A Letter From Burgundy

January 27, 2013

Thanks to Millie

Filed under: Animals,Pets — Tags: , , — Lesley @ 17:26

We ended last year on a sad note – we went to England for Christmas with our two dogs and came back with only one.
On the morning of Christmas Eve we discovered our Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Millie, could no longer use her back legs. We went straight down to our former vets in the UK where it was discovered she had had a stroke in the night. Blood tests followed which revealed she had other problems too and we knew that she had developed a heart murmur on a recent visit to our French vets.


Last picture of Millie

(MVD – mitral valve disease affects nearly all cavaliers by the age of 10 so we did pretty well to get to 12 years 4 months before we were aware of a murmur. In fact it is now recommended that all cavaliers should be screened for heart murmurs annually from the age of one).

We consequently followed the advice of the vet and that was to “faire piquer” / put to sleep. Most of us have made this decision at some time and we know it isn’t easy. We said good bye to her and thanked her for giving us so much pleasure and love throughout her life. She was an amazing dog and she had “a good innings” as our daughter living in Australia said.

On returning to France we were concerned how our other dog Scamp would be as he had only known life with Millie. After a few days where he seemed a little unsettled, a bit lost and concerned that everything else might change (like biscuits as a treat at bed time) he now seems quite content with his new life. He obviously misses her as we all do but enjoys the company of other dogs more and at times seems to enjoy having our exclusive attention.

Life goes on and we look forward to all that 2013 brings our way.

Morlet, December 2012


March 28, 2012

A Letter From Burgundy

Filed under: Animals,Gardening and weather — Tags: , , , — Lesley @ 13:22

We’ve been talking about doing a blog over the winter months and now with the arrival of Spring comes our first blog. We have been living full time in Burgundy for nearly two years now and it really feels like home. We love the changing seasons and as we are in the middle of a farming community we are probably more aware of the seasons than most. This last weekend we were busy in the garden digging a wild life pond in the orchard where we plan to have a bee hive next year and preparing the vegetable patch for the early potatoes to go in. We were also helping to create a new flower border for a friend on Saturday – so by Sunday night we were a little stiff to say the least! The good weather is continuing into this week and despite a French lesson on Tuesday and a bit of work keeping us on the computers we still seem to be managing to spend a lot of time outside – making the most of the weather just in case it isn’t sunny again tomorrow!
The picture here is of one of our dogs, Scamp, who was 10 years old yesterday. He marked his birthday by having a disagreement with a dustcart. He was having a morning potter down a lane when a dustcart appeared (obviously using the lane as a cut through – there are no houses on this lane) he stood his ground and the lorry drove round him, up on the grass verge and down again. I was too far away to see whether the driver was amused or annoyed which was probably just as well as it could well have been the latter!