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More ex-chasse dogs arrive

The sun was out this afternoon, and so were the volunteers! We tried to concentrate on the dogs who have not been out for a while, as adding photos to their Facebook albums draws attention and with any luck this will result in an adoption or two. 
As ever there were many distractions; people wishing to abandon their dogs, and sadly the arrival of yet more ex chasse dogs. The three new arrivals have obviously been “lost” for some time. All three, now named after German cities as they look so much like the recent arrival Hanover, are very thin. One of them is badly injured and is under under transfusion at the vets, awaiting an operation tomorrow. Bonn and Cologne are in the cat house being fed little and often, and we hope that they will pull through. Here is Bonn, a lovely gentle female who is in a skeletal condition. You will understand when I say that hunters are not my favourite people right now. 

Two dogs back with their owners and a sad new arrival.

The two dogs who were found yesterday on the motorway were reclaimed by their very grateful owner today. The second dog is now chipped and the owner is going to have another attempt to dog-proof his garden, now he realises what a lucky escape his dogs have had. 
Sadly this good news was tempered by the arrival  of another lost soul. This old girl was brought in by the police today. She is covered in lumps and bumps and her fur is all matted. Of course we will do what we can to clean her up, but it is important to post photos of her as she is now, as that is the only way her owners are likely to recognise her. She has a tattoo in her ear, but as with Ray, below, it is illegible.
We have named her Rumba, and in 10 days time she will be looking for a new home or a foster family. I am scared that this is yet another case of a dog’s owners not being able to accept the declining health of their animal, so they just leave it to die alone. Cowardly and beyond comprehension to me and to all real dog lovers.

So young and already mostly blind.

Today was mostly fun. A couple of volunteer handymen were hard at work, making a lovely decking area in the cat house (yes, we have cats too), and several other volunteers were on hand to walk dogs in the sunshine. A couple of dogs arrived, found on the motorway, but we are hoping that it may be a case of the wanders, as opposed to a deliberate act, as one of them is chipped. 
I spent as much time as I could today with Ray, who is a griffon Bleu de Gascogne, and despite his relatively young age, is virtually blind. He sees movement, but not much more. Ray is only 6 years old and has a tattoo, which sadly is illegible, meaning we have no way of finding his owners.Once his 10 days “pound time” are over we will have to decide what steps to take. Do we leave Ray’s eyes as they are, or is an operation possible? One thing I know is that this dog deserves the best possible care. He is a true gem, great with other dogs and very affectionate. Bearing in mind he can only see vague shapes approaching, it is incredible that Ray shows no fear and welcomes caresses from humans and licks and nuzzles from other dogs. He had long dreadlocks from neglect and sat patiently while these were removed, and he has an ear infection that is being treated. He is in good hands and has stolen everyone’s hearts!


Over a year behind bars is finally over for these two boys!

These two boys had each spent well more than a year in the refuge, but every dog has his day, as the saying goes. Tyson left on Saturday, and Guido was reserved on Saturday and left today. We are delighted for them both. Sometimes it takes a little while for the right owner to come along, and it is the refuge’s job, employees and volunteers alike, to keep the dogs socialised during their time at the SPA. Walks are important as is play time in the parks. Castrating Tyson enabled us to mix him with a female, which made his last few months at the refuge far more enjoyable, as well as freeing up some space for a single male. 
Clearly we can only mix males and females when one of them has been neutered. This is one very good use that we make of any donations received. If you have a favourite dog at the SPA but are unable to adopt, why not help pay towards his/her castration/sterilisation? It almost always helps find them a home and definitely makes their life happier while they are waiting! Or why not join our ever-growing team of volunteers and be the one who takes the dogs out of the refuge for a walk and a cuddle?
For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please see my website (www.dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk) or visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SPA.CARCASSONNE. Links to both are on the right of this page.
Thank you!

Guido (with the beautiful Tiffany, who is not up for adoption)
Tyson, happy on a walk last summer

Car Boot Triumph!

The Vide Grenier took place in Quillan today, and what a success it was. The SPA had two stalls, one run by the Brit volunteers who raised a whopping 300 euros, thus ensuring the departure of the dogs we are sending to Belgium (not that we would have let a lack of funds stop them going, but it is good to keep the treasurer happy!). The second stall was run by one of fabulous foster families. They are looking after our 14 year old yorkie, Alfie, who would never be homed from the SPA and needs lots of love and cuddles. A month or so ago Alfie went to have his teeth scraped, and as is the agreement, the bill for this was paid by the SPA. Alfie’s foster parents wanted to reimburse the refuge for this and they raised easily enough money to do so. Fabulous work all of you.
Best of all, I did absolutely nothing except pass on the leftovers from the last vide grenier. Oh, the joys of having people you trust to delegate things like this to!


Several adoptions, despite the weather, and cupcakes!

There was a good turn out of volunteers today, so lots of dogs were walked. A young marine has joined the team, and he is keen to walk the bigger dogs who pull on the lead, so it is great to see them out and about. We have a list in the office so we can keep track of who needs a walk, and this seems to work well! 
A new puppy arrived and he was taken home by a volunteer to keep him safe. He is a sweet little guy who is yet to be named. Here he is. And here are the cupcakes which were given to us by a great supporter of the refuge who adopted an elderly dog from us just over a year ago. If these don’t encourage you to join our team of volunteers, I don’t know what will!

Don’t forget the Vide Grenier in Quillan tomorrow, by the way. 09H00 onwards in the Carrefour carpark!


Sausages Leave!

Toffee and Liquorice, our two sausage dogs left the refuge within 24 hours of each other. These 2 wire-haired teckels had arrived at the refuge with mange, and were not allowed out of their kennels until their treatment had been completed. Usually dogs this tiny are adopted straight away but their illness and the risk of contamination meant they were here for three whole months. We had a home on offer providing they were okay with cats, but it was not to be. Feisty little creatures! So instead they left separately but both to wonderful families who will give these little souls the love they need. 
Other refuge news; The SPA is having a stall at the Vide Grenier in Quillan this Sunday, so if you want to support us, go along and buy something or just make a donation. The girls will have the SPA display board where you can see photos of our dogs, and feel free to ask questions about them too (the dogs, not the girls). Let’s hope the weather is kind! Image

Rex finds his owner! WHAT TEAMWORK!

On March 15th Rex was brought to the SPA. He was chipped but his owner is a homeless person and the only phone number we had was that of a local shelter which acts as a post restante for many of Carcassonne’s homeless. We left a message there, but poor Rex was crying in his box, and we didn’t want him to stay for too long.
So one of our multi-talented volunteers went into “poster mode” and made this poster, which my husband then took to the soup kitchen, where he volunteers. Straight away someone recognised Rex and promised to get in touch with his owner. He in turn called the refuge today and Melissa, our secretary, delivered Rex back to his owner tonight. The reunion was very emotional; it nearly had Melissa in tears.
Homeless people can make excellent dog owners, by the way, and Rex is in excellent health, so we are glad he is back where he belongs. 
A happy ending for everyone!

Busy day, some good news.

I couldn’t believe how quickly the time flew by at the refuge today. It was all go for me and the other dog walkers! We had a visit from a new handy-man type volunteer who looks like he could be a godsend to the SPA. And out of the blue, Hector, our lovely German Shepherd, was adopted to be the companion of a golden retriever. Hector had arrived having been hit by a car, and initially had trouble walking, so there were no nice photos of him in the sunshine until Saturday, when a volunteer took him out, and the resulting photo is what attracted his new owners to the refuge! Hurrah!
Lovely Belle’s adoption was confirmed by her foster family, and we are all working like mad to find a new home for Harley. Oh, and Pippa (see below) has been reserved! 
Quite a day, all in all!

Bye bye Hector !

Down to Earth with a Bump

Oh well. Gouda was brought back today, I don’t know why yet. I am consoling myself with the fact that I didn’t like the family who adopted him anyway, and he will be much happier with someone else. (PS found out today that Gouda was intended as a gift for their parents, whom they knew wanted a new dog, but 2 had already been “ordered” from a breeder. Grrr. Not Gouda’s fault at all!)
Then as well as needing a temporary foster home for Alexia before she goes to Belgium, the  adoption of Harley fell through. So tonight’s blog is dedicated to Harley. I have posted for him before, but this time I MEAN IT!!!
Harley is a small to medium dog, about 15kg. He is fine boned and is possibly a podenco cross. He was born in September 2009 and spent well over a year at the refuge before being adopted. However his adopter couldn’t keep him, as Harley has separation anxiety and barked while she was at work. Rather than him go back into the refuge, a volunteer took Harley home to foster, and he has made enormous progress. He is still quite anxious by nature and doesn’t like being alone, but the barking has become manageable, and his foster carers would happily keep him, were it not for the fact that they have house rabbits, and Harley is not at all okay with rabbits.
He is, however fine with cats. And female dogs. And non-dominant males. Harley is fabulous on the lead and is affectionate in the extreme.
We really don’t want Harley to come back to the refuge, as all the progress that has been made on his separation anxiety will have been wasted.
Harley is castrated and is the perfect dog in so many ways. Neither of his recent homes has had a garden, and he loves running round, so he would love a garden and he definitely needs another dog in the family, as he needs a canine mentor.
Associations are welcome.
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