Twilight is FULL....34 beds taken.
Waiting list: Two puds accepted and waiting to join us.
Several puds on waiting list all subject to bed availability.

Welcome to Twilight, the home of old dogs ...

with mum and dad..Leeanne and Mike

Please scroll to the bottom of our home page for a little info

 if it is your first visit.Thank you for popping in xx


 In aid of Twilight old and disabled dogs

La Charrue, Vieux Mareuil, 24340 

The BIG Vide

Sunday 7th May, 9am - 4pm


 It’s big … but we need you and all your old bric a brac, unwanted gifts, small furniture, books, goodies and goodies galore!


Now that La Charrue is a main collection point, you can bring your items, DIRECT here.  On or before the day …

Also, your old bedding, towels, croquettes, tinned meat, disinfectant


Pauline will be cooking her wonderful bacon sandwiches, and will have hot and cold food all day

Twilight has its annual cake stall … so come for treats, but also maybe bake your speciality to help us raise some pennies too?

Artisans and car boot stall holders welcome, old and new … 7.50 per pitch … no need to book

The Twilight team look forward to seeing you on the day, collecting your small brown stuff (change!) and Leeanne there just for a hug!

Twilight currently has 36 old or disabled dogs … it is busy, and we need you more than ever to keep us oldies going.

We thank you for caring … it is you who make the difference

Leeanne on [email protected]



Diary Dates to help your oldies at Twilight


7th May, La Charrue …. The BIG VIDE Grenier  9am - 4pm  


4th June, @ Twilight … OPEN DAY … 11am - 5pm  La Peyzie, St Paul La Roche, 24800


30th July, @ Twilight … OPEN DAY … 11am - 5pm  La Peyzie, St Paul La Roche, 24800


3rd September, La Charrue …. The BIG VIDE Grenier  9am - 4pm 


10th December, Christmas Fete … St Paul La Roche 10.30 - 4pm


**Twilight shopping wish list**

(of things we can buy via Amazon)


Currently on

 Take a look under the Amazon banner, to the right on lists …. scroll down and ‘find a list’

 Twilight is under email, [email protected]

 The list has a starter of 22 items.  Leeanne will update the list at least monthly .....or as and when needed.


The puddings thank you SO much for caring


Twilight puds love visitors, as so many more pairs of hands for cuddles!


This week has been no exception as two

Rainbow volunteers

came for their fist pudding experience.


We thank Francis and Tina for making the journey, for bringing heaps of bedding from the shop … and for a most unexpected Donation of 1,000 euros.


This timely donation will buy us a new Dogs tumble dryer.  Sadly our last one died last week … and ‘exceptional’ use means our extended warranty was no use to us at all …. humph!


So how lucky are we …. thank you to all the Rainbow volunteers who work so hard for animals needs … we bless you for caring and helping the puds.


Meet Martin, what a lovely Chap.

This softly spoken business man has knocked us for six with his companies generosity.

The Twilight wall needs painting .... before we reveal the final exciting stage.

But painting 100 metres of brick wall, 1.50 m high is no mean feet. Martin, of Brico 16, has DONATED the special Sandtex masonry paint, thanks to suppliers Crown contacting him after a request from our artist friend Suze Turland.

We are absolutely bowled over. He delivered the first half of the paint this weekend, and snuggled all puds, especially little Dobbie. He also donated rollers, brushes and his thoughtful advice .... wow, we are so very lucky.

More pics will follow as this stage is completed ..... but for now .... thank you Brico 16 and your magic trade paints.





Yes, it was Shop 79 a few weeks ago, and then dear Spencer collected from shop sixteen too .... Bless you all Hope shop volunteers for all the spare bedding you are saving and sending for the puddings .... quite fantastic. So many incontinent oldies .... makes for piles of smelly bedding. The bedding you take to the shops is a mighty help to us and the SPAs. Thank you all and everyone. Comfort, clean smelling .... and just jolly snugly ..... thank you xxxx



Wow .... thank you for the bedding Team Hope Shop, and ..... thank you Spencer for collecting and delivering. Fabulous ..

So many incontinent bums .... this makes the world of difference.

Merci beaucoup


Well, we have gone and jolly well gone and done it!


Many of you know I have dreamt of a doggie hydro pool for rehab and to help these old aching bones. Well, €13/14,000 is a lot of dosh .... and maybe a bit above our station?

So, with Nala noo now post op and needing water therapy .... and indeed pretty much any of the puds benefiting, we are going to try something a bit Heath Robinson.... but it may just do it.

We have, thanks to .... Linda (Face Book), doing the St Patrick's buy it now pool album appeal (which so many of you generously took part in) and a mighty donation from ... The Lady of the Leprechaun .... we have us a human blow up spa.

The Spa is heavy duty and seemingly very well made. It will work for us with only jets, no bubbles, and is heated. We are going to get our mighty handy man JP to set us up a holding hoist above the pool .... and going to give it a positively splashing try.

The pool was €600, the hoover and first batch of chemicals generously donated by Cash Piscines. I have ordered a full basic set of sizes for the bouancy jackets £200, and Nala is going to need other aids, but we want to get her in first and see what is best for us to do in our wonderful makeshift pudding spa.

The pool is in our special Maddie cabin, perfect with the heater and calming surroundings. Bless Auntie A for helping me set it up .... we did giggle!

So .... just waiting on the jackets .... oh .... and the water!

Pool Water Ceremony.


Twilight Old doggies


We need all your posh old gubbons please!


Bedding, towels, old curtains etc…. it all makes wonderful bedding (or helps me clean) … with 30 plus old and disabled doggies (many incontinent)


Also …. with our big Vide coming up … and Open days …. we need all your BRIC A BRAC, small furniture, books … and …. any unwanted gifts or bottles for our tombolas.


You can view our collection points on our website


But... we are excited to share we have a NEW barn for collecting at LA CHARRUE, Vieux Mareuil, 24340


It would help Pauline and Clive if you called before you drop off please on …05 53 56 65 59 … on the D939, just 2kms past Vieux Mareuil heading towards Brantome.


La Charrue has been the greatest friend to Twilight over many years, so we thank them for going this extra mile


Goodness, what a month March has been ... so many thank yous in so many ways.

The volunteers, the visitors .... and ...

Sara, Nala received her special dressings,

Limoges SPA gave us help for Lulu and Croquettes

Périgueux SPAs gave us croquettes

Sue M sent a donation for Easter doggie bunnies!

Puivert had a gathering and Tina did hand pampering ( going to buy a buoyancy jacket)

Oasis, of the mental health support group sent a donation (I am going to buy Zoflora, we have none in stock now .... so much needed)

Marlene gave us a donation from her sewing wonders, which I will mention again with a new project

And .... pool talk to come!

Bless you, and thank you all .... in bucket loads, with special Norman loving little snug xxxx

For our friends in the U.K. We appear in the April 2017 addition of Living France .... our copy arrived today, some old faces in the pics to make us smile!



A Day in the Life of Nala

Goodness me, what a day in the life of.


Darling Nala, paraplegic Twilight superstar, with 47 loving supporters (with the mightie Hope volunteers donating a third of the costs) .... totalled her need of €1500 to go under the knife ....... and maybe, just maybe, get one of those back legs to work again.

 Nala is very lucky to have so much love, not least two mums! Leeanne and Auntie A adore Nala noo, so her needs are never too much.

 She left for Limoges vets at 7am this morn. It needed the confidence of a spinal surgeon, but also the technology of a CT scanner. Auntie A gave her a big kiss as she was handed over to the vet. Nala is not too keen on men, so a bulky rugby type was not her scene .... so bless her ..... she wee'd all over him and the floor that took her back stage, and threw a poo in for good measure.

 We all met up again for midday .... the first photo being the first view we had of her post op in the little hospital den. Not allowed at that point for a snug, but we did see the scans, and the delighted beam on the vets face. He had cut away the damaged vertebrae bone, opening the nerve pathway through the spine. Wow. It all looked so obvious on the scan. So, all sounding good. The reality though, the nerve was described as 'wet'. This moisture might cause an oedema. This is concern one, but two .... the release of the bone might set her back .... no pun intended, but also, the potential improvement outweighed the possible risks.

 What hit us quite dramatically was that we should know the potential outcome by mid next week! Gosh indeed.

 So, tonight princess Nala is staying at the vets. We were a little put out that no nurse sleeps in with her, but we're assured video surveillance is maintained through the night.

 Tomorrow lunchtime a decision is made whether she can be released or stay in for the weekend, the oedema being the main concern and pain observation.

 It would be fair to say that she seemed quite at home in the kennel. Relaxed, happy and not in the least bit put out by her new haircut, 20 odd stitches, and the drama of it all we are feeling!

 So .... paws crossed for tonight. Nala noos next instalment tomorrow. But one thing is unquestionable at this point .... she, and we, thank you for having the faith to give her this chance.

Bless you all xxxx


Goodness me, what a welcome!

I popped over to snug with darling Nala this morning, and she cried with joy to see me, I was deeply touched xxx

She looked so well and happy.

Tail is continuing to wag when she is on her front. She is pushing her leg against your resistance, and she can clearly feel more before toileting. Gosh!

Thanks to A for the love and care you are giving our magic girl.



Six days after the big op, and it was time to show the vet.

Well, if you thought Auntie A and I had smiles .... the vet just burst with happiness when he saw her.

Six days in .... she has wagged her tail, can hold her weight (ish) with help, but this change is a miracle, poo's better and is aware of her legs for pushing. All this is mighty.


She is remarkably happy in herself, confident, and all together hone very happy lady.


So .... what's next. Well, time really. She is having home rehab, and we are looking very seriously into a hydrotherapy purchase for Twilight .... but more on that anon. Post op for Nala it is early days. The affected bone could grow back ... nerve oedema etc ... but we are working with the positive for now.


It is all quite fantastic, and we thank you for believing with us.


Nala has a further check up and stitches out in two weeks. More then ....


We are thrilled to present a day at Twilight on Video

This link will be accepted by phones and tablets


This link, with the original plan for music, you can play on your main computer


Thanks to the hard work, insight, and loving energy of Jo Morris Bingham of YIMI


Twilight Old Dogs home…. what’s Myth and what's Fact?

1. Myth * Twilight old dogs live in kennels
Fact = All the dogs live in the house with Mike and Leeanne as family pets. They have free run of the house and garden, with the back door open all day.

2. Myth * Dogs pay to come to Twilight
Fact = Rarely does a dog arrive with any funding, they are from refuges, poor homes or abandoned.

3. Myth * The vets do not charge to treat the dogs, it is all free
Fact = The vets are fantastic, with care and support. They provide the same reduced fee they do to an SPA for treatment or medication. Average monthly fees are currently around 900 euros.

4. Myth * Twilight is government funded
Fact = As an animal non-profit organisation, Twilight is reliant entirely on donations from private individuals or other associations.

5. Myth * Twilight has paid staff and Leeanne and Mike take donation money as wages.
Fact = Twilight has no paid staff. Mike and Leeanne are 24/7 live in volunteers! We have 4 hours paid cleaning help per week, when we have sufficient funds, to help with the bigger clean. We also have 4 hours DIY help per week, now that we are less able. Any additional help is privately funded by L & M. Must note at this point, we have incredible volunteer help at times various … without which the amount of work could not now be sustained.

6. Myth * Mike and Leeanne do this to raise money for their own use, like holidays
Fact = All monies raised are spent on or for the dogs needs. Yes, we take holidays, but funded privately, and notably … the most needed holidays we have ever needed, unlike when we thought we used to work hard as paid professionals in a former life!

7. Myth * Twilight puts dogs down.
Fact = Twilight is the last hope hotel. We care for dogs in their last days, months and years. The last kindness we can give some of them is to have the vet assist their rainbow bridge passing. It is a joint decision with the vet. A dog will have all it needs at Twilight, including not suffering at the end. No pleasure is taken for giving the death statistics, but it is a fact we will have a larger number than the average refuge due to our aged population!

8. Myth * Mike and Leeanne are going to give it all up and go and live off the money made.
Fact = (Can’t believe I am writing this!). Well, we have been going over 7 years now. It is the hardest, most shattering, and most rewarding work we have ever done. It will likely kill us, fatigue and stress. There is rarely much credit in the bank. But, like any other French Association (Charity), any funds left in the account when an association folds, for whatever reason, are handed over to a likeminded association. Annual accounts are made and audited by an independent accountant.

9. Myth * As a question … You chose to do this, so why ask for help?
Fact = Answer … yes, we did choose to do this, for 5 or 6 animals in the early days. Then it was clear what needs there are in the animal rescue world. We decided to do a bit more … if folks were happy to help us. Remember, you don't have to donate. We had no idea it would reach this number. which, notably is a drop in the ocean. We receive requests for 4/5 old or disabled dogs a day to come here. And that is just little us, from those who know about us. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we didn't have to be here ……

10. Myth * It is easy to do …
Fact = 24 hour care is loving but tiring. Our home is lovely, but it is no longer a place for nick nacks and personal bits … too many tails and need to maintain hygiene. If you didn't love your partner  deeply you would not survive, you can go a full day without talking as you are so busy … and the bedroom is where you sleep ( too tired for anything else!). You no longer do what you want when you want, you do what you can when you can. Your friends change … as non dog lovers cant take the madness (and who can blame them!). You become an allrounder … medical needs, fundraising musts, healer, friend and disciplinarian. You talk to yourself, you sing even louder … and you don't care anymore! Living with such fragility of life gives you the greatest of highs in hope and wonder. Living with such frequent death gives you insight and belief in every moment. The insight it gives you into mankind is both humbling and saddening.

11. Myth * It’s alright for Mike and Leeanne, they are young and fit.
Fact = Both L & M have Rheumatoid Arthritis and other health issues they quietly battle. Leeanne has just turned 50, Mike will be 69 in June (2016). They are grateful not to share flares at the same time!

12. Myth * ? Let us know if we have missed anything you want to ask


We started Twilight in the summer of 2009, in memory of losing our Kizzy, and
needing to find a friend for our elderly but happy retriever, Teg.
It became evident, searching the pounds and refuges, that if you were an old
dog, life was not always so good, and your ending might be premature and/or without dignity.
So now we offer limited places for elderly dogs who are lost, abandoned or bereaved of their owners.

We are not a formal refuge, just mere volunteers with the time, space and love to share our calm home with the dogs ?en famille?. Twilight, La Maison de Retraite pour Les Chiens, the old doggies home.
We work closely with the other South Western France rescues, and ask that where you can, you help us all with the sad and seemingly endless needs of these loveable best friends.



Dog Blog
May 2017

So many of you on FB follow us daily, or on the website monthly … I feel sorry when we go quiet on you … but am sure you will understand.
Our wonderful Linda is often able to fill the gaps, but she too has a life bless her, and sometimes we all just get too busy. Also with website Lynn away on singing duties.

So what of the last few days.

Well, we have sickies, not life threatening but needy.  Alice, Tigger Memere, Vera and Beauty are on the delicate list.
Poor Brigand has had to start medication for his anxieties, as he is troubled.  It happens in waves for the blind, and they need extra love and care.
As Leia has settled in she too is showing needy signs, all part of a new life and coping with pains of her eye which we need to get the meds right for.
Dear Mia is a mixed bag just now … disabled puds often find their level, so frustration of being less able seems to find a natural balance.  But she is young and a strong character, and we feel is struggling to accept her situation.  We have put her for a week with our wonderful Aline, to give her some calm time and have her assessed for pain and frustration away from her home environment.
Dobbie is remarkable in this sea of illness, he should be on the list … but he is fighting hard and the pool has indeed been his saviour.
The change in weather has seen Vanille drop very quickly … and poor skinny Norman.  The fire is lit again and we are so grateful for installing the radiator this winter, it has surely seen the fragile through at 3am in the morn when the temp really drops.
Sadly we remain with the country Rats in the cabin. Today, thanks to a few pennies left extra in the pot we have our young men on Rat control and a full revamp of Maddie's cabin, food storage and the pool …. as dear Mr  rat and his wife, and seemingly endless attempts at a growing family are waging war … A sad but necessary job or we will lose all we have, in food, rubber, treadmill etc …. as all seem yummy to our little furry friend!
Poor old Teepee has come into old uterus season, which means her poor body is rotting inside.  We will need to have her operated on …. you know this is my grrrrr, poor love, so unnecessary at her age.

The second volunteer day last week was another exceptional day, and the team, with new and notable French folks joined the hearty workforce …. thanked individually, but you know who you all are … last week saw all our regular volunteers doing something, it is quite beyond humbling. With collections going on, with Vide preps afar, Posters being designed for the Open days … a literary surprise on the horizon … folks looking at what to bake etc etc …. it really is mighty.

The four puddings with Auntie A are in the poorly realm too.  Nala is needing antibiotics, Albert on new heart meds and little Bertie hanging on in his own world.  Arthur just lords it in happiness!

But what of the two humans at the supposed helm?  Mike and I potter along and manage, although the admin once again has slipped very low! … and just now our bodies are not on full song and we are just jolly well pooped.  Nothing more serious, but we have to own up …. and you know when a volunteer pops in early and you just sob to see them … you might just be in need of a bit more sleep!  So operation short notice weekend is ahead of us.  Auntie A will move in, and we will move out! Bless, we will just go and sleep for 48 hours and come home leaping.  No sympathy needed, just sharing how life with 30 odd dogs gets you sometimes.

Oh, and i must tell you about Monday … it was lovely, you will read about the Rainbow volunteers that popped in with bedding.  The Frasers came by too with goodies galore. Tuesday Aline started the re staining of Maddie’s cabin, JP stained the back stairs … so we want slip when we carry Brigand up!  Next week we hope to treat all the wood outside, have the wall painted to …. and then it will be the Vide weekend at La Charrue, then the Hope weekend with the mighty booksale. Goodness …. time really does pass so quickly, but we live in such a beautiful place, it is right to stop just a few times in a day, breath … and take in the colours and smell.

As I close just now … i must share the joy of the goats settling in and playing with the alpacas.  It is a remarkable site.  So as i stand on the Nana’s place veranda, surrounded by puddings, looking at the love and energy around … we all have to bless  "the moment" and treasure what we are blessed to have.

Snug your puddings tight … and know however you help the old or wonky Twilighters … we are here thanks to you xxxx


Pool rehab time for
Nala & Dobbie


Coo .....

Lis, via Chemist Counter Direct .... Zoflora, Thankyou xxx

Sue D, via Amazon, Dobbie pants! He loves them, thank you xxx

Mighty love from us all xxx


Look at me Auntie Lois .... your

"Amazon pressie"

has arrived and I am a snug nappied knicker boy!

  Thank you




Thank you HOPE shop in Confolens...

Wow, bedding galore, and perfect timing as the weather and newbie incontinent  puds arrive.
Thank you Hope team and bless you Spencer for being the delivery man .... and helping me to put it away.


Hehe, it is a bit of a challenge here, whether humans or puds have the most pills!

Antibiotics, steroids, painkillers, anti inflammatories, Leishmaniasis pills, heart, Prozac meds, liver and water works medications and insulin are daily regulars here. Not forgetting the worming and de-fleeing.

Also dressings for Nala's feet wounds, Dobbie's and Mia's stump sores daily, with creams and coverings.

We are deeply grateful to vets that give us near out dated or part packets. Or sadly the owners of puds who have passed who send the pills or dressings left over.

Or to specific donations that help here .... This year especially Hope donations have covered many pudding medical needs that we wouldn't have managed.

We really couldn't do anything like what we can do for the puds without you all.

Thank you.

And so the wall is coming together!

Fret not those eco fellows amongst you ..... it will not only blend, but will finish a magical work of art!

We needed a bottom secure wall/fence .... and we needed it to last, be easy to maintain and hide from pudding view the ever slowing and nosey traffic!

We thank team SWAT and team Puivert for covering the costs of this safe life changer for us.

Works have stopped through the holidays, but hope to be all diddled by the end of Jan.

Thank you very big xxx


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