say volunteers, quite often I mentally include the employees, several of whom were volunteers before being offered a paid post at the refuge. After all, not only had they already proved their devotion to animals by giving their free time to the refuge, they already knew how things work, so there was no need for extensive training.
Several of our volunteers take puppies and kittens home until they have their 2 vaccinations, or just to help with training and socialisation. Other volunteers see a dog in need and offer to foster them, too. On Tuesday little Benson went home to be fattened up, yesterday Megan (she of the staple gun attack) left for some R+R, and today Snoopy the dalmatian left with one of our ex-volunteers/now employees. What is most remarkable about that is that she had a baby boy 3 weeks ago, also has a 3 year old daughter plus 3 dogs and the same number of cats. So when I say that the SPA Carcassonne has the best team of volunteers of any refuge, you will know why!
In other news the last remaining puppy, from the “flower” litter, Magnolia, has been reserved, and today she met her new big brother, Gibus, who also left the SPA as a puppy (but spent his pre-adoption time with yet another family of volunteers!) Here is a photo of him today; some of you may remember him from when he was little!
Can I just also add a PS: Like everyone who works in animal rescue, I am incredibly busy. Please can you decide whether you do actually want to adopt a dog (and have the permission of your children if required) before making me spend my precious time jumping through hoops answering your questions. I have little enough free time as it is. À bon entendeur salut, as they say in these parts!

Our wonderful volunteers strike again!

No more arrivals today, I am relieved to say, but no departures either. Well, not permanent ones. One  of the things that keeps me going when times are rough, is the devotion of the other volunteers. In fact when I say volunteers, quite often I mentally include the employees, several of whom were volunteers before being offered a paid post at the refuge. After all, not only had they already proved their devotion to animals by giving their free time to the refuge, they already knew how things work, so there was no need for extensive training.
Several of our volunteers take puppies and kittens home until they have their 2 vaccinations, or just to help with training and socialisation. Other volunteers see a dog in need and offer to foster them, too. On Tuesday little Benson went home to be fattened up, yesterday Megan (she of the staple gun attack) left for some R+R, and today Snoopy the dalmatian left with one of our ex-volunteers/now employees. What is most remarkable about that is that she had a baby boy 3 weeks ago, also has a 3 year old daughter plus 3 dogs and the same number of cats. So when I say that the SPA Carcassonne has the best team of volunteers of any refuge, you will know why!
In other news the last remaining puppy, from the “flower” litter, Magnolia, has been reserved, and today she met her new big brother, Gibus, who also left the SPA as a puppy (but spent his pre-adoption time with yet another family of volunteers!) Here is a photo of him today; some of you may remember him from when he was little!
Can I just also add a PS: Like everyone who works in animal rescue, I am incredibly busy. Please can you decide whether you do actually want to adopt a dog (and have the permission of your children if required) before making me spend my precious time jumping through hoops answering your questions. I have little enough free time as it is. À bon entendeur salut, as they say in these parts!

Gibus
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