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Out of the Mouths of Puppies

17 August 2012 Daily Life
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Many of us have been enchanted at some time or another by the wisdom that emanates “out of the mouths of babes” . . . but how about puppies? With a two-year-old German Shepherd Dog, Quest, and an eight-month-old Golden Retriever puppy, Storm, we’re in the position to learn a whole lot about life from […]

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Websites, Puppies & Carpet Wetting

26 February 2012 Blogging
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Hi everyone, I hope 2012 is off to a fabulous start for you all. We’ve hit the ground running, hence the few blog posts and general silence around the blogosphere – apologies to my blogging friends! Apart from being absorbed in a significant project to help save the rhino (which is progressing at speed, so […]

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The Perfect Storm

31 January 2012 Daily Life
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“The Perfect Storm”: that’s what Dave said yesterday – about our two-month old Golden Retriever puppy, pictured above and below, whose name is Storm. There’s a special story attached to this. About 7 years ago Dave’s brother’s home was robbed and his adult Golden Retrievers tragically poisoned, leaving a litter of 1-day old puppies to […]

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IMTA Feedback + More Mine Dump Glamour

25 August 2011 Bulletin Board
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Who says Jo’burg doesn’t have stunning natural beauty? Admittedly, there are no mountains or beaches here, but hey, we improvise! These photo’s were taken at a broken-down building near the deserted Maraisburg mine dumps where Dave and his mates sometimes ride their dirt bikes. Terri-Lee and Quest added sparkle to the sunrise, showing exactly why […]

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They call it “Little Scotland” – Dullstroom region in South Africa

26 June 2011 Daily Life
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And it’s easy to see why. Just a couple of hours’ drive from Johannesburg, this highland area is marked by rolling hills, windswept cattle farms, inclement weather and frequent fog. There’s something wildly compelling about it. The heartbeat town of Dullstroom is home to countless quaint shops and eateries, where you can indulge in almost […]

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An Auspicious Day: “Love Your Blog” Launches with Moon’s Eclipse

20 June 2011 Blogging
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As it turns out, 15 June 2011 was an auspicious date, in more ways than one. Apart from being the day that our friend, Michelle Salater, successfully launched her exceptional Love Your Blog e-learning program, it also marked the lunar eclipse. Dave photographed this in phases, starting with the pic above, and followed by these […]

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Mother’s Day Message

8 May 2011 Bulletin Board
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To all the Moms out there (with heart-felt thanks to mine and Dave’s), may your day be fragrant and full of flowers! These quotes are especially for you all: “If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Attributed to Claudia Ghandi “Making […]

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Time to say Goodbye

29 April 2011 Bulletin Board
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As prepared as we may try to be, we never are entirely. That just seems to be the way of it. We bid farewell to Tex yesterday, shedding tears for the fourteen years of unconditional love that’s so unique to dogs. Despite dealing repeatedly with death, it’s still somehow inconceivable that one moment he’s with […]

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Move over BFF, we’re talking MBF

14 April 2011 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 […]

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“Mud, mud, glorious mud!”

3 February 2011 Wildlife
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This was certainly the case at Madikwe Game Reserve last week. In a show of sympathy for all those devastated by recent floods around the world, Johannesburg and surroundings have been drenched in downpours over the past while. Madikwe is a mere 3-odd hours’ drive from here, and seems to have shared in the rain […]

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Dog Whispering Decision

28 December 2010 Daily Life
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Full credit to Dave for making the final call and getting it done. In fact, his nickname among certain work associates is get-it-done-Dave. Not for nothing. I might well have faltered, muddled by a mix of emotions. I’m talking about returning one of our puppies, Quilla, to their breeder. Regular blogging friends will remember her […]

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