Thanks Poodletalk. I've been thinking about Mousse all day. I'm anxious that the nephew will push to have him put down at the end of the week. This happened once before and the vets somehow felt obligated and went ahead. I remember saying at the time, to the guy who is my 'contact' there - why didn't you just lie and say he had been re-homed?
If we could just get Mousse off the premises, then no-one has to lie and he gets a chance at a new life.