Chateau Cheverny

The weather turned south on us by the time we got to the next chateau.  But, we couldn’t let a little rain stop us!  This chateau is actually still a residence for a French viscount and his family.  Not too shabby!

What makes this chateau special is that it is also home to over 100 hunting hounds.  Everyday there is a bit of a spectacle when the dogs are fed.  The dog trainer enters the pen where all the dogs are barking and milling around and shouts a couple commands.  Within seconds the dogs are trampling over each other to go up onto a balcony that overlooks the main pen.  The trainer locks the door and starts to clean the pen.

Dogs “patiently” waiting to be fed.

 Once it’s all clean, the trainer lays out a line of chickens, then pours dog food on top.  Some of the dogs are so anxious for the food, they are gnawing on the metal bars.  The sound was like nails on a chalkboard to me.

Chickens and kibble-yum.

Then the trainer opens the gate and all the dogs come down, but they aren’t allowed to eat just yet.  The trainer cracks a whip if any of the dogs get too close to the food or get out of line.  Once he finally shouts the right command, the dogs descend on the food and they go crazy.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

After we saw the dogs eat, we toured the rest of the chateau.  Again, it’s so surreal that a family actually lives here.  Can you imagine living in a place that’s open for the public to tour?

Someone was exhausted after all the touring.

More chateaus to come…