My Papillon

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 2nd October 2016

He's mine!  After exhaustive tests, there's no major health issue and I went to collect him on Friday.

Again I cannot speak highly enough of the efficiency, thoroughness, attention to detail, kindness of all the staff with whom I came into contact, particularly Hannah and Sarah and Craig although I only communicated with the latter by phone.

I've renamed him because I felt Rory was a name for a big dog and as he is French (Papillon is the word for Butterfly) I've called him René - keeping to the 'R' sound so as not to confuse him and also because of my admiration for the Free French pilot, René Mouchotte, about whom I made a documentary.

René has already commandeered all the sofas - but then so did Tamby my darling cat who died a year ago.  However he took to his own little bed straight away and I'm relieved to say that he sleeps for the same length of time as I do.

I used to have Standard Poodles who were rather sedate when out walking.  René moves at an incredibly fast pace and has almost worn me out with his demands for walks. He is a very sociable little creature and is desperate to approach and make friends with other dogs.

I think his previous family must have given him much love because, apart from his aversion to being brushed, he is a very happy little creature.  His owners had him for five years and then had to go abroad so that is why he ended up in Battersea, Old Windsor.

We will have to go in for some training before I can let him off the lead etc. but this should be fun as he is highly intelligent and will respond to training very well.

This is little René wearing his harness as we'd just come in from an exhausting (for me) walk!!


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