08/29/2013 02:58 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2013

Dinnertime for the Hounds of Cheverny

While filming our new television episode on palaces near Paris, we had one critical appointment on the day we shot the Château de Cheverny: At 5:00 p.m., for the feeding of the dogs. What we got on camera will be great TV. Here's the text from the script, along with a bit of video:

Barking dogs remind visitors that the marquis still loves to hunt -- he goes out twice a week in season. The kennel is the scene of a unique feeding frenzy each day at precisely 5:00. The hounds -- half English Foxhound and half French Poitevin -- get worked up knowing that red meat is on the way. The dog master corrals the dogs and spreads out the feast. They're fed just once a day, so the excitement is palpable. The trainer, who knows each of the 70 dogs by name, opens the gate and maintains discipline as the dogs gather at the concrete table. It's an exercise in control. Then he gives the signal...and it's chowtime.