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Christmas with Whitman, Malcolm, Pippa, Anton, Butch and Obi

By Nick da Costa

The Dogs were talking. As usual, they were sitting around the base of the old

oak tree in the early evening.

“Christmas soon,” said Malcolm.

“I love Christmas,” said Pippa.

“Roast Turkey,” said Anton.

“Chipolatas,” said Butch.

“Foie gras,” said Obi, whose Owners had made the mistake of introducing […]

Coco the cock is being taken to court

The Gallic rooster is an eternal symbol of France, but not air stewardesses.

His name is Coco and he’s recently made the headlines not only in France but all over the world. National papers like the Guardian and the New York Times reported the story behind this preposterous lawsuit.

You’d probably assume that Coco is […]

Les Amis des Animaux

By Di Eccles

We are a small Association based in Department 65 helping dogs and cats become adoptable – as far as possible through fostering.

We deal with abandoned and unweaned puppies through to dogs in advanced years who are no longer wanted by their owners. Our band of fosterers who are in many […]

What Dogs really talk about

by Nick da Costa, an extract . . .

The Dogs were talking. As usual, they were sitting around the base of the old oak tree in the early evening.

There was Whitman, a Springer Spaniel, who – having been named after an American poet – affected an air of quiet superiority and […]

You are only one hour away from your new best friend . . .

Life After The Refuge

Bella formerly Esquise

Bella is not our first rescue dog, so we do have a bit of experience having bought Lara who was our first dog with us from England. She was from the RSPCA rescue centre in Bristol in 2001 when she was 4/5 years old. Sadly we had to […]

Which way are the bees voting in La Présidentielle?

by Kevin Baughen

The current French Presidential election is all over the news right now and given the behaviour of our bees over the last month, we’re beginning to think that they’re aligning themselves to the front-running candidates!

For a start, the recent warm-then cold-then wet-then warm again weather here in the Charente has got […]

Calling all Chickens . . .

Current advice re Avian flu

by Anthony Allen at Cotswold Chickens

Judging by the number of calls we have received today many of you are either worried or confused by this mornings radio announcements so we thought that it might help to post our interpretation of the information.

It should be noted that NO […]

Living in France: An interview with Kay Lucid, a lady with a heart of gold.

by Susan Keefe

For me, the internet, and Facebook in particular, has opened up a whole new exciting world. Now it is possible to be ‘virtual friends’ with people throughout the world, sharing their life events, supporting them and finding out interesting things about different cultures and places.

As an expat living in France it […]

Going to the Dogs !

Seven years ago we got our first dog, Flora, a Boxer-Alsatian cross that had been abandoned in a village nearby. She has been the […]