Move over BFF, we’re talking MBF

by Naomi on April 14, 2011

in Daily Life

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Mind you, “Best Friends Forever” is in many ways synonymous with “Man’s Best Friend”, at least as it applies to doggie years. It’s just the lifespan discrepancy that causes heartache. Still, the joy supercedes, so we come back for more of the same magic. As our beloved old boy, Tex, gradually prepares for a graceful parting with this world, our whirlwind puppy, Quest, is developing his inborn flair for the successor role.

While Tex’s tired legs can no longer match the eagerness of his spirit, Quest’s energy is boundless. Nothing delights him more than a super social, team walk. We often indulge him at a beautiful local park, which also forms part of our morning cycle route. Here are some glimpses of this favourite playground:

Dam at Marks Park, Johannesburg

Men with their dogs - Marks Park, Johannesburg

Now for some serious opposition to the theory of dogs looking like their owners: the miniature, airborne ball of fluff (in the middle) is Max, the Pekinese who belongs to Simon, the big tattooed, tough guy! Or the other way around, depending on your perspective, as so eloquently expressed in the movie Babe – where the animals speak and their respective people belong to them πŸ˜€

Already the bond between Dave and his dog is unbreakable. Quest would forego his food in favour of a car ride, to anywhere and everywhere Dave has to go. Aside from being a tough guy (and closet softie), Simon is a talented photographer as you can see on his blog, GotMilk Photography. He took this telling pic of Dave and Quest together:

Dave & Quest together - Marks Park, Johannesburg

Although Quest excels as MBF, he still has time for his own BFF, and it seems there’s some truth to the saying that “opposites attract”. You guessed it: the German Shepherd and the Pekinese are best of friends. During a break from Quest tumbling Max like a dishwasher on full speed, Simon snapped this shot of them panting under a tree:

German Shepherd Dog & Pekinese

Max & Quest together - Marks Park, Johannesburg

All told, however, I’d say Quest’s priorities are pretty clear. Dave is number one, as you can see from the first pic on this post. They love hanging out together, engaged in male bonding, like watching sport on TV. In case you’re thinking I feel left out, not to worry. I have a personal WBF, in the form our gorgeous Norwegian Forest Cat, Jina. What could be cosier than a pre-dawn cuddle under the covers, with her gentle purr vibrating beside me?

Finally, an aside, following my last post: Dave is cycling above because an old lower-back injury from his pro racing days continues to haunt him, making walking any distance extremely painful. Recent intensifying of the pain, together with loss of feeling in his foot, necessitates a spinal fusion, which is scheduled for the first week of May.

This means that I won’t be posting a host of enduro articles, since he’ll be off his motorbike for about three months. We’re still going to Cape Town for a wedding and to visit family, though, so I’ll certainly share some photo’s from the Mother City. Have a wonderful few days in the meantime, everyone!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy April 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

Lovely post and photos, Naomi and thanks for the link to Simon’s lovely blog.
Best of luck to Dave for his op.


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thank you so much, Cindy πŸ™‚ I’ll pass on your kind wishes to Dave, xo


Carol Ann Hoel April 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Blessings to you and Dave. May his injury be entirely healed and his the spinal fusion be totally successful.

Dogs are special. Their unconditional love is awesome. I, too, have a long-haired cat. Once a year I must cut mats out of his fur. Poor boy. He is a beauty. I’m sure your Norwegian Forest Cat is a beauty, also, purring next to you. How we love the purr.

Thank you for the post! Blessings, Naomi…


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Thank you for a lovely comment, Carol Ann. I will pass on your wonderful thoughts to Dave…and totally agree with your opinions about pets πŸ™‚


the WORST mother April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Ah, Naomi… I believe my beloved Yorkie, Toto–all 3 pounds of her– awaits Tex’s arrival. She will look after him, I’m sure.
This post is lovely.


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Thank you, Lin – you’re a sweetheart. I’ll whisper your message in Tex’s ear…well, maybe not whisper, since he’s really deaf now πŸ™‚ Big hug and kiss to you, especially for Toto, XO


nrhatch April 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Aww . . . that photo of Quest bonding with Dave makes him seem like a big puddie cat!

Good luck to Dave on the operation.


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Thanks a ton, Nancy – also for the laugh! I have a feeling Jina might retort, along the lines of Quest not measuring up to her species πŸ˜€


souldipper April 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Hey, Naoms, check your “Jina” link. Is that what you meant to do? I am now suffering deprivation from an expected Jina fix. πŸ˜€

Loved the photos. Quest is gorgeous which causes me to hope that Tex is taking the shift with dignity and decorum!

All the best to Dave. I know that he will take it on as he does all things – with the utmost optimism and determination.

Love to both of you, Naomi.


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Thank you, Amy, and lots of love to you from us both!

You’re right, Dave is approaching the surgery in excellent spirit – and Tex is as dignified as ever. He and Quest have a gracious understanding, despite Quest occasionally overstepping the mark in youthful exuberance. Mostly, this is directed towards Jina, who is only marginally more tolerant than Tex (usually if there’s catnip involved) πŸ˜€ Thanks for mentioning her link. It brings up all previous posts in which she’s mentioned, which I see now includes this one. Rather confusing…sorry! xo


Booksphotographsandartwork April 15, 2011 at 4:25 am

Beautiful photos. Praying that all goes well with the operation. Cuddling the pets will help I am sure.


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Sincere thanks, from us both, and spot on about the cuddling – as long as Quest doesn’t get too boisterous πŸ˜€


Chloe April 18, 2011 at 12:27 am

Hi Naomi – ah, your first paragraph brought tears to my eyes…because the idea of our beloved pets leaving this world really fills me with dread. You have expressed the love between man and dog perfectly well…and I can totally relate to that amazing bond with my own beautiful dog.

Love the pics of Dave and Quest on the bike and also Max and Quest taking a break. They are just too cute…the dogs I mean! lol πŸ˜€

Have a great week ahead my friend xx


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Thanks a ton, Chloe πŸ™‚ Happy to hear about your bond with your dog too…I shall keep a lookout for photo’s, xo


Tammy McLeod April 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I really like the photo of Dave and Quest together. Would like to see Jina too.


Naomi April 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Thank you, Tammy πŸ™‚ The “Jina” link includes previous posts where she’s mentioned, including a bunch of photo’s, but I’ll take a fresh one soon, xo


Tammy McLeod April 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Jina link not functioning for me.


Naomi April 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for mentioning, Tammy – I’ve changed the link to a specific post from last year, with a favourite pic of Jina πŸ™‚


kateshrewsday April 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

All the best to Dave for May. I’m sure sitting still doesn’t come easy to an action man like that!
Quest: what can I say? Adorable.


Naomi April 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Thank you, Kate πŸ™‚ You’re on the button about Dave, but he’s bracing himself positively for the 6 weeks of recuperation, and really looking forward to being pain free.

We do love Quest, especially when he’s not chewing things – expensive things!


viewfromtheside April 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm

poor dave, wishimg him well for the op

pekes seem to think they are big so maybe it’s the peke’s idea of himself that attracts the big guy


Naomi April 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Thanks a ton, Sidey. I reckon you’re right about peke’s, along with plenty of little dogs πŸ˜€


Tokeloshe April 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Thinking of you.
Take care.


Naomi April 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thanks, Tok, thinking of you too πŸ™‚


Jamie Dedes April 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Oh, lovely. What a wonderful place for a pup to grow-up.


Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

We sure enjoy it – and him πŸ˜€


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