Friday, April 15, 2016

Do you want to adopt Teddy?



Please listen up, friends, as I have a very important post to share with you...

I had a great surprise earlier today in that I had a long phone conversation with my friend Ellie. Now, quite a few of you know her story already but for those of you that have just arrived at Lost in Arles (merci!), let me tell you simply that she is one of the most incredible people that I have ever met. I am honored to know her. She is currently in her sixth year of living with ALS and inspires thousands of her loyal friends and followers through her blog, Have Some Decorum. You can read more about her by clicking here and about how we met, here.


To give you an idea of Ellie's strength of will, she got it into her head that she needed to leave Paris for Provence last Summer and had moved into an amazing property by October. That it was less than a fifteen-minute drive away from my tiny village was a wonderful surprise to us both. Of course, she immediately wanted to adopt a dog. I suggested that she visit the Refuge SPA des Baux de Provence where we adopted Kipling and the rest of the story is nothing short of magical. I will let you read about it in her own words, here.


Teddy had grown up at the refuge; we had walked right by him those years ago. It was meant to be that he and Ellie found each other. From the moment that they brought him home, he was an angel doggy. He was potty-trained, was a great guard dog, he didn't misbehave or chew on the furniture - if anything he made himself right at home on the antiques! And best of all, he understood instinctively that Ellie was physically fragile and not only never jumped up on her but would put that beautiful head of his on her lap. 

Teddy is one of the most loving dogs, ever. The first time that I met him, when he understood that I was a dog person, he wanted to give me so many kisses - to the point that when I held him back for a second, he kept kissing the air! He truly has an exceptional, exceptional spirit.


But. Life does not always go according to our hopes and plans. This winter, Ellie's ALS took a drastic turn for the worse (this was not predicted by her doctor but it can happen with the disease) and she was forced to move back up to Paris and immediately into palliative care. This all happened very, very quickly. Her puppy Valentin and kitten Iris found loving homes. Teddy was initially placed with extended family but sadly, it did not work out so Teddy is back at the refuge and is waiting for a new home.


Here is a recent photo of him from their website. He is going by his previous name of Bidule and it is estimated that he is five years old. As you can see, he is still a happy boy. The Griffon in him means that he is a big guy but one with a tender heart. I know from a friend who volunteers at the refuge that he has always been a favorite there. And of course I can understand why. Unfortunately, due to Kipling's aggressive behavior, there is no way that we can adopt another dog, no matter how wonderful he is.

But...can you?

I had the idea for this post a while back but as Ellie was fighting for her life, in no way was it appropriate for me to inquire if it was ok to do so. Today she brought him up and so here we are (and I hope she doesn't mind that I used these photos from her blog - the ones that I took of him on my iphone are a complete blur as I was laughing too much). I am sure that you can imagine how hard it was for her to have left him behind. He will definitely make someone very happy again one day.

If you would like further information about adopting Teddy:
-- feel free to email me directly at robinsonheather@yahoo.com and I would be happy to connect you to people at the refuge, especially if you do not speak French.
-- if you do, by all means contact the SPA des Baux directly and ask about Bidule. 
http://www.spa-desbauxdeprovence.com/les-chiens/
-- you can also see more photos of Teddy by clicking here.


I realize that many of you, most of you, are far away but I still want to put this out there for those of you in the region or visiting soon. Because, you never know. I will keep you posted.

And for those of you who have been praying for Ellie's well being, thank you with all of my heart. I love her dearly.

My friend Elizabeth, aka La Contessa, is working with one of her readers to raise some funding for Ellie's incredibly expensive health-care. You can read more about it: here as well as a beautiful post about Ellie by my friend Tish here.

In typical form, Ellie has just moved into an apartment in the most perfect spot of all Paris, directly over the gardens of the Palais Royal. To read her instagram updates, you can find her here.

Please feel free to pass this along on all forms of social media as you see fit. 
Ellie and I both will thank you for it!
Heather






51 comments:

  1. I wish.... well then you know what I wish, but timing and distance make this impossible. I hope Teddy gets the loving family he deserves. My thoughts are with Ellie. I don't remember how old her daughter is, but I know what it's like to lose one's mother at a young age. And now that I am older, I feel Ellie's anguish as well. Life can be so beautiful, but it is also cruel. I hope I can be as brave and have as much grace in life as she has.

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  2. Heartbroken but already emailed Patricia wells' poor staff through her website. Thought maybe she could help somehow since Ellie is such a fan of hers

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  3. Breaks your heart, if only Teddy could live in Paris with Ellie! But I'm sure he'll will find another home soon thanks to you.

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  4. Not fair.

    Should and how does one accept that life is not fair?

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  5. I think I have an email from PENELOPE BIANCHI about flying to PARIS To get TEDDY!!!!!!!Let me go read and GET BACK AT YA!!!!!!!!!!!XOXOXO

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    1. Fingers crossed!!! Hoping to hear good news!!

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    2. Penelope was the first person I thought of! But there would be the issue of him having to fly as cargo due to his size. I just think that's too long to not be comforted by a person. Does anyone else have experience with flying with big dogs? Small dogs can sit with their owners in crates but teddy is too big.

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    3. Stephen - Heather's sister here! Heather and I actually grew up with Great Danes! (we had 5 over the course of many years). Heather can verify that, yes, they can fly in the cargo hold. They just have to be in a very big crate and the weather has to be temperate (not too hot or cold). What a great lead!

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    4. Just to kick in here that I have one friend who regularly flies her labrador back and forth from Canada to Provence with absolutely no trouble and yes, she is a wonderful dog Mom. Another who has moved her dog with her around the world. I think that it depends on the dog and what they are used to!

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  6. Keeping my fingers crossed that La Contessa has good news!

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  7. Our dog died last week ...I will try to see if my husband could handle another.. We are aging and teddy seems quite heavy .. Breaks my heart , as we are still grieving ...teddy looks so cuddly and I'm in love with him.

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    1. Wendy, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Losing one of our family is so very hard and your grief is to be respected. Please do not feel any pressure to feel otherwise just because this is a "special" case - they all are.

      Teddy is a big boy so it might not be the right fit but he is a sweetheart.

      Sending a warm hug to you,
      H

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    2. Th a raison...notre chien était notre compagnon et cela ne se remplace pas comme ça .... Merci.. Bien reçu The hug!

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    3. Tout à fait. Le deuil est différent pour chacun entre nous...je vous envoie encore une autre hug! xoxox

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  8. I've been praying so hard for Ellie, Gracie, and David and that they all find the peace they so desperately need right now. I'm sure it would also help give Ellie some extra peace knowing Teddy could find a forever, loving home of his own right now. It must be very confusing and hard for him also. If I didn't have 5 fur children of my own, I would adopt him in a heartbeat. Please keep us posted on his adoption update. Thank you for helping to find him a home and therefore also helping give Ellie some extra reassurance that his welfare is being looked after.

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  9. Hi Heather,
    I have asked my sister to pass this on to some people she knows in Uzes, fingers crossed. Teddy is beautiful,a special soul. I'm a reader of Ellie's blog of a few years. She is an amazing and inspiring woman. I'm sending love to her and wishing her peace. Love to you too,Katrina xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Katrina!

      They can contact me if they are interested (my written French is not anywhere near as good as my English but it is understandable)...

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  10. I don't pray often but I'm praying this sweet creature finds a home that will spoil the crap out of him!

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  11. Yes - I DO want to adopt Teddy!! How could you not after reading your lovely post? Actually, he had me at the first sighting of him on Ellie's chaise! He looks to be the sweetest of sweet, and if I didn't live in Ann Arbor, MI (and have two doggies already), I would be all over him. I agree with others that this is a wonderful gift - not only for Teddy, but for Ellie as it will make her so happy to know that he has found a loving home! I wonder if the refuge would post a link to your blog on their website? At any rate, good karma abounds and the good energy and grace is swirling in the air - I feel it! Thank you for your loving post.

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  12. Heather this just breaks my heart. I have no doubt that someone loving will now adopt Teddy (I so wish I could). Ellie is more than brave and admirable.... As with all of my friends out in the blog world, I would like to jump on a magic carpet and whisk away to be with Ellie!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  13. All of you bloggers in France need to take up this cause and find this amazing animal a good home! Everyone, PLEASE repost this, written so beautifully by Heather. ALL of us have huge responsibilities to take care of our Earth's animals, especially dogs as they are the best creatures for us humans. I'm in Texas & live in a highrise with 2 little doggies, otherwise THAT wonderful creature would be airport bound right now. I'm gonna work on this, Heather. You know how I love dogs, horses, lambs, cows, goats, deer, etc. etc. etc. Thank you for posting this, it shows how very much you care. And, I did read Elizabeth's post, truly beautiful as well. Tish was just in Houston....woo hoo! What a woman! I love you guys X10

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    1. Thank you Marsha, I really do hope that friends will repost this...again, you never know who might be interested...

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  14. My best thoughts streaming for Ellie and Teddy. I'm in the States, but would not hesitate for a moment to adopt him, if I were in your region of France, Heather. What a wonderful, sweet boy. He deserves the best and with you at the helm, it's only a short matter of time before he will have his forever home. Griffons are a wonderful breed, and he appears to have a good amount of this wirehaired pointer in his line.

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    1. There are quite a few Griffons in Provence as they make good hunting dogs but Teddy? He would not make the cut...he is too kind!

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  15. This is heart-breaking on so many levels. My thoughts are with your friend, Ellie and her dear Teddy. May life start to smile upon them in any way possible . Here's hoping for some good news soon........

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  16. Teddy looks adorable and I wish I could adopt him. Hopefully your blog post will help him find a new home soon.

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  17. Thank you so much for making this effort. I would take him if I could, but unfortunately I cannot. I wish he could go to a family with children or at least teens. The looks of love he had for Gracie in Ellie's photos were precious. He has such a soulful look and loving eyes. Please someone, let him into your life. Thank ypu again, Heather!

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  18. I'd love to have him. My sister will be in Paris this week but I suspect she won't bring him home to me as a present. I sent you post link on to a PARIS friend, maybe he knows someone.

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    1. Thank you, Pat. I would love to find him a home in France. Nothing is quite working out so far that I know...

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    2. The power of blogging to the rescue - please!! Whoever can adopt this exceptional being "Teddy" will provide a true gift of peace of mind and peace of heart to Ellie.

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  19. Oh Heather how wonderful you are! I had forgotten about sweet Teddy in Ellie's return to Paris and her heart wrenching precarious news. I am sharing this in my network right this minute.

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  20. AIR FRANCE PET PROGRAM call 1-800-556-9000
    They use a PET FORWARDING COMPANY she gave me THREE numbers to call to get a quote........
    443-340-8566
    703-471-7818
    610-461-3232
    OFF TO CALL FOR RATES!

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    1. They were closed as they are THREE hours ahead of me......I left a message lets see if these people call back.

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  21. Hello everybody!

    And thanks for all of your interest in the States. Buuut, I still have not been able to get ahold of anyone at the refuge (I have emailed and called) to see if they will let someone out of the country adopt Teddy.

    I will keep everyone posted. And my apologies if I haven't responded to all of your emails - folks who are interested in adopting him are getting my priority right now. I am sure you all understand.

    Thank youuuu! :)

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I will follow your lead of course. I know you'll keep us posted.

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  22. It’s very sad that Ellie is now separated from Teddy, who is a wonderful and understanding companion.

    I hope you get a family for Teddy, a lovable dog.

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  23. I will ask the people I will stay with at St. Remy. Hmm they already have two big dogs but maybe they know someone. And they live around the corner.

    I would take him myself. But would first need to persuade my landlord to give up his interdiction to have dogs. And would he feel comfortable in an appartment without garden in a big town in Germany, lying next to my computer the whole day?

    I'd prefer to see him somewhere on the countryside... Lets see... what we can do...

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    1. Thanks for asking when you get to St Remy, Silke and for even considering him yourself. Bisous!

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  24. I continue to visit her site as a way of praying for her as I told you once before. I also contributed to the go fund me site for her. I live in NY in an apt so adopting Teddy would not be in the cards for me but I hope he finds a caring and loving home.

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  25. Heather so good of you to share this. I will share too. Is there any chance they would transport him to the U.S. for adoption? I's take him he looks like a sweet soul. Thanks for sharing about Ellie. Praying for her everyday. Kim

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    1. This is what I am trying to find out, Kim. Still not luck in getting ahold of someone at the shelter but I will keep trying.

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  26. Hello Heather

    Do the shelter staff only speak French?

    Thank you so much for all you are doing to facilitate Teddy's adoption.

    Many thanks.
    Jill

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    1. Hello Jill. They do only speak French but thanks for asking and please see below...

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  27. TEDDY UPDATE:

    Hello friends! For those of you who are arriving at this post directly, please know that I have heard back from the shelter.

    Unfortunately, they are not willing to let Teddy be adopted by anyone out of the country.

    We are working on getting him a forever home in Provence!

    Thanks so much,
    Heather

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    1. Hi Heather! I was wondering if you knew of any updates on Teddy? I've been praying for this poor, sweet dog and he's never far from my thoughts....along with Ellie, David and Gracie. Thank you for everything you have been doing to help find him a home. I pray that somehow I've missed some update somewhere, and he's already living in a new happy, loving, forever, new home!

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    2. Hello Georgina!Unfortunately, no home for Mr. Teddy yet but it will happen. Word is still being spread through different sources everyday. Trust me, when I see that he has been adopted I will say!

      But thank you for asking...

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    3. Aw, thank you so much Heather for the update and for letting us all know that you will post his adoption! I'm new to you're wonderful blog and I'm just loving it. I especially love knowing that you are following your dreams....

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  28. I follow a blogger who lives in Normandy, maybe she can help get the word out too...I'm not sure how to reach her other than for you to go to her Instagram account...it's cat_in_france.

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  29. Was Teddy ever adopted? Has he found a loving home? I pray and hope that he will

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    1. Leslie, he was adopted at one point but the ASPCA found out that he was being mistreated so he is back with them there. Trust me, he is really and dearly loved there. He is in a great place.

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