GREETINGS FROM JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA!
Hello there to all my friends around the globe!
Please note that this is a LONG post, with many photographs!!!
I am posting these photos for the benefit of the friends who joined me in the park yesterday.
Thank you for your patience... please enjoy them... :)
(TOBY: The joy of a romp in the park)
After a sweltering week, we welcomed in cooler, rainy weather on Friday. The heavens opened and it showered buckets! We held our breath to see if we would, indeed, have a window of "walking" opportunity on Saturday. As if by magic, the rain eased up for a few hours. We seized the moment.
Let's allow the pictures tell most of the story...
Above: Toby knows that a car-ride means FUN!!!
The doggie-park is about 5 minutes from our house.
On arrival, the boot is opened to reveal two excited Goldens. We take a moment to 'try' and calm them down before they are allowed to exit the boot of our vehicle. It's a difficult job. Today, I handed the responsibility over to Robz...so that I could take photos...
She's a great vet student and dog-trainer.
Above: Good manners must be entrenched: Wait! Behave, and only then we'll let you run free.
Although the grass is long, the park is really beautiful at the moment
Some residents have taken great care to ensure that the birds are also considered.
Thank you to all those who work so hard to keep it clean and to make this place so wonderful for our community and its dogs ...
Although Aunt Tam' is getting old now (12 years), she visibly comes to life in the park. Somehow her 'arthritis' disappears during these visits. She is still such a pretty, quiet and gentle soul and loves to meet new friends...
"Hello there, you're new? I'll say hello first while Toby is distracted."
A sniff here; a "point" there:
a dart to the bush; a backward stare...
When Toby's on a running role, there's nothing stopping him! His internal braking system seems to fail him.
I love the above picture. If you look carefully, you'll notice the signs of his conflicting intentions - the front half of his body is trying to 'stop' while the back part is still in full gallop. LOL!
Above: TAMMY - not bad for a 12-year-old.
(She's momentarily cured of any latent arthritis)
A beautiful, cherished photo of my other daughter, Miss J.
Tammy has always been Miss J's dog. She trained her, nurtured her and spent hours grooming her during her developmental years. The long-standing bond between them is palpable - even though Miss J is absent most of the time. The demands and unimaginable working hours required of a young doctor mean that time shared together is extremely limited. Time with TAMMY is therefore super-special!
Above: Tammy and Toby wait patiently for their special friends to arrive...
Then suddenly the celebrations commence.
Abbey and Hoby arrive for the joyous reunion...
"Hello, hello, hello!..."
Below: Other friends arrive. Little Abbey (young, guide-dog in training) shows submission to Jonty.
Once the preliminaries are complete, it turns into a canine whirlpool of activity.
This is the time for Aunt Tam to settle down and survey the action ...
Below: Hoby, Duke and Abbey... full steam ahead!
Now for some special pics' I promised to post for our new park-buddies...
Above and below: Isobel and Jonty.
Below: Darryl practicing Hoby's recall, with Portia observing the action...
Below: Portia comes running back to her mom...
Below: The longest tongue in the business - TOBY looking on...
Time to put that tongue back where it belongs and say a friendly 'Hello!'
TOBY: "Phew, that was hard. I can let it all hang out now..."
Below: Isobel, Carl, Jonty and Portia...
The perfect recall...
Unfortunately all fun comes to an end. It's time to get our things together and go home.
...UNTIL NEXT TIME!
...BECAUSE WE HAVE THINGS TO PREPARE:
In the next few days, our excitement and anticipation will escalate.
A new Golden puppy will be joining our ranks.
We look forward to welcoming our new puppy. Tomorrow's behavioural assessment will finally confirm who the little puppy will be. It could be Aurora, it could be Belle.
My gut feel at the moment is that it will be...
But I will wait and see. My prayers are that the right pup will find its way to me...and to Toby and Tammy.
Thank you to Marycke at QUILLQUEST GOLDEN RETRIEVERS for all your hard work to ensure the health, wellbeing and best development of these beautiful puppies.
They are all absolutely stunning!
I can't wait to hear which dear little one will be mine...
A final thank you to all my companions who joined us in the park yesterday:
Les, Robz, Miss J, Liz, Darryl, Isobel, Carl
...and all the canine companions too!
"LIVE LIFE TO THE MAX!"
"LIVE LIFE TO THE MAX!"