It was a great and very emotional end to the SPA week.
First off, today in the wee small hours Moira was at the SPA to send Jolie on her way to a new life in the UK. Jolie arrived at the SPA in November last year along with her pal Junior, who has long since been adopted. Jolie would have been too, had she not had a serious injury to her leg, which needed to be re-operated on. This required a long period of enforced reduced mobility, and if she is to make a full recovery probably a period of physiotherapy.
So when Jackie visited the SPA earlier this year and fell for Jolie, it was important that she was prepared for what lay ahead. The email we received was 100% reassuring. Everything, but everything was planned for. Jolie is going to have physiotherapy and in due course will attend a hydrotherapy centre and eventually, when she is back to full strength, will accompany her new mum, who is a landscape gardener, to work.
Jolie is an incredibly lucky dog. Although she is only using three legs properly right now, pretty soon we will be able to say that she has truly fallen on all four paws.
Then this afternoon we had two dog adoptions. First up was Moon, one of five dogs who arrived at the end of February and who was already a favourite with many staff and volunteers. A lovely young shepherd cross, Moon was exactly what today’s visitors were looking for. Their young German Shepherd wanted a friend to play with, and after a few minutes of sniffing and cautious intereaction, the two dogs began chasing each other round the park and all in all just showing just how compatible they were. So Moon left for her new home. Wonderful news for a really wonderful dog.
A third very lucky dog left today, but unlike Jolie, being on three paws will be a permanent state of affairs.
Touffu arrived in mid-January and although his owner came to see if he was with us, she never returned to reclaim him. Nor did she know how he lost his front left leg! Hmm. He is a great little lad, about the size of a yorkie and very very feisty. He insists on launching himself at full speed at any dog he passes…all except for Alfie (ex SPA dog, Marbrouk) who was adopted over 2 years ago by Chris and Monica.
Chris has been coming along to dog walk for several weeks now, and Touffu and Alfie have become firm friends. But what would Monica think when she came over to visit? Up until today she had only seen Touffu in photos, but we have to remember that is how Alfie stole her heart, too.
The four of them went for a walk, on which Touffu was suitably fesity (no being on his best behaviour for this lad!) and a chat. Yes, there is work to be done, but as we hoped, it was go go go for Touffu too, and he has started a new life full of love and cuddles, which will suit him just fine.
We can’t leave you without news of the day’s other big adoption. Cacahouette has finally found a home! Yes, we know this is DOG Rescue Carcassonne, but sometimes we bend the rules. Especially when it is for a dog who has accidentally ended up in a cat’s body!
Anyone visiting the SPA in recent months will have met Cacahouette, who likes dogs, but not cats, and so has been camping in reception. And today’s his turn finally came. A couple came looking for a cat who could live with their dog. As usual staff presented Cacahouette, but as usual the family went to the cat house to see who else was available for adoption. But they returned saying that Cacahouette was the one for them! High emotion indeed! And I was not the only one to shed a tear of joy; tinged with a little bit of regret that I couldn’t adopt him myself. He is quite a character!
For completeness’s sake I should mention that cat Fakir was adopted too, but one cat picture on the blog is enough. So here is Cacahouette with his new mistress. We will miss you!
So that was the end of an emotional day at the end of what has proved to be an emotional week.