6 Life lessons I learned from my dog Dagny

Written by Diane. Posted in on Dagny the dog, on everything else, pets

life lessons from my dog

Learning is a constant process whether we realize it or not. From school, work, people around us, to books and more, we never stop learning. But has your dog taught you anything lately? While dogs aren’t human, they do know a whole lot about life. Maybe at first glance their wagging tail, questionable napping habits and relentless desire for treats would lead you to believe otherwise, but after thinking it through, my dog Dagny has taught me a lot about the important things in life.

Here are 6 life lessons I learned from my dog!

PSA: Dangers of pine processionary caterpillars in France and beyond

Written by Diane. Posted in on Dagny the dog, on everything else, pets

Dangers of pine processionary caterpillars in france

***If you have a dog, know someone with a dog, have been to Europe or plan on it, I’m urging you to read this post both for your own safety and the safety of any dogs in your life. Thank you. ***

Something incredibly scary happened the other day while Dagny and I were out on our walk. We encountered some strange caterpillars that I’ve now found out are extremely dangerous to dogs. They aren’t common in the US and at the time I didn’t know any better, but now I do and I’m telling you.

Think these are some weird things we found in the forest? Nope! They were walking across a sidewalk here in a residential area and could have killed Dagny… and the issue isn’t from ingesting them. It’s much freakier than that.  If you or anyone you know has a dog and either lives in Europe or may visit (and possibly some areas of the US), please read on for my PSA (public service announcement). A dog’s life could depend on it.

Read on about pine processionary caterpillars in France!

The pesky neighborhood cats and their poop

Written by Diane. Posted in on Dagny the dog, on life in France, pets


Moving into a house with a little backyard was partly for Dagny. She’d have a place to run around and call her own, a place to lie down and enjoy the best that house life has to offer. And be able to go out without supervision. But not so fast. On any given morning, you can find me running outside in my pajamas yelling at two neighborhood cats like a deranged fool — confirming to the curious neighbors that their neighbor is in fact nuts. Whose cats are they, you ask? No clue. And don’t get me wrong — I like cats. I had one growing up. But know what I don’t like?

Read on…

Pet culture in France vs. the USA

Written by Diane. Posted in on Dagny the dog, on life in France, pets

Dagny waiting for healthy treats

Like Americans, the French love their pets. There’s no doubt about that! Dagny has a very good life here and I’m so pleased with the level of care animals receive in France. But there are some differences between American and French vet care that I’d like to share with you today.

Maybe you have a pet and are thinking of moving to France, maybe you’re like me and are already here or maybe you just want to see how pet culture differs in France.

Read on for info on pet culture in France!

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