*Please click the DONATE button above *

or .... donate via   twilightchiens@gmail.com

Thank you for caring

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

dates for your diary


 The old dogs home … at home!



**NEW DATE...Sunday 31st July 2016


10 am - 4 pm 


Leeanne and Mike invite you to join us at our home to meet the old and disabled dogs.

This is our first summer to try this … but the dogs needs come first, so numbers at anyone time will be limited and house rules will apply!


Refreshments will be available all day … including bacon and sausage butties, and veggie double bake tatties too!.

*Delighted to announce Grace Donachie will be singing

live for us between 12-4*


Artisans will also be present to sell their special goodies, top quality books just in and bric a brac you just cant live without!

We have a few Artisan places left if you want to book a place.

*Thrilled our Elephant neighbours (Tony & Sophie)

will be joining us too, come and catch up on how the exciting preparations are going.*

If the puddings are happy this doesn't upset them, then one further date will be available, Sunday 28th August.


Please telephone or email Leeanne to confirm the time you hope to come. From 10am to 3.30am we will have access to the doggies home, and if you need to wait, the BBQ and stalls will be there to seduce you!


Twilight averages 30 old or disabled dogs. There are no kennels, just a normal home with the love and care of Leeanne and Mike. You are welcome to share in this, many volunteers will be on hand to introduce you to the ‘puddings’ and ensure a calm and happy visit.


Your old clothes are encouraged, as cuddles are obligatory. 

Children welcome if kept on a lead, sadly no dogs … as just a bit too much to keep an eye on!


Let us know, if you can, you hope to come, so we can be prepared for numbers! .... And cake, butties and all yums!


Contact Leeanne

05 53 52 62 37 (please leave a message and I will get back to you)



Sept 25th Vide Grenier, in aid of Twilight, La Charrue

Dec 11th  Twilight Christmas Fair, St Paul La Roche


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



 As another mighty Hope Booksale comes to the end, it is a must to congratulate the Hope team for all their amazing efforts to put such a special event into place .... It really is a family feel weekend.

The work involved is way over and above, and it never ceases to amaze me that the same volunteers work so hard year after year. It was lovely too to see a few new smiling faces joining the team too.

Twilight is one of the animal associations invited to share with the public the work we do and encourage them to think 'oldies' in our case. But it was a delight to see so many colleagues of other rescues sharing their stories and enlightening the public. Terrific work by so many.

Ollie and Stanley came with me to promote old and disabled doggies, and wonderful Pam so generously gave her weekend to help me .... Sharing the load, the love and the wine! We had a precious Twilighting time.

Well done team Hope .... You are all incredibly special xxxxx



The beginning of May is five months since the Last fundraiser at Christmas. So the Vide weekend at La Charrue gives  us a needful boost on the old fundraising front. And our wonderful Facebook Linda also does a virtual fundraiser.

The vide grenier, boot fair to our UK followers, is no mean feet. The bric a brac has to be donated, collected, sorted, stored. Then collected to go the venue, the tent up at the venue, the day itself and hard selling, then the clearing, re packing for next time, the tip run with the rubbish, the bits that can go to other charities, the van re sorted, tent down .... And all items stored again.

It takes an army of loving and caring volunteers, it takes a special venue too.

Pauline and Clive of La Charrue host the event in the old doggies honour twice a year. Other stall holders pay a pitch fee that La Charrue donate to the Twilighters. La Charrue make wonderful food and have a plant stall .... This being their obvious return on a business day .... And much needed too.

The Twilight stall has no bounds, and the goodies on sale are a Bertie bargain. The cakes stall too is a wonder.

The hard workers that make this all happen, in so many ways the contributions are made ... The donators in the first place, then ....

Liz, Linda, Lynn, Annie Fitchie, Pam, Andy, Rowena,Jean Pierre, Clare, Gwendoline, Rita, Dawn, Sherra, Mandy, Jacquie, Paul, Janette, Jill, Sam, Jean, Carole, my man and I. And if I have forgotten you .... Please know this X is you .... As my brain is fried!

The hard work outcome? A car full of donated bedding, cleaning products and some food. Some 'brown stuff' in the jar for the Leclerc change machine (it really does add up, so keep saving please!) ... And €1200, which will cover this last months vet bill and some food .... Fantastic.

BUT, for the first time, we have to look at if we can all manage this again and again. The volunteers, Mike and I, are all getting older. Humping and dumping is hard work. And, whilst not troubling myself at all .... At the end of this day, I still go home to care for 31 dogs .... As 24/7 doesn't stop. And the poor shattered volunteers have to get up and live normal lives the following days. Not a whinge, just sharing the reality as it is clear from comments received the reality is up for question. This I shall cover in a Mays thoughtful Myth and Fact sheet!

For now .... Let us celebrate the love and care of all the volunteers who made this happen, the wonderful care and support of La Charrue, all those who donated, all those who spent, and the harsh reality that at the moment, 31 dogs are alive that would otherwise be dead ..... You made that happen.

That bank holiday May Day feeling is filled with scariest weather reports and fear no one will turn up .... And after all that preparation you read of in part one.

But the wonder of our Linda on Facebook reaches those who can't make the day or live overseas and want to join in. It is a fantastic virtual shop .... This year of paving slabs to help the path grow (that helps us and the blind dogs negotiate the garden), the cost of the man that can to put them in, the kisses of the oldies noses(over 30 of them when we last looked), new Twilight book marks and just a euro donation to make that difference.

It is fabulous the work Linda puts into helping us, and with her leading and you supporting her mighty ideas .... You know you have saved an oldies life. So so many to mention, so from the hat ... Bonnies and Bethane, Susan and Donna, and for all and everyone of you, we bless you for caring. We understand we have some vet bedding ordered as a gift too, this especially helps Nala negotiate the floors and the washing machines have a great product to keep clean for us!

There are so many worthy causes to follow, so many doing incredible work. We are deeply humbled that you have opted for now to help the oldies of Twilight. They thank you, with full tummies, all the vet care they need .... And a life of love that so nearly escaped them at this stage in their lives.


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.

Members Area

Leeanne Dog Blog

JUNE 2016

Five days of Twilight and …. counting


If you are reading this, you are likely a follower of the Twilight days, and for that we thank you, deeply.  Regulars on Facebook will know we have been a little quiet lately … no drama, just a period of busy'ness and rotten phone and computer communication with our wonderful Linda who keeps us afloat for public communication and indeed personal moral on a daily basis.

But the last five days have taken a bit of a grim turn of being busy to being down right sad and leaving us spent of energy.

Lets go back to last Thursday ….

An absolute delight to have Jo of yimi here, taking reams of photos and videos of daily Twilight life, to so generously put us a video together. A busy day, Another lady Jo’s first visit, a vet visit with two poorly puds, a promo meeting with Mandy of Mooncat media. Then a new pudding in, Jazz. I will introduce you to this big lady soon.  Jazz did well, but she did cry all night, not uncommon for a newby in …. just needs reassuring … and makes for a long night …. bless her.

Then it is Friday.  Plans only of special old chums coming for lunch.  But a newby rescue can come a few days early.  Been on our waiting list some months, so a delight to welcome Lulute here thanks to the caring Sharon and Andy of Nontron kennels … again, i will introduce you to her soonest.  Thankfully she didn’t cry all night, and Jazz now settled too. Phew. Also offered an apparently urgent little one a home here, but politics seems to hold dogs in certain places sometimes … i don’t fret anymore, what will be will be.

Then it is Saturday.  Love everyone as we do, a whole weekend of no folks, just man, puds and I. Heavenly.  I left man in bed. Rare, Mike is usually up early and on the first poo clear and feed. I came down to that needful clean … but no probs … except dear Ollie.  He had had what we and the vets thought might have been a stroke earlier in the week.  Now though, the lost sight that came with that episode was more serious … as it was poking out and all very wrong.  I gather all i needed, got man up …. and was off to the vet toute suite. I knew what was coming really, and just sometimes it gets you.  My sobbing started before we left the car. I held him tight, now fully blind, weak and wetting himself … he loved me back with all he had.  Now clearly evident, the tumor that had caused the brain bleed and blindness was growing at a pace.  Nothing to be done. Our boy went so very very peacefully.  I will write his little eulogy, but for now … i was at that moment broken.  You all often ask, how do we do it, how do we cope?  Most of the time we do …. sometimes we don’t.  Mike understood.  I couldn’t speak. I came home. Cleaned. Slept. Cried.  I read a book, it took me someplace else.

Sunday morn, Mike got up, bless him. Left me to sleep, gather, regroup …. come down and be the bouncing mum again.

I came down, usual loving greeting from man and puds.  Then Mike took my hands …. i knew … Who?  Michael had come down to find dear Vincent, no longer with breath, but at peace, and amongst his buddies in the kitchen.  Dear fellow, he was such a poppet. His special words will follow too.

Now spent in full. Blow the admin.  Reduce the chores.  Lets all just hug together and have a loving day. We did. It was special.

Monday morn and already nothing to plan, with the van out longer than planned on friends duties, poor volunteer Paul ready to collect on Twilight duties, rain, and little Dobbie is not breathing right.  Our angel of a volunteer arrives. More than we could ever dream of in a friend who turns her hand to anything we need to help the day along. She doesn’t want thanks … but here we can say we are blessed, as it really is like having help from above. 

A vet call and the boys are all out, so we need to ride the problem. But with a grim temperature things are not looking to good.  As this worsens towards lunchtime, another call, and i can speak to a vet.  They know we need them … they will wait while i get there … 20 mins.  The little Dobbie man is critical now, his already malformed body not coping, and now lungs full of infected fluids.

If Dobbie makes the next couple of days, and all the injections needed to keep him as stable as poss, we have a specialist appointment in Bordeaux on Friday to determine the way forward for the little lad.


So …. not quite five full days of Twilight.  Best I try to do some admin, as someone will be chasing me for not responding to something soon. In all honesty …. fancy running away. But, as the only place i want to be is here … best get on with looking at the list and seeing who is coming in next.



Thank you for caring xxxxx


Wonderful morning spent with our dear friend Lesley and her grooming skills for Tidying little Simba. With the additional joy of Lesley's mum, Nana, (91 years old). You will remember Nana did a Wing Walk for Twilight a few years ago. Well she is looking fabulous, and currently does 11 fitness classes a week! Mighty!

Thank you both for a special time xxx And little Simba looks fabulous xxxx


Meet ... Left to right as you look .... Josh, Bobby and Toodlepip, three very scrummy Alpacas have joined our home .... Long story, but just love them xxxxxx



Cool to be Kind Award, Certificate has just arrived. This is for you all who help and support Twilight, thank you and well done xxxx



Newest Members


We see so many posts from people who have either lost or found.

Did you know, we provide advice about exactly what to do when you are in this situation?

We have an Advice Centre on our website, at http:/www.phoenixasso.com

Please help us by directing people to this when they need it. 

Thank you
The Phoenix Team