The first time we got a PBGV — the short form of a long French name which means “low-lying, wire-haired dog from the Vendée region” and is pronounced peh-TEE’ bah-SAY’ grihf-FAHN’ vahn-DAY’-ahn — was the first year they were shown at Westminster. I looked at that hound and I wanted one. We already had Divot, our beloved Norwich Terrier. But there was something about that shaggy hound that grabbed me by the heartstrings.

A few months later, we got one retired show dog who had had enough litters and needed a forever home. That was Pagan, also know as Ch. Clearwater Creek Dancin’ in the Dark. Then we got her granddaughter, Tinkerbelle and almost at the same time, we got Griffin. Tinker was a puppy. Griffin was a year old and Pagan was four. Griffin and Pagan were adopted. We bought Tinker.

So we had three PBGVs and no one even knew what they were.

Three sleeping PBGVs. About 2005 or maybe 2006. All were gone by 2011.

Of course, all of them have passed on, but I miss them. They were my chorus, my morning singers.

Pagan died young of unknown causes though everyone was sure it was Lime Disease. We never knew for sure. The other two dogs lived until 2011 and died, one right after the other shortly after I was recovering from cancer. Tinker had cancer and Griffin had a stroke. They died less than a week after I was in the hospital dealing with bilateral breast cancer. The house felt very empty when I got home.

I wish I still had those two clowns. They were fantastic, crazy, funny dogs. So instead, I’ll tell you how I took Duke to the groomer. He was thrilled, until we got to the groomer and then he wanted to go home. But it was too late. It was always too late. He really needed to be sheared down for the summer. He has a triple coat and when it gets warm, he will only leave the house to do his business. He hates hot weather.

So finally, a PBGV has gone mainstream. I hope the dogs don’t get “trendy.” They are a load of fun, but they are not dogs for everyone. They are very active and they bark a lot. Very loudly. AND they howl.

They also make you laugh and many people think of them as “clown dogs,” because they are so funny.

The Duke is funny too. But sometimes, I remember having a houseful of dogs — a couple of terriers and a few hounds, all singing together as the sun rose in the winter. Those were some fine days.

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  1. There often seems to be fads in dog ownership we’ve noticed. Lately there seem to be a lot of Dachshund’s around. Not everyone realises that the breed is prone to back issues. People should really research what type of dog suits their family situation not just get one that they think is cute or trendy because some celebrity has one.


    • I researched PBGVs, but they are very healthy dogs with no specific problems. Just the usual stuff that all dogs get. What people don’t realize is Peebs (the other nickname) are a bit on the hyperactive side. They RACE everywhere and they are very vocal. I think their voices are beautiful, but not everyone is as fond of that morning chorus of dog song as I am. You cannot make these dogs quiet or passive. They need a lot of exercise and they are scent hounds, so they will sing. All hounds are noisy. People buy beagles without considering that beagles ARE hounds — active and loud. Dachshund’s do have back issues but so do all long-backed dogs including Scotties. You have to protect them from falling on icy steps in the winter and while they are officially hounds, Doxies are in many way more like a terrier. Very SERIOUS diggers.

      That’s why I never wish popularity on a breed. They get popular and the puppy farmers decide to breed them and that’s when all kinds of ill health shows up. I was going to get a Kerry Blue Terrier, a dog I’ve always admired, but they are not “other dog” friendly. They are okay with dogs with whom they were brought up, but they can be a bit aggressive to other dogs because it is in their nature. So I turned a really beautiful one down. I just wasn’t willing to add one to our mix. I didn’t get a second dog to hang out with the Duke because HE is not other-dog friendly either. He bullies other males. He might get on with a female but I didn’t want to take a chance.

      We also did NOT get a Great Pyrenees because we didn’t need a 175 pounds of dog with a triple coat of long white hair. I turned down an absolutely GORGEOUS Samoyed for the same reason. All that white hair! Life is quite hairy enough! It’s not only the dog who sheds. I shed too!

      If we get another dog, I think we need a bald one.

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      • I have some friends who used to have Kerry Blues. They did have a couple of other dogs too , forgotten the breed but they were mall. All was well for years but sadly one of the Kerry’s eventually turned on one of the other dogs and killed it. They were devastated of course and the Kerry was put down. Very sad and strange after they had all lived together for years.


        • Kerry’s are rather aggressive to other — especially smaller — dogs. Not every Kerry, but many are. They are dominant dogs and to keep a dominant dog, you need to train them very well, be YOURSELF very dominant and for many of us, that’s not a realistic option. We aren’t particularly dominant, especially not with our pets. I knew I would lose control if I brought a dominant dog into our environment. People need to understand that just because a dog is cute doesn’t mean he or she isn’t a tough little, medium, or big dog. Very small dogs can be dominant and pushy with dogs much bigger than they are.

          When you have a multi-dog environment, you can’t bring in a bully. It’s why we only have one dog. Cute little Duke bullies other dogs, especially dogs that are less aggressive. It was a chance I was not willing to take.

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  2. We have always had dogs, until we moved to the country. I miss them all!


  3. Sweet ❤️❤️❤️❤️🦋💕❤️🎈😁


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