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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
Email:  leeanneandmike@yahoo.com 

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


Sunday 3rd May
9am – 4pm
In aid of Twilight, the old doggies home
La Charrue  
D939 2kms past Vieux Mareuil heading towards Brantome
VIDE GRENIER & Mighty Cake stall
Calling all bargain hunters and stall holders
La Charrue yummy food available all day … those scrumptious bacon butties first thing!
Stall pitches €7.50 each, monies generously donated by La Charrue’s Pauline and Clive to Twilight,
turn up on the day, oodles of room!
Cake stall, entirely in aid of Twilight.  Could you make a cake to help us out please?
Twilight will have its own stall, with goodies and bertie bargains galore!
Please feel free to bring any additional donations of quality bric a brac/books/clothes … welcome on the day
Twilight also has new Tshirts and sweatshirts that will be available for sale, orders welcome in advance
Looking forward to seeing you and thank you for caring
Leeanne, Mike and the old puddings
Twilight will also be present at:
La Marquisat......Sunday 26th April
Jumilhac floralis .......Friday 1st May



When you get someone you have never met asking you for a wish list of your needs ( within your living home, not daily food and vets etc) you can't help but wonder if you need pinching. 

Or, you have been blessed by an angel..

Well, what do we need, we have love in abundance, puddings to keep us warm and enough of Mikes pension money to keep us fed and with a drop of wine.

 If pushed though, the winters are cold feeding the dogs under the lean too, so maybe fill this area in.

And, a terrace to walk out of the living room, giving us more space for the puddings and allowing those less able to enjoy the sunshine.

 A bit of a dream. But now, over the last two weeks ....it has become a reality.

Yes, a gift from a very incredible person.

The feeling of space is mighty, the puddings are loving it. We are loving it. Spoilt, without doubt, but life changing, for us and the puddings. In honour of someone special, we call the new undercover area, Flora's nook.

And in honour of old Nana, who we had the dream of the terrace for .... We will call this area Nana's place.

You will know that thank you doesn't cover this remarkable gift. But thank you. Thank you to you all for the inspiration and love to continue what we do.



Totally Twilight was the brain child of our wonderful volunteer and friend Doreen, and bless her, she organised it all.
I was gently nudged to talk to our Mairie for our local hall, which they insisted we have for free as it was our first event, so very generous and kind. And it proved perfect. We had the posh bric a brac, books, cards, clothes, jewellery, tea, savouries and cakes, tombola and raffle ... and a few old/disabled Twilighters for cuddles.
What touched me as we all set up on the Saturday, was the keenness and love of all the volunteers who were involved to help. And then as we locked up ready for the hopeful full day ahead the next day, I felt quite overwhelmed that I looked on a hall bursting with colour and goodies - and every single thing had been donated to help for the old dogs.  Really quite astounding. I popped home and encouraged Mike come up and have a peek, as he would be being super daddy at home again for the big day, but wanted him to see it.  We both stood and had a little cry ... it was all for the puddings, amazing.
I got to the hall early Sunday, wanting Chunky and Basil to get a feel for the new environs and have a last minute check.  No idea where the time went. In minutes it seemed all the team arrived, Chief Doreen, Jacquie, Krissy, Fran, Pam, Sylvia, Sue, Clare, Lesley and John, Angela, Ian, Rita and Gwendoline. Verity too looking out for the puddings, bringing Twilighters blind Dex, Alfie and Fonzy along, and Jean and Bill our behind the scenes on dog walks. What a mighty team .... thank you xxx
And then so many of you came, with cakes, with dog food or bedding, with donations ... with your love, care and smiles. You bought and had a hug ... it was just fab.
The atmosphere was just wonderful. French, English, Dutch and German.  Locals and several who had travelled for hours. Old friends and new. It really doesn't get any better.
Raised ... yes, a mighty €1,250. In time for a few big ops and time to tick prepare for all!
Thank you, however you shared in this wonderful event, a heart and deepfelt thank you from us on behalf of the oldies.
It is you that makes Twilight what it is, thank you for caring.
Leeanne, Mike & Puddings


And look what auntie Pat designed for Maddie's Cabin .... so much love, you can feel it xxx  Thank you Pat, it really is the finishing touch to our special Twilight den.  Mike and I have smiled every moment we have looked across at the cabin this week. Bless you x


*Update Corner*

You might recall Emily's sad story, bless her.  Left for dead tied to a tree.  Well, she has come on leaps, gaining weight and settled in as a super pudding. Sadly her body has taken a bit of a battering though and we do have some complications.  She has a tumour growing in her tum that is being monitored for growth, so as not to dive in and operate if possible. But she has also come into season, which is dragging on a bit, not uncommon for the older ladies, usually fibroid or tumour complications ( yes .... Me again upset that she hasn't been sterilised when younger to avoid this unnecessary discomfort). So, we wait for a couple more weeks, and we may have to operate, and hope she is strong enough to pull through, her heart suggests we could be lucky here.
On a smiley note, poor Basil has moved on from his love of Dex .... Now to Emily.  Poor lad, he is quite beside himself and has a small hernia with all his attempted man actions!

Emily is so loving, she send you all gentle licks xxx

Old Peggy Sue..

Three legged Chihuahua, suffered recent embolism, but lives on in her little dominant world.  Now in her 15th year ... she might only be a couple of kilos in weight, but she is a big character.

shy Fonzy

I am still not really over the death of my old daddy and my mummy leaving us all. I am shy and quiet and only 11.  I need to be close to my new daddy or I just cry. Not keen on my photo being taken ... hope it doesn't mean I am on the move again ... bless.


Such a handsome lad, and a relative youngster at only 10.  Bit of a loner, so much love to give ... would so suit a one dog household ...

Disabled Basil

A reminder that this paraplegic is only 5 years old.  He loves life to the full, and has the fastest wheels ever, thanks to us being able to buy supplies in America.  Resting now, but needing socks to avoid deep wounds as he kangaroos around the house!


Well, I have been on a bit of a holiday ... trying out new homes ... but I keep running off .... so I have come home.  I am only 5 ... have three legs, not the best sight, hopeless hearing and I am a hound dog! This is nice ... xx

Gilly Gillou

Well, look at me now!  I have been so poorly with my throat abscess, but the drain is working well and I feel so much more comfortable. Having the anaesthetic I have also had my teethie pegs cleaned, and now the vet says I am so lucky as my gums are so badly suffering from years of gingivitis that I am lucky all my teeth haven't fallen out .... And now I have a posh smile too!
Just wanted to show you my tummy with a happy sleep x


 is 7 this year

Two of the most selfless people I have ever met....Leeanne and Mike the Puddings love you and we love you.....

on behalf of ALL your supporters from across the globe...

Thank you for all that you do...


Time to get rid of that mud....

Thanks to Doreen, with extra loving helping hands from Krissy, Jean and mummy, it was wash day at Twilight.

The mudlarks were top of the agenda, with Little Pepito and Teddy getting long overdue cuts, Gilly enjoying a wash and even a walk too.  Sabre had them their nails snipped, and all the doggies had a lovely brush - which in Bianka's case is no mean feat!

Daddy and Fran did a bit of diy, while Paul and Jeanette were out on the road doing a bedding collection run, thanks to collection points with Anne and Clare and a private pick up.  All mighty, thank you.

So much achieved, bless all for help and contributions ... and some sweeter smelling puddings tucked up in bedibise now x  Thank you xxx


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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Leeannes Dog Blog

March~April 2015

As ever the last few months have been a bit of a roller coaster here with we wrinklies!


On the pudding front we have had a few traumas over the last short while, not least due to old blind lab Dex coming into an unexpected season and setting several of the poor old girlie puddings off down the same path.  Those of you who follow regularly will know that this situation gets me a whizzle cross, as a simple op in the early years would save the poor old ladies ( and chaps from prostrate troubles), and I hate to see them have such a perplexing time when they have likely blindness, arthritic or other ageing ailments to contend with, which is quite enough methinks. Anyway, contend we all are, we sterilise all those we can when this happens, but weak hearts often put paid to the big op in later years. Poor old Lucky of the Mudlarks has not only just had his bits done, he had a huge prostrate tumour removed, which had been about so long it has caused nerve damage and given the lad the shakes too.

This raised a new issue for us with young Basil our paraplegic.  He has quite lost himself in hormones trying to chase all the girlies down in his wheelchair. Dex first, Peggy Sue, Pepito and now all out love for Emily! A smile yes, but this means quite serious bathing and dressing needs, I suppose in terms of time, it turns Basil into four dogs needs rather than two! Bless.

The mud larks arrived with possible contagious issues .... No mean concern when all the puds live so closely together ... But the wonderful vet saw us through this, and we all live to share the tail ( no pun intended!).

Farley has now lost her sight entirely due to her street beating, which means sadly no op of hope ... But she is young to learn and her other senses are so strong to help her, she is indeed and inspiration. Sabre's hips will not last him much longer, but then the miracle of Bianka living on after hefty steroids means that no oldie should ever be written off without trying many a concoction.

I have had a sneaky few days away for a most beautiful wedding, but this has left my hero hubby home alone .... With 33 old sick and needy puddings.  They have all survived, not least the mud bath of the garden from the rain and recent new Fosse septic excavations!  Yes, a new Fosse, a gift from a wealthy benefactor living in a grand chateau surrounded by animals (the servants look after them of course) who has no heirs and is hoping to receive the Legion d'Honneur for Services to Puddings! Yes, I jest not .... Bless this person greatly. So not from Twilight funds if you had been wondering, just like anything Mike and I do 'personally'.  Sad in away to even have to even say this, but it seems that folks even use charitable situations to be fraudulent.

But Twilight is mighty and positive, once again, we remind ourselves we may not have a pudding with us for long, but they come here to die when it is their time, not prematurely due to euthanasia when space is the issue, or family hearts no longer have the time in their family home for their old or sick ... once friend. Or ... The many many other reasons we know why there is the need for animal rescue.

Due to comments received of late, I feel the need to remind you that our need is basic and small, but constant .... and we are eternally grateful for all and everything. This then goes along way to cover all the puddings requirements. Your €1/£1 buys us disinfectant, bin liners, kitchen roll, adding up for food and medication, helps with mighty vet bills.  Your brown stuff (small coins) make all the difference. The bottom line, Twilight couldn't do what it does without you. Mike and I are just that, two fruit cakes happy to share our home as a giant family kennel for the puddings. Your old bedding is a life saver, your bric a brac a bargain for someone out there hunting and the pennies this makes a life line for the puddings. Your time too, as a volunteer to help, whatever form that takes ... Helps make Twilight keep going and allows Mike and I to ensure all these oldies have what they need. That might be a comforting stroke, as Scamp rarely asks or needs more, or it might be close attention to Gillou, both emotionally and physically needing a lot in anyone day, his recent abscess obstructing his throat to name just one .... And so I could list on for all of them.

How does that fair for Mike and I.  Well, in all honestly , this winter has been difficult. We have had more puddings in throughout the colder months than ever before. Perhaps too many in all honestly, but we have come through ... Thanks to many of you. But we are physically weary. We will regroup and recharge now as spring steps forth. We are in a time of many oldies here with many demanding and time consuming needs just now.  The waiting list too is long ... But we have to conclude we are really doing all we can, it would be wrong to increase the numbers, make them sound more impressive, but lower our quality and service.

So as the daffodil bulbs peak through, and the cycle of our annual seasons give us hope of birth and rejuvenation, remember that we all have the right to blossom for as long as we can, be given every chance to shine for as long as it is our time .... So all souls should twinkle at Twilight. X


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    Twilight Logo Clothing

    Here is the price list and sizes:
    All clothing comes in sizes -  small/medium/large/xl/xxl/xxxl

    However the clothing does vary, so happy for you to send your chest measurements so I can check more personally.

    Vest, €5, colour Jade,  Sizes fairly standard

    V-neck Tshirt, €7, two colours lilac and jade, sizes come up small but stretchy material

    Polo-shirt, €10, colour pale lilac, sizes come up small

    Gilet, €18, the colour is jade with blue piping and inset. Has chest pocket, full zip front.  Sizes standard

    Hoodie, €20, the colour is a deep blue, sizes are small

    Sweatshirt/fleece, €20, two colours, grey or powder blue, sizes generous, half zip (cuddly and my favourite!)

    I have tried and worn and washed all items ... they do not shrink and wash well.
    Wear your oldies logo with pride!