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June 1, 2009

Biff%20in%20courtyard.jpgI arrive back at Poitiers airport on Friday afternoon and after sitting in a boiling hot traffic jam on the peripherique - it's a bank holiday weekend in France - head straight to Frances and David's, to pick up Biff from 'summer camp.' David is sitting outside with a glass of wine, looking exhausted, while three dogs joyfully chase each other around the garden, trampling over the plants and the beautiful peony bush. (In addition to Biff and their own dog Milou, Frances and David have also looking after Molly, a former hunt dog who is eighteen months old and very energetic.)

'Looks like they've been a bit of a handful,' I say.

'Not at all,' he replies. 'In fact, we were just saying how nicely Molly and Biff play together.'

To prove it, he shows me a photo of the two of them nestled together on the sofa, Biff lying between Molly's paws. Casually, he mentions that Molly is a bit of a bolter and her owners might be having second thoughts about rescuing her. Molly might, he hints, soon be in need of a new home.

Biff does indeed look blissfully happy running round the garden with his canine pals in the late evening sunshine. He even hesitates for a moment before climbing into the car to come home with me.

And on Saturday morning, he lies in the courtyard among my wilting geraniums wearing his 'hard done by' face. I am consumed with guilt. Much as I love my house, I'm starting to think that it's time to move so that Biff has a proper garden to play in. Acquiring a second dog to keep him company isn't really an option. Is it?

comments (4)

1. Posted by Darcie on June 2, 2009 10:43 AM

You know you can come and play with me and Milo in our gardens anytime Biff, but your mummy should really put your needs first and buy you your own garden!!!
Darcie xxxxxx

2. Posted by markyj on June 2, 2009 7:43 PM

Have to agree. Maybe now's the time to get a proper 'grown up' house with a nice garden. I can just see Biff lapping around having fun and spending his energy, and just think you'll also be able to grow all the organic fruit n veg you love so much...Project!

3. Posted by Susie on June 5, 2009 6:21 PM

If you're seriously thinking of adopting Molly, or any other bolter, better make sure that whatever else the new house has, or has not, it does have a 2-metre high wall all round. And no plants. :-)

4. Posted by Louise Finch on June 7, 2009 8:58 AM

Your Biff looks like my Rosie! What make is he? Rosie is a labrador/griffon cross according to the vet. Her mother is a lab but there's precious little of the lab to see in Rosie. I call her a griffondor!! She's black and hairy and about the size of a springer spaniel. Biff can come and play any time he likes - Rosie and my Billy (Jack Russell puppy) love friends to play with.

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