27TH JULY 1947 – 24TH JANUARY 2021

Well,,,,sad news arrived for Grande Daze on 24th January. Jenny Dew died at 11.55 am after a year and 23 days in hospital and, I believe, she made it to heaven for lunch! Her funeral was on 1st February and Covid-19 restrictions meant that many of you would not have made it to the service. I still cannot believe she will not arrive here – we miss her.

As a tribute to Jenny we celebrate her life. Many of you new her as the Book Lady or to get your jams but she was so much more. These short paragraphs cannot do her justice. It was an honour to have her as part of my life.

I first met Jenny when she rescued a greyhound named Willow. Willow had no bark but had a bit of a bite around other dogs, so, our adventures began with training a badly behaved greyhound. During the training sessions Jenny’s love for animals shone through. It was obvious that she admired the work Peter and I were doing. To this end Jenny helped us Register as a Rescue and a Charity and our fund raising began.

Hog Roasts, Fairs, Curry Nights, Bangers and Bingo, Bric-a- Brac sales, Dog Fun Days, Dog Training Demos,,,,Jenny was brilliant at all of this,,,she loved it! Jenny had a love for books and helped in the library at Viva for many years, She would also hold book sales at her house. Her memory was amazing! My favourite memories are of the Vide Grens when Jenny would remember the authors of books that people like to read and the flavour of jams they enjoyed – she would have the goods waiting for people to collect.

We would often play a game at the boot fairs. Each of us working on the stall would pick an item and the first one to sell would get a prize of an ice cream, yes, you’ve guessed, Jen would always win – I still owe her four!

Some of you met Jenny at these events, others came because they knew Jenny and wanted to help. It wasn’t long before a mobile home was donated to the Rescue. Along with others Jenny helped organise and open Grande Daze Charity Shop. Jenny really loved the shop and her knowledge of old stuff and all sorts of bric-a brac was remarkable. On her trips to the UK she would often take things to Auction.

All THE FUNDS HELPED MANY DOGS AND CATS. Many of you reading this may well have a Grande Daze Rescue animal and regardless of race, breed or creed Jenny helped us all – she lived for it, she loved it!

The Adventures and memories are endless.




HAPPY 2021

Hello to you all! We are now well into the New Year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one – all of you who have helped Peter and I HELP THE DOGS AND CATS IN OUR CARE, the list is endless, Some of you have done huge things and others small gestures, everything has been very, very much appreciated. EACH AND EVERYONE THANK YOU.

WHAT A YEAR 2020 WAS and it seems Covid is going to be with us for some time to come, so, sadly, at the moment, no news on any events. We are happy to report we are still selling Bric-a-Brac via face book and here on the website. Any one wishing to visit the shop here at Grande Daze can do so via a message on face book. We will be glad to see you.

Re-homing is going well. More and more people are contacting us for a beloved forever home friend.

We would like to wish all of you a very good 2021, good health, happiness and love. We really hope it wont be long before we see all our human helpers and friends,,,,LOVE AND THANKS TO YOU ALL,,,,,,Anita Peter Edwards


Another month has come and gone with Covid-19 dictating the terms. Once again, we thank all of our supporters for all the donations and help you have given. As you all know, we are totally reliant on the public to finance us to continue to rescue and re-home the animals who come through our door. We are pleased to say that this month another one of our valued companions has been re-homed. It is sad to say, but as one animal is re-homed another needy soul comes through our gates. However, we are pleased that we can help this poor little fella and with your continued support we will nurse him back to health and prepare him for the future to meet kind people and find a loving home. For the cat lovers among you, happily, one of our cuddly cats has found a new human friend, whilst, with anticipation, others still await their special home.

We wish you well as you prepare for Christmas and the New Year. Take care and keep safe.


Christmas Fair


Facing the Renault Garage

13 Rue de l’Eglise 61330 Sept Forges

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10TH 11TH 12TH December 10h30 – 15h00

Special Christmas Items – Teddy Bears, Porcelain Dolls, Handmade knitted toys, collectors plates & plaques plus much, much more ………………..

Puppy Class of 2021

2021 Preview

Perhaps you’d like to join us? Please look out for the start of our 2021 Puppy Classes. We also anticipate a certain benevole joining us for Puppy Classes with her awaited miniature poodle! Hope to see you and your young companion.

See details on Puppy classes | Classe pour chiots


Osska has a new home.

Osska was found as a puppy at a Vide Grenier. I had watched a skinny young dog from 6.30 am when we arrived to set up our stall at the last Vide Grenier of the season. It wasn’t unusual to see a dog wandering freely as people set up stalls. But I kept an eye out for this little chap as he kept appearing around all of the stalls. He never seemed to belong anywhere. Then, when everybody started to sit for lunch he was in big trouble ………. to read more about Osska please go to Happy homes.


During November we are holding an exhbition of pastel and charcoal Pet Portraits by Jennifer M. James at the Au Pain Doré, Fontaine Daniel. We are grateful to our clients for loaning their pictures. For sale are a few items and Grande Daze will benefit from the proceeds:

Original small paintings €10 to €15,

Trinkets pots decorated with pet portraits €10 to €15

and postcards at .50 cents each.

You might like to browse through the portfolio of prints and stories about the animals that have been painted whilst you wait to purchase your bread and cakes!

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 regulations have necessitated the closure of the tearoom but it is still possible to view the exhibition. Au Pain Doré is open to sell their delicious bread and cakes and Madame Walter will be happy to serve you.

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