It's Doggie Paradise...


Normandy Beach Rental 2012 - All photography Mike Forster

We are great animal lovers – when we moved to France 12 years ago our 1st Jack Russell was one of the very first dogs to have a passport.   Your much loved dog is very welcome.

However, please do bear in mind that this is a holiday house that will be used by folk who don’t think the same way as us pet owners...

So I’m afraid a few no – no’s

Please don’t:
Let your dog foul the garden unless you are prepared to clear it up, (poo shovel always handy here!).
Sleep on the furniture – they must have their own basket/bed.
Scratch or chew the furniture/fittings.
Leave unattended in the house/garden.

France is very tolerant of well-behaved dogs... some restaurants even let your dog join you for a meal, but do check, it is not automatic that they are welcome... Dogs are allowed on most beaches even in the summer, again this is changing so do check, rule of thumb is not a good idea to take your dog to popular beaches in the summer in a town/resort environment .

We use a superb vet in St Lo – a bit of a distance well worth the trip as he is a small animal specialist, mainly cats and dogs, & has a magic way with animals.

The local vets around here are more geared up for farm animals, they will do a limited amount of small animals – passports are not necessarily their forte, ours speaks very good English and is very up to speed with all the new paperwork for the safe return to the UK. If a mistake is made your pet will be impounded at the port.

If for any reason he is unavailable please contact me, you do need an appointment with him so telephone in advance.

One word of warning... the French don’t let their dogs socialise like we do, if a French person out with their dog, spots yours off the lead 9 times out of 10 they will scoop it up - so don’t be affronted -  it’s because of Rabies - there have been outbreaks further south, it is law to have dogs vacinated but naturally not everyone does... so the French don’t socialise their dogs.

Notes for Houesville:

We do have dogs ourselves - but ours love visitors and other dogs and as long as you are quite happy to let yours socialise they will all become great friends...Madge does like to be the boss though! The sun lounger photo was sent to us, our 2 had joined in the holiday, everytime the cushion went on the sun lounger they found 4 Jack Russell's!

Our 5 little dogs, a true French Poodle Brichon cross now 14, (only speaks French) that I rescued from a terrible home, our little Gypsy Jack I found beaten & starving abandoned by the road, he is now 20 years of age, then there's the Jack's! Madge is 5, our big Derbyshire lass that is convinced everyone comes here just to play with her, the father & daughter duo of Irish Jack Russells, Mr Wibbs who is 3 & Grace, not quite 2 yet and a big kid at heart!

Your much loved dog is very welcome as long as they don't chase the bigger animals, kill chickens or have a complete loathing of cats...we do have 5, but you probably won't even see them, they keep themselves very busy during the day... sleeping!

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super Grace flying across Utah Beach Normandy
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me & the dogs out walking
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this quite often what happens...our Jacks join in your dogs holiday!!
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Madge in the sea at Utah Beach

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