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  1. Lovely to meet you today Maggi, and Trev looks an absolute doll - well done you!  That meal looks great too!!

  2. You think you have a long journey - we drove over 1000 miles to collect our pup and we hadn't even seen her!!! [:D]  She's worth every penny though.  The same breeder is also based in Cleveland in the UK (Kira - Felicity's daughter), the phone number is on their site, so if you are interested she could give help and advice and is familiar with exporting pups all over the world, including France, obviously.  Her pups are all KC registered rather than LOF (French kennel club) though as they will have been born in the UK.

    Good luck anyway!

  3. You think you have a long journey - we drove over 1000 miles to collect our pup and we hadn't even seen her!!! [:D]  She's worth every penny though.  The same breeder is also based in Cleveland in the UK (Kira - Felicity's daughter), the phone number is on their site, so if you are interested she could give help and advice and is familiar with exporting pups all over the world, including France, obviously.  Her pups are all KC registered rather than LOF (French kennel club) though, as they will have been born in the UK.

    Good luck anyway!

  4. I have just got a pup from Tintagel Winds Labradors, www.twlabradors.com .  All their dogs are superb quality, from hip, elbow and eye checked parents.  Also some litters come from Optigen tested parents (PRA - a hereditary disease which causes blindness common in labrdors).  They are dual purpose dogs (dogs which both show and work), they are all registered with the French Kennel Club (SCC).  I can not recommend them highly enough.  I bought my dog to show but she comes from working/show parents.  They do also have many pup which go to non-working/non-show homes too.  The lady who "is" TW Labradors is English (Felicity Leith-Ross) but has lived in France for many, many years.  Take a look at their website, regardless, you will find out lots and lots of useful information about labradors.  If you need any help or advice regarding registration/hip/elbow scres etc (the scoring is very slightly different in France but the same sort of standards apply) do feel free to pm me.  Also, if your French is any good take a look at the Retreiver Club de France website where you will find details of puppies available from labrador breeders. http://www.retrieverclubdefrance.com/retrievers.htm or the SCC website www.scc.asso.fr .

    As you can tell - I LOVE LABRADORS!!!

  5. I'm so glad Maggie is on the road to recovery.  It's funny just how different vets are in France.  Yes, the costs are almost alwaysa fraction of what they might be elsewhere in the world but when I had my older two tattooed, it was done by the vet under general anaethetic and I didn't collect them until early evening by which time the vet was glad to get rid of them both!!
  6. I'm inclined to agree with Andy.  I've just taken on one, wish I hadn't.
  7. You should have complained while you were there.
  8. We are either too expensive, have rubbish marketing or in a blooming awful location because each year we are getter fewer and fewer bookings.  Then again, maybe it just seems that way because we are getting a lot more last minute bookings!
  9. Like Ian I go to a French dog training club. I was lucky in that my club has a weekend of training - Saturday agililty and Sunday obedience. Saturday is far more relaxed - we do obedience and agility and now have a puppy/agility socialisation class. Sunday is more geared up to obedience and "mordant" or "ring" training with a bit of agility thrown in. The techniques are different t those used int eh UK but, as I have come to see, effective. Most of the dogs at my club on Sunday are European line working dogs, that is to say malinois, GSD, boxer etc. Working dogs that need firm handling.

    I don't recall if anyone has mentioned this site www.cnea.net - click on les clubs and your department and there will appear a list of clubs with details of their fields of speciality.

    I've been really lucky, I love my club, the folk that go (all French) are fabulous, I do agility competitions with my older lab and am now working on agilty and ringcraft with my younger. Only once has the instructor man-handled my older lab and now, quite frankly, she is such a handful I'm beginning to wonder if I should not have persisted with their methods. All my dogs (except my new pup) started their initial training in the UK. I belonged to a training club in the UK so am familiar with both methods of training. I favour reward based training which is what we do on Suaturdays and at home.

    Unlike Ians club most of the folk I do agility with tend to heap their dogs with praise! In fact we get told off if we don't praise our pooches!

    I would say, go along, watch, take part and make up your own mind.
  10. Maddie

    My dog died today

    I'm sure you have seen this but it alwasy makes me cry and smile when I read it:

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing - they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent, his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carry him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then together you and your special pet cross the Rainbow Bridge.

    Author Unknown

    Lots of us who have loved and lost our furbabies know how you are feeling now. My Sophie is right there waiting to keep your loved one company...until you meet again.

    Run free Eddie....
  11. Did you know that Burns now do a hypo-allegenic range too? "PORK & POTATO **New**

    A hypo-allergenic diet for the avoidance of food intolerance - no wheat, soya, rice or chicken" I know "the Diva" is not over keen on Burns but someone else may be interested. They are alos doing a hypo-allergenic mixer for you to mix with home prepared meals.
  12. Maddie

    Alcohol...

    Afy, Aotal is not the generic name for the drug I mentioned. I think the generic name is acamprosate. Try looking at http://www.doctordeluca.com/Documents/AcamprosateSummary.htm for information. I was actually prescribed half the recommended dose for my treatment. It looks like it is for alcoholics but it's for also those that drink more than is healthy for them. Do see your Dr, it can only help.

    Good luck and well done on your progress so far.
  13. Maddie

    Pup photo.

    Lovely Bud - and the pooch!!! [:D]
  14. Maddie

    taking dog to spain

    No it may not be expensive for you, Ian, but for those of us that live "darn sarf" the costs clock up a bit more - not just the cost of the tick/worm treatement but the hassle of taking the car goodness knows how many kms to the nearest port when I, for one, could fly for a fraction of the cost!!  I guess that's more what SB's vet had in mind.   The last time I took the dogs back to the UK was in October 2 years ago.  I am, however, still getting my new pup a passport "just in case (we qualify for Crufts one day! [:D]!!)".  There's no way I'm leaving her anywhere!

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