Buffy goes to France (eventually) – part 4

Buffy - testing the waters at Apple Dumpling Bridge

Buffy - testing the waters at Apple Dumpling Bridge


 Enfin! – Buffy’s second blood test showed adequate antibodies so we start the countdown. She will be able to return to the UK 6 months from the date of her second – successful – blood test. This was at the beginning of June so the first permissible date for her return would be in the first week in December. This means we will be able to bring her with us on our planned post-Christmas trip to France.

 Since our last post, Buffy has had her first “season”. This made for an interesting few weeks particularly when we took her out for her walks, as we had to keep a close eye on other, very interested, dogs (and her too, come to that!) Happily though, there were no mishaps.

 As she is such a pretty girl (well we think so) we took her along to a ring craft class to see how she would take to being shown – Crufts here we come! Although we had visions of fame and fortune we soon found out that the whole dog show business bored her rigid. She loved meeting all the other dogs and their owners but when it came to the walking up and down bit she just stood there with her head and tail hanging down. Then when the judge came up to examine her she jumped up to wash him behind his ears, which for some strange reason is frowned on. We had entered her in what would have been her first show but decided that there was no point if she wasn’t enjoying it, so no stardom for Buffy (apart from her venture into the blogosphere that is).

Over the last few months we have been exploring the local open spaces for the best walks. We are lucky living in Gosport as there are various areas along Stokes Bay (opposite the Isle of Wight), and the Alver Valley where she can run free and play with lots of other dogs, as well as a number of local parks. The strangely named Apple Dumpling Bridge (see above) goes over the (once mighty) River Alver linking Alver Meadow to a large area of MOD training land, where we can walk when it’s not in use, and which provides a great viewpoint over the Solent and of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. But what we’re really looking forward to of course is letting her run free on the empty beaches of Surtainville….not long now….

Peter & Sue