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Yes, that must be for watching "30 Millions d'Amis", which will be back on Sunday 10th September at 12.50, but now on France 3...

Croque, adopted from us a couple of years ago as a pup, can't wait !




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country byrd said: "A border collie should be kept occupied or he'll go self employed - John Fisher"

There is a young girl al my dog club who has just got herself a 1 year old Border Collie (by the way, this isn't a joke). She is actually an instructor there so knows about dogs but has been asking me for advice about how to handle them. Apart from the obvious "throw away the choke chain" (he now has a rope collar/lead), I was telling her about numbering each of his toys 1 to 47 - and if you do not get to 47 then be embarrassed)....

I was reassured that as she did not know the breed she was asking and I'm sure she will get on with him fine (she already has two Labradors), particularly as she got him to do agility with twice a week. I think she will have a bit of a challenge as the poor thing seems quite timid - but that could be the recent change of home (at age 1 year) and a lot of new unfamiliar situations. I do hope there wont be too much tugging and jerking on the lead.

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A Dog's Purpose

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish
Wolfhound named Becker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their
little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Becker   I examined Becker
and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything
for Becker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog
in their home.  As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought
it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt
as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Becker's family
surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last
time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.  Within a few
minutes, Becker slipped peacefully away.  The little boy seemed to accept
Becker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together
for a while after Becker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that
animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening
quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.
I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, "People are born so
that they can learn how to live a good life-- like loving everybody all the
time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued,
"Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you'd learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air & the wind in your face to be pure
Take naps.  Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around & wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them
Be always grateful for each new day.



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