Kennels in Normandy, France - Against All The Odds

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On Monday the 26th. Of July we opened
After problem after problem on Monday, after two years five months and twelve days; from the outset, we opened with no great fan-fair just four, paying, dogs and a bottle of pink champagne. We still have lots of work to do; the entire landscaping and gardening still to do. We have to put a roof over the runs area before the winter, and because the architect included on the plans non-standard size windows, I have to make six of them, but at least we are open.

We are very busy spreading the whole of Normandy with flyers, I think maybe so far about 8000, on windscreens, through doors, in shops, in bars and most of all at dog shows. What is most encouraging is that we are getting bookings from the French, one local young lady has booked in three Huskies and two German Sheppard dogs, while she goes into hospital to have a baby to join her other two children, what a handful!! Another hospital case, an elderly lady in for an operation, has booked in two Heinz 57 and a hamster, no charge for the hamster, I hope my cat likes it.

The French authorities have an uncanny way of know what's going on, I think they have spies everywhere. Twenty-four hours after taking in our first dog two of the officials of the local "State Veterinary Service" turned up for a spot inspection. Impressed or what? I don't think they have seen the like before. Although just a simple barrack design (as in Essential Kennel Design) it is nicely laid out with proper drains, well sealed floors and walls and good cage work, supplied by Croft in England. They said they would like to use the kennels as an example for other kennel owners. Good what? About an hour after the Vets left a rep. For Royal Canin turned up, did a real good deal with them, again very impressed, he took a lot of advertising with him. So all looking promising.



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