Cats and dog

Gingembre (Ginger in English), or Gigi for short, is a cat with savoir faire. She has learned to catch mice and moles whilst leaving all the other critters alone. Well, maybe the odd pounce or two. She is mother to Lapsong Suchong, our grey tiger, and Noisette (hazelnut in French) our tortoiseshell. Chewie is our standard sized dachshund. He is larger than a miniature, weighing in at 13kg. Originally dachshunds were badger hunters, digging and going down their holes after them, hence the shorter legs, loose skin and long body. Chewie by name is also by nature. He likes nothing more than to chew on sticks, balls or blankets.

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

It had to be. You move to France, you’re learning French and you get a cat, so it would be required for someone to give you a little book called French for Cats. Like I said, it had to be. After all, your cat has to learn to understand FrenchRead More →

Read a good book this weekend recommended by Vive le Livre Book Club at PumpjackPiddlewick

An animal lovers must read, particularly for you dog lovers out there. By the author of Watership Down, this little known book (in comparison) by Richard Adams, is one to pull the heart strings. I can guarantee you will be rooting aloud as the book gains momentum and suspense. PlagueRead More →

I am new to having a dog, and new to the ritual of dog walking. With the advent of the grape harvest and Pumpjack working as an Oenologist in Chablis it fell to me to walk our young Chewie in the mornings. I wasn’t looking forward to this, particularly asRead More →

This is the continuing chaotic saga of the animals antics that abounded this summer. Please do read Part 1 first, if you haven’t. Then follow the link at the end back to here. From Death, we come full circle back to Gigi. With our attention diverted to the rabbits, ourRead More →