May 30, 2016

Star of the Day - Daisy May

Darling Daisy May

Surrounded by love at the Refugio - Daisy May with Fabienne and the students

Snuggled up with a friend


Looking forward to a trip in the car

You'll find more information about Daisy May here.

With greetings from Maaike and Maatke - M & M!

Barvette : Thank you for five great yearss

Barvette in the Refugio

Five years ago, we adopted Barvette from you. Meanwhile, she's just gone to almost 15kg 35kg in weight! Here is a picture from the past, the way she looked when she first came to us, and now.

Barvette, now Babs, is a hedonist! She loves good food and is a bit of a Spanish Diva :-D
When she arrived she was able to count on the support of her big sister, who had to leave us after a long illness (liver cancer)  six months ago now.

Three years ago she even gained a little brother who has become her big brother (pictured right).
Meanwhile, our lady is starting to be a bit older, she is now estimated to be seven to eight years old. And she loves her immensely relaxed life in the garden, lying in the sun, playing with the ball and with her big brother, and spending the evening lying stretched out on the seat with the whole family.

Every day we are grateful to have her in our midst and have great appreciation for all the good work done by Ace, enabling our dear girl to be still with us now. Thank you !

Yours on behalf of the whole family Thyssen-Milants and a big paw from Babs'ke ;-)

Barvette/Babs (left) with her big sister (in the middle) and her big brother (on the right). 

May 29, 2016

Arrivals Rotterdam, May 23rd

Tonight there was another beautiful arrival in Rotterdam. Chang, Lise, Roy Orbison and Emmet were met with joy by their adopters. These four dears have each found a great golden basket. They are all  very lucky doggies.

Here they come!

So exciting!

Loving arms

Chang's adopter is overjoyed

More cuddles

Lise getting to know her new bosses

An encouraging pat


The first step to a new life

Ready to go home

Arwen - doing so well

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Arwen is doing great, housebroken from day one, listens beautifully and is very sweet with the kids and the cat and all the dogs we meet when hiking.

She is still very skinny but she eats well.

She has beaten all our expectations, by doing so well. The care given by ACE is excellent.

Greetings Carolien

Bailey - formerly Missy

We met Bailey in Malaga during our holiday. We also brought two dogs to their golden baskets! (In Belgium)

On 24/01 Bailey found her golden basket with us in Oppuurs. She still had to adapt, especially to men, and it took over a month.

Today, this is as good as gone and she feels completely at home!

She has the time of her life and is not alone, because she has become inseparable with our other dog Bono! Wonderful to see this!

Our playful young lady is now part of the family and we would not be without her!

Tip: Patience is the best solution !

Bailey & Steffie

Finally landed in Zaventem


 Learning to give a paw (first week in Belgium)


The B-Team (Bono & Bailey)

Our model


 Play, play and play again

Cano - wandering in a small village

Friday, May 27th, 2016

A little scared but safe

For months Cano was living in a small village, wandering about in a corner they call the "Rinconcillo". Many people had noticed him, but no one took him into their heart! He lost more and more weight, because food was scarce. Now and then he'd get a piece of bread from someone who felt sorry for him but otherwise they all left Cano to his fate. However hard the little dog tried, he was unable to take care of himself. Rooting from bin to bin, months at a time, was not enough to put food into his stomach and he became weak and so they called the killing station.

We were also informed and luckily one of our volunteers was faster than the dog catcherswe were alarmed and was one of our volunteers happy dog ​​catchers and Cano is now one of our special needs dogs!

He is a golden dog, a golden character: soft and sweet, social and devoted, friendly, grateful and happy to have been saved. His typical Andalusian underbite makes him all the more adorabe! Surrounded by his new buddies he is gradually trying to recover. We have never seen his owner and we will never know what happened to him but one thing is certain: how could anyone dump such a sweet dog?

My brain will never be big enough to understand this! Cano boy, we are going to take care of you!

Where is this place?

A kindly word and a gentle pat

Such a handsome fellow

Chica, formerly Do

I love my house
Hello dear people,

I'm Chica. In Spain I was called Do but my boss has called me Chica because I'm a Spanish girl. On February 7 this year they picked me up from the airport. The people who had been kind enough to take me on the plane found it hard to leave me. They would have liked to have kept me for themselves, but my new boss Marjolijn was so pleased with me that this wasn't an option.

I live in Harlem, have a house with a garden and a cat flap so that I can through it - I can go out whenever I want. In my new house live two cats. A long-haired one, Ozzie  and a kind of Siamese, Molly. I am now friends with Ozzie, who is missed his previous dog buddy Saartje and wanted a new girlfriend. Together, we keep an eye on the neighborhood from the windowsill. Molly still lives upstairs because she thinks I'm too wild and she's just not very social. I am, and I admit, a little too excitable, but I mean it well. Maybe she'll get used to me, Marjolijn hopes so.

I learned a lot here. Not to bark too much, what things you mustn't bite and not to do puddles at home. Now I do that outside. In the beginning, when my boss let me out, she gave me a cookie when I peed so when I knew that that was why I was going out. But when I sat down and pretended to pee because I liked the cookies, they were so delicious, she was not buying it. So now I do it without a cookie.

I love to live in a house and I love my blanket. I lie down on it, which gives such a feeling of security. Everyone in the neighborhood likes me, especially the children, and they call regularly to see if they can walk with me. It's wonderful, Marjolijn I go into the woods or to the beach and nearby dog field where I can run free. There I met Jerry, also a rescue dog from Barcelona, ​​and now my best friend. The females often go hiking with us.

I am very happy that I could come to the Netherlands and hope my friends from Mijas will be as lucky as I am. 

Written on behalf of Chica

Marjolijn van Bilderbeek

With Ozzie, guarding the neighbourhood from the windowsill

I love my blanket


Monday, May 23, 2016

Feeling at home!

We wanted to adopt a Galco and we had seen Saif on your site and he lingered in my mind. For hours and weeks I watched the film of him walking with a volunteer and it said something to me; "This dog is your forever friend", and so that was it!

In February my husband, son and I booked a ticket to come and pick up you up ourselves in Spain. Finally the day arrived and we could leave. We got to our hotel, filled with excitement. The next day was the day ..... we were on our way to the refugio.

Once there, we rang the bell, and the door opened ..... we were welcomed by one of the volunteers, once through the gate, we were amazed ....

So many dogs! Wagging, running and jumping, both sad and happy dogs who all asked for attention for a word or a pat. It was touching to see, my heart broke .... "In God's name, how can anyone dump all these dogs, how can they hurt them?" And then you suddenly realize that you are grateful that shelters like Ace exist, that still want to give a second chance to these poor defenseless dogs ......
And there you were .....our Saif your legs crossed and so relaxed, enjoying the first rays of sunshine .... ooooh and you were so beautiful !!

We were given the green light to meet with you. You were so scared, but all was soon forgotten ater we'd given you a couple of cookies and then you came to us to be petted. The ice was broken and you had gained confidence in us.We were bringing you back with us to the Netherlands, and we were also escorting two other dogs to bring them to their golden baskets.

Fabienne and her volunteer had arranged everything needed so that we could fly with the dogs, we  did not have to do anything but retrieve the benches at the luggage pick up in the Netherlands. Once at the airport we were met by more ACE volunteers who were going to hand over the other two dogs (Broussaille and Fredje) to their new owners.

Once we got home, you immediately went into your golden basket, we gave you a big bone and you sat there for hours, nibbling on it.  It was as if you had lived with us for years, you felt so at home!! 

We take long walks with you through the forest, we spoil your thoroughly, and you come everywhere with us. You always keep an eye on your bosses because you do not want to lose sight of us !!! And we don't want to lose you either, you are a member of the family, our 'Windekind' and we dearly love you.

So in writing we would like to thank Ace, Fabienne and all those lovely volunteers and interns for taking such good care of these defenseless dogs and cats, and for giving them the opportunity to be given a second chance for a better life.

As Fabienne always says, "You can not save all the dogs in the world, but you can save the world for one dog!"

And this is so true, these dogs are so grateful, and we are able to continue to enjoy them every day ..

Lots of love from Brabant,

Joyce, Gerry, Dayne and Ryan and of course a paw from Saif !

Chilling in my Golden Basket