Leeanne & Michael Whitley
La PeyzieSt Paul La Roche,  24800,  North Dordogne
Tel:  0033 (0)5 53 52 62 37 Mobile: 06 89 25 44 06

Welcome to Twilight, the home of old dogs ... and mum Leeanne and dad 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

 Twilight fund raising CALENDER for 2014


Sun 28th : La Charrue Vide/Boot Sale in aid of Twilight …Bargains and fun all rolled into one … with yummy food too! 9am-4pm (Pitches €7.50)


Sun 16th: Chez onckers Christmas Fair, Puygers, 24630, Jumilhac le Grand 10am~4pm


Friday 5th : Twilight Christmas fair @ the wonderful La Charrue, Vieux Mareuil, 24340. From 5pm, come meet Santa, lights, mulled wine & mince pies, carols, Stalls (Pitches €7.50) and festive fish’n chips … and lots more.


One day ... John said ... why not do a fete in our garden? And so the idea was born.

Brilliant ... let's do games said Doreen, stalls, books, raffles ... and a competition ...

Just three months on, and the fete was wonderful.  Lots of work behind the scenes by so many, but the end result, about 200 folk came to a none commercial venue ... the mighty storms that surrounded us stayed clear for the day, and €700s were made for the doggies ... and Peggy-Sue was re-homed! (But that's another story!)
Thank you ...
Doreen, chief Twilight organiser and more ...
John and Ray for your garden and care
Anisa for all your advice and for travelling so far and entering the best dressed watering can comp! (
Dan of the Grapevine for coming
Our game stalls ... Stuart, Fran, Doreen and Ray on the railway line x
Tea girls, Jane, Angela & Sue - and to all who baked and donated yummy cakes
Sylvia and Charlotte on the gate and balloons!
Team Twilight, Jackie, Pat and Gwendoline, on Tombola, Raffle, books, bric a brac, set up and set down
Stall holders, Sheila, Frankie, Mandy, Sarah and family, Sausageland, and Jane
And everyone who came, donated, took part and joined the fun.

A superb day, bless you all for caring like you do xxx
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings


Dearest Hope team
We believe to love an animal is the best feeling and one we should all take the opportunity to enjoy. Being blessed to have the health and time to share our home with 30 old dogs has become a huge privilege for us, but we couldn't do it without help.
This is where we become so very humbled.  Hope, as a fundraising organisation, are quite the mightiest group of selfless people we have ever met.  All year round planning and time given up for animals you will likely never meet or even know of.  The two incredible book sales you do, which are now a family weekend out must do - of fun, goodies and giving.
Your monies raised will be helping many many animals in need, and for us, here at Twilight ... this is how your support has reached these wrinklies ...
Since the 1st Jan this year 52 dogs have been/arrived at Twilight
During that time 15 have passed over the bridge and 7 have been re-homed.
Mike and I do not have the words, thank you seems not nearly enough. You all work hard in your different ways, you give your time and love in an immeasurable way.
In our case we can quantify your work by saying you have mightily contributed to saving 52 old or disabled dogs.
Bless you and thank you for all you do.
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings


When our wonderful Linda G put out about pledges ... Mike and I felt almost embarrassed.  But, you guys are all so amazing, and the pledges for help and pennies came in.  Now those pledges are starting to unfold in energy ... and it is amazing.
Stella and Vicky came in with a purpose.  We rediscovered walls, grass area and a new found doggie tree den!  Girls, you were just fab.  Thank you ........ thank you.  Stella, you are a demon girlie on that strimmer. Bless you both so much.


Super Doreen set to with the scissors ... the shears we had bought were useless ... so it was nibble fingers to the rescue.  Twilight supporter and follower Kim was holidaying locally so joined us on our wash and brush up day .... and look who was first! Yes, Mozart.
All that fur .... we were not sure we might not find a nest or two of almost anything in there, but nothing, and he loved it. Trimmed and then I washed and lathered him several times over, as the wonderful Linda of Cozy Cats and Dogs had taught me.
Smelling fresh, looking great and nails trimmed ... how old is he meant to be!?  Loving life and doing so well.

 We are very blessed in our commune to know some very special people.  Ros and Mandy are two, and we are thrilled that they were able to tie the knot his week ... and share their love openly and with the commitment of marriage.
It was likely the hottest day of the year, so thankfully they chose the evening.  Photos are filling many social media pages ... but I know that only I have the one of all the bottoms on the balcony!!
Thank you both for inviting Mike and I, and for offering a collection box for the Twilight dogs instead of gifts for yourselves ... a selfless act, just like so much you do.  Your pot raised a wonderful €121.50 ........... woof and licks of thanks from us all.
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings

Thank you Stephanie for treating us Twilighters to a doggie pool!  Great fun, Athys was first in, Poppie, Lucy and Peggy have all had a try ... and the others are giving it a cautious eye ... but if mum goes in - they all follow!
Thank you with loads of paw splashes!
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings

We have changed our dog food, this was our van having collected 56 sacks of 18 kilo bags that came from the wholesaler in blighty via La Maison Shopping.
We buy this as our base line food for 3/4 months ...


Cuddles and Bric a Brac
 Bless the girls.  They were only here last week trimming the dogs with me ... now back again to help me clear Mike's now infamous garage and all the bric a brac you collect for us for our much needed fundraising.
Briliant day.  Blessed with no rain, and we found the back of the garage ... and all needed a jolly good deep bath to clean up later! Even filled the van and made a tip run. Coo.
Some super 'posh' junk for the next vides.  Thank you to all contributors ... and please keep it coming!
great day and some silly giggles too - thank you ladies x What a Twilight team.


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.

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Sometimes you just have to be aware you need to slow down, to just 'be'.  With all the newbies needing to settle, with many newerbies due in ... just needed a day to regroup.
The dogs love it when we have pottering type days, and also I got our sound bowl out today ... and we all let ourselves transcend for that moment - it is very therapeutic.
Thank you all for all you do, for your love and care in words and support ... in so many many ways.
As I give all the puddings an early kiss goodnight tonight, I am aware that Mozart is likely crossing another border and Terry and Deb will likely be asleep in a layby in Calais, mustering energy for their midnight collection of our new blind pudding, and their through the night drive to get him to us first thing. I am aware I hug Robin longer than normal, as I know his days with us are likely less now. And I am overwhelmed and aware of the support you all give us to make this all happen. The collection of Mozart and next week, Bianca, was a big ask - but many of you have chipped in, and the petrol and r & r costs are covered ... which means the pot for this months vet bills didn't need to be borrowed from, and the vet will be paid on time this month (which after 5 sterilizations, 3 euthanasia &  incinerations, one toothy clean, 4 antibiotics, three steroids, pain killers, eye drops .... etc, and 21 consultations, one being at the house ... is no mean bill)
What you give to these old puddings is far more than you might ever realise.  Tara & Pepito have stopped bleeding from their season, so poor darlings, it was time to reintroduce them to the family today.  But with ease I could wash and dry them of 'that' odour ... I could just enter Maddie's wash room with all I needed to hand.  Just as I could take Quito quietly away for his eye/gum treatment - easy for us both and no stress.  You made all that possible.
Yes, you are all an integral part of the Twilight day, starting with that 1 euro of disinfectant that kick starts the morning clean.
I just want to say thank you ... from Mike and I, from all the puddings. We really couldn't do what we do without you.
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings



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    Maddies Cabin

     To dream a dream

    We have, over our 6 years, had times when we needed to keep an oldie separate, maybe through contagion, illness or 'issues'. Our little house has always managed, but we have had a few close calls.  When dear little Maddie passed much too soon, your generosity towards her 'bed' fund for the oldies was incredibly generous.  From this money the idea was born to have Maddies own cabin to help us in difficult times.  You added further to the necessary base costs ... and Mike and I were all set to build the cabin.

    But then along came that phone call that you have to pinch yourself over. Sarah Berry, her husband Gills, Ian her father, and Linda Renton our mutual friend ... would like to come and build it for us! Yes, read that sentence again ... not really doggie folk, but Sarah touched by Verity's loss with dear Maddie wanted to do something practical to offer her support.

    Mighty.  They came on Monday .... and left at tea time, finished!  Amazing.  Thank you seems trite at such times ... but thank you all so very very much.  For what you have done to help us Twilighters along, but more for what you have done to show your support to Verity in the saddest of times. Bless you all xxx



    A pledge of labour and POO
     More workers pledges ....
    Thank you to Linda & Dean Renton, Tracy Parish and Linda's mum, Maggie ... what a wonderful afternoon.
    And thank you Margaret M for the £100 pledge for the poo pick, Tracey did your offer proud, it would be fair to say her bucket over floweth!
    The afternoon didn't go without it's hiccups.  Linda chopped down one of the trees she was supposed to be clearing (hehe), and poor Dean became our mechanic as the strimmer and sit on mower chose to have problems.
    But cake and wine solve all such woes ... we can now see the bottom hedge line again, thank you team ... the mower awaits a hospital visit and, we hope Maggie, you have had a less energetic rest of your hols!
    less you all so so much, a wonderful offer of energy and care xxxxxx

    When a reporter comes to visit

    Poor Arnaud, his trousers were a lovely clean beige when he arrived!  Mozart left his lasting loving dribble mid way through the interview ... and it was time to give up on going to his next job clean!
    Reporter, Arnaud Salvat, for the publication sudquest, came to give us an interview for a hopeful article in next weeks paper, helping to promote the summer fete and plight of old doggies.
    It will be interesting to read how he found our mad little home, but he did ask me for an interesting statistic I hadn't checked before ..."how many dogs have come through Twilight since we started?"
    Well, I have had a peak in my register and in 5 and a half year its over 250 Gosh, hadn't really realised.  Perhaps I shouldn't be so hard on myself for not remembering all the names through the time.
    Let's see what the paper brings ... be lovely to have a 'throbbing' fete of fun and silliness!