If you read one of our earlier blog posts, you'll already know something about Lévriers Sans Frontières. Run by a group of passionate (and militant) people, its purpose is to rescue, and rehome in France, some of the thousands of galgos - Spanish greyhounds, used for hunting - that are abandoned, mistreated and killed every year. To read about the treatment suffered by these beautiful and gentle creatures, so loving by nature, is simply shocking; the latest blog post by Odile, LSF's president, barely bears reading but even if you don't read French, the images speak a thousand words.
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. A gigantic thank you is due to everyone who's contributed - in fact that's all of our guests, because we automatically donate €5 for every booking we take, which this year is €150. Many of you have added to this in various ways too; you've given an extra €103 so far (and the season's not quite over yet!). On a personal level, we've donated €72 worth of 'copper' coins plus €180 from the sale of various bits of furniture we inherited at Maison Leela; €5 a month also goes to Lévriers Sans Frontières, who do such amazing work in rescuing galgos. Oh, and like so many other people we made a donation to the Manchester Dogs Home after the recent shocking fire there.
the call of the wild?
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 ...