By Maxime Berthelot
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This is a first in Seine et Marne. On Sunday September 25, 2022, lovers of bobtails are invited to a large gathering in the medieval city of Provinces.
Formerly held every two years in Namur (Belgium), the event was taken over by the Provinoise Isabelle Fouquet. “The founder of the rally has retired,” explains the organizer. So I had the idea of relaunching the event on my land”.
The bobtail, its real name old english sheepdog, is a dog of English origin, gentle with people, close to his masters and endowed with “his little character”. He originally herded flocks of sheep. “The owners have an appointment from 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Provins Tourist Office, chemin de Villecran, announces Isabelle Fouquet. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we organize a walk outside the ramparts with able-bodied dogs and their owners. Owners of puppies and elderly or disabled dogs can take the town’s little tourist train. »
In order to immortalize the day, a photo booth will be set up at Porte de Jouy, and a glass craftsman will be present to engrave memories.
Picnic, walk and raffle
The day will continue at 1 p.m. with a picnic. Each participant can bring their meal or dinner to the restaurant. Aperitif and coffee will be offered. “Around 2 p.m., we will leave for a tour of the upper town and a visit to the Bréban garden, specifies Isabelle Fouquet. We will also be selling raffle tickets with prizes for dogs and their owners. »
To be won: entries valid for one year to visit the monuments of Provins and the Rose Garden, but also prizes donated by merchants from the medieval city and the Provins pet store.
More than 100 people and 60 dogs have already registered. It’s a very good start, knowing that the first edition, in Belgium, brought in 40 dogs.
Bobtail owners can still register, including on the day of the event. “It’s a test year, concludes the organizer. And if it takes, we will renew the event every two years!
See you on September 25 from 10 a.m. in the Villecran car park (Provins Tourist Office). Advance registration recommended, but possible on site: 06 01 92 64 77. Free.
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