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any tips for taking pooch camping/France inc Lingo

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topbannana Sun 07-Jul-13 12:13:55

topbannana Sun 07-Jul-13 12:11:25

Paddy here is a YouTube clip of him and the cat playing. You can see that little would be straightforward WRT taking him out in public grin

paddythepooch Sun 07-Jul-13 11:54:50

Thanks Lady - we are super cautious in the countryside and he is never off lead unless in a country park with no livestock. Fortunately where we are going we can walk him on the beach early in the morning and in the evening. He's not good in the heat - mind you, we are only going to Brittany so not too hot.

@topbananna - need photos of the land shark grin

topbannana Sat 06-Jul-13 21:47:17

It's great fun, we will never leave the boys behind again -- though we are yet to attempt it with the Land Shark!--
We had no problems at all, even at the vets in southern France where I smiled and dutifully presented my blue passport, they smiled and did their bit before presenting me with the bill.
Enjoy smile

BOF Sat 06-Jul-13 20:37:20

You do realise, lingo-wise, that he'll have to say "waouh" instead of "woof"? Get training!

LadyTurmoil Sat 06-Jul-13 20:26:24

I'm sure you know this already and he would be on lead as you've got a lurcher, but French farmers get very irate smile if a dog is loose near their livestock and often have guns at the ready!

Years ago in rural France, Dutch friends let their (usually) very obedient dog off the lead and he ended up chasing a few sheep and nearly got shot...

moosemama Sat 06-Jul-13 19:52:45


paddythepooch Sat 06-Jul-13 19:36:56

oo la la grin

moosemama Sat 06-Jul-13 19:32:41

Thank you. smile

My boy is also an outrageous flirt, with both people and very young female dogs. hmm grin

paddythepooch Sat 06-Jul-13 19:29:50

Love les chiens a grande vitesse - that should do the trick!

and thanks - he is a beautiful boy - inside and out. We are incredibly lucky to have him. He's an outrageous flirt too so hope he can charm a few folk over there. Love your boy Moose - another stunner

moosemama Sat 06-Jul-13 19:00:22

No advice, but had to say - what a scrumptious boy! grin

MagratGarlik Sat 06-Jul-13 18:46:32

He is an utterly gorgeous boy! We took ours to France last year (holiday cottage, not camping). We just used, "les chiens a grande vitesse" to describe them. They seemed to understand grin.

You will find some French are quite wary of "bigger" dogs (by that I mean bigger than handbag size). Many were quite cautious of ours and they got lots of comments. I think the French have a different attitude to dogs and they are either ornamental (toy breeds) or utilitarian (medium/large breeds).

We only ate out a few times with ours, but sitting outside restaurants/cafes we didn't have a problem. We didn't try eating inside. Otherwise, we managed with lots of barbeques/picnics etc. We would certainly take the dogs again though.

Enjoy your holiday! The French are much more relaxed with dogs on the beach. Even on their so called blue flag no dog beaches, there were plenty of (French) hounds.

paddythepooch Sat 06-Jul-13 17:40:27

Summer has arrived and we are planning to take pooch (lurcher) camping and to France!

Any tips? We know the french are more relaxed about dogs in restaurants and hope we will be OK if we tuck him under the table outside in restaurants with terraces. He's reasonably well behaved. Note to self to teach him not to sprawl!

Any other thoughts? He is quite unusual looking (pics on profile) so we expect to get some questions so any french words for lurcher/greyhound/rough collie mix would be gratefully received. We know levrier is greyhound but there's no word for lurcher - chasseur? anyone know what the french equivalent to 'mix' is in dog terms?

We're staying in two hotels as overnight stops and hope they don't freak when they see the size of him!

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