29 January 2008


This is little Prickle, at home and being stroked by her owner - my friend, William. Prickle has a wonderful life running around her garden - one of the most famous gardens of Menton - the Clos du Peyronnet. 

'My little dog ~ a heartbeat at my feet.' Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

27 January 2008


Meet Gigi. I met him whilst having a haircut in Menton the other day. He sat patiently by his owner's chair. I thought he was a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen but his owner tells me he is a cross between a PBGV and a Griffon Vendeen. Nevertheless, considering his size, I've listed him as the former - as I had to make the choice between one or the other. Gigi is 3 years old and lives in Menton.

I lay on the floor to get this shot and when Isabelle, who cuts my hair, went to help me up, Gigi snapped at her (missed!) - not because he is nasty but because he mistakenly thought she was attacking me. We all need to be dog psychiatrists, don't we?

'The world was conquered through the understanding of dogs; the world exists through the understanding of dogs.' Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

26 January 2008


This is Jackye, a 3 year old Min Pin who lives in Monaco with her Italian owners. Named after Jackie Kennedy, she's sitting on her owner's lap on a bench just down from the casino area of Monte Carlo.

25 January 2008


Gina is 6 years old. Her owners tell me she is a Miniature Bull Terrier, as opposed to the normal size. She lives at Cap d'Ail with her charming German owners. This photograph was taken in the luxurious Metropole Centre. If you'd like to see what the dog who has everything would like - please click on the link. Maybe Gina will get it for her next birthday?

24 January 2008

At the circus - 4

These two were off-lead waiting for their owners - no attempt to run away or to mingle with the elephants. Notice how they both have undershot jaws.

'A dog never forgets his master' - African Proverb

22 January 2008

At the circus - 3

As you can see in the photo below, this little girl was standing nicely with her owner until I came along and disturbed her. The humans, of course, are watching the circus. I think she's called Jane - don't you?!

21 January 2008

At the circus - 2

Lovely Bernese Mountain Dog, waiting, like all the dogs for his owner to finish watching the circus parade. He looks fed up, doesn't he - but like most of our dogs, a patient angel.

'There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog and ready money.' Benjamin Franklin

19 January 2008

At the circus - 1

This little Papillon was one of many dogs waiting whilst their owners watched the circus in the port of Monaco today. You can see what everyone was watching by clicking on the link.

'For fidelity, devotion, love, many a two-legged animal is below the dog...' Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

17 January 2008


This is Johnny, a gorgeous little cross-breed - his owner told me half Papillon. He's 6 years old and is owned by a charming gentleman who was born in Menton and works at the Casino in Monte Carlo. He lived for 10 years in Australia so spoke excellent English. This photograph was taken in the tiny market of Carnoles, which is part of Roquebrune-cap-Martin. Look at that oh-so-earnest look in his eye. And see what he can do with his ears?

14 January 2008

Sea dog

This little dog has been having the best fun on the beach at Menton and at the end of it all, needs his face and feet drying off. Don't you love the expression of the woman on the right? What is she thinking? 'Ugh, dirty dog,' - or perhaps - 'I wish I had a dog.'

'Today you feel a failure. Yet you pet and take care of your dog and to him you're a success.' Jo Winter.

11 January 2008

The Supermodels - Havana and Hopje

Meet Havana and Hopje who are sisters and almost 16 years old. Born in Menton, they now live in the beautiful medieval village of Roquebrune with their breeder, Marie-Hélène, who is a Dutch artist and friend. She is a wonderful source of information on Menton and Roquebrune and often helps me with details of history for Menton Daily Photo.

Marie-Hélène wrote:

'Havana and Hopje had a brother, Hector, who died last December. Their mother was Dufy de Jouxte Boulleng (died 1998) who endured a nuptial ceremony with their father Drill von der Domerhogte in Cabris, near Grasse, early 1992. Their great-grandfather was a well-known long-haired dachshund champion called Richter de Jouxte Boulleng, bred by M et Mme Caron from Normandy (now retired) . In the French dachshund world there is a notion of "la tête de Caron", something about the head which makes them instantly recognizable as descendants of one of the Carons' dogs. I have been stopped in the street by people asking me if they were from "chez Caron". Once at the small airport of Mandelieu, near Cannes, where I went to pick up little Hopje who had made the journey there by herself in a six-seater plane from Switzerland, I saw a dog with a definite "tête de Caron" and he turned out to be their cousin ! Another time in Cannes I passed a dog who had that same lovely head and he also came from Caron.

Havana has been with me since birth. Hopje spent a few years in Switzerland and then ten years in the Hague in Holland. Nearly two years ago she decided to retire to the French Riviera and come back to live with Havana and me. This has been a great success, with the two sisters behaving like a trade union when it comes to food, Bonios etc.. They are the best of friends (I have about 5000 photos of them sleeping with one head on the other's shoulder etc.) and still enjoy the lascivious attention of one or two male dogs, particularly a smooth-haired dachsie from Turin by the name of Gothic, who has always been passionately in love with Havana and now also courts Hopje.

All they do now is sleep and eat with the occasional excursion to the sunlounger!'

09 January 2008


This is Bandit, a 2 year old shih-tzu from Burgundy. He was on holiday in Menton with his owners and I snapped him just outside the market area. I think he's used to being photographed as he happily posed without moving - look at those gorgeous eyes.

'Sometimes you don't want to talk about problems. You just need your dog's sympathetic brown eyes and silent companionship.' Jo Winter

08 January 2008

Street puppy

This lovely puppy lives with some of the Menton street guys. SDF as they are called - sans domicile fixe - without a fixed address. She's 10 months and they told me, in Italian, she is an Irish sheepdog, which I've never heard of - so we'll call her a mix. She was well-fed, happy and the three guys with her obviously adored her. Let's hope she has a good life.

'He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.' Author Unknown

06 January 2008


This is Izzy, the Yorkshire terrier and his very proud owner. I took it in Menton, today - first day of sunshine for well over a week and everyone and his mother was out walking. I forgot to ask Izzy's age but he looks quite an old dog, wouldn't you think? The land you see in the background is Italy.


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