THANK YOU

HELLO EVERYONE,

For the time being a quick note to say a HUGE thank you for the tremendous effort made by our benevoles and supporters to raise funds in recent weeks. Also, a big thank you to those benevoles who have sold items on line throughtout lockdowns and during the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Their efforts have been invaluable and helped us keep going. We are extremely grateful to everyone and relieved that funds have now begun to arrive to pay our bills more easily. The past 18 months have been the most difficult in all the time we have been a rescue charity. A more detailed update will be posted as soon as we have gathered ourselves after the flurry of activity following changes of the restrictions.

MAY UP-DATE

Oh, what a month of mixed weather. As our usual followers will know we had to cancel our long planned and much needed fundraising Vide Grenier. Needless to say, everyone was very disappointed. We worked hard to get the event advertised and to get the tables set out in our sand-school but at the very last minute the weather defeated us. Well, our shop is now open all week and the bargains are still available here and at our shop at Sept Forges. Our next event will be in July and we will do our usual advertising.

We are pleased to report that training and agility sessions are now taking place on a regular basis – weather permitting, of course!

We are also pleased to have two more , AMATEUR ARTISTS Catherine and Roger, join Jenny and you can view their work at our fundraising events when all proceeds of their sales are donated to Grande Daze Rescue. Our other benevoles are working hard using their talents to sell and make things for Grande Daze Rescue. See the previous Blog for information.

Here on the website in our BROWSE AND RESERVE (previously CLICK AND COLLECT)page you can view and read about the collection of ephemera recently donated for fundraising.

A fortunate stroke of serendipity occurred this month. Kind people arrived wishing to adopt a dog. As many of you very well know we don’t advertise the animals as individuals. Our policy is to matchmake. In May, as on many occasions, that policy paid off, with a wonderful meeting between Harley and 2 people he had never met before. It was love at first sight. Harley has now found his forever home and a week after this first magical encounter he left happily to join his new family.

We are happy to say that the adoptions for our canine companions are going well. However, we are sad that finding a home for our barn cats is proving more difficult. It’s now the season when barns and outbuildings are a hive of activity for all of the other little creatures around us. Our belief is that the cats have a place in a natural environment and actually serve a good purpose in the balance of nature. Many of you will know that cats like to be pampered but equally they enjoy the hunt and therefore do us a service. They keep down some of the creatures that would otherwise cause us humans a problem. The idea of control using traps and a toxic solution is not to our liking and can, of course, be dangerous overall. Many of the feline arrivals at Grande Daze are very independent but friendly animals who have experience of fending for themselves. With that in mind, if any of you friends of Grande Daze need a companion who is happy to stay in an outbuilding or barn with the occasional yummy dish of food we would love to hear from you. We would be pleased to discuss with you the adoption of one of our cats. You can email us at grande_daze@orange.fr or telephone 0243 90 75 83.

We have an unusual item in our Browse and Reserve section this month – a collection of Ephemera, BROWSE AND RESERVE (previously CLICK AND COLLECT)Over the years we have had some unusual and interesting donations and have decided to do a series of articles about them. LINK Receiving special items is appreciated and we wish to show that we look carefully at the donations and treat them with respect. In a sense they are our other rescues and have provided us with much needed funding.

Please also see our articles RESCUED BRIC-A-BRAC and The Crazy Cat Lady.

Enjoy the summer. We hope to see you soon. Anita

AMATEUR ARTISTS

A couple of amateur artists have joined our band of fundraisers.

A couple of beautiful landscapes

These 2 people kindly donate their paintings and every cent they make comes to the animals. They work in acrylics on canvas or wood making lovely images of landscapes and animals. You will be able to see and buy their work at our Vide Grens and other events in the area.

Our Poster and a landscape with a delightful pet portrait

They show their work in venues in and around Gorron where you can also purchase their lovely pictures.

Our Poster for Grande Daze

VIDE GRENIÈRE CANCELLED

PLEASE NOTE Our Vide Grenière scheduled for today, 24th May, has been cancelled because of weather conditions. We apologise for the short notice. Our plan is to set another date in the summer. We hope that you have a pleasant day. We are disappointed that we will not be able to see all our supporters after such a long time of not having events. Best wishes for better times to come. Anita Edwards

APRIL

APRIL

Well, April is now past and it’s been a difficult month. This month’s update is short and sweet. As usual at Grande Daze we have been busy doing the routine tasks. We are among the lucky ones in these very strange times and it is largely thanks to everyone who has supported us with donations of all kinds. A BIG, BIG, THANK YOU to one and all.

Our hearts go out to those businesses and people who have suffered badly through the lockdown and hope that there is a better future for them very soon.

We are resuming all of our training sessions with the, now usual, precautions to protect against Covid 19. Please contact us if you are not already enrolled and would like to join :

Puppy training classes, agility training, educational/behavioural classes or would like to make an appointment for your pet to be assessed in order to decide on any training needs.

Our site shop is open. Gee Dee’s at Sept Forges is open on Wednesdays – please see our Facebook page for details.

Plans are underway for future fund raising events and the dates will be posted very soon on this website and Facebook.

Our grooming and boarding services are available during our usual hours and we are open throughout the month of May (we are not closing for the bank holidays).

We hope that you are all well and that you will, once again, be able to enjoy the activities and services we have to offer.

Looking forward to seeing you. Kindest Regards, Anita Edwards

COCO AND RITCHIE

Parrots, they’re like buses, nothing arrives and then 2 come along at once; that’s how it was with Coco and Ritchie. Both of these lovely feathered companions are now in their forever home at the Centre. However, we now have to watch our p’s and q’s as Coco, a vivid green and yellow pied boy, is a chatterbox; he quickly picks up words and repeats them. Fortunately, he is settling in and he has taken to Peter. In the mornings it is ‘Morning Peter’ and ‘Goodnight Peter’ last thing at night. I never get a mention!

Coco

Coco, an Amazon Parrot, was grief stricken when his human companion of 26 years died a few months ago. Parrots create a strong bond with one person for life. The widow of Coco’s companion visited the Centre with a view to adopting a dog. Anyone who has ever visited Grande Daze knows that their conversation will be interrupted by the chatter from the parrots near the office. The parrot cacophony was music to the ears of the owner of Coco and she asked our advice regarding how to help him get over his grief. After a lengthy conversation and much soul searching it was decided that Coco would live with us. Happily, the lady fell in love with Dora, a rescued dog. Everyone is now settling down to the new arrangements and Coco will get a visit (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) now and again from Dora and the Lady.

Ritchie

Ritchie’s circumstances were also sad. He was attacked by the family cat so they had to choose between him and their other much loved pet. He is a very quiet sort of a chap and much smaller than Coco but then Coco is at least 26 years old, whereas, Ritchie is just a baby at 8 months old. He is a Parakeet and his plumage is very delicate as his head is pale lemon with his body being light grey and white. Everything is new for Richie and he appears very curious about his surroundings. He watches me with interest when I work in the grooming room.

Once they are acclimatised to their new surroundings these 2 feathered friends will join the other parrots in our aviary. We hope that Ritchie and Coco will maintain the standards expected of all the animals at Grande Daze. However, we will apologise in advance for any lapse in good manners. We can’t imagine how such insensibilities could occur but ………….

Take care. Best Wishes Anita Edwards

WHAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH AND THANK YOU

Think you will have to get comfortable and may be get a cuppa for this long update.

Yet again, I’m late giving you all the latest news and a big, big thank you for the financial help, the gifts of animal food and bedding, the purchase of Bric a Brac and a thank you to those who sell items.   We never take for granted your generosity and how it helps us keep going during a time when everyone is struggling.  Everything is at a standstill in the outside world but, sadly and amazingly, newcomers keep arriving through our gates and our work is never at a standstill.  Of course, re-homing is not possible so our need for funding becomes more acute as time goes on with more mouths to feed.   Just last week we had 5 newcomers including a Parrot!  This feathered companion is quite a cheeky, talkative little fella and Peter and I very quickly learned to choose our words carefully when in his company!  You can read his story in the next blog.

We hope you all had a healthy and peaceful Easter and that we will see you all again soon.

Our most recent big expense has been the necessity for eye surgery on one of our rescues who, happily, is now running around healthy and comfortable.  This poor animal was suffering entropion which required specialist surgery to cut away parts of the eyelid that were turning inwards. Our little companion is making a remarkable recovery thanks to the skill and expertise of the vet.  

Prior to the lockdown our grooming parlour was at full stretch for all our clients who needed a good shampoo and haircut before being ‘confined to barracks’.  We managed to fit everyone in (we hope) but our apologies to anyone who missed out; we will see you as soon as restrictions allow.  Of course, the rescued animals still required grooming and care which I managed to catch up with after the flurry of activity before lockdown.  My arms were going like bees wings to ensure that your lovely companions were clean and comfortable.

Training sessions are suspended for lockdown but our rescued companions are still exercised.  The contact with people other than myself and Peter is a vital part of the rehabilitation of the animals in our care.  The benevoles who undertake the befriending roles are not able to attend and, like us humans, the rescued dogs miss the social interaction and the cats still need a cuddle.  However, our work continues and we endeavour to be with the rescued animals as much as possible. The sand-school is invaluable to us in giving the dogs an interest in life and a purpose in their exercise.  Of course, after the exercise, drying off and grooming is often necessary and we get through dozens of towels and lots of clean bedding (which is why we are so grateful for the donations).  The washing machine never stops!

We continue to sell/reserve items through the website and facebook but our shop, like many others, is closed and outside fundraising events remain suspended during the pandemic.  We do have plans for events which we will post as soon as we can.  Being confined as we all are we are sure that you watch more DVD’s and such like.  We have a data base of DVD’s and CD’s compiled by Veronica Smith and you can contact Veronica through our Facebook page for that film, book or CD that you would really like to watch, listen to or read.  Every little helps us to care for the animals.

Recently, 3 pet portraits were handed over.  The paintings are of one of our rescued dogs who was re-homed several years ago, ‘Poppy – Waiting for Tea’ (posed in the Tea Garden at Grande Daze) and Poppy again, ‘Poppy with Little P’ (a rescued cat); these two companions like to snuggle up together and relax.  


Little P arrived in her home shortly after Poppy was rescued. Little P was left in the car park at Grande Daze, oddly, after a couple had been to pick up their dog which had come in as a stray. They were phoned in case this lovely little feline had got out of the car by accident; they never returned the call. So, Little P went to live with a very kind benevole after it was found that she is prone to upper respiratory infection and needs to be in a home environment. She is a right little madame! She was the link between the lady’s old house cat and the new ones with whom she shares her home. She is still boss lady, living in a household of 4 dogs along with her feline charges.

A collage painting of portraits of dozens of the animals from Grande Daze who have been treated by the vets at Andouille has been gifted to them as a thank you for their support over the years.  The Vets plan to hang this in their new surgery.  Jenny is still able to take commissions for pet portraits during the lockdown to raise funds. If you would like more information please contact her on the email posted on the BROWSE AND RESERVE (previously CLICK AND COLLECT) page.

Poppy is part of our Rescue Agility Team and like all of us in the team she is eagerly awaiting our next competition when the pandemic restrictions allow.  A lack of training together is another aspect affected by Covid-19 and we do our best to keep in shape ready to take on the world.  The Agility Team promotes the activities and purpose of Grande Daze and helps with our fundraising.  We greatly miss the contacts we have made and hope to make more in the future. We also feel the lack of the opportunities to raise awareness about the rescued animals and increase funds.

Remember you can donate via PayPal on our Facebook page.  In the meantime our work behind the scenes continues and we remain busy taking care of the animals you so generously help.

Thank you for taking the time to read my news and for your support. We wish you good health and hope to see you all again soon.  Until next month – take care and best wishes to everyone, Anita.”