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Leeanne & Michael Whitley
La PeyzieSt Paul La Roche,  24800,  North Dordogne
Tel:  0033 (0)5 53 52 62 37 Mobile: 06 89 25 44 06
Email:  leeanneandmike@yahoo.com 

Welcome to Twilight, the home of old dogs ... and mum Leeanne and dad Mike!

Please scroll to the bottom of our home page for a little info if it is your first visit.

Thank you for popping in xx


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Today at Twilight, we remember dear Maddie ... Her sad and unexpected passing, one year ago, aged just 10 years old.

Mike will be releasing a pink balloon from the Twilight garden x
Leeanne, in Ramsgate with her mum, will release pink balloons on the sea front.
Basil and Emily both share their love with pink balloons too on behalf of all the Twilighters.

We all send our deepest love and heartfelt hugs to Maddie's mother Verity, father Neil, and sisters, grandparents and all family and friends.

Julie, thank you to you and your amazing team for your on-going support, care and mighty fundraising for animals in need.
The vet monies you have raised this year have helped the Twilighters enormously, and the €100 you brought from your recent fair and book sales, will go a long way to keep old Ralf in comfort in his last days .... thank you xxx


Lovely visit with Anne, Roy and Vivien


La Charrue for a Twilight Christmas x


Remember Jocelyn auctioned a win for hubby to have a surprise Birthday visit to meet the puddings ... and she even made the scrummiest cake too!  Lovely afternoon x



Time to get snug for them old bones!


Three months ago, when Kate Potter asked us to take little Munchkin in .... none of us thought he would live much longer.  14 years old, but depressed and not too strong, hence my calling him Bones ... it really was all he was.  Then a nasty fungal infection as his immune system was so poor.  But the little lad wasn't giving up.  he settled well into Twilight life, lots of Vet support .... and the little man regrouped to a chap with attitude!  We are thrilled that this week he has found his very own family again, and what's more, will spend his next Christmas in Scotland!  Thank you Helen and Angus for taking on this little mite.  We have loved our short time with him, but know you will give him all he needs and more.  Now, rekindled with his original family name 'Reglisse', meaning liquorice, we wish you the happiest life little one.

If it is midnight, and it is Calais .... then the wonderful Terry, Deb and Colonel must be in the Twilight mobile and waiting for a collection of an overseas pudding!

Yes, Sarajevo this time, and thanks to Blind dog rescue uk getting involved with a rather grim situation of 13 dumped dogs. All whom had been very seriously ill treated and bullied ... and finding Feriha amongst them ... only young, but petrified and blind, likely from the bullying.

Asked if we would take the little lady, and covering all costs to get her here ... we can share with you, that not only has this scared stiff little pudding wagged her tail, she has given me a full heartfelt hug today .... made me cry.

I really want to thank the lady who cared for her before she travelled, who cleaned her and cried with her, I can understand you will miss her.  The courier team I understand where kind, but all feared this muzzled lady who wouldn't  move from her cage.  Well done Blind dog rescue UK for taking on her plight.  And a mighty thank you to Terry and Deb, for taking in your stride ... yet another not so simple collection of a pudding we never know very much about - you are both magic.

I hope no one minds.... but Mike and I just can't get our tongues around her name Feriha ... so Farley she has become ... coz her colouring looks like a Farleys rusk and it sort of sounds the same!!!

Precious girl, you are mightily welcome. One eye gone, the other totally blind ... but we shall get you to the vet and see (no pun intended ...) if anything can be done.
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings


Taffy having a make over......

Taffy thanks Auntie Lesley, Auntie Gwendoline and mummy for giving him a bit of a makeover xx


A few of the summer pics



We started Twilight in the summer of 2009, in memory of losing our Kizzy, and
needing to find a friend for our elderly but happy retriever, Teg.
It became evident, searching the pounds and refuges, that if you were an old
dog, life was not always so good, and your ending might be premature and/or without dignity.
So now we offer limited places for elderly dogs who are lost, abandoned or bereaved of their owners.

We are not a formal refuge, just mere volunteers with the time, space and love to share our calm home with the dogs ?en famille?. Twilight, La Maison de Retraite pour Les Chiens, the old doggies home.
We work closely with the other South Western France rescues, and ask that where you can, you help us all with the sad and seemingly endless needs of these loveable best friends.

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Leeannes Dog Blog

January 2015


Twilight Old doggies

A year in review

2014 started with not the loss of one of our oldest dogs, but with the saddest death of one of our youngest supporters.  Maddie, just 10 years old, had an anaphylactic shock on the 14th January at 5pm, dying in her mothers arms. This shocking, still unexplained passing, reshaped her families lives and sent a deep sadness through the animal world, a world so close to this beautiful young old souls beliefs.  Twilight wept with many, and will do all it can to always remember little Maddie’s love of the old puddings. 
The wash room was finally finished … and how mighty this addition is.  Allowing for those urgent and maintenance washes … especially for Holly who needed them at least twice daily. So so many contributed to this, it is a remarkable tribute to the followers and carers of Twilight.  In March we hung Maddies plaque here as part of the Wash room opening, and Maddie’s birthday saw her family celebrate what would have been her 11th birthday, planting a cherry tree in the Twilight garden.
It was our second tree of cherries, as we had sadly lost our Holly to the internal damage of her disability, and buried her in the garden. Holly, a precious and brave girl, that we shall never forget. Yes, the cycle of the Twilight life.  The numbers this year have once again stopped us in our tracks as we look back. With 29 current residence, an incredibly 15 in number that we re-homed (which given we do not really re-home … we thought was quite something) and of course, very sadly, 28 of the puddings who passed over the rainbow bridge.  Yes, 72 puddings have passed through and shared our little home. Sitting now as I write, with 18 of the current babes sharing our 4.5mx4m living room … I smile, we have indeed become dog … we love it.  Remember, no kennels or outdoor living here, we are all family.
You have been incredible in your support. 72 dogs take some feeding, mighty vet bills to give them all they need, and every care they deserve, down even to being helped to sleep if failing health needs that helping hand. You have been part of Emma’s dogs dinners, told stories, held Vides and fairs, quizzes, Dogs rock music fest, sold books, had tea parties, made crafts, bought us a washing machine, and a dryer, held race nights, swops and sales, whist drives, saved your brown stuff, supported our dog show and Christmas fete, been part of the mighty Hope volunteer team, worn your Cool to be kind wrist band, joined in the Face book Online auctions and Linda’s mighty events, or sent surprise parcels from your knitting or goodies through Zooplus. Bought us washing powder, disinfectant or treats. You have made 72 old dogs safe, comfortable, and secure with all they need.  Incredible.
Of the 28 that passed, all bounding we hope, pain free and mischievous … we especially remember this year …Mimi, Holly, Hope, Stevie, Robin, Batman and Nana.  We so loved you all, whether here for a few days or years, it was Mike and I’s privilege to share your last days with you. Now Sabre, 14, enters his 4th year with us, Quito 18 months and Teddy 16 months …. And much longer to come we hope.
This year we have learnt we need help.  Volunteers have become friends, washing, grooming, gardening and even Poo picking.  Sitters various have allowed us breaks, something we too have realised we need to keep in tip top form for the 24/7 care of the puddings.
This year we made local and National press in France, also French radio.  We did turn down French TV … things just moving a little too fast for us, and with advertising comes more doggie requests … and we are just two pairs of hands … albeit with big hearts, we have had to learn our limitations.  Face Book has over 1,850 likes now with a regular weekly following of over 5000 views, whilst the website has just under 4,000 viewing a month.  Humble old Mike and I find this following and support quite remarkable … just for the two of us and our old puddings.  Wouldn’t it be a far better world if we didn’t have to do this.  But as we do, and we are thrilled to see so many more folks taking an oldie into their pack …. we thank you for letting us continue.  Without your support, be it with your old bedding for a houseful of incontinent woofers, disinfectant, funds for food and vets etc … we really couldn’t do what we do.  And your moral support is mighty too, as we do get tired and we do cry … we are so glad you are all there.
As Maddie’s first anniversary looms so does the finishing touches to her lasting and indeed living memorial here at Twilight.  Maddie’s cabin, which will help with any isolation needs or specific sick care, will be launched at the end of January.  The building and financing of this has come entirely with the love of Maddie from her family and you her friends.
As 2014 draws to a close and 2015 looms … we are full.  We have dogs found tied to trees locally, dogs from around France and the globe, all are over 10 years old, unless disabled as our paraplegic Basil, or blind like our little Farley. Our waiting list is full too …. And the phone and emails still ask for more places. We cannot dwell on the sad and overwhelming aspect of rescue, or we would drown in emotion that would break us down.  We thrive on the love and resilience of these courageous and deeply loving and forgiving souls. We love sharing our life with them. And we love and thank you for wanting to share in our mad hatter little world.
Thank you for making the difference and providing the means for an old dog to end its life when it is meant to and with all it needs for comfort, good health and care.
All the old puddings, with Mike and I, wish you all on the DVN a very happy and healthy 2015.  Bless you all for caring..


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    What a gorgeous girlie she is turning out to be.
    Farley is settling so well, as winter sun bathing shows!
    She has now seen a specialist and it is middling news.  The dead eye is just that, and there is no need to remove anymore of the damaged area, just keep it clean.
    The other eye is interesting.  It would seem to the uninitiated that she has begun to see.  Certainly her daily awareness is improving.  However, the specialist was not so confident of the situation. She is having pills and drops for a further week, and then in the new year a further investigation as to how badly damaged the eye is.  The eye man described her vision as: Human site on a slow wake up morning, when the sun light is too bright to focus and too add insult to it, to put drops in too!  Poor thing.  She is so sweet and brave and we will give her all she needs if any chance of better site, or even just keeping what little she has.
    She remains quite delicate of harsh noise or quick movement if in her sight line, but all she wants is love.


    We see so many posts from people who have either lost or found.
    This week we had a very generous visit from Hetty on behalf of the SPA at Perigueux.  We have two dogs from here, and they sent up some food .... Yummy treats for all.  Thank you xd a pet. 

    Did you know, we provide advice about exactly what to do when you are in this situation?

    We have an Advice Centre on our website, at http://www.phoenixasso.com/

    Please help us by directing people to this when they need it. 

    Thank you
    The Phoenix Team





    Yes, Farley is doing wonderfully, and really settling well with the pack.  And what is the very best news ... is that as she is relaxing, so her sight in her one eye is improving by the day ... yes, she can see!
    Once she has settled further, we will have her fully checked over.  We think it may be best that something is done to the damaged eye, as it is showing signs of infection recurring ... and if anything can be done to secure sight on the right eye ... then we will follow this up.  Isn't it amazing.  She has a very gentle temperament to. Love her to bits x. 


    When our front door has a knock on it … we always wonder … and two weeks ago was no exception. A charming young man had found this poor old lass, bleeding from her bottom, starved and tied to a tree in the middle of nowhere. Being a Sunday, no SPA open, he googled … and found us. No chip, but tattooed, we were the following morning able to trace the ‘owner’ whose family owned up to dumping her.  They have long gone now … so waste no energy on them … it is Emily who needs our love.
    This story we posted to our FB page and so many got behind this princess.  Our vets filled her with antibiotics, steroids, we covered all angles.  Her bleeding was due to her system shutting down … so it would be touch and go.
    The second layer of pics show her just 8 days later.  Clean, 2.5 kilos heavier, calmer and feeling safe and loved.  She is 12.5 years old, with new name and a new family here at Twilight.
    But she has been chosen for something extra special too.  She has been chosen as a virtual Christmas present for someone special.
    Christmas eve we were contacted by the family of a lady in the DVN region of France who has been helped by a very special DVN and FB lady. 
    Sherra Lawrence of Riberac has supported a couple in a way that they wanted to acknowledge with much love.  So they chose to ‘adopt’ Emily with the love of a euro a day for 365 days of the year … to mirror the support Sherra has given them.
    So Sherra, one special lady, Emily is your virtual Christmas present … to thank you for all your care and support. This in turn will help Emily with some of her meds and rehab care …. Thank you Sherra for your support to Jean.
    Leeanne, Mike & Puddings