The ACE/Shin English Blog

March 28, 2015

Timing is everything

Small Mama and her little ones - a few more weeks and they wouldn't be here

Sometimes happiness is a matter of sheer luck.

This house had stood empty for months. No one came near it any more. The neighbors knew that the former inhabitants had had a cat, but thought they had done what you'd expect from normal people and taken the cat with them. But they didn't really give a thought either to the cat nor the people.

So many folks go back to their country when they have been unable to find happiness in this country, or when things don't turn out the way they had hoped. And that's what happened here.

It was only a few weeks later that the landlord realized that his house was no longer occupied. And when he went up to the house, he found a mama cat with three little ones. Mama cat was shut in, behind closed doors. She had eaten anything she could find, but when she was rescued together with her newborn kittens, she was completely emaciated.

The owners had gone for good in the middle of the night and had left their cat. And if that was not enough, they had left her and closed the door! Had the landlord waited a month longer, these poor cats would all have starved to death.

Mom and kittens are doing fine. They had an incredibly lucky escape. Hopefully we will soon see them go to wonderful homes ...

So cute - so very lucky!


Surely no one could resist this little charmer!

Take me home? Please?

A message from Duardo

A message from Duardo to his former foster mum

Tucked up in my cosy blanket in my warm, soft bed.

Hello Helene.

I'm still here enjoying myself.

I go away on weekends and may even go to places where other dogs are not allowed because I'm so brave :) Not long ago, for instance, on a weekend away in Rotterdam dogs were not allowed in the restaurant. But I was! 

Meanwhile, I've already spent a week at a pet hotel. That was superb as well. I had a good time there with the other dogs.

And here I've been given an upgrade from my sleeping bag. I now have a real "Danish dog" bed with duvet and pillow where I sleep at night. Super, especially when they tuck me up in my blanket in my cozy house - as you can see in the photos.

Have you been able to find homes for other dogs like me? And did you know that my crazy boses are planning a long weekend in Italy and I can go too?

 If they have yet another weekend off, I will be able to see you again and I'll give you a bit hug.  

Love from 

(Censored by Gino and Hilde)

I'm not really sleepy yet. I'm just pretending because I love being in my bed.

Our dear Juanita

Don't leave me here!

During the week, Fabienne wrote about Juanita. She wanted to put her in the spotlight as this lovely dog isn't doing well and we are so anxious to find her a loving home where she can relax and enjoy the love of a warm family.

She was brought to the Refugio by her owner, a farmer. He'd had her for seven years but now she was of no more use to him. She'd had many puppies over the years but now one of them had taken her place, in his eyes. So she had to go.  Such a 'normal' thing here. Just dump them.  He walked out the door with a grin on his face, as if he had just come from a shop. He'd got rid of the 'problem'. 'It' was no longer his responsibility. The pictures and indeed the video, above, tell their own story - it's so sad to see this poor dog, so upset and shaking and her owner, so uncaring.

Juanita was devastated, grieving and incomprehending, not understanding why she was in this large community of dogs. They all get fed, get pats and cuddles from time to time, we do our best but it's so hard to give them all individual attention. For a lot of dogs that is desolate and unacceptable - they cannot live with it. Cannot come to terms with the drastic difference.

Meanwhile, Fabienne relates, we are almost six months later and Juanita is still a shadow of herself, lean and incredibly sad she looks through you, hardly eats, is sad and listless. And while she is an affectionate and sweet dog who loves to be around people, she still badly needs to be out of here. When we were doing building works, she befriended one of the workmen and followed him around everywhere. If you take Juanita into your heart, you'll get a wonderful family member, loyal and with a golden heart who will be utterly devoted to you.

Since this peice was written on the Dutch blog, I see that Juanita is pre-reserved. This is the stage before adoption when it is still possible to express and interest. So while it may be that the adoption will take place, if you are interested it is worth keeping an eye on the website .. in case.

No words needed.

The picture of dejection.

Good food and cuddles will help but she badly needs her own loving home.

Chelsea just loves learning new stuff

England's a bit cold - but I love my classes

Look how well I can jump!

Sweet puppy Chelsea (Moussa)  loves her agility classes. She is one of two pups adopted by English adopters last autumn. Both sets of adopters are dog trainers, so both Chelsea and Turner (Pouspah) have fallen on their paws, so to speak.

It's not surprising that she is enjoying her training, as that's exactly how her luck changed. She and Turner were found wandering in the street and taken to El Refugio. No one knows if they are brother and sister, indeed nothing is known about their situation. But they were both only about five months old.

Not long after they arrived, a dog training organisation in the area asked if ACE would allow them to take some puppies for a puppy training course they were running. The participants came from England. During the training period they fell in love - and thus the world changed for these two puppies.

Both dogs are doing well. Jamie and Gemma, who adopted Chelsea, absolutely adore her. And of course, because of their occupation, she has plenty of opportunity to go to classes - and she loves it. In the picture you can see her with a colleage of Jamies, thoroughly enjoying herself.

March 22, 2015

Casimiro - we want him to be happy

A lovely day at the beach

My very own swimming pool ...

... lovely and cool, but not as big as the sea.

Having fun!

On Friday, March 20th, 2015, one of our volunteers sent this account. There is no name, so I'm afraid I can't make this more personal. She writes ..

Casimiro is a sweet and affectionate dog. When I went to Spain I went for a walk with him every day. We went to the beach. We met other dogs. There were no problems. He enjoyed splashing in the sea and digging in the sand. In short, for him it was one big party! He spends so many hours and days alone in his cage, so he really enjoyed his (brief) freedom. 

I used a long flexi leash so he could get the most of his trip. 

This dog is a real treasure, he deserves better ...... he plays well with females but not with other males. Who will give him a second chance. He really wants to enjoy life to the full.

Yakolev flies home with his friends

Marion Borawitz, Yakovlev's new owner, couldn't wait for him to fly to her in Holland. So she flew out to Malaga to pick him up herself. She did more than that. When she flew back with her new darling, she brought four of his friends back with her on the flight to Amsterdam, home to their golden baskets.

It is thrilling to see that Feria was among them. She's been in the shelter in Algeciras since she was a 5 month old puppy and is now five years old. It's always so special when one of our 'long stayers' finds their golden basket. I'm so happy for her and wish her lots of love and luck.

Yakovlev, one of two beautiful Border collies who came into the Refugio together, didn't know who to lick, he got so many hugs. He was so happy. Little Juanito was quite perky, hopping around with his operated leg. And both Nacha and Julian went off very happily with their new owners.

Our thanks again for all the food and collars that the new owners brought and much thanks go to family Borawitz for bringing the dogs on their flight.

Such a delight to see Feria going home

Nino - who loves Labs?


This is our Nino. He's a beautiful cross-Lab. One of our black beauties.  Not quite one of our real oldies, but he is already eight years old. He is in foster but he so badly needs a home of his very own. We don't want him to stay in foster for the rest of his life.

There's no doubt that it's easier for the dogs when they are in foster. They get cuddles and love just as they would in the Refugio. They are in the warm and not in a cage and while there may be several dogs in the pack, there are not so many so they get more attention. But nothing beats your own family.

Who will welcome sweet Nino into their home? This lovely character will make an ideal family dog, loyal, devoted and loving. Please look at his page on the website.


Nino's day out.