GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Happy Spring to all our friends around the world!
The onset of warmer, summer days brings new life and a mood of rejuvenation to us all. We are having simply wonderful weather here in Johannesburg, South Africa. Toby's way of celebrating is to spend time romping and playing - particularly in our pool. The new season has invigorated his joy for 'Dock diving'.
Let the photos do the talking...
FRIDAY "Shout Out" !!!!
In celebration of 'rejuvenation', I have decided to feature a 'shout-out' in my Friday posts. This will be a small snippet/feature of things/places/people/activities that I feel strongly about. Today, my focus and tribute is on the amazing Vets and staff at
(Above L to R: Dr "Colin", Dr "Corli" and 'Tracy" - practice manager - examining 'Twix')
This particular veterinary practice offers an amazing service for our often 'sidelined' animals - namely the 'Exotics'. 'Exotics' include birds, rodents, amphibians, etc, etc. In the past week, I have seen canaries, parrots, a tortoise, a ball python, bearded dragons and many cats and dogs in their waiting room. Luckily they also have extensive experience with Guinea Pigs and this is why I have had dealings with them recently.
(Left: Dr Colin van Rensberg who conducted Twix's initial consultation and Xray)
(Right: Dr Corli Goosen) ------>
In the past week, they have taken special care of my little "Twix". Dr Corli Goosen conducted her gruelling caesarian section last Wednesday. Twix was delivered of a little pup that was far too big for the natural birth process. Tiny 'Stardust' survived the operation, and so did "Mommy" Twix. Unfortunately, however, I was no match for substituting as a wet-nurse - feeding formula to the little one for 36 hours, every 2 hours. Sadly, little 'Stardust' passed away.
(Right: Dr Corli Goosen - Twix's primary Veterinary caregiver)
Since the trauma began, these amazing animal caregivers have given little Twix the best care I could ever have dreamt about - compassionate consultations, daily injections, telephonic enquiries as to her well-being, lengthy discussions, etc.
They have truly gone the extra mile for us.
I feel strongly that Veterinary practitioners like this need to receive extra public acclaim - and this is my intention today.
Thank you, in particular to Dr Corli Goosen and Dr Colin van Rensberg for your wonderful care of my sweet 'Twix'!
Above: "Check my scar, Maxmom. Please, not for long though."
This past week has brought me to a point of immense gratitude - for these tenacious people who endure 6-7 years of gruelling basic veterinary training. Not only that, but also for their resolve to take on the pursuit of their particular areas of specialisation. They work long, hard hours attending to our beloved animals. Often they are underpaid for their expertise and efforts. Yet, they remain patient and focussed. Sometimes, they are on the receipt of insensitivity & impatience from their human clients. Despite their best efforts, they sometimes lose their small patients. This happens. Life happens. They were never meant to play 'God'. Sometimes nature knows best. But, it is obvious that their commitment and empathy for our animals is unquestionable.
This practice also promotes Rhino awareness (see their T-shirts) and they also do wonderful work for P.E.T.S (Pet empowerment in Townships) - a registered, non-profit, proactive, pro-life animal rescue organisation.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Doctors and Staff!
You are one of my 'Friday diamonds'!
We sincerely appreciate YOU!
In honour of the vets and staff at RADIOKOP ANIMAL CLINIC, I would like to paste up this 'prayer' written by the late humanitarian and theologen - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965):
It's a long weekend here in South Africa; "Heritage Day" on Monday and "Rhino Awareness Day" tomorrow.
(Please click HERE to visit the FB Page for the African Conservation Foundation - where you can lend your support.)
Spare a thought for our Rhinos - it is estimated that by the end of the year we would have lost over 500 of these amazing creatures to poachers.
Have a wonderful weekend!