Sunday, November 29, 2015

Moving on slowly.

Tiff's favorite place was the beach at Saint Aygulf.  He even got to play with his old friend Oscar there when Brad and James visited from the UK.  So far we have not returned to the beach because it belonged to Tiff and it would be painful.  We did however go on Friday to Pampelonne Beach, near Saint Tropez, and a cool restaurant on the beach that has an extensive menu of Moule Frite and good Rose.  On the way home we stopped at Saint Maxime and saw the new Bond movie Spectre.  Friday was a good day.  Today is Jane, my daughter's, 47th birthday.  She is still the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me.  Where has the time gone?  Stupid question.  The time went and we have made the best of every moment interspersed with minor episodes of trauma.  Better things to come.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall in France

I was thinking about what Tiff liked most.  Of course his food, his beach and Alanea were top of the agenda however he also loved Fall weather.  He came to live with Alanea and I on Lyall Court November 8th 2002, 6 months after our Hercules left us.  Herc and Tiff were different boys.  It is fall in the Var and it is beautiful.  The vines are turning brown and they will soon be dormant.  It is unbelievable to watch their slow transformation from craggy looking stocks to full and heavy vines.  I  took Tiff to the vineyards in the fall because he looked so Regal against the colours.  His uncle Alex and I just planted an Olive tree yesterday.  Had Tiff been here he would have been so excited to have yet another tree at his disposal.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

How does one follow an act like that?

I have reviewed TIFF's Blog very quickly and I am impressed.  He seems to have captured the tone and tenor from our initial confusion to our eventual confusion I think.  He seemed to had enjoyed his life in France however I sense that he would have enjoyed his life wherever Alanea was.  He followed Alanea everywhere and when she went out he would sit by the door and wait.  That sounds so nice and so loyal but it lasted only until dinner time when he could be found sitting on his mat in the kitchen waiting for dinner.  He liked going to the beach most of all, so much so that we had to pick him up to take him to the car.  He loved his garden and he really enjoyed little road trips to wherever we went.  He liked Italy the most as he knew that he would get good food and likely Dave would carry him.  I have cut and pasted the 1st post that TIFF posted on his Blog.

 "I am in France. That's me Tiff. The pic is taken in the house Dave and Alanea sold to make my dream come true. I now eat croissants every Sunday (Dimanche to you Oscaroo).
It is quite an adventure, one I am sure you will enjoy reading.
Alanea is Paris, Dave is watching CNN. Sit back and enjoy, contribute, ask questions and don"t fall off of your bike."

TIFF never went viral but that's is probably a good thing since Alanea would not have allowed him to go on the Tonight Show.  He was a fine little boy but this Blog stuff has me baffled.  How did he do it?  Are there any children out there that can help me understand how a little dog can be so smart.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

To Tiff's loyal followers.

This is Dave writing.

I am very sad to tell you that Tiff passed away on Friday September 11th 2015.  He lost a courageously fought battle with cancer that lasted a very short time.  While going through his belongings, of which there were many, mostly presents from Alanea and cookie wrappers I discovered that he had started this BLOG shortly after we moved to France.  Imagine my surprise when I checked the BLOG site and found that he actually had followers.

Upon further investigation I found notes and voice files on my phone that clearly indicated that he had no intention of giving up the BLOG and every indication that he wanted me to carry on in some fashion after his departure.

I will do my best to continue in a few days but I feel like Shakespeare's dopy brother.

Let me go through the notes and I will be back soon.

He was quite a guy and now this.  A BLOG of all things.


Thursday, August 13, 2015


I was 13 years old yesterday and Alanea says that I am very good.  She is always washing my face with a washcloth but Dave only baths me.  I sat right on the table outside last night and had a little Champagne to celebrate my birthday.  I went to the beach this morning for a birthday walk, Alanea says that it can be my birthday for 2 weeks.  The sunrise was nice.  I cannot drink Champagne every day for 2 weeks but cookies work.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer time

Holy moly it is very hot here and I am not going outside very much.  Dave is getting out of bed at 06:00 and taking me for a walk before he goes off to the fitness club.  It is not too hot at 06:30 but by 10:00 it is 35 to 40 degrees and even Dave the ex paper boy from Ontario Canada says it is hot.  When an ex paper boy from the snow belt says it is hot it is hot.
Alanea said that I can get into the spa that they bought but I don't like it too much.  I am going to get a hair cut next week, maybe that will cool me down.  I have posted a photo of Dave in the spa.  He said that it is a good thing.
The vet said that I had an infection and my surgery is all healed up.  Nothing to worry about, poor Alanea worries too much.  I am very strong.
Dave went to the Tour de France finish in Paris on July 26th.  Here is a photo of Peter Sagan.
I added a photo of the sunset from my terrace.

Very strange weather, cold and rain in Paris hot here.  He was gone for 4 nights and Alanea thought that was Ok because she likes to have me all to herself.  She fusses to much but I get good food.
Dave dropped the pizza stone and broke it in half.  A new one came today.  He always says that stuff only happens to people that do things.  I guess that's why it happened to Dave.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Beach walking

Today July 20 was my 1st beach walk after my surgery.  I feel pretty good but Dave put the cone on my head again yesterday when I accidentally scruffed my face on the furniture and almost made it bleed again.  That was a dumb move but now I am OK.  It is hot here and I am very tired now.  I am not looking forward to my bath today but it will cool me down I think.  Alanea said I deserved the cone so I better be good today.