Beautiful Butterflies.

Butterflies are beautiful you know. I am watching them from just outside the front door, which Mum and Dad have thoughtfully put a shady porch on so I can sunbathe safely. Nearby is a gigantic bush with long purple flowers on it, it is called a buddleia, and it attracts lots of butterflies. Today it is playing host to some beautiful Swallowtails. Then Mum calls me for our walk around the lakes. I am preoccupied by a particularly interesting scent when suddenly I notice Mum has stopped walking. How do I know? Well, I’ll let you into a little secret. …

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Toby Says – Keep Cool!

Now by keeping cool, I don’t mean dressing your dog or cat in sunglasses or putting a straw hat on them – just for the record, my ears would get in the way! I mean remember to keep your furry friends in the shade and never take them out in cars if you are going to have to leave the car, even if it’s just for a few minutes. With our furry coats we get very hot, very quickly and the heat can very quickly kill us! Keep the windows down a bit but not fully where we sit, if you don’t …

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The lake at Chateau la Valliere

Everyone knows how us dogs love our walks. Well, if you live, or are going on holiday near to Chateau la Valliere in Department l’Indre et Loire in the Centre region (37) http://www.chateaulavalliere.com/index.php/culture-et-loisirs/calendrier-des-manifestations.html  which is just above Tours in the NW of France, there is a lovely walk around the lake there.     The lake has what is called an interior beach, as in a part of it is set out like a seaside sandy beach and in the summer holidays there is normally a lifeguard present at some times (there is a notice up). It is possible to take small …

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Picnic by the river

Yesterday was a lovely day so mum and dad packed a picnic and we all went down to the Loire valley. Mum and dad had a lovely picnic at Saumur,  you can park right on top of the hill next to the chateau http://www.saumur-tourisme.net/chateausaumur_uk.html There are picnic tables there, it’s a lovely spot and you can see the  river Loire wending its way down the valley in both directions.  I was too busy though exploring, to look at the river. There were plenty of people to say hello to and of course every so often I had to pop back …

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Mushroom Hunting

My walks have changed at the moment, Mum has a new hobby. Saturday, we went to see a French neighbour of ours and she had a basket on her doorstep. We peeped inside and it was full of mushrooms. Mum asked her how she knew which varieties were safe and she picked one out and showed Mum then explained to her that the sort in her basket were generally easy to recognise and good to eat. You should never eat mushrooms without advice from an expert as they can be very dangerous and some varieties CAN KILL YOU. They can …

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The end of summer.

Some days you know, now it’s getting cooler, sunbathing is impossible and I have to resort to watching the world from the doorstep, autumn is coming mum says. Also, I have to admit, I don’t really like getting wet, well unless I’m on a walk that is. But an advantage is that now it’s cooler I get to go for longer walk, something about it being too hot some days, I don’t know, mum might complain but she doesn’t have my thick coat on. Before everyone thinks mum is a bad owner, I have to say that normally no walk …

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Harriet the Baby Hedgehog

Hi everyone. I just had to tell you about my walk today. At the top of the road mum was walking  along a grassy track which borders the wood in the lovely sunshine, I on the otherhand had bounded ahead – you humans walk so slow but at least it gives me plenty of extra sniffing time! I regularly look or run back to check on mum during our walks, otherwise she might get lost, you know! Before I turned the corner into the wood I checked on mum, she was crouched down, camera in hand. Well, I just HAD to go back and …

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