This year we'll be donating an extraordinary amount in support of dog rescue: a whopping 565 euros altogether. In fact the grand total will be even more than that, because we've made lots of pots of chutney and jam that will be sold next month at a local sale in joint aid of Carcassonne SPA and Twilight Chiens.
On a very much sadder note, one of our two rescue dogs, Hobo, disappeared without trace one afternoon in April. In spite of endless hours, days and weeks spent searching, putting up posters, using social media and all the rest, he's still missing ... and very much missed. It's hit us both very hard; Hobo is an extraordinary dog, one of the most empathic, emotionally complex and sensitive dogs I've ever known. Over 18 months we watched him learn to trust, to wag his tail, to play, and in true greyhound fashion, to climb up on our laps and wrap his gangly limbs around us in seemingly impossible positions.
His disappearance came completely out of the blue, just a couple of weeks after he'd been castrated. Has something happened to him? Did he have some kind of hormonal disturbance as a result of his castration? Was the call of the wild too strong? Or will he come wandering in again one day as if nothing has happened? We certainly hope so ...