Five Weeks of Finbar
As some of you will know, back in the late spring we lost our beloved Danny Boy, for ten years the chief meeter and greeter on the nursery and, more importantly, the most faithful of canine companions and very much a mummy’s boy. Particularly in his latter years, he was Joanna’s shadow on a 24/7 basis, acccompanying her every movement throughout the day. So, when he went, he left a big Briard-shaped gap in our lives.
Now, several months later, that gap has been filled. On Saturday 3rd August Rob made the two hour trip across to Somerset (a) to make a delivery of some plants, and (b) to collect Finbar, Briard number 3 in the PP family. Yes, that’s an Irish name, as it’s a bit of a tradition, having started with Paddy and then continuing with Danny Boy. Correctly, he is in fact Stormfield Finbar, the first part of the name being the breeder’s kennel handle, and they know pretty much all there is to know about breeding Briards, having been in the game since the 1970s, when the breed first arrived on these shores.
Then, Finbar was just 8 weeks old. Now he has been with us for 5 more weeks of his life and has more than doubled in weight, according to the vet’s scales. He seems very much at home in his new surroundings and is enjoying meeting all the people who come to the nursery, as well as the dogs, children and other human beings he meets on his walks around the block. Being a puppy, the urge to be naughty is never far away, the latest major incident involving his eating half a box of Dairy Milk chocolates, which he found conveniently situated on the living room sofa with no-one around. Briards must have cast iron internals from a young age, as this adventure had no lasting effects, just providing a bit of a sugar rush, prompting a bit more manic sprinting around than usual.
Our five weeks of Finbar have been hugely entertaining and rewarding, and he is certainly shaping up well as a worthy successor to Perfect Pads and Dangerous Dan. We look forward to many happy years of his companionship and know that those of you who come to visit us are assured of a friendly welcome by our new ‘heart wrapped in fur’.
Rob & Joanna