Lets start with the happy news ! Here is the lovely Puppy Pieter with his equally lovely new owner sitting in the back of the van ready for the next stage of his new adventure. A lot of ‘new’ there and here’s another one, Pieter is now Vega ! I had to look that one up and apparently Vega is the brightest star in the northern constellation of Lyra. Brightest star, I go along with that. Have a great life Vega looks like that is definitely on the cards …… or in the stars.
Next bit of good news is that little Orka has been adopted and is now best pal to Ollie a Shitzu homed by us a few years ago. Orka is now Poppy (much more appropriate) and her new owner did not even want to wait for the two week trial period to pass before asking for Poppy to be transferred immediately to her ownership !
The good stuff just keeps on coming, Orphee has gone to a cracking new home where she will have a great outdoors life involving horses and plenty of countryside to run around in.
Fingers crossed for Lady who will hopefully be going on trial to a new home in about ten days’ time.
Now for the sad stuff, our darling Patch, a big teddy bear of a dog who came to us quite a few years ago when his owner could not keep him due to a change in circumstances, has ‘moved on’. He was never up for adoption, the agreement being he would stay with us and we were so happy and lucky to have him. An absolute treasure of a dog, Patch was never ever any trouble, he got on with everyone, every dog and provided a comfy cushion for cats. For many months now moving about has not been easy but, bless his heart he got himself outside to do what was necessary. He seemed contented and was eating well. Then we had to carry him in and out and mop up the inevitable ‘accidents’. Finally came the day when I just knew he had had enough and even though I couldn’t bear it, I had to make the decision. Dear Patch has left such a big space in our hearts – and our kitchen – but I just know that wherever he is, he is being a comfort to all around. Had he made it to August he would have been 19 years old !
Then a couple of days ago little Tanya, a blind poodle who made her life mainly in my bedroom or getting lost in the garden, had to be pts. She was 17 and had a cerebral trauma. It was probably the most awful thing I have witnessed and is still too raw for me to talk about . Bless her, she had been to the toilettage the day before so wherever she is she will be turning heads she is so pretty !
Back to the good stuff ! Our Book Sale was another great 3,000 euro success thanks to you ! Thank you soo much. We never forget there are many other book sales, much bigger and, yes, we could move premises and get bigger too, but we like our ‘cosy’ feel, our great cakes (nothing to do with me !), lovely Ray providing atmospheric music and the friendly atmosphere. The next sale is 19th October and we are happy to take books from now. As usual, PLEASE only books in good condition. Following a couple of emails from people after the last sale, we are offering a new service to you booklovers; if there is a book you particularly want, email me the title and if it comes in I will put it to one side for you. We are also going to include a new category, ‘Classics’. This, I realise is a bit of a minefield as one person’s classic might be another person’s ‘pig of a read’ ! The obvious authors are easy but then you get to modern classics ! I will be taking opinions and advice from more learned readers. If you have any ideas as to how we can make the sales even more enjoyable, please do get in touch, BUT please don’t ask for the books to be in alphabetical order, I do have a life !!
Talking of fun events, the Summer is being kicked off with a fun musical ‘Those Were the Days’ a ‘Comedie Musicale’ set in the 60s. Music and singing by professional, ex professional and local residents. Running for four dates so there is bound to be one, or two, or three or four (!) convenient for you. 24th May in Beauville, 25th in Lauzerte, 31st in St. Laurent Lolmie and 1st June at Prayssac. Entrance 10 euros and there will be a bar. 60s type costume encouraged but not obgligatory. Now, where on earth did I put my velvet flares ?! More info and reservations – www.twtd.fr.
Regular visitors to the website will notice, perhaps, that I have taken down the ‘Previous Poorpaws’ page. This is because recently I have been getting many emails from people looking to adopt dogs who have already been homed ! Although it was clearly stated at the top of the page that the dogs listed were dogs who had been successfully homed, the requests still came in, one from someone wanting to adopt a puppy who had been homed in 2012 !
In the last newsletter I mentioned Lidl’s wonderful white chocolate Easter eggs. Well a couple of days ago they were in the store at HALF PRICE !! Seemed rude not to buy ……. a few ! Important fact, Easter eggs consumed from the week after Easter are NOT FATTENING !