Wow...what a brilliant month this was! Dad took Mum & me to France for a whole MONTH...weren't we the spoilt ones!! We stayed in my mate Charlie's Grandad's apartment in a little town called Chapelle d'Abondance which is in the Alps on the French/Swiss border. We went & played in the snow everyday - it took me a while to get used to it coz, to start with, I couldn't work out why if I jumped or ran on it, I disappeared...I quickly learnt to tip-toe!!! Sometimes Mum & Dad wore weird things on their feet called skis - they said it made it easier to go down the hills...couldn't understand that coz I could run down the hills no problem! There were some dogs that wore shoes - Mum said the dogs were Huskies & that they wore shoes coz they did loads of running & had to protect their pads. I reckon they weren't as tough as me coz I did loads of running too & I didn't have to wear wussie shoes...though Mum did rub some special wax into my pads to keep them soft! Mum & Dad took LOADS of pictures - I've just chosen some of the bestest ones for you to look at:
I'm just so cute...butter wouldn't melt...yeah, right!
About our boys!
Radar & Rio are two very handsome, very lovable & very precious Hungarian Vizslas.
Radar was born on 26th May 2007 & was one of 8 pups. In the beginning he was known as Mr Purple - his first collar (which we've still got!) was a bit of purple wool!! His KC name is Kenazorora Kaetano...a bit of a mouth-full but pretty cool none-the-less!
Rio was born on 15th January 2010...bizarrely, he was also a Mr Purple...not that that influenced us in any way! He too was one of 8 pups & is in fact Radar's nephew...though we think of them as brothers! His KC name is Adolphustown Acorn.
Stuff we like doing
Walking - our favourite places are anywhere with water;
Eating - chicken wings & lamb ribs are the best;
Jumping - on & over anything;
Swimming - the river's good & the beach is even better;
Chewing - the bones that Mum & Dad give us...plus the occasional stick!;
Playing - games like "catch" & "find it";
Sniffing - there's some great smells out there;
Sleeping...but only when there's nothing better to do!
We almost lost Radar to this horrible parasite in March 2008 - we would hate any other dog to go through what he did (or owners for that matter!). Please be aware that it is now prevalent in the UK particularly along the South Coast. The signs & symptoms are many & varied but include:
A gradual onset of progressively worsening signs of lung and/or heart disease Chronic cough Breathing problems Exercise intolerance Loss of appetite Gagging Weight loss Swelling, bruising, fluid build –up in the stomach Prolonged clotting times Vomiting Seizures Loss of consciousness may also occur
French Heartworm CAN be treated and CAN be prevented but not by the usual worming treatments. If you suspect your dog is affected PLEASE see your vet sooner rather than later!