They say that lifes a journey, and boy ain’t that true. From the burning oilfields of Kuwait in 92, to the rainbow nation of South Africa, from countless trips to drought stricken Africa, to the street dogs of Bulgaria. Twenty Eight countries in 30 years and each with it’s own culture,the people, the lifestyle. Southern India, to war ravaged Lebanon, Iraq to Mombassa, Cape Town to Cape Cod. I have been shot at, blown up, carjacked and witnessed horrors that nightmares are made of.

So, when we decided to jump off HMS rat race in 2005 and head to the snowy mountains of Bulgaria, little did we know what lay ahead and how one small puppy called Harry, would change our lives forever.

We bought a plot of land in a small village just outside a ski resort and set about snowboarding in the mornings, and building our log home in the afternoons. Despite having both hips replaced the year before, snowboarding seemed the right thing to do.

A local friends dog had puppies and there was one left. He was all alone and destined to be a butcher’s dog on a 2mtr chain living outside the winters. I knew that once we had a dog, it changes your lifestyle forever. But we gave it a shot, and Two became three, meet Harry.

To be continued:

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John P · December 5, 2017 at 9:58 am

Going to keep nagging “till we know more about Harry ! πŸ™‚

    brianj42 · December 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Harry is the apple of my eye and I will update the blog over christmas

Trish · December 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Dear Brian and all the team πŸ€£πŸΎπŸ’ž
Please, have started saving for my holiday pod ❣️Do you have prices please ? For me and my two unruly chihuahuas you met on fcbk Leroy and Evie
Loving the staff πŸ˜‚

    brianj42 · December 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Guys, you know there will always be a pod waiting for you and your chiggies. No prices yet as we need to get the farm first. But keep your eye on the site as sometimes the most unexpected things happen….

Nigel Stanley · December 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Great read Brian, been searching for you for a while hoping o catch up as it mus be almost 3 years since we last spoke when Jude and I were back in Devon. Times have changed and after almost 3 years of eroding capital renting back in he UK so Jude could look after Ernie we had to make a decision. So here we are living in Brittany were r finalised the purchase fof a small property 10 weeks back. Early days but so far nothing Ike BG safely. Only advantage ts easy access to UK. Seems that your excellent work with Michelle continues and that hopefully exciting timrs lay ahead with the Farm project. Good luck. We ended wiyh another Bulgarian dog who was dumped t ours from a moving vehicle. Jude was devisated SD but the broken lrg was sorted along with a number of other issues. We called her May as we were uncertain if she would returnb with us to UK or not. The fact she is here with us in France tells you that she had a happy outcome. Gabby is still going strong and loves it here as very quiet. Well have a lovely Christmas and Best Wishes to you oth for 2018 and beyond. Stay well. Nigel

    brianj42 · December 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Hey Nigel, I did try to contact you a few times to no avail so thought you were still in deepest darkest Bulgaria. So great to hear you are on your next adventure. We had 3 years in Normandy, fond memories. Great news on the dogs and so pleased to hear Gabby still batty as ever. Please email me so we can catch up and once we get Huckleberry you’re more than invited.

Dawne · January 4, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Wow what a stunning place and such a wonderful thing to want to do with you life’s here’s hoping it becomes reality quickly , ps we need more news on Harry

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