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

 Twilight fund raising CALENDAR for 2014


Open Day for the RBL. SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER (bank holiday)
As always Poppies Tea/Coffee and Cake available all day
10am - 4pm and many interesting stall holders

Le Petit Paris
Gardes le Pontaroux

Leeanne will be at this open day and will have calendars, jewels, Christmas cards and woolly hats!


Sun 16th: Chez Conckers Christmas Fair, Puygers, 24630, Jumilhac le Grand 10am~4pm


Friday 5th : Twilight Christmas fair @ the wonderful La Charrue, Vieux Mareuil, 24340. From 5pm, come meet Santa, lights, mulled wine & mince pies, carols, Stalls (Pitches €7.50) and festive fish’n chips … and lots more.



Life here at Twilight is the best you could ever dream of x.
But it is 24/7, and methinks we might look a bit jaded from time to time!
Dear Verity, supported by Spencer and also, Katie back at home .... offered the odd sleep over to allow us to just disappear for a break.  Coo, well we did this for the first time this weekend, and it was most revitalising.  Thank you Verity, your selfie shots with the puds show just how much fun you all had!  And we ate Chinese, slept ... and yes, missed the puddings!!


At the end of September 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 xx


When our wonderful Linda G put out about pledges ... Mike and I felt almost embarrassed.  But, you guys are all so amazing, and the pledges for help and pennies came in.  Now those pledges are starting to unfold in energy ... and it is amazing.
Stella and Vicky came in with a purpose.  We rediscovered walls, grass area and a new found doggie tree den!  Girls, you were just fab.  Thank you ........ thank you.  Stella, you are a demon girlie on that strimmer. Bless you both so much.


Super Doreen set to with the scissors ... the shears we had bought were useless ... so it was nibble fingers to the rescue.  Twilight supporter and follower Kim was holidaying locally so joined us on our wash and brush up day .... and look who was first! Yes, Mozart.
All that fur .... we were not sure we might not find a nest or two of almost anything in there, but nothing, and he loved it. Trimmed and then I washed and lathered him several times over, as the wonderful Linda of Cozy Cats and Dogs had taught me.
Smelling fresh, looking great and nails trimmed ... how old is he meant to be!?  Loving life and doing so well.

 We are very blessed in our commune to know some very special people.  Ros and Mandy are two, and we are thrilled that they were able to tie the knot his week ... and share their love openly and with the commitment of marriage.
It was likely the hottest day of the year, so thankfully they chose the evening.  Photos are filling many social media pages ... but I know that only I have the one of all the bottoms on the balcony!!
Thank you both for inviting Mike and I, and for offering a collection box for the Twilight dogs instead of gifts for yourselves ... a selfless act, just like so much you do.  Your pot raised a wonderful €121.50 ........... woof and licks of thanks from us all.
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings

Thank you Stephanie for treating us Twilighters to a doggie pool!  Great fun, Athys was first in, Poppie, Lucy and Peggy have all had a try ... and the others are giving it a cautious eye ... but if mum goes in - they all follow!
Thank you with loads of paw splashes!
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings

We have changed our dog food, this was our van having collected 56 sacks of 18 kilo bags that came from the wholesaler in blighty via La Maison Shopping.
We buy this as our base line food for 3/4 months ...


Cuddles and Bric a Brac
 Bless the girls.  They were only here last week trimming the dogs with me ... now back again to help me clear Mike's now infamous garage and all the bric a brac you collect for us for our much needed fundraising.
Briliant day.  Blessed with no rain, and we found the back of the garage ... and all needed a jolly good deep bath to clean up later! Even filled the van and made a tip run. Coo.
Some super 'posh' junk for the next vides.  Thank you to all contributors ... and please keep it coming!
great day and some silly giggles too - thank you ladies x What a Twilight team.


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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When is a day more than a day.

Any boot fair/vide person will know that the preparation for the day is everything, and a Twilight Vide at La Charrue is no exception.
So many people donate over the year to our two big events, and so many of our team get involved as pick up points, as collectors and sorters .... And then storers.
Whilst all this is going on ... The old puddings of Twilight come and go ... Or just get a little older and perhaps unsteady .... But we can always give them what they need, knowing the support we get from you ... Yes you ... And so many of you.
Some of the stuff does end up at the tip, always sad, but there is so much that folks don't want.  But more gets sold, more goes to the our local homeless centre and others, and this year ... The van will now go north and many books,CDs,DVDs and quality bric a brac will go and join the 15000 books and goodies at the Hope book and goodies sale weekend in a few weeks, all again, supporting animals in need.
During the day of such an event I am in a constant state of humbledness (methinks a new Leeanne word!). The girls work so hard to help us, and so many of you are so generous with your words of support and donations.  Many of you bought bedding, food, disinfectant and brown stuff for the jar ... Which had to become two jars on Sunday. You barter with me ... But you barter up! So many of you I don't get to chat with, but you touch my arm, wave or smile. It means everything x.
And still at home,  Mike with all the puddings, the usual long day of necessary chores, but also all the loving and caring .... Two very different days in our lives, but to the same end.
And then the day is over, the customers gone, and by now, most of the other stall holders ... And still, so much to sort. Ofcourse we will get some of it wrong now, to keep, to pass on the another  fundraiser, to bin, to the homeless or needy ... What where? It all has to go from the field as if we have never been.  So tired, but the energy of what everyone is doing for the dogs keep me fuelled, but the body is struggling now.  The team still holding fast and a young family join us to help ... Once again, I am struck with this kindness.
Before I leave, now getting dark, our amazing hosts Pauline and Clive at La Charrue, a parting cuppa and dinner for Mike and I as a gift ... I sit and take in this wonderful family day atmosphere. The hour and a bit drive home, and the light is on and all is quiet.  I walk in and all 33 current Twilighters meet and greet me ... I can't help but cry.  I am so tired, but I am so overwhelmed by what has been .... So that all these puddings can be ..... Mike holds me, we dish up, we eat in loving silence and then fall into bed for a few hours, knowing the dogs will need us again very soon.
Monday .... Cleaned, visitors, then more visitors and a hopeful and unusual re homing, then I count the pennies ... €1397 in the pot, and not counting the brown stuff.
Mighty .... Thank you.  Thank you team, you know who you are ... You are the most precious friends ever to do all that you do for every part of what is needed to help make what we do happen. And thank you to all who gave your goodies for us to sell, or all who bought. This cycle of life makes the lives of the Twilight old puddings possible. Thank you.
Leeanne, Mike and puddings xxx


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    Maddies Cabin

     To dream a dream

    We have, over our 6 years, had times when we needed to keep an oldie separate, maybe through contagion, illness or 'issues'. Our little house has always managed, but we have had a few close calls.  When dear little Maddie passed much too soon, your generosity towards her 'bed' fund for the oldies was incredibly generous.  From this money the idea was born to have Maddies own cabin to help us in difficult times.  You added further to the necessary base costs ... and Mike and I were all set to build the cabin.

    But then along came that phone call that you have to pinch yourself over. Sarah Berry, her husband Gills, Ian her father, and Linda Renton our mutual friend ... would like to come and build it for us! Yes, read that sentence again ... not really doggie folk, but Sarah touched by Verity's loss with dear Maddie wanted to do something practical to offer her support.

    Mighty.  They came on Monday .... and left at tea time, finished!  Amazing.  Thank you seems trite at such times ... but thank you all so very very much.  For what you have done to help us Twilighters along, but more for what you have done to show your support to Verity in the saddest of times. Bless you all xxx



    A pledge of labour and POO
     More workers pledges ....
    Thank you to Linda & Dean Renton, Tracy Parish and Linda's mum, Maggie ... what a wonderful afternoon.
    And thank you Margaret M for the £100 pledge for the poo pick, Tracey did your offer proud, it would be fair to say her bucket over floweth!
    The afternoon didn't go without it's hiccups.  Linda chopped down one of the trees she was supposed to be clearing (hehe), and poor Dean became our mechanic as the strimmer and sit on mower chose to have problems.
    But cake and wine solve all such woes ... we can now see the bottom hedge line again, thank you team ... the mower awaits a hospital visit and, we hope Maggie, you have had a less energetic rest of your hols!
    less you all so so much, a wonderful offer of energy and care xxxxxx

    When a reporter comes to visit

    Poor Arnaud, his trousers were a lovely clean beige when he arrived!  Mozart left his lasting loving dribble mid way through the interview ... and it was time to give up on going to his next job clean!
    Reporter, Arnaud Salvat, for the publication sudquest, came to give us an interview for a hopeful article in next weeks paper, helping to promote the summer fete and plight of old doggies.
    It will be interesting to read how he found our mad little home, but he did ask me for an interesting statistic I hadn't checked before ..."how many dogs have come through Twilight since we started?"
    Well, I have had a peak in my register and in 5 and a half year its over 250 Gosh, hadn't really realised.  Perhaps I shouldn't be so hard on myself for not remembering all the names through the time.
    Let's see what the paper brings ... be lovely to have a 'throbbing' fete of fun and silliness!