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D-Day for Dexter and Feargal is adopted too!

Earlier this month the ScPA (via DRC) played host to a youg woman called Ellie who wished to add to her not inconsiderable knowledge of dog behaviour. She spent the week learning about refuge life, walking dogs and talking about all things dog with just about everyone she met. While she was with us, a dog arrived, and Ellie seemed to bond with him immediately. And so today’s story begins.

It must be said that Dexter (the name Ellie gave him) is quite special. He appears to be almost pure labrador, and is young and handsome. Ellie’s mum was also in town, and she too fell under Dexter’s charms. And when it became obvious that no one was coming to collect Dexter (who almost needless to say arrived unidentified), the family decided to offer him a new home! The only issue was that they live in the UK, although they have a home in France too and spend lots of time here. Undeterred by logistics, they set about organising to take Dexter home to join them and their other labrador, Fizzy in the UK.

Today as the ScPA opened,  Ellie’s mum, Nicky,was at the gates. She had flown in yesterday and her husband  was not too far away, driving down to arrive at the refuge at roughly the same time. The meeting was successful, adoption papers were signed, and now they have swapped over, with Nicky driving home with Dexter, and James flying back. So a bit of a whirlwind trip, but this way Dexter has left for his new home just three weeks after arriving. And Ellie is waiting for him at home with open arms, needless to say!

girl with dog

Dexter (with Ellie) – ADOPTED

It will not have escaped your notice that Dexter is black. Okay, he is beautiful, but for some reason it takes black dogs longer to find homes. How appropriate then, that Dexter is adopted during the ScPA’s Black Friday weekend.

You can see the lovely black dogs in this album.

Another dog was adopted today too. Feargal arrived (unidentified) two weeks ago. His owner phoned and promised to come and collect him. However  we had numerous people informing us that this young dog is left to roam pretty much all the time. So to be honest when his owner failed to show up, we were not exactly unhappy.

And neither will Feargal be now that he has found a wonderful new home.

Breton Spaniel

Feargal – ADOPTED

Tomorrow the refuge is open, of course, and it would be great to have as many volunteer walkers then as there were today.  Why not come along and join the team?

Two Friday leavers

Tylian arrived at the SPA almost four weeks ago, and as is so often the case he was not identified. Sadly as is also so often the case, he was terrified, and the first photos show him quivering in someone’s arms.

The ScPA has an obligation to try and find each dog’s owners, so naturally photos have to be put online. But of course pictures taken on Day One rarely show a dog to its best advantage.  It must be quite a shock for a dog to arrive at the refuge. Add to that the fact that some of them have been lost for days and others have been deliberately left at the gates, and you understand why some of the first pictures are not flattering.

Flick through the photos in any dogs album, however, and you see a gradual change, as a dog settles into refuge life and starts to understand that things are not so bad after all. Regular meals, lots of love and attention, visits to the vet (okay, they might not appreciate that so much, but it is for their own good), as well as playtime in the parks and walkies….Yes, for many dogs refuge life is the best life they have known.

Like most of the other new arrivals Tylian had started sharing his kennel and settling into life at the ScPA, but as he is such a small dog, we suspected that he would not have long to wait. Today a couple who have had pinschers all their life came to meet him. They are retired and lucky Tylian will have company all the time, as well as access to the sofa.

Yes, we are pretty sure that if Tylian could speak he would be very pleased with himself and not at all sorry that he came to the ScPA!

small male pinscher

Tylian – ADOPTED

Today’s other leaver was Paton. His situation was a bit different as he was brought in for rehoming by his owner, who was no longer able to keep his dog. So no super sad photos of him, who arrived in great condition. That was at the end of September, and it is great that, like Tylian. gorgeous Paton did not have too long to wait for a new home either. Intially his new owner came to the ScPA looking for a dog a wee bit younger, but she adored Paton as soon as she saw him. As Paton is a bit of a wanderer, the fact that he is going to live in an appartment will curtail his shenanigans. A wonderful life awaits with plenty of long walks and love.

shepherd corss with blue eyes


Tomorrow is Saturday and the forecast is looking good for at least one lucky dog!

Another day, another pup

Today we had the adoption of another puppy, puppy.  This is great for him, as until yesterday he had been sharing an inside kennel with Potiron. And I have to say, as Potiron left with his new family, Buster did not look at all impressed. However later on the same day, he was spotted by a family looking for a new pup. Today they came back to offer Buster a home, so at least he did not have at all long to wait.

No doubt he is now busy exploring his new home and we look forward to seeing photos of him as he grows up.

It is hard for pups at the refuge, as we have mentioned on  numerous occasions. At least we are able to keep the little ones inside, for the most part, providing there is enough space. This is especially so now, as the nights are starting to get colder.

There was a great reservation today too, and so more good news on the way.

white and brown puppy

Puppy Buster – ADOPTED

Adoption of puppy Potiron

Some pups have all the luck! No sooner had Potiron’s photo been put online than we had our first inquiry about him. One completed questionnaire later, a quick couple of follow up questions and he was off to his new home!

The key question was “Are you prepared for this dog to be bigger than a beagle”. Because although Potiron has a beagle’s markings, his paws are huge, and as he is only three months old, his new owner had to be prepared. Carole and Tony said that this would be no problem, and today they made the trek from Roujan to take home their new boy.

So after the minimum time possible at the refuge, Potiron’s new life begins. Exactly ten days ago today he was found lost and alone behind the railway station in Carcassonne. It is horrible to think of such a young puppy fending for himself like that, but all that is in the past. By now he will have met his new big brother and the family will be complete once again, after the sad loss of the family’s other dog recently.

Many thanks to Carole and Tony, and also to their friend Sally who has adopted from the ScPA and is encouraging all her friends to do likewise!

pup in the arms of couple

Potiron – ADOPTED


Sunday’s adoption of Lanky, and at last it is Whisky’s turn!

There was no blog over the weekend, but that was more for logistical (ie lazy) reasons than because nothing happened. In fact amongst the numerous new arrivals, we had an adoption!

German Shepherd Lanky arrived in mid October, and after a flurry of interest in him (he is stunning), everything went quiet. This is because this young lad appeared to be a bit agressive towards other dogs, and everyone who wanted him seemed to already have dogs. However as with many dogs, his apparent aggression is more due to fear than anything else; a lack of socialisation when they are young can often result in nervousness towards other dogs. We hope that at one year old Lanky is young enough to get over this quickly and f course being out of the refuge he will have a lot more attention.

German shepherd


Today things got even better with the departure of a very popular lad. After ten months at the refuge, Whisky’s turn finally came!

We have said it before, but there are some dogs that just do not get noticed at the ScPA. Despite being fine with everyone, including cats, Whisky had seen kennel-mates come and go, without ever being picked. This lovely boy has been an urgent appeal on DRC,  but even this failed to attract a family. However as is so often the case, it was worth the wait. Marion, of Le Flair Canin fame was looking for a dog to act as moderator with some of the dogs she trains. Her own dog is a bit reactive, and she wanted a calm, steady dog to act as a reassuring presence.

She had a chat with Carole, who is a big fan of Whisky (no, not the drink!) and the deal was done. Just a few more days wait, and at last Whisky was on his way.


Whisky – ADOPTED (after ten months)

There should be more good news tomorrow, so let’s hope this is a bumper week. For adoptions, that is, not for arrivals!

Four on Friday

We had four great adoptions today.

First to leave was Lancelot, a fabulous small dog of indeterminate breed. I would love to do a DNA test on him, and I would guess some collie (he is blue merle in colour), but probably some teckel (he is long in the body). But who knows. And more importantly, who cares? What matters most is a dog’s character, and Lancelot is a gem. He is good with other dogs, good with cats and very affectionate. We are all surprised that it has taken him this long to find a home.

His new mum took some time for reflection and came to meet and walk Lancelot several times, and we applaud her for this. Adopting a dog is not a decision to be taken lightly. However she could not resist this boy’s charms, and today, after exactly ten weeks at the refuge, Lancelot has a new home.

small hairy blue merle dog

Lancelot – ADOPTED

The nxt to leave was Mitch. Do you remember when Bang was adopted last month, and we mentioned that one of this group of five dogs (escapees from a filthy abandoned warehouse) was still waiting for a home. Well today Mitch too found his home!

Incredibly it has taken since the end of February for this handsome young shepherd cross to find a new family. I suppose it is because there is just so much competition at the refuge; we have some fabulous dogs. But in any case, Mitch has been far happier at the ScPA than he was before. He has had lots of love, regular walks, regluar food and vet care.

And today life got even better for him.

shepherd cross with big ears

Mitch – ADOPTED (after 10 months)

Next to leave was Augustin, a small to medium sized dog who arrived just before the end of October. We are pretty sure his owner phoned the refuge to see if his dog was with us, he described Augustin perfectly. However he never showed up. Shows how much he loved his dog, I guess. Once the ten days pound time was up, it was time for Augustin to trade up and find a better home!

He is a lovely lad, some kind of jack russell cross (no, not a Dalmatian!) and really adorable. We are pleased that he found a new home so quickly.

small white dog with black speckles

Augustin – ADOPTED

The fourth adoption doesn’t really affect the refuge, as in fact the dog, poodle Pompom (now renamed Bailey) left a couple of months ago. He, you may remember, had come back from an unsuccesful adoption, and was looking for a new home. We had the perfect family for him, but the timing was not right. However Bailey’s new mum was determined to make it work, so she found a foster family willing to look after Bailey until everything was in order.

This is not something we would recommend for all our dogs, but Bailey needed to break his attachment with the refuge and the change of scene seems to have done him the world of good. He is now in his new home, the adoption is official, and everyone is happy, especially Bailey! Many thanks to Bertha for her determination and Sheila for looking after him so well. It is great that she and Bailey’s new family will stay in touch, too.

Pompom (now Bailey) – ADOPTED

The weekend starts here; but what will it bring?

Adoption of Pirouette

Today we “only” had one adoption, but we had lots of other good news, which will mean adoptions to come. Plus if you include yesterday, five dogs were reclaimed. So despite some new arrivals, things could certainly be worse.

Today’s adoption was of Piroutte. She is a young shepherd cross who arrived with her mum, Noisette towards the end of September. At the time both dogs had mange, so had to be kept away from the others, but at least they had each other for company.

It is not surprising that the puppy was adopted first, and we are delighted for Pirouette. She is going to be a big girl, bigger than her mum, probably. And she has two big dogs to play with in her new home, so it looks like she has a lovely life ahead of her.

A short mut sweet blog tonight, but there will be more good news tomorrow, so see you then.

big brown puppy

Pirouette – ADOPTED

Adoption of Amstaff Drago

Today Drago, a fabulous American Staffordshire left for his new home. He arrived identified but the ScPA was unable to reach his owners. This may or may not be a good thing. Perhaps despite being category 2, he was not “en regle”, or perhaps his owner simply did not want him anymore. In either case, Drago was looking for a new home.

Jenna and her husband were looking for a second dog, to help their deaf dog, Logan. So the new dog had to be okay with other dogs, as well as cats and children. Intially came to the refuge sepecifically to meet a different dog. One who was not categorised as being dangerous. However when they met Drago they knew he was the one. Provided he met the criteria, that is.

The meeting with Logan went well, as did meeting the children. But how would Drago do in the cat house? Well, let’s just say that this tough looking lad got biffed around the face and didn’t react at all, so that was more than okay! So Jenna and Cedric set about getting the required permits . This can be easy, but it can also be difficult. Completing the obligatory training course was the easy bit in this case, but getting insurance and the permit from the mairie took a bit longer. However all in all it was not too bad, and 8 weeks after his arrival at the ScPA, Drago has a new home.

We hope he will be as happy as he deserves to be. As EVERY dog deserves to be, in fact.

man cuddling staffordshire


Many thanks to Jenna and her family. We look forward to news and photos, of course.

Adoption of Oseille

Today saw the adoption of Oseille, a sweet little dog who has been with us since towards the end of October. She is officially a beagle cross, but looks quite like a tiny and delicate pointer. She made it her business to make friends with everyone, and it wasn’t long before she was offered a home. So in theory Oseille could have gone straight from the Pound to a new home (via the vet, of course, it is obvious that she has already had her fair share of puppies).

However her new family wanted Oseille to live outside at night, and although this kind of life can suit some dogs, Oseille is not one of them. She seems to be much more of a warm rug kind of dog. So she had to wait a bit longer for the right family to come along.

It is nice to have the luxury to choose the right home for our dogs, and not just let them leave with the first person who wants to adopt them. I am sure most of us believe that there is a dog for everyone (barring people who mistreat animals, of course), and in the intersts of both dog and owner, it is worth waiting a bit longer for the right match.

Many thanks to Oseille’s new family and we look forward to news and pictures of her once she has settled in.

small beagle type dog

Oseille – ADOPTED

There were a couple of reservations too, so more good news awaits!

Remembrance Day adoption of Craig

Today, as is the case every Sunday, the refuge was open for walks, cuddles and of course adoptions. And we did have one lucky leaver, border collie Craig. This lad arrived in the aftermath of the floods, and initially we wondered if this gorgeous boy had come from further upstream, as it were, and that he would be reclaimed. However the ten days’ pound time came and went and the only option was to find a new home for Craig.

Craig is a great lad. At five years old he has got over the phase when dogs, particularly border collies, seem to never tire. Moreover he is good with other dogs, and with his classic black and white colouring, is a very handsome boy indeed.

We wish him all the best in his new home and look forward to news and photos.

black and white border collie


As you all know, today is 100 years since the end of the First World War. We are sure that everyone reading this is aware of the enormous sacrifice made by the many animals who were involved in the conflict. They, too, should never be forgotten.

Never forget the sacrifice made my animals in war