In memory of Charlie

Sandra & Doug Pountain have written to us about the passing of their dog, Charlie.

My wife and I adopted a dog from you in 2007 his name was Jimbo but we changed it to Charlie. He was a Beagle cross. We had to return to the UK in 2009 and brought him with us. He was the most beautiful young man you could ever wish to meet but unfortunately he developed cancer and died 4 weeks ago, he was our life and he loved and was loved by everyone he met, he would capture their hearts. He hated going in the car but loved it when we arrived no matter where it was. He was 12 when he died and I cannot tell you how much we miss him, it has left a massive hole in our lives. We would just like to thank you for all the pleasure your team brings to people in finding and rehoming such beautiful creatures.

Rosie, Buster & Stevie

From Katie & Mike who lost everything and worse of all, their beautiful animals in a fire a couple months ago…



“We came across the wonderful Phoenix Association in 2011 when walking down the high street in Morzine where we spend the winters and got chatting to a young couple who had a lovely pup with them. It turned out that they had got the pup from Phoenix, this was Maggie. We immediately went home and got on the internet and looked at the web site as we were told there was one of Maggie’s siblings still available. So there on the screen staring at us was Rosie. We called Linda Atkins who was the lovey fosterer and coincidentally she happened to live in the same village as some friends of ours, so we thought fate had struck and we reserved Rosie immediately.

Rosie-b1She was one of the naughtiest puppies ever! But at the same time was so lovely, pretty, stupid!!! After a year we decided that maybe she should have a play mate. I spoke to Sheelagh who said she had a “project”. The project in case was poor Stan (soon to be known as Buster). Stan had been terribly badly treated and starved and when we went down to see him immediately fell in love with this little sack of bones. Sheelagh and Rik had already been amazing with him. After not too long of coming to live with us, he got stronger, bigger and all his eating problems left him. He turned into the most wonderful, intelligent dog with oodles of character. Rosie and Buster together were the best best of friends. Buster could not be without Rosie at any time.



Stevie2So when we found we had lost both of them in the fire that burnt down where we were living for this winter, it was unbearable. We are also remembering Stevie Wonder, our wonderful black blind cat, although he was not a Phoenix cat.

The hole left by losing all three is a big one. However we have decided to give another lovely dog a chance and are looking forward to giving Piper a lovely home very soon. ”

Rosie Buster2 Stevie

J Edgar aka JJ “Stinky”

“IJJ2n 2005, we adopted a strange, shy puppy who was named Perky….Big soft ears, big feet, short legs….we think he was the unlikely offspring of a Border Collie and a dachshund. On the way home from Phoenix, we decided to rename him J. Edgar….But that quickly got shortened to JJ…none of poor French friends could ever get used to saying JJ…it became GeeGee or even a more exotic middle eastern sounding Djzai Djzai….but I usually called him Stinky.  He grew to be a very good looking dog and I have to admit, he was the very best dog I ever was friends with. He taught me much more than I could ever have taught him. Smart, active, loyal and totally trustworthy. I live surrounded by forest and we spent many hours on hikes. I never worried about what he was doing….He would take off and chase things, I could keep on walking and he would find me in the forest no matter where I was. He was very affectionate with my wife and very gentle. He was very active and always in good health, but unfortunately, he died very swiftly last June as a result of drinking from a ditch where my neighbour farmer had drained a tank of pesticide. It was very traumatic for me as he really was my best friend.

Here is a picture of J Edgar, JJ, Stinky as I would like to remember him:


What a guy he was!”

– Patrick

Granny Smith

Alexandra and GrannyGranny! Granny! Granny!

 I use to call out for you Granny.
How often that name has resounded in my house.
I would find you asleep on the sofa, cuddled up in the bed, running to me at sausage time with your dear companion Rosie.

But no more – You left us at 4 in the morning of 22nd November 2014, after twenty months spent together.
Mercifully a sudden death, just several days on medication for your weakening heart.
So much love in such a little lady.
My thoughts and love go with you forever –
Take them with you over the rainbow bridge.



Here is a lovely and fun video of Robby before he passed away.



When Phoenix came across Robby, he was tied up in a barn. This was no life for this sweet old boy. It wasn’t long after he was put up for adoption that Nicola Dolman and family adopted him, and added him to their own pack.

Robby passed away in July:





Our lovely sweet old boy Robby passed away on Saturday. He was running around in the garden like a puppy and his heart gave up. He turned 14 years old last month.




He had three bouts of pancreatitis while he was with us and for the last month had been incontinent at times but he was seemingly fit and well in all other ways even though he was old and doddery at times but at other times he was like he was 14 months old.


Rob in bedI miss him so so much, we had him with us for less than a year and a half but during that time he didn’t leave my side.

He’s the first dog that we’ve lost and although I expected to feel bad I didn’t expect it to hurt this much. I feel absolutely gutted by losing him.

Thank you to Phoenix for rescuing him and for introducing him into our lives. I know that Robby knew that he was very loved for the last 16 months of his life and I can only hope that he knew that I was there with him as he slipped away from us.”



10371510_402795856530331_7438130557208245921_sRemembering Sim, one of the first dogs who went from France to Holland with Lady’s Rescue Dogs:

Do not know if Lisa from lady’s rescue told you the sad news.

But 27th of May we lost Sim, he wasn’t very well the last couple of months but everytime we could get him on his feets.

# days before he died he wasn’t well again and stoped eating, he was tired and his body gave up, he passed away in my arms.

10461945_402796169863633_6785412801975244171_nSim was with us for almost 3 years and was one of the first dogs that Lisa brought to Holland.

We miss him alot and will never forget him.”

Brigitte Caro



Baz, left, at Phoenix.

Baz, left, at Phoenix.

Baz came into Phoenix as a tiny, terrified kitten at the end of 2012. Slowly but surely, he became less and less afraid, and was then adopted by Steve, along with Max and Molly, two of Baz’s playmates.

Tragically, Baz passed away in May 2014, way too young.


Steve his owner, said:

unnamed“Baz had kidney problem & the vet also said his lungs were not 100 percent.He was doing really well with medicine but suddenly went downhill. I spent a couple of hours sitting craddling him & he passed away in my arms. Max & Molly came to Baz about 10 min
before he passed away & gave him a nuzzle & lick,they must have known.
They will not leave each others sides & of course mine, they are a great comfort.”

RIP Baz, you were very special and you’ll never be forgotten.


011-2Josie was discovered, almost dead, on the side of the road on a very rainy day by Phoenix’s Richard & Sheelagh Johnson in 2013.

She was taken into Phoenix and received much TLC and from there she was adopted by David.

She was an old girl, who had probably not had a very nice life and so thankfully she knew only love in her last months.

Sadly, Josie developed an aggressive form of cancer and passed away in March 2014.

As David’s daughter, Wendy says, “Josie absolutely adored Dad and would follow him everywhere. At least she had a lovely end to her life, but so sad she was with Dad for such a short time. 



Here’s a photo of her with from Christmas – you cas see how happy she was!”

Rest in peace, Josie xxx




Very sadly, little Timmy has passed away.
5-years ago we found him at the SPA in a very unhappy state. He was then 10 years old and a no-hoper for re-homing. Since then he has proved a wonderful little friend… tough as nails and always ready for a walk or play. Woe-betide any big dog who invaded his space: he was fearless!

Finally though he suddenly became totally blind to add to his deafness. That left him frightened and bewildered and we had to have him gently put to sleep.
Thank you so much for sponsoring him. We’ll miss him too.

Bye Bye Mufty (passed away in 2006)

Mufty 2



Even at the very end the love light shone out through his eyes.

Mufty was the oldest and the wisest; the most loyal and the most energetic of our Gang.



“12 years ago he arrived at the bottom of our path exhausted and terrified.

It took an hour and a half to coax him up (through the rain) to our house.

Since then he has lit up and animated our life.

There was no-one better than Mufty for running and for catching. Positively indefatigable.

No one better either at being a friend to all people and animals

We are going to miss him a lot.

Thank you for supporting him and throw a last tennis ball in his honour.”

Richard & Sheelagh Johnson.

A Tribute To Sophie – A Very Special Horse

With much sadness we say goodbye to Sophie, one of our very first rescue horses and certainly one of our most successful rescue stories.



This is Sophie as we found her back in February 2007, totally emaciated, standing in a field of mud. No food and not a single blade of grass anywhere. We managed to contact her ‘loving’ owners, who were eventually persuaded to part with her.



Sophie now in pastures greenHere she is just 3 months later, transformed!…..plump and glossy at her Phoenix foster home.

Already elderly, gentle Sophie lived nearly 7 years in Phoenix care, teaming up with handicapped Gadget, who was to be her best buddy right up to the end.

Sophie’s last year was spent being lovingly cared for (with her friend Gadget!) by equine foster carer, Yvonne Jukes.

For several years her health had been fragile, but over the last few weeks, Sophie went into a rapid decline. With great sadness, Yvonne decided Sophie just couldn’t go on.

So adieu and fare thee well, sweet Sophie.
All who knew you love you. We will miss you, but are glad to have been part of your life.
And don’t worry too much about your good friend Gadget, because she is finding solace in the company of her donkey friends.


“Sweet tiny Edith was so very old, but a real fighter.  Found wondering the streets of Bergerac, then rescued by Phoenix to us, this little bundle was just like a toast rack and likely not to last long. But that was 6 months ago, and with love and care, her tummy tumour was forgotten, her ribs became a weighty fluff bundle … And she may have been small, but had the character of an elephant size. We have all loved her dearly, humans and doggies alike.  She went down very quickly, likely the cancer reaching her brain. She died very peacefully in her sleep.  Thank you little one for letting us get to know you and for trusting us. Run free now precious girly xxx”

Leeanne & Mike, Twilight. mail



Here is a picture of our boy Baloo who left us yesterday.






He came to us from Phoenix via Sharon Lee-Chappel a couple of years ago, and we feel privileged that we were able to make his twilight years happy and peaceful for him.

The picture is how we want to remember him before his illness, a beautiful boy, and such a gentleman. A real black beauty.




Announcement from Richard & Sheelagh Johnson, founders of Phoenix:

Pandy“It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce to all Pandy’s friends and supporters that she has gone for her final long sleep.
Pandy has now entered the happy hunting dog grounds in the sky.
We miss already her sense of humour, her games and above all her singing.
She was our eldest and wisest of friends. Over 15 years in our home.
No one who met her could fail to be touched by her particular personality.
Please send her a smile in your thoughts.
She is still smiling in ours.”

Pandy was THE first Phoenix dog, and lived in Vergt with mum and dad, Richard & Sheelagh. Despite serious health issues in 2012, resulting in an amputated leg, she celebrated her 15th birthday with balloons and cake on 18th January 2013.

R.I.P. Pandy, you are a legend. xxx



“Received the very sad news from Chrissie and Bertie that the wonderful Rasta has gone to play in doggie heaven. We feel that we were so lucky to have been part of her life and are so grateful to Chrissie and Bertie for giving her the forever home. She has had a wonderful time with them and holly and rocky. She has been spoiled and if love could have saved her she wouldn’t have gone. She was our first foster dog and as such she has a special compartment in our heart that no other dog can have. We say a big thank you to Chrissie and Bertie for loving her. We remain very positive as we are now on our 4th foster dog and Rasta was the start of it all. Enjoy your play dear Rasta and we send you a big hug. Glad we saw you Monday morning.”
Margaret & Gary, Phoenix Foster Carers1013010_498588476878784_1542624840_n


In memory of our lovely Penny who succumbed to her illness after such a short time with us. We miss her every day with her enthusiastic jumping at feeding time! Her doggy friend Tasha misses her too – we all have a Penny size hole in our hearts. Rest well little one….(The Goslings)

“When the body that lived at your single will
When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone–wherever it goes–for good,
You still discover how much you care
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.”
Rudyard Kipling


Pearl came to live in my home a few weeks before I moved in 12 years ago.So it was like I was her guest and she was very gracious about it.
She`s been a really good friend ever since; minding her own business in a cat-like way while keeping an eye on my lap.
Now she`s gone after a rapid decline through cancer. She died quietly at home a few days ago and is greatly missed by both myself and her doggy friend Timmy.


Roxanne is no longer with us after 6-years of total complicity with Phil her carer.
Saved from certain euthanasia at Bergerac pound, she went on to destroy 2 adoptive homes as she could not bear to be alone. So she was never alone with Phil
for all those years.
She will be much missed by Phil and by all the children at the kids centre where they spent lots of their time.



Will anyone with tilt-open windows PLEASE make sure your cat or dog cannot suffer the same dreadful fate as our Georges (we have since heard of another cat who suffered in the same way).
23rd April (?) to 24th September 2011
Dear Georges
We don’t know where you came from as you were found wandering the roads and fields with two of your siblings.
You must have been a survivor because by the time your rescuer returned for you, you were the only one to be found.
You couldn’t stay with your rescuer because her cat didn’t accept you so it was our good fortune that you came to us.
Even on your first day with us, when we took you to the Vet for a check-up, you were fearless and curious.
We fed you and loved you, and you loved us in return, as you grew from a six-week old kitten into a slender and elegant cat.
Ellie tolerated you, even though you followed her around, ate her food and after a while you two became companions – despite her injured leg she could keep pace with you (who was chasing who, we think you took it in turns?)
After your injections you became free to explore the garden, and we learnt that you had no fear – instead of running away from a car you would run towards it, or even inside it.
It was a big day when we watched you climb up the fence into the neighbours’ garden, but we had to let you have your freedom. When you didn’t come back after a while I went to look for you and found you cowed up a tree a few doors away, chased there by a neighbours’ dog. That only subdued you for a day or so.

You continued to grow, not only physically but from a kitten into a cat, you even seemed to settle down with Ellie, much to our – and of course her – relief.
You weren’t too grown up to sleep on our bed (when it suited you, of course) and would wake me up by gently washing me.
When I had a bad fall and was bruised and bloodied, you came and lay with me and comforted me.
We went out for a couple of hours and as usual made sure you were indoors, which we thought was the safest place for you – how wrong we were proved to be!
We returned to find you wedged in the angle of a tilt window which we had left open for ventilation – you must have tried so hard to get out and then to claw your way up to take the weight of your neck.
We got you down, you were still alive but died within a few minutes in our arms – were you waiting to say goodbye to us?
You are at peace now, you have a special place in a new flower bed in our garden for a special cat.
You had a short life but one full of fun and love.
Ellie was distraught after you had gone – she wandered around the house and garden looking for you.
We shall all miss you.
Alan and Barbara , Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure

PS – will anyone with tilt-open windows PLEASE make sure your cat or dog cannot suffer the same dreadful fate as our Georges (we have since heard of another cat who suffered in the same way).


Sweet Pim ,

You were part of our lives for 22 years and yes we know that that was quite a long time .
You were in great health , minor things maybe , but still not so bad for an old guy ; up until the day you died in your sleep. We had talked often times about what it would be like when you were not there any more .
The emptiness that we would feel in our lives . It seemed to us that that day would never come , but it has . The emptiness is even more than we ever imagined and we miss you greatly!

The smartest cat in the world . Do you remember when you stepped on the latch of the door to our balcony of our apartment locking us out ? Or what about having to tape the fridge door shut when
we left because we knew you would be in there in a sec ?
Or what about coming home late at night from work here in the Dordogne and you always waiting for us at the top of the drive ? We will never forget!

We are glad we were able to bring you from our apartment in the city in Eindhoven to the quiet Dordogne where you were able to run and play in the garden without us worrying about cars .
The last 6 years were certainly a great improvement for you ! That makes us happy .
We buried you here close to the house so that you are not that far away .

We love you Pim and you will always remain in our hearts .


After more than 17 years we lost our beloved rescue dog Sootie on Tuesday 15th February 2011. To us he was the best dog in the world. He had been beaten and left on the streets before coming to live with us. He was psychologically damaged. We were advised to send him back to the dogs home. How wrong they were. After much patience and a lot of frustration he became the kindest, lovable dog you could meet.
Six years ago Sootie came with us to live in France and he loved it. He will be remembered for his agility, love, friendliness, daftness and his cold nose, which was always getting him into trouble.
He followed me around everywhere and I have lost a loving shadow.
There are lots of pets, lots of dogs, but there will only ever be one Sootie. We were lucky he was part of our family, we will always miss him and never forget him.

God Bless

Sue, Les, Andrew & Donna xx


Our dear Buster died this morning, January 12th 2011. . Buster came to us from Trevor and Linda Atkins when he was just about 4 months old. Buster was a lovely dog even if he did drive us nuts. He knew more ways to dig holes in the garden than any other dog we have ever had. He also ate everything in sight. Which was, I think, his downfall in the end. He must have eaten the pesticide or poison that finally killed him, on his walk on Monday morning.

Buster would have been 1 year old on the 10th of February. Though a short life he had masses of fun, was well loved, even if there were times in the beginning when I wanted to hand him back. But he was beginning to calm down and becoming a very good and companionable dog. He will be greatly missed by us and all our friends who took to his mischievous nature.

Thank you for Buster. I am only sorry that his time with us was so short.
Tessa Thomson


It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Victoria crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning. She had been growing weaker and thinner in her old age and we knew that her kidneys and liver were failing fast. She hadn`t eaten anything since Friday morning and just spent her time sleeping in a corner. This morning I looked into her eyes and saw it was time. Her usual vet wasn`t there, but the older gentleman locum couldn`t have been kinder, if I had bawled on his shoulder he would have hugged me. He explained what he was going to do, asked if I wanted to wait outside the office and was obviously pleased when I told him I would stay. She passed gently and quietly in my arms. We will have her ashes in 2 or 3 weeks.

I think Bertie knows. He sniffed my hands and the cat carrier and meowed sadly. Gerry needed a hug and a kleenex, I needed many. We`ll miss our dear little Canadian cat.

Thank you,


Stevie came to us from Phoenix in February 2010. His history was unknown; all that was known about him was that he was blind and too old at about 18 to be operated on. As the weather improved we made him a safe enclosure in the garden where he could feel the sun on his back and hear the twitter of the birds he could no longer chase. He had small accidents in the house but could find his way around and at the stamp of a foot would come to find his plate of food, which he always enjoyed. He died in my arms on 19th July, quietly and with dignity. It was old age that took him. There is a big gap in our lives left by a small but brave cat.

Liz and Milford Hindman


“Met her at a bin down in old Lacropte where the hunter came and he dropped her off
Oh my Lola la la la la Lola
Well she looked like a beauty and she loved like a dog, and we loved her and hugged her as hard as we could
Oh my Lola la la la la Lola
Well I’m not dumb, but I can’t understand how abandoning a beauty can make you a man
Oh my Lola la la la la Lola
Well we didn’t drink champagne or dance all night, but we tried our best to make her right
And she felt all that and she put up a fight, 12 weeks she stayed and graced our life did our Lola
la la la la Lola”

We love you Lola!
Lola left us for the ‘happy hunting ground’ on Friday Nov. 27th ‘09


Little Lola, I rescued you years ago from a life on a short lead tied to a tree 24/24. You repaid me daily with your adoring affection. However, you always kept a bit of the gypsey in your soul and had to do your own thing from time to time. You were crap at the Green Cross Code so it was inevitable how you would leave me. It`ll be a blue Christmas without you. Sleep well my babe.


131_11292009_114447We only knew Cookie for 2 and a half years of her life, but it seemed she had been with us for a lifetime. She was found wandering and howling through the streets of Issigeac .We couldn’t understand that a dog with such a lovely and placid temperament could have been abandoned by her owner. We took her in and she ended up becoming our princess. Understandably, she hated being on her own and accompanied us to most places we went. Our friends, too, were wooed by her good nature. She loved being outdoors and particularly playing with her little friend Wally (a miniature Yorkie). She loved going for a paddle in the water and racing up and down the beach and rolling in the sand. Her sudden demise is a great loss to us and we miss her terribly. We thank her for bringing us so much joy and happiness and for being such a faithful and loving companion.


Dear Cora, taken to the SPA in Bergerac when she was 11 years old because her owner had gone into a retirement home and there was no-one to care for her. Rescued from certain death there by Phoenix, Cora came to Poorpaws and lived happily with us for four years. She became the Grande Dame of Poorpaws, teaching young whippersnappers their manners and providing a comfy cushion for cats and kittens. Cora came on long walks with us every day and was very miffed if she was left behind, up to the day before her back legs gave out and she could walk no more. Sleep well my darling, perhaps you have found your owner who also loved you so very much.121_10052009_123418


Dear Petal is no more. She had been suffering from a nervous disorder for several months and finally grew too tired to go on. She was peacefully put to sleep on a bright, windy day earlier this month.

She was the waggiest, happiest and most relaxed dog you could wish to meet and was of immeasurable aid in giving confidence to frightened and insecure `rescue` dogs.

Life won`t be the same without her smile!….. She had had enough of her time here and is now welcoming all the newcomers to dog paradise.