‘Ours’ – my new dog!

Meet my new dog! He’s called Ours, which means Bear in French and he’s a mix of a Grand Griffon Vendeen and probably some other large hunting dog. He’s five and a half years old. I’ll never forget Beau and Mia and Milou and Peggotty and Mistletoe and Scramble and all the wonderful dogs who have lived with me in the past but there is always enough love for a needy dog and goodness, there are enough poor dogs in shelters in this area alone.

The hunter who owned Ours wanted to shoot him – apparently he wasn’t any good as a hunting dog! – but fortunately someone rescued him but couldn’t keep him as he lived in a studio, so delivered him to the refuge where he has lived for the past two years. He arrived with injuries to a leg and terribly thin.

He’s terrified of men in particular but meeting anyone new is a trauma for him. He’s never lived in a house so all the sounds of a house scare him and outside sounds he doesn’t know, like cars on the autoroute worry him greatly.

Having said all that he is a total love and in only 48 hours has found the places in the house where he feels safe: at my feet when I’m at the computer and by my bed!

I found his photo on the website of the SDA of Nice which is in Tourettes-Levens. Most impressive refuge, spotlessly clean and all the dogs well cared for and lovely people working there who cried when Ours left with me. 

Isn’t he gorgeous!

(Thanks so much to my friend, Sheila, who came to the refuge with me and stroked Ours in the back of the car on the way home. It made all the difference. Sheila has been with me when I’ve adopted several dogs in the past. She has a wonderful calm manner. And she has a great dog herself – Gucci, a Welsh terrier).

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Voici mon nouveau chien! Il s’appelle Ours, c’est un mélange de Grand Griffon Vendéen et probablement d’un autre grand chien de chasse. Il a cinq ans et demi. Je n’oublierai jamais Beau, Mia, Milou, Peggotty,  Mistletoe et Scramble et tous les merveilleux chiens qui ont vécu avec moi dans le passé,  mais il y a toujours assez d’amour pour un chien en manque d’un foyer et malheureusement il y en a beaucoup dans des abris de la région PACA.

Le chasseur à qui il appartenait a voulu le tuer – apparemment il n’était pas assez bon comme chien de chasse! – et heureusement quelqu’un l’a sauvé.  Mais ne pouvant  pas le garder dans le studio où il  vivait, cette personne l’a laissé  au refuge où il a vécu les deux dernières années. Il y est arrivé avec des blessures à une jambe et très maigre.

Il est terrifié par les hommes en particulier et  la rencontre avec quelqu’un de nouveau est un trauma pour lui. Il n’a jamais vécu dans une maison donc tous les sons de celle-ci l’effrayent ainsi que ceux de l’extérieur qu’il ne connaît pas, tels les voitures sur l’autoroute qui l’inquiètent grandement.

Ceci dit, c’ est un amour et en seulement 48 heures,  il a trouvé les endroits dans la maison où il se sent en sûreté: à mes pieds quand je suis à l’ordinateur et à côté de mon lit!

J’ai trouvé sa photo sur le site Web de la SDA de Nice, qui se trouve à Tourettes-Levens. Un refuge  impressionnant, extrêmement propre où tous les chiens sont bien soignés par les gens charmants qui y travaillent et qui ont pleuré quand Ours est parti avec moi.

N’est pas il magnifique!



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