Tre Cancelle Farmhouse
Then, one morning, while we were still sleeping in the caravan, during the renovation
of the farmhouse, I awoke to hear some strange scratching and squeaking sounds coming
from underneath the van. I hastily threw on some clothes and ventured outside to
investigate. I bent down and peered beneath, but was unable to see or hear anything.
A little while later the whimpering sound started up again, so this time I crawled
right underneath and caught a glimpse of an animal. With patience, little by little
I eventually succeeded in coaxing the cold, wet, bedraggled creature out with some
biscuits, and carried it up to the house. It turned out to be an emancipated young
dog, a spaniel cross with a docked tail. It must have been about 12 weeks old. We
offered it some food and milk which it gulped down at an incredible speed of knots,
it was clearly ravenous. We took it upstairs to warm and dry out in a box in front
of the fire. Little by little we managed to befriend it and won its confidence and
it seemed to became very attached to Louise, enjoying the cuddles and affection.
We decided to name her "Cara" as she was found under the "Cara-
However one hound was rather more persistent than the others, a large, rusty brown male, who was showing considerable interest in Louby, who it seemed was coming into season. Indeed Louby liked the attention of this canine “Casanova” and actively flirted with him.
Despite Paul's regular best efforts to drive him off the premises by yelling and
screaming like a mad man at him, dousing him in cold water, it was to no avail as
the stubborn pooch would return again and again. Eventually Paul gave up and thus
the dog became a permanent fixture at “Tre Cancelle”. We named him "Deefer" -