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Travels with my Dogs, an introduction

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A little more than a week to go, and then the season starts, at least for us, again. Which season, well, the show season. This year a little later than in recent years because Troyes has fallen out due to a Parvo epidemic. But yes, we had not planned to go to Troyes this year at all.

The advantage and disadvantage of having a non-recognized breed is that you have to go to other countries for shows. That makes it more expensive, but also more adventurous. Anyone driving to Groningen or Eindhoven in the Netherlands will not immediately think of shows in Lyon, Bilbao or Talavera de la Reina. And yet those places are included on the list for the coming year. Another big advantage, every show is a kind of mini-vacation, enjoying the strange surroundings, the sometimes beautiful, sometimes lesser weather, getting away from the daily routine, together with our four dogs. And that's what I'm going to write about in the near future, about my Travels with my dogs ...

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Perhaps some introduction. With an age on the low side of the fifty at least fors ome months, married, and four Barbado da Terceira's, a Portuguese cowherding breed of the Azores. Not FCI-recognized, but recognized in Portugal, Spain and France. And with some luck later in the rest of the Latin Alliance countries, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. Although the latter will be difficult. The dogs run there in "group 11", the "races non-reconnu". Furthermore, a very normal show group, which qualifies for CAC points, and at national (not international) shows the group winner even has access to the Best in Show. Occasionally, because not every regional cynology club in France, Spain is new to us, knows that too. More beautiful, but unknown breeds compete in group 11. The American miniature shepherd, the Continental Bulldog, the Epagneul de Saint Usuge, the Cane di Fonni and some strange ducks. And so are we ...

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With three French champions in terms of prizes we have not much prizes to win in La Douce France, but the atmosphere, and the trips, make it wonderful to keep going. So from the early spring a few times a month our van is loaded, and we leave for a shorter or longer trip. The van, a 2005 Ford Transit, because hotels are impossible with four big dogs, and besides, it would make a huge impact on our finances.  But we are equipped with four large benches, mattresses, a gas cooker, and sufficient space. Even electricity is possible. We rarely use toll roads, the French campaign is wonderful to traverse using Google Maps, regardless of the weather. The small villages, the bakeries, fairly cheap diesel, an occasional terrace in the sun or just an hour to pick a nice forest or meadow to let the dogs run and for ourselves eat a baguette, drink a cup of coffee or -if we're almost there- to drink a glass of wine.

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We have been doing this for two years, Troyes 2016 was the first French experience. Meanwhile, we visited a variety of known and unknown French towns. Metz, Paris, Nantes, but also Evreux, Jarnac and Maubeuge, places that hardly anyone knows. In Spain we have been occasionally, Pamplona, ​​Ponte Vedra, and of course in Portugal, from Lisbon to Santarem. We made friends on the road, experienced things, seen beautiful things, stood between houses in the Douro valley, we woke up in Spanish forests, along French canals, on Portuguese beaches. Everything together with the dogs ...

And those experiences come here ... follow us on Travels with my Dogs.