Normally we don’t use the blog for individual dogs but needs must and Taser really deserves a home.
When Lafille arrived at the beginning of February as a 5 month old cute pup we were all sure that she would be gone as soon as her pound time was up. Its unusual for a cute female pup to have to wait long at all, especially a blond one!
Never mind, a four week wait isn’t too long to wait and today she left and is now to be called Tina!
We hate seeing pups grow up at the refuge. Pups need to be out and about, meeting other dogs, other animals, people, children, traffic and to be part of normal day to day activity. Unless they experience all of these things as a young pup they can develop a fear of them.
At the refuge Lafille was socialised with as many suitable pups as possible and after her buddy Marcus leaving earlier this week it was great that she too found a forever family today.
When a pup arrives at the refuge we all have fun guessing what breed (s) they could be. Lafille had a wrinkly look that is typical to Shar- pei’s and was the shape of a labrador but really we are just guessing. As most pups arrive as strays we cant guarantee their breed but our vet has a good idea if they are going to be small, medium or large as adults.
For those of you who really want to know what breeds your pup is made up of then you can purchase a DNA kit from amazon. It only takes 3 weeks from sending off the sample until you get the results.
I did this with my boxer cross Phoebe and the test revealed that she was also part labrador and newfoundland. This didn’t surprise me at all as she is a big girl.
Tomorrow is our open day and Sebastian has organised another group walk. Keep an eye on the weather though folks and if its raining watch for an update on the facebook page as to whether the walk will go ahead or not.
Who remembers the little braque who arrived ten days ago? He looked like a smaller version of SPA dog Orwell, so naturally we named him George. Today he left for his new home, straight after completing his time in the pound. He is a fabulous chap, small and affectionate, and quite bewildered to find himself behind bars. Especially after the dog with whom he arrived, Huxley (in real life Floyd) was reclaimed by his owners. However all that is over now, George (now renamed Chester) has a home.
Tony and Marcus started volunteering towards the end of last year, and although they were looking for a dog, it had to be the right dog at the right time. This time the planets were aligned. George was just what they were looking for, and they reserved him while he was still in the pound. This is always a nerve-wracking time, knowing that a dog’s owners can come and reclaim him until the end of day 10, so there was a big sigh of relief when the deadline passed.
Chester starts his new life today. Needless to say, we will have lots of news!
Yesterday’s arrival, whom we named Andro but who in real life called Chef, was reclaimed by his owners. And of course he is now identified, which means should he run off again he should be easily reunited with his family.
Despite the bitterly cold temperatures there was a surprising number of volunteers walking dogs and we have to thank them for their enormous dedication. It is one thing braving the cold for your own animals, but coming to walk SPA dogs when there is snow and ice around is really heroic. Many thanks for reminding the dogs that they are loved, even if for now they do not have homes.
Today was a wonderful day for little Marcus, who finally found a home. This little pup was the first one of his litter to be adopted in November, but he was brought in for rehoming at the start of the month as he was being a puppy. Yes, that might be a stupid thing to say, but when puppies and children mix in an unsupervised manner, problems can arise. As we soon realised, Marcus is not a problem dog, just a young one.
His new family came to look for a companion for their dog, and initially they expected to adopt Lafille, the gorgeous sharpei cross who is waiting for a home. However it was Marcus who stole their heart. He is a great little lad, full of life and mischief, like most pups. His family (and yes, they do have children, but dog-savvy ones!) returned to make sure Marcus would be fine with their dog, and he was reserved pending castration, which took place today. He left with a big smile on his face and we are sure he will be very happy. At last.
The beautiful setter Mecano, who arrived at the SPA eight days ago was reclaimed. It was a close call, another two days and this boy’s pound time would have been up. And looking like he does, we are sure he would not have had long to wait.
It was a lovely sunny day but it is due to be very cold overnight, so we are happy that two more lovely dogs are out of the refuge. If you are somewhere warm and cosy tonight, please spare a thought for those who are not, be they human or canine.
We had a fabulous day today with lots of sunshine and lots of walks; it was another day when almost all the dogs went out, and so thanks to the ever-growing number of volunteers, and of course Sebastien who is the official volunteer-wrangler!
And we had some adoptions, too. First to leave was little Nino. This tiny ten year old yorkie arrived identified but to an address in a department far far away. All attempts to find his owner have failed, and believe me, there was lots of effort made. The time came to find this little lad a home. And today a family came to meet him and took him home.
We then said goodbye to Otto. He is one of two dogs who was left to starve in an appartment when his owner moved house. Yes, this actually happened! Luckily the landlord went to collect the rent arrears and saw the dogs. They were brought to the SPA and that of course will not be the end of the matter. However as far as Otto is concerned, it IS the end as he has a new life. We hope that his father, Gustav, doesn’t have long to wait.
Dana, an elderly dog who arrived fairly recently, was reclaimed as well, so it was all good. Although after yesterday’s blog was posted we did have some sad news; one of the family’s huskies refused to accept poor Texas, so this lovely lad is back at the SPA. Let’s hope he finds true happiness soon.
The SPA is shut tomorrow, but it will be open next Sunday, of course, and there is talk of a mass walk taking place, too.
An early and quick blog tonight, as both Moira and I will be attending the monthly SPA board meeting. We will catch up on any late-breaking news tomorrow. But we didn’t want Friday to finish without news of….an adoption.
This time it was the turn of Galilé. This stunning pup arrived at the very end of January, and his patchy fur led us to suspect that he had la gale (mange), hence his name. Mange is caused by a parasytic mite, and can be communicated (by contact) to other animals, but also to humans. Tests for this skin disease were negative, but the symptoms seemed to be so obvious that it was decided to not take any chances. This has meant that Galilé has spent his time at the SPA alone, and contact with the staff and volunteers has been through gloves. But he has had as many walks and as much love and attention as all the other dogs, we promise.
Galilé was reserved last week and had a final control today, just to be sure. He went off very happily to his new home, where we are sure he will be more than ready to experience his new found freedom to the full. Many thanks to his new family for their patience.
So that is at least one adoption every day this week so far. What will Saturday bring?
Yesterday we mentioned that more good news was due, and we also mentioned that Queenie’s podenco friend, Sacha, would be leaving the SPA soon. By putting two and two together, you can guess that today was the day that Sacha left the SPA for her new home. She is a very lucky girl, she caught the eye of Sylvie straight away. She and her husband had adopted podenco Bill from the SPA last year, and when Sylvie saw Sacha she said “She is MINE!”
At first Sacha was too thin and weak to be able to make new friends, but as soon as she had gained a bit of strength, she was introduced to Bill to make sure it was a good match. Today she went to the vet to be sterilised and then went straight home to start the rest of what we are sure will be a long and happy life.
In other good news one of Saturday’s arrivals was reclaimed. This mini labrador, whom we called Huxley, is really called Floyd, and by all accounts is a bit of an escape artist, despite having a huge garden to amuse himself in. At least now he is identified, so will be able to find his owners quicker should he wonder off again.
In the first of three wonderful news items today, we have the adoption of Texas, hopefully bringing to an end the rather disrupted life this dog has had recently.
Texas was rehomed directly from his former family last year, then brought to the SPA (together with recently rehomed English bull terrier Gino) when his new owners no longer wished to keep him. This was a total shock for Texas, who was not at all suited to life behind bars. When not sharing his kennel with another dog, this boy would perform Houdini-type feats of escape, all to search out company, be it canine or human. Worst of all, if confined to his cage, he used to press himself against the bars looking miserable.
He is a beautiful dog, so inevitably there were several people interested in offering Texas a new home. But there is no point letting a dog leave for an unsuitable home. Yesterday’s visitors looked far more promising, however. They have two huskies, and a well-enclosed garden. But would the dogs get on? Cue Vincent, our dog-whisperer, who supervised the meet and greet today.
Texas left with a huge smile on his face, and his joy was shared by all the staff and volunteers. Long and happy life to you, Texas.
Next we said goodbye to Queenie. She arrived a couple of weeks ago, together with a tiny podenco cross. Both dogs were thin and timid, but the lovely SPA staff found a place in the warm for them both. As neither dog was identified we had no way of contacting their owner(s), and of course the best thing was for them to find new homes. Lovely Queenie was sterilised today, and has gone to live with a volunteer! We are not sure if she knows yet, her husband is planning on surprising her this evening, so no names. But we will have lots of news of this little lass. And don’t feel sorry for Queenie’s podenco pal; she will be leaving very soon as well.
Finally today we can tell you that bruno de Jura Finn (now Fynn;the Y is a very important letter for personal reasons) has been officially adopted. Most of you will have read about him; wandering in a nearby village and evading capture for several months before making it to the safety of the SPA in mid-December. His arrival coincided almost exactly with the tragic death of adored ex- SPA dog, Lily-Blue, and her owners took this as some kind of sign.
Other signs were of course Fynn’s unfeasibly long ears (Lily-Blue won three of the prizes in last year’s DRC dog show, including “dog with the longest ears”), and the fact that he was timid but trusting and loyal. And good with cats. Yvonne and Henny followed Fynn’s progress at the SPA, and by attrition he worked his way into their hearts. A couple of weeks ago they offered to foster Fynn to get to know him, but by then I think we all knew that the writing was on the wall. Regular updates showed just how much they had fallen under his spell, especially after he and their cat started sharing a basket (on day four). And then the announcement on their Facebook page, LangueDog, told us what we had already guessed; Fynn is staying right where he is.
This is the best possible news for this lovely dog, and shows once again how quickly and dramatically a dog’s life can change once he gets to the SPA. Yes, Fynn still has a long way to go, but he is in the best possible place to develop. He is already attending dog school, where, to quote Yvonne, “he continues to impress in a handsome, quiet kind of way”. And he will not be short of love and affection, that is for sure. Many thanks to Yvonne and Henny for opening up their huge hearts to this boy. They have promised us a story for “Life after the Refuge” in due course and that will be a fascinating read.
DRC sponsored Fynn while he was at the SPA. Moira was one of the team who fed Fynn and tried to catch him for several months. And I walked him at the SPA while he was there, seeing him evolve from a terrorised newbie to an affectionate and relatively happy boy. So we both feel very close to this lad. We couldn’t be happier for him. It is almost as if he is staying part of the family.
And more good news is on the way tomorrow, too.
As we had hoped, the last pup didn’t have too long to wait! Little Laslo left for his new home today, and we are delighted for him.
If you are after a puppy, however, dont be upset. There is a litter of six pups who will be ready for adoption soon, and of course we will show you photos of them as soon as we can. But please do not forget the “not-quite-pups”, either. One of them, Marcus, was adopted as a tiny puppy and brought back when he was a bigger puppy, and gorgeous Lafille is the kind of dog that turns heads at any age.
Okay, they may have lost their initial puppy cuteness, but that happens to all pups! And these two are well on the way to being housetrained, even if they do have the occasional lapse. Let’s not let them get left behind, just because there are younger pups at the SPA.
We have at least one adoption in the pipeline tomorrow, by the way, so remember to read the blog!
Two dogs of very different sizes left the SPA today.
Lisette was one of the pups from the litter of five, her brother Samy was adopted on Saturday. In fact Lisette’s new family met her that day, but decided to think about the implications of adopting a puppy. Yes, it is not to be taken lightly; this puppy will become an adult dog who will rely on its owners for upwards of ten years. That is quite a commitment, so best to think about it first. Besides which, this thinking time meant that Laslo was not alone all day yesterday. He is alone now, however, so it is fingers crossed that he finds a home this week.
And on the big dog front, Saturday’s arrival, a beautiful Pyrenean mountain dog whom we named Jaqin, but who is really called Diesel, was reclaimed today. Of course he is now identified, so should he ever go walkabout again, his owners will be easier to contact.
So that is all the news for now, but there is more good news on the horizon this week for sure.