Often 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.
Let’s tackle a serious reality for us pet owners: what goes in, must come out… How to dispose of dog and cat’s food tins, the waste of packed dog biscuits and food sacks, but most important cat litter and dog poop, can be an issue! From point of view of recycling: our dogs are all rescue dogs but one.
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.
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.
People are amazed if I tell them my mum of 83 years old, does a weekly class of Hatha yoga. We love seeing our dogs participating, more curiously meddling in with the lessons. Normal families have one or two, we do have a lovely pack of yep 11…