30 April 2011


Lizzy lives in Nice and is as adorable - and naughty - as you'd expect a 7 month old puppy to be.

In the photo below, Lizzy is playing with Roxy, the other Cavalier who stays at Pension Milou and also Daisy, the labrador, and Stormy, the Saluki - all of whom you'll find on this blog. Sorry about the rather disgusting rope toy!

26 April 2011


This is Pipouille, who is half Jack Russell terrier and half Papillon. We met on the Promenade le Corbusier in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. He was walking along with Baki, the Labrador, who you can see by clicking on the link.

Pipouille, you can see, is looking up adoringly at his owner.

21 April 2011

Lord Byron

This gorgeous bulldog is called Bryon (Lord Bryon to be precise...) He's 5 years old and lives in Menton but on the day we met he was outside the market of Ventimiglia, across the border in Italy.

17 April 2011

Luca and his sunglasses

Not hard to see how bright the sun was in Ventimiglia (just across the Italian border) yesterday. This is a very old Yorkie - 15 and a half - and he needs the sunglasses to protect his eyes.

Luca lives in Nice.

15 April 2011

Baki on the Promenade le Corbusier

This is Baki - a beautiful four and a half year old Labrador who lives in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. I met him on the Promenade le Corbusier which is the beach walk from the point of Cap Martin to Monaco. You can follow that walk by going to Menton Daily Photo.

12 April 2011

Lucky Lucy

Lucy is a nine and a half year old Husky/Border Collie mix who was rescued from the Ventimiglia refuge, across the border in Italy. She now lives in Menton and you can see how focused she is on her owner. Normally, I can get a dog to look at the camera - not Lucy - she wasn't going to let her saviour out of her sight. Lucky dog, lucky owner. Isn't she beautiful.

10 April 2011

Zoe, the Monagasque Biker

Don't you just love this adorable Yorkie in her travelling bag fixed on top of a motorbike - quite unperturbed by all the traffic and me taking her photograph.

Later that day I saw her again, parked in a different part of Monaco and with her owner. He told me her name is Zoe, she's six months old and proudly told me she is a Monegasque citizen, which means of course that he is a Monegasque citizen. Monaco has many thousands and thousands of residents but only 5000 are actual citizens.

06 April 2011

Fanny update...

Fanny update 6 days after she was dumped on my doorstep. As you can see her eyes are now pretty much cleared up, ditto her ears. You can see in the last photo the wizened skin on her cheeks - this is also under her chin and around her rear and tail. That skin probably won't change and won't grow coat again.

Otherwise, she is coming along really well - just isn't crazy about having her photo taken and looks rather bothered, especially in the middle photo. I had to put her harness on and fix her lead to the gate as otherwise, she is so stuck to me like glue that I can't get far enough away from her to take a photo. Also she's a bit scared of the longer lens but will doubtless get used to it in time.

04 April 2011

Fanny, the old new dog...

This post is for anyone who hasn't followed the story on my Facebook page...

This little dog was tied up outside my gate 4 nights ago - abandoned. At 9.30 that evening I'd let the dogs out and they had gone bonkers with barking. Once I'd quietened them down I could hear a tiny tiny bark just beyond the gate. I called my neighbour and asked if one of her dogs was out and then she told me that a poodle had been tied up outside since around 6 p.m. when she'd got home. My neighbour assumed I had friends visiting and perhaps they had a dog in season and couldn't come in. Then I realised what was going on. I'd had a phone call earlier in the day asking if my place is a refuge for dogs. I said no. The lady said the dog's owner, from Menton, was sick, in hospital and dying and they didn't want his dog! I explained this is not a refuge and they should call the SPA in Monaco but somehow they found me and left her outside the gate anyway.

The next morning we went to the veterinarian - she is about 13 years old, very thin and is now on antibiotics, two different eye drops, one four times a day, one six times a day - one she will need for life as her eyes don't make tears. There's ear medication, and a special bath every five days. She has a heart murmur and filthy teeth which will be cleaned when she has gained condition. Parts of her skin are hard like elephant hide. When I got her home I scissored off all her fur, she's her had first anti-bacterial bath and she is on all the other treatments. Already her eyes are pretty much better, the inflammation has gone from inside her ears, her skin has calmed down - and she is adorable.

She's very neglected but not abused as such. I think her condition is probably the result of an old person just letting her care get out of control. Perhaps I'm being over-generous here as she is a mess. As the vet said, she's been neglected for years.

On the way home from the vet I stopped off in Monaco to have coffee at the Café de Paris with blogging friends from the UK. It was quite funny to see this mess of ungroomed coat and weepy eyes sitting on a chair alongside the immaculately coiffed Monte Carlo dogs. She sat there as if she's done it all her life.

So now we have another dog as part of the Pension Milou family - she really is a very bright little dog, very needy (of course) but very easy. She's absolutely clean and is stuck to me like glue. She also isn't a yappy poodle, thank goodness. My two big hounds, Beau and Mia, don't give kisses so now I'm so lucky and have this little love who does!

Of course, she needed a name and I asked on Facebook - got an enormous number of replies which was so helpful - reading through them all made me realise she reminds me of an old movie star, fallen on hard times. There were many possibilities, Clara Bow, Norma Desmond and so on. I tried several names on her - when I said 'Garbo' for instance, she looked at me terrified and ran back to her bed!

And so she's called Fanny - named for Fanny Brice who was the inspiration for the Broadway show and later the film called Funny Girl. Fancy Brice was also the first person to sing Second Hand Rose when she starred in the Zeigfeld Follies of 1929 - and this little dog is very much a 'second-hand rose.' She seemed to approve of Fanny and ran towards me when I said it.

And so Fanny she is!


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