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Molly, An English Pointer Puppy in France

Updated on October 3, 2012
Molly doing her 'Pointing' to perfection
Molly doing her 'Pointing' to perfection

The Story of our English Pointer, Molly

This is the story of our French English pointer who shares our life at Les Trois Chenes farmhouse bed and breakfast in Videix, Limousin, deepest rural France. There's never a dull moment in this seemingly sleepy little community and Molly, I think it's fair to say, makes a good contribution to our busy lifestyle.

Pointers, the supreme hunting dog, make great family pets!

Long before we moved to France, I dreamed of owning a dog, and trailed through the Internet trying to decide on the breed for us. I knew that we were looking for a place in rural France with barns, out-buildings and land so that we could create a guest house and holiday cottage and run paining holidays and so that we would be able to give a larger dog the space and exercise it needs. On the one hand, as a novice dog-owner I wasn't willing to take on a really big dog, and didn't really want a lap dog either. I did have, however, quite fixed ideas of what I liked in a dog - and what I disliked. Here's my list:

  • not too big or too small
  • short hair - less mess on carpets, no grooming
  • hard mouth - dislike slobber
  • quiet - I hate interminable barking or yapping
  • good temper - my son was then aged 5
  • athletic - like a slim, sleek dog
  • beauty - after all I am an artist
  • healthy - wanted to avoid over-bred dogs that have genetic disorders. No need to run up avoidable vets bills
  • sensible - love red setters, but all the information about the breed suggested they are too flighty - one neurotic member of the family is enough - I need a dog to keep my feet firmly on the ground
  • intelligent and easy to train. Well, Molly is intelligent and, as for the training, I think 99% of any blame for a badly trained dog lies with the owners and not the dog.

They say that people look like their dogs. In my case I knew how I wanted to look - slim, elegant, sleek with clean lines and a well-defined musculature - I chose the Posh Spice of the dog world. The English Pointer was my ideal dog (but I'm still waiting for the resemblance to developed).

How we bought our pointer puppy

All the above was really day-dreaming, the reality to be saved for some time in the not too near future when we were solvent, settle and in control of our lives. Then fate stepped in. Shortly after we arrived in Videix, I went to the local electrical shop in Rochechouart to buy a TV, and there, next to the counter, was a pointer just like Molly. My son loved this dog. It was quiet, affectionate and patient with the attentions of a child. Before I had cottoned on to what was happening, my little boy, never a shrinking violet, marched up to the counter and asked if we could buy the dog. Of course, she wasn't for sale, but she was about to have pups and they offered to give us one if we wanted.

We were not settled, solvent or in control of our lives, but on the other hand, it all seemed a bit too much of a coincidence to totally ignor. I swear I didn't tell my son about my secret plan to buy a dog, let alone a pointer! So I went home, discussed it with my husband and then decided to take the puppy. After all, my son was an only child and lonely. Molly was to be his 'little sister.' We said YES!

First meeting of boy and dog
First meeting of boy and dog

Puppy Love

It was love at first sight! The owner of Molly's mum kindly allowed us to take our son to meet his puppy as soon as her eyes were open. It was love at first sight - on the part of my son at least! Just look at his face.

Molly's beautiful chocolate coloured sister isn't in the picture. It's a pity. She was the pup the owner chose to keep - and I don't blame him.

Molly was one wild pup
Molly was one wild pup

Would the puppy and the boy survive each other?

Molly was one wild pup from the start and our son was a bit on the rough side too. We closed our eyes and prayed that neither would inflict any real damage on the other. They had wonderful rough and tumble times together.

Luckily neither suffered irreparable damage and they both lived to tell the tale!

Molly and Saffron, our cat
Molly and Saffron, our cat

Molly grew up into a beautiful pointer

Here's Molly and our cat Saffron. We don't have many good pictures of Molly from this time, I guess she just moved too fast. You can see a few more of her in my articles How Not To Choose An English Pointer Pup. Suffice to say that after a few years, we were in a position to let Molly have pups. We couldn't wait to have lots of little Molly's running around the house.

Molly's boyfriend, Ulio
Molly's boyfriend, Ulio

Finding a Mate for Molly

If you are looking for a father for your pups, try to do better than I did when you look for a mate for your dog. Our chimney sweep had long been an admirer of Molly and came around regularly to clean our chimney and to propose his dog as a suitable suitor. He said the dog came from good stock, had all its papers and, as a hunter himself and French to boot, I assumed that he knew the ropes. NOT A BIT! Do your homework and see the pedigree papers for yourself. It is worth selecting a good mate for your dog. In his favour, Ulio has a great lineage full of champions and is trained to hunt.

Molly played hard to get. Twice we had the dog over after having carefully calculated the 10th day after coming on heat, and twice we failed to see any action other than a great deal of growling and baring of teeth on Molly's part. Time and timing were of the essence, after all our dog was getting on in years, so we decided to have Ulio to stay for the entire on-heat period - a nice two weeks holiday at a B&B. My main worry was that Ulio had, to my mind, a short snout, and was much too slobbery.

Molly is the proud expectant mum
Molly is the proud expectant mum

It worked!

Soon it became obvious that Molly was expecting. She had lost that fabulous figure and was clearly rounding out. It did slow her down a little, but not much. Time passed and we were all looking forward to the arrival of the little ones, but in the event it wasn't the wonderful birth we were all looking forward to, instead it became a nightmarish trauma; you can read more in The Story of our Pointer Pups. Lots of pictures of our adorable pups - Molly's tale does have a partly happy ending.

Molly has been quitea naughty dog, though, over the years. Read my Naughty Dog Stories to find out just what she got up to!

How to find us

A
Videix:
87600 Videix, France

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Les Trois Cheens Painting Holidays, Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering holiday cottagle

B
Limoges:
Limoges, France

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C
Angouleme:
16000 Angoulême, France

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    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Breeze, you need to write your own Naughty Dog Stories! Molly only destroyed the chairs because she was undergoing a false pregnancy. Having said that, I'm in England now and my husband says she's destroyed a flower bed hunting for mice. Why do we put up with it??

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Breeze, you need to write your own Naughty Dog Stories! Molly only destroyed the chairs because she was undergoing a false pregnancy. Having said that, I'm in England now and my husband says she's destroyed a flower bed hunting for mice. Why do we put up with it??

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      breeze216 

      6 years ago from A Tiny Little Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA

      I linked yours on mine as well.

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      breeze216 

      6 years ago from A Tiny Little Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA

      Yeah, we had just bought a couch...a nice one for our downstairs and he was a year old. I came home one day and there was white fluff everywhere and brown suede in ripped pieces. We had to call in a professional upholsterer to sew it all back up. You would never know that he did that now...as he is like an old man.

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Ouch! Not the couch! Have added a link to your super article about Oliver, Breeze216. He looks wonderful and I admire his wonderfully long snout.

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      breeze216 

      6 years ago from A Tiny Little Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA

      My English pointer, Oliver, was one wild pup as well! He ate our brand new couch!!!!!!!

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      breeze216 

      6 years ago from A Tiny Little Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA

      I have an English pointer...I have a hub about mine as well. :)

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Dan, many thanks for leaving a message. Molly is pretty gorgeous I must admit - but I've also noticed that all dog owners think theirs is the best!

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      Dan Scott 

      7 years ago

      Stunning dog, love English pointers. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      akirchner, many thanks for your comments. She is rather beautiful, I think. Yes, my son had to have a patch to strengthen a weak eye. It was awful to have to put it on him, he hated it. Molly helped to make up for some of the horrible things he had to endure as a child as you can see from his beaming little face.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Oh what a beautiful dog! We had a dog we rescued from the pound when we were first married that was pointer and dalmation and she was gorgeous.

      I hope you don't mind me asking but in the photo of your son, is something wrong with one of his eyes? He is absolutely adorable! I only ask because my middle boy has something wrong with his and I guess that's why I noticed it.

      What a great hub on one of my most favorite subjects - the love of dogs and how they end up in our lives whether we thought of it or not!

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