Archive of ‘dogs’ category

Bio – friendly tips for a pest free house

antipestsOften gazing at our surroundings allows us to truly appreciate the world, one of the amazing gifts of living here in the South of France. The beauty of nature can have a profound effect on our senses. We have magnificent starry nights but during the early spring days and certainly in summer, we do encounter little “pests”, creepy crawlies or flying little wonders. It’s the stingy ones, we’d rather not encounter in our private little haven or on our dogs. Let’s not try to ward them off with chemical products but give some natural DIY products a go.


Lost but not found, how to find a runaway dog


Spring has finally arrived, the sun is shining brightly and warmer temperatures see the day. Time to mow the lawn and start getting the garden ready for a beautiful outdoor summer. Alas spring brings lovely smells in the air, it is ever so tempting for dogs’ noses and urges them to wiz off and explore the land outside your garden.


Lethal danger: The pine processionary moth’s caterpillar


Living in France for over 10 years I was warned from the early days, when horse riding, to avoid the nests of the pine processionary moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa or PPM). Recently I got a call of some friends, their dog was not well, breathing heavily, drooling and having a blue tongue after been in contact with these caterpillars. I immediately advised them to go to the vet, knowing the danger involved for their dog.