The ACE/Shin English Blog

October 23, 2016


Dear people at ACE CHARITY,

All is going wonderfully well with me ... I have now been a little over a year in the Netherlands and I have been living in Sittard since late February of this year.

Mia could no longer care for me because she became ill. She still visits me regularly and every few days we send her pictures of me. She likes that very much because she still misses me.

Here I have two dogs friends who are both the same age. But with my ever-present enthusiasm my new bosses were at first concerned. Now I am totally used to everything. I still like being naughty and collect all the socks I come across throughout the house and occasionally I bite some piece of furniture. I believe they don't find quite okay but I use all my charms so they can not really be mad haha. And I have more than enough charm and I always know how to use it at the right time.
Every day we go for a long walk with the female. Behind our house there is nothing but fields and forests. And I can always run loose there but only when the female is with me.

And yes, I do run fast but I understand completely. Listening is not my forte but I enjoy everything and have good eye for my surroundings and alwaysararea my  know exactly where the other dogs and my wife.It sometimes happens that I have my own plan, especially if I am following a trail. I do not listen to Dan and he and my mistress lose sight of me, but they usually know where to wait for me and however long I've been gone she is always happy to see me again.

Sometimes I run back home already even if that's a long way. Clever heh !! But then my mom is already on the bike so she can catch up with me. And you know that I am allowed to take part in these outings regularly because I have the most energy of the three of us. I love being in the car and then swimming together or walking somewhere, delicious. I went swimming for the first time last August. It was sooooo exciting it. At first I was a bit afraid, but once I got used to it it was fine. And I slept a lot after this experience. I like lots of cuddling and am happy to ask for attention. And yes I do love treats!

Dear people at ACE I am so grateful to you for giving me the chance of a new life. Our whole family admires all the great work you do and that of the many volunteers who are always there for those of us who were living hopeless lives until you gave us a chance.

A paw and hugs from me Sinde and many dear greetings from my family.

Once again, additional stress for our dogs who were due to fly home!!!

A mad dash at crack of dawn

Everything went very smoothly on Sunday night. By some miracle all our dogs were allowed on the flight, which is not always the case with Brussels airlines. Unfortunately during the last month we have not had one flight without some problem!

So this time we drove home happily. We had just got into the house and greeted our dogs when the phone rang. "Hello .. Fabienne, can you come back and collect your dogs because the flight has been canceled .."

No, please no ... we had no choice but to go back and pick up the dogs.  We were told they could fly at noon the next day. It was a short night because the telephone rang suddenly at 7.50 -
"Where are you? Where are the dogs?"
"Uh ... what ... what do you mean ... "
"Yes, the dogs are flying at 10 o'clock ..."
Dirk said, "Come on, let's try"

Half dressed and in a terrible rush we set off. I cannot describe the stress, our shaking bodies, the mad dash to the refugio to collect the dogs, then the drive to the airport - flying low is what we call it. We only just made it to the counter before it closed and our dogs were allowed on the flight.

Thanks to the passengers who waited for us so patiently. And thanks to everyone who helped. When at last the flight left, when they were safely in the air, we sat down for a bit. We made it!!! We succeeded and our darlings were on their way to a better and happier place.

At last! Dirk and our wonderful escorts with the - finally- lucky dogs!

Happy Balet!

Getting aquainted.

Golden Cushion!

Warm and Cosy.


No need for nerves! Mila took to us straight away!

It's been a year since we went to Belgium to pick up Mila. We were super nervous. What if she didn't want to come with us, what if she didn't want to get in the car, what if ...?

The stress proved to be totally unnecessary; the car door was not even fully open when Mila was already in! We almost immediately stopped for a moment to walk into the woods, where we took the first picture. From day one Mila felt totally at home with us.

She can be very funny. In the beginning, Mila did not know very well what it was to play and she was sometimes a little wild, but now she can't get enough of it.

All three of us are the very best of friends, but that is clearly seen in the second photo!

Greetings Jocelyn, Alex & Mila, of course. This year has been fantasic and we hope to enjoy her for a long time to come.

The best of friends!


About a year ago, Vita (formerly Saartje) came to live with us. She was rescued from a dog pound in Spain at the beginning of July, 2015, She was in bad shape and very skinny.
Thanks to ACE she has been given a second chance.


Vita is naturally a happy, playful and social dog. In the beginning she had to get used to our two males, because they are bigger than she is. After three months she felt totally at ease with them, and now they all look out for each other. They play together, challenge each other, sleep together and Vita also climbs up the cat's climbing tree just as well as the cat! The nicest thing I find about Vietje is that she has a very strong mind of her own. For instance, we will not go outside if it rains!!! And when I'm spending too long working on the screen of my laptop /on my phone /staring at the TV, she gets behind me and slaps at me with her front paws ... so there's no lack of assertiveness ;-)

Last year was fantastic and I hope to enjoy her for a long time.

Our Antoinette is no longer with us ...

Our little old lady was very happy during her last years with her beloved owners.

Our Louisiana is no longer with us. RIP sweet Louisiana.

RIP beautiful soul

Our dear Louisiana, was sent to the killing station along with her puppies. I will never forget her story. She was sitting in that awful place, desolate and weak, surrounded by her pups. Once they were ready to leave her, when they could be weaned, she would be destroyed because who would want an emaciated, exhausted mother dog. That's what they told us.

Louisiana looked at me and I couldn't let go - she came with me. She had been living at the Refugio for some time until her owners fell in love with this beautiful sweetheart and took her to France. They took her to a heaven on earth. They had saved her world, and she now lived in a world that was  a dream come true.

Today we received the news that she had passed away. After being in heaven for four years. Respect and thanks to her adopters who gave a dog like her a chance. They experienced the joy a dog like this can bring you: the gratitude, the friendship.

 Louisiana ... rest in peace darling ... you were a wonderful dog, inside and outside, ... you will never be forgotten.

Thanks to Marnix and his family for making her happy ...
Thanks to all adoptive parents who have so often given a dog a chance and given them heaven on earth ...
Thanks for saving their world ... ..


Thank you Fabienne for saving her four years ago.
XXX Marnix, Maja