Eva

Eva

Catahoula

Eva Jiva Catahoula was adopted and came to live at Saint Roch in March of 2016. She had a very rough beginning, having been born the runt of a litter under a house in Central City, New Olreans LA. However her luck changed when she was rescued by a nice young couple who then put her up for adoption. She came to live at Saint Roch, had her shots and has been spayed. She now enjoys the life of a safe and happy dog with her playmates in the dog habitat. She idolizes Bonnet, our handsome old boy catahoula and emulates him and well as Kaspar our ever so gentle and kind great pyr. Between those two as mentors Eva cannot go wrong. Still a bit young and crazy but her way to becoming a great dog!

Kaspar

Kaspar "Boyfriend"

Great Pyrenees

Kaspar has been with us since August of 2009, he soon earned the nicknames of Gentle Giant, Wonder Dog and Buddha dog. There are not enough positive adjectives to give to Kaspar who is tranquility personified, though he was only 2 years old. Kaspar had already been through a lot of foster homes during his short life and we felt so blessed that he had finally come to us. He is one drop-dead gorgeous guy, so elegant in gait and disposition! He is a treasure to behold and to have around, and that's the meaning of his new name Kaspar (treasure) a true Pyrenean name.

Chaplin

Chaplin

Boston Terrier

Poor little Chaplin was found on the streets of Slidell. He was in very poor condition, with mange, parasites and heartworm. After a year, meet the new "refurbished" Chaplin! Dis-ease free and happy as can be, he so desperately wants to be a big dog. Has no problem with the other small dogs and loves to play with Eva but how to be top dog over the great Pyrs is his most nagging thought. Needless to say he spends a lot of time indoors but loves to go for rides in the car too.. He's such a cute friendly fellow for the most part. Well behaved too!

Renaud

Renaud "Renaud de Roncevaux"

Great Pyrenees

Renaud came to us from MS where he grew up on a goat farm then was abandoned in a shelter but rescued and put into foster homes. We found him and thought he'd make a great companion for Kaspar in his declining years. Oh, boy do these two get along.. From day one they've been hanging out and Renaud is learning fast the rules and ways of the house even though he still tries to jump the line when it's time to get brushed. For the most part he's becoming a very good fur-ball and companion. And he's just so beautiful with a big wolf-like face and those big grey-brown eyes. We are hoping to have Renaud here for many many years to come. Read more about Renaud on the blog

Marguerite

Marguerite

Miniature Dachshund

Marguerite is a wire-haired, black and tan mini-dachshund. Marguerite was adopted in the summer of 2009 at 5 months of age from an unsuitable and abusive home. She is very good natured and a happy -go-lucky girl.

Elfie

Elfie

Miniature Dachshund

Elfie was found on the street, wandering and skinny. He is an older mini-dachshund with quite a big spirit but very friendly. Best buddy with Marguerite now! We are not sure how old his is, maybe 10-12 years old.

Ananda

Ananda

Nanday Conure

Ananda is a Nanday Conure (green/maroon). He came to us in early spring of 2015 and seems to be quite a young bird. Loves to be social and to climb around the flight cages to visit his friends.

Gris, Bianca & Blue

Gris, Bianca & Blue

Parakeets

Three cute little birds in a very large aviary cage. Entertain us all day with their chirping and flitting around. Have been with us since 2016. Very cute! Looking to adopt more friends of their kind since there is so much room in their new cage.

Lovey & Dovey

Lovey & Dovey

Diamond Doves

Lovey & Dovey are two Diamond Doves that were adopted individually since it is not good to keep such birds without companions. They seem very happy together, and their cooing is truly delightful. Just two sweet little birds. Lovey and Dovey may be adopted with their cage to a suitable forever home.

Olive & Ravi

Olive & Ravi

Quaker & Sun Conure

Olive was adopted with his friend Ravi, as they were together most of their lives and were in grave danger of being sold separately which would have resulted in two broken hearts, parrots being very sensitive creatures. Olive maybe 2 or 3 years old and is trying to be very social. At this time he sometimes says "hello baby" and "pretty bird". Ravi is a bit of a wild boy, liking to throw seeds around and make a lot of noise. I guess when you're such a showy bird, you want to be noticed! He and Ravi have been with us since summer 2011.

Bolong

Bolong

Senegal Parrot

Adopted in late fall 2011 - Bolong seemed pretty traumatized but is getting more relaxed and likes to whistle. He also likes to be near Ravi and Olive so they all jostle for attention and to see who will be told he's the best and prettiest. Truly it's hard to say as each one is totally beautiful in his own right! Bolong loves the swing in his outdoor habitat (a huge macaw cage) and swings all day long. He also loves peanuts!

Animals From The Past

Over the last several years we have rescued and adopted out several love birds, parakeets, a bunny, a king snake, several turtles, a kitty, and several small dogs.

Lil Deer

Lil Deer

Nubian / Boer

Lil Deer, part Nubian and part Boer, our mama goat came to us right before Katrina, pregnant and with an uncertain future. She was just about a year old and in November of 05 presented us with one gorgeous kid. She has no horns and is sweet and extremely intelligent. Lil' Deer died November 2014.

Gita

Gita

Goat

Gita was born on November 18th 2005, when our yard was still a mess of uprooted and downed trees from Katrina. Gita also was born without horns like her mama. Lil’ Deer and Gita were never separated and loved each other so much. Their favorite pastime was to sit up in the big oak tree, whose one trunk fell many years ago to form a natural bridge and goat meditation platform. Of course after Katrina, they had a 'blue roof' shelter while their enclosure was being repaired. After Lil' Deer's demise, Gita was adopted into a mini goat herd where she can be truly the boss goat!! Her dream come true.

GITA HAS BEEN ADOPTED! Hurray!!

Cayenne

Cayenne

Red Leopard Catahoula

This gorgeous Red Leopard Catahoula girl came to us from the shelter when she was about a year old and stayed with us over 13 years. She was very abused as a puppy before being found wandering the streets. Because of the previous mistreatment she was very weary of people and could be aggressive when scared or threatened. But she was very sweet to us. The dog and goat habitat was her domain and she reigned as the undisputed queen during her life here. Cayenne left the planet last December. Her indomitable spirit is missed. Cayenne was the inspiration behind creating Saint Roch Gardens & Sanctuary.

Sebastian

Sebastian

Miniature Dachshund

Sebastian, a mini-dachshund, long haired and with a rare Isabella chocolate dapple color. Quite a little gentleman with a mind of his own. He was born on October 30th of 2007 and was given to my daughter as a birthday present. When she was forced to move he came to live with us, but still visited the French Quarter where he could show off his style. Sebastian died November 2014.

Luna

Luna

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Luna, a Rhodesian Ridgeback was adopted out of the Gretna LA shelter. When her owner realized she was outgrowing their apartment, she came to us as a foster dog so she would not be returned to the pound. Luna is beautiful, smart and so so sweet. Those deep brown eyes will melt your heart. She is very high energy and with her help Bonnet Bleu lost several pounds! She loved Kaspar and emulated him by lying down exactly as he did, until it was time to play rough again or run crazy circles in the yard.

LUNA HAS BEEN ADOPTED!! Hurray!

Hiram

Hiram

Boxer

I remember best the years of my life that were graced by the presence of one or more dogs..

But in the end I have to dedicate the inspiration for Saint Roch, the site named for the patron Saint of Dogs and those who love them, to the first magnificent animal named Hiram who was my constant companion from age 9 through 13. Then he was 'gotten rid of' - and I never forgave 'them" for this. For the two years my father was ill with cancer, this faithful dog laid at the foot of the bed for hours on end. He was often kicked for being in the way or being a nuisance but he came back just the same, to hold vigil over a dying man.

After my father died we had to move and although I promised to faithfully walk him and take care of him, one day I came home from school and he was gone.

After more than 50 years, every day I clean dog dishes and dog cages I think of Hiram and I dedicate my menial tasks and efforts to his memory. So he is not forgotten.

Tiki Tolstoi

Tiki Tolstoi

Russian Tortoise

Also added to our happy menagerie in 2016 was Tiki Tolstoi, a Russian Tortoise resident. Tiki won the prize for easy care. Tiki was happy basking under his heat lamp in his container in the house on cold days and even happier munching on grass and taking the sun in his cedar 'run" when the weather turned warm. Tiki's diet consisted of kale, spring mix salad, radicchio, and cucumber. A warm shell and some nice greens keep this little guy happy.

All was going swimmingly well until one day Tiki was gone. GONE. Out of his 'run" which was still locked (from outside). only possibility is that he little guy was STOLEN right out of the yard. We searched the entire yard for over a month, every day, then periodically for the rest of summer but to no avail. He is very much missed. Just hoping whoever has him is taking good care.

We are now keeping the gate closed at all times with a huge no trespass sign. Sad.

Peach & Mango

Peach & Mango

Love Birds

Peach and Mango were adopted in the winter of 2011. They were gorgeous, drop dead beautiful little birds who chirped away all day and enjoyed each other's company. Their favorite trick was to hide inside their coconut house. They had 2 babies born on Christmas Eve 2016 - named Santa and Noel. When one of the babies died, we had 3 birds which is not a good number for love birds. The three were subsequently adopted out to a love bird fancier who says they've been 'paired' and everyone is doing just fine. Long live little ones.

Winkle & Nod

Winkle & Nod

Blue Parakeets

Winkle & Nod are two blue parakeets that were rescued from a closing store. They are adopted out with their own cage after having enjoyed living here, playing with their toys and chirping away all day.

Bonnet Bleu

Bonnet Bleu "Buddy"

Catahoula

This wonderful seal-color Catahoula also came to us from the Slidell LA SPCA when he was just four months old. He was a real handful but then settled to a life of leisure and play with his four-legged friends. Buddy often tried to emulate Houdini by always working on escape routes. Buddy was a great spirit, was extremely kind and compassionate. He had been with us since April of 2006. We sadly lost Bonnet Bleu in April of 2018 after 12 years as best friend ever. Read our fond memories of Bonnet Bleu - April 2018 in the Blog.