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Dog kennels

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 18:20
by thumbelina
I'm looking to go away for a few days later this year and can't find the info on here about dog kennels.

Could someone please recommend one? It has to be very good and the staff have to be very kind and understanding as we've never left our dogs before. They also have to understand that my dogs speak English.


Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 18:24
by john
The one just outside Argeles on the left as you are coming from Le Boulou is highly regarded,I believe. I know some folk on the forum have used them and been satisfied.

The place we use to leave our cats has done dogs as well,but their future is somewhat uncertain,as the lady who runs it has recently been diagnosed with cancer,I'm afraid.

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 18:26
by thumbelina
Thank you.

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 18:37
by Robert Ferrieux
from Helen

Two places I know of:
As you drive along the road from Cabestany to St.Nazaire, on the right hand side you'll see a fairly big sign "CHENIL". We used to use it.
However for the last 12 years or so we've been sending our dog to a lady who lives in Salses le Château, Madame ESPEU. She charges about 8-9 euros a day and you provide the food. Our Chewbacca seems very happy there, and we can thoroughly recommend Madame Espeu and her family. She's in the directory, but if you've any problems, phone our O4 68 number (we're in the directory too - in St.Nazaire).

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 18:39
by thumbelina
thank you very much John and Helen.

That's really reassuring (as I'm very worried about leaving them! :? )

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 19:44
by polremy
Are you going to HUNTINGDON perchance?

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 20:13
by thumbelina
I just might well be, Pol :D :D :D :wink:

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 20:15
by polremy
thumbelina wrote:I just might well be, Pol :D :D :D :wink:
Now, looky ye here.
We will be over there for a week end of Sept and a week middle of October.
GOT to meet if we overlap!

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 20:21
by thumbelina
We won't; but there's nothing stopping you and Mr Pol coming up here, you know!!!

It's not Huntingdon, but it's probably the next best thing. :lol: :lol: :wink:


Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 20:44
by Sue
John do you mean the one on the St Andre roundabout. We left our dog there the first year of living here and he came home full of ticks. Hence we never now return to England/N. Ireland together, one of us always stays behind to look after him. Next year I think we are both going to have to go together so if anyone does find or can recommend a really good one I would love to hear. Like you Thumbers we hate leaving him.


Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 21:25
by ruby
we are the same and have to go to the uk end of November so are now looking for somewhere for our dog. We will be visiting La maison Blanche which is in Cabestany, does anyone have any experience of these kennels?

Why dont we all possibly organise a get together with our animals and maybe arrange lodgings between us? at least then our babys will not be locked in a kennel nor be ignored or return with unwanted friends!!

... just an idea, if not i will let you know how it goes at the kennels.

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Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 22:21
by monsans
I would suggest that Domaine de Maynard at St André is an extremely good kennels. It has been taken over in the last year or so and the new owner has done a lot of renovations and continues to do more. My Golden Retriever has stayed there for 1 and 2 months at a stretch. No fleas, ticks, or any other parasites on return. He goes in with tail wagging and comes out with tale wagging. He is not soppy. Admittedly everyone to his own but I would have no hesitation recommending these kennels.

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 22:53
by Marguerite & Steve
If it is for a short period of time , why don't you dog sit between yourselves... company for the dogs and save you some money.... only a thought.

Posted: Tue 07 Sep 2010 23:34
by Rose
I go to Normandy and dog-sit for friends in their house. You can always try me and I would try to come down.

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Posted: Wed 08 Sep 2010 09:25
by Sue
I am wondering Monsans if we are talking about the same kennels. Is there more than one in St Andre. I have driven that way this morning and the one I am talking about the kennels is called Des Alberes. Its right on the large roundabout after leaving Argeles.

Posted: Wed 08 Sep 2010 13:36
by Robert Ferrieux
Can only say Madame Espeu's home is excellent. btw - there's nothing in it for me!! :)

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Posted: Wed 08 Sep 2010 20:48
by monsans
Yes it is the one on the roundabout.
The site is Also if it is a long enough stay then there is 50% discount. All large individual hard earth enclosed spaces with large kennels with raised frame for bedding. Perhaps the only draw back I found was no collection on Sunday or bank holidays.
It is worth, I think, checking out for full information and viewing.

Posted: Thu 09 Sep 2010 17:39
by thumbelina
Thank you so much for your help and advice everyone.

I think your idea is great Rubz, unfortunately, I would not be in a position to participate in something like that.

I've sent you a pm, Rose.

I've looked at the website, mon, and have decided that they will either come with us or we won't be going as I can't bring myself to leave them in a box - never mind how kind the owner of the kennels is.

So, next question.

I believe I have to have them vaccinated within 48 hours before I leave France. Is this correct and if so, what do I do to come back one week later, please.?

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Posted: Thu 09 Sep 2010 18:55
by monsans
It is NOT a box it is a large kennel each with their own outdoor space individually separate from each other. As I orginally said everyone to his own.
It is only going to Britain or Ireland that the rabies and tick etc. are required. It is not required on the return to Europe.

Posted: Thu 09 Sep 2010 22:09
by Robert Ferrieux
thumbelina wrote:
I believe I have to have them vaccinated within 48 hours before I leave France. Is this correct and if so, what do I do to come back one week later, please.?
You have, I expect, got a "Pet Passport" for them; also, if they're coming back into France, the electronic chip has to have been inserted at least 6 months previously. Best idea is to check with your vet.


Posted: Fri 10 Sep 2010 06:33
by thumbelina
Thanks both of you. :D

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Posted: Fri 10 Sep 2010 07:48
by Sue
Do you have a Pet Passport already. It took us at least 6 months in England to to get ours. They gave him the rabies injection and then had to wait 6 months to see if it had taken before he had second. I also believe on return to France from England you have to take him vets not more than 24hrs before leaving for worming!!

Posted: Fri 10 Sep 2010 09:22
by thumbelina
Yes Sue, we have the passports.

We've now decided not to go back though. :?

dog kennels

Posted: Fri 10 Sep 2010 09:32
by Sue
sounds the easiest way out!

Posted: Fri 10 Sep 2010 09:41
by thumbelina
ha ha! yes - and the cheapest! :D :D

Posted: Fri 10 Sep 2010 16:01
by Robert Ferrieux
Don't blame you, Thumbs!

When our son had to go to New Caledonia in 2005 on a 2-year tour of duty, he wanted to take their dog with them, so Chewy was subjected to a series of injections, vaccines, tests , etc, and the vet was laughing all the way to the bank. However, on applying for the beastie's ticket (one kilo of dog costs 1 % of a passenger's first class ticket ( Chewbacca weighed in at over 30 kilo )our son had to decide to take either the dog or his children! The happy ending is that Chewy is still in the Ferrieux tribe, but with the older generation. :D

We can board in our home

Posted: Wed 01 Dec 2010 09:07
by travelthisworld
If any of you are still ever needing boarding we do it in our cozy home in Argeles-sur-Mer. No crates unless you prefer that, just doggy beds inside the home next to our bed. -Beth

Posted: Wed 01 Dec 2010 09:30
by opas
Are you allowed to do that?

And is that really healthy having a strange dog sleeping next to you!

dog boarding in P-O

Posted: Wed 01 Dec 2010 12:16
by travelthisworld
It's very healthy for the dogs to maintain their happiness and not put them in a stressful situation with lots of animals in a cold facilty or outdoors. We require the dogs to be parasite-free and up to date on vaccinations. A physically healthy dog can add enormous joy and well being to those open to receiving their companionship.

Our family only offers this care for one or two dogs at a time. We're simply responding to a demand from fellow dog owners who think of their dog as a member of the family, not a farm animal that sleeps outdoors. There are plenty of kennels for that. As we all know, all dogs are different, so there are different options available to their different needs.