Saya: Chien Courant

Saya – affectionately known as Dizzy – is now ready for adoption.  She is good with other large dogs and with older children but cannot be homed with cats or poultry. She is called Dizzy because of the happy dances that she does!  Her story is a horrendous one, so the steps she has taken to be ready to go into a loving permanent family are huge and courageous ones.


Someone who loves a hound, appreciating their joys and their pitfalls.  Somewhere where she can give and receive love, attention, and with someone who can continue her development, as she is still young. Although estimated originally at around 2 years old, it is felt likely that she is in fact younger than that. Like so many rescue dogs, it is likely that she was taken way too young from her mother and her other siblings, with the result that she has had to learn all those behaviour codes now that are instinctively learned in the litter environment.  

She adores her humans.  Her natural instincts are strong – often to her detriment – so she would, we believe, benefit from an urban home, with an enclosed garden, and with a family who love an active outdoor life so that these instincts can be re-directed into fun for her.  She is eager to learn and still has much developing to do – and this would be better done in the loving environment of her permanent family.  So far she has failed to overcome her natural instinct and to learn that cats and other small things such as chickens are not prey, which means a home without these would be essential.  She could comfortably live with the company of a dog of larger size (her current buddy is a Newfie). In fact, she is happy with other dogs so long as they are calm and confident within themselves, and all introductions are done sensitively. 


It was a very urgent rescue carried out by some caring people who then contacted Les Amis to see if we could help. There are very few words to describe the state that the dog we now call Saya and her pup were found in. Suffice to say indescribable filth, permanent darkness, isolation and starvation. She was extremely emaciated, her rear covered in sores, and she had not seen the light of day for some long time. Her condition was so bad she spent the first night in the vet's.

As she entered her foster home it soon also became apparent that she had been beaten in the past, was terrified of men, and had no idea what a house was about.

With love, patience and care all of this has changed. 


She is a completely different dog to the one we took in, confident, outgoing and adoring in the company of her human.  Her overall ambition is to please, and she has learned how to play. 

When she first came, she had no understanding of housetraining or house manners. Now, she no longer thieves – and will sit and wait until told to eat - though she may chance an occasional lick at a plate!  She knows not to jump up, but her excitement does occasionally get the better of her – so still a work in progress. Anyone can take her toys from her (she used to be understandably possessive) and she will obey anyone. She does walk to heel, but still needs a firm hand as she gets easily distracted if something catches her eye. All in all, she is a pleasant dog to have around

The biggest difference overall is her opinion of men. When she first arrived, she was terrified of men, couldn't stand to be in the same room as my dad, and now she adores men!

Above all, she is lovely to cuddle, quite clingy, and desperate for love.

If you think you can provide the ideal haven for this stunning girl, please drop us a line at, phone us on +33 (0)6 40 59 40 01 and leave your name, location and phone number, stating that it is Saya you are interested in. 

Home check and adoption fees apply.  For the right home she can be adopted either within or outside of France.