Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Greyhound

There are so many beautiful dog breeds in the world and wonderful mixtures (pavement specials) as well.  When I was growing up we had Fox Terriers and then Border Collies, both loyal breeds with lots of energy. Hubby and I both liked Boxers and we thought we might get one,  one day. But it didn’t happen and instead we got Tyson (Boerboel/Bullmastiff/Staffie/Jack Russell). A friend of our son excitedly told him about the puppies and that there was one left. Then the parents got hold of us and encouraged (nagged) us into taking the last puppy (runt) of the litter for R100. Tyson grew up into the most amazing, loyal and sweetest dog and we miss seeing his happy face every day.

In 2008/2009 we decided to get another dog and went to the SPCA to look at the puppies. We found a very sweet puppy and adopted him and named him Rocky. Sadly we did not have him for long and he died as a result from the Parvo virus. It was an awful experience. We had to burn his bedding and sterilize areas and we could also not get another puppy for at least a year to allow the virus to die off.

After the experience with Rocky I was so hesitant to get another puppy and was worried that it could happen again. I go to the SPCA shops regularly to look at the donations and chat to the fabulous volunteers that work there. One Monday while waiting for the Attic (kitchen stuff) to open, Jackie from the nursery came walking past with two puppies on her heels. So I asked her about her new puppies. She explained to me that she was just fostering them and as soon as they were old enough they could go to a home. A Greyhound Mom and her puppies (think there were 6) had been rescued by a mountain biker who had seen that the mom and puppies were in a serious condition. Subsequently 4 of the puppies died and there was only a male and female that survived. The mom had a very badly healed break in her leg which was repaired. The male was such a cute looking puppy with his brindle coat so I took a photo of him to send to hubby. The puppies were for free to a good home.

There was a family discussion and we decided that we would take Mufasa as he was called then. This was 2010. Shew! Did we regret taking him on. He was snappy, growly and bad tempered but also very cute. You couldn’t hug him and we had to be very careful not to put our faces too close to him. In those first two weeks I seriously thought of giving him back. (Which wasn’t going to happen obviously) I’m so glad we persevered with him as he is such a sweet boy and now loves and demands attention. He is still not very keen on hugs but at least he doesn’t snap at us anymore. Oh yes, we re-named him Bolt.
Bolt as a puppy (isn't he too sweet)
Okay, Greyhounds aren’t just grey and they come in the most amazing coat colours, there are approximately 30 recognized colour forms. Bolt is a red brindle. No, he is not a giant Whippet (asked this when we took him to the beach recently). There are 3 similar looking dogs but all are different sizes. The smallest is the Italian Greyhound then the Whippet and finally the Greyhound. The Greyhound is the one used for racing (a horrible sport that leads to many dog deaths). Greyhounds are known as sighthounds as they “look” for their prey and they are a very old European breed of dog. Males can reach 76cms in height and 40kgs. They are extremely fast and can reach a full speed of 70kms per hour.
Italian Greyhound, Whippet and Greyhound (applause to the person who got them to pose)
They are not aggressive and do not need extended periods of exercise. In fact they are very good couch potatoes. They love the company of people and other dogs. They do not have undercoats and therefore are less likely to trigger dog allergies in humans. The lack of undercoat and very little body fat makes them more susceptible to extreme temperatures. They really do not have a doggy odour. A very interesting fact is that because of their high red blood cell count, their blood is used as a universal donor to other dogs.
Couch potato

Bed potato
 
Another favourite is sitting on the couch
 
Do I have to get out the car Mom?
 
Bolt entertains us every day with his antics and we love how excited he is when we get home. I always know when Neil gets home from work as Bolt rushes to the garage and does his “get out the car” bark. He is a beautiful dog and now that we have a Greyhound I would love to own another one. There is a Greyhound Rescue Group on Facebook who do amazing work rehabilitating them and re-homing them. Maybe sometime soon we can adopt another Greyhound and Bolt is lonely by himself. Then I would have two dogs lying on my couches and trying to get on the bed.

What breed of dogs do you own?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

And GO.....

Here I am sitting in the office with a large amount of invoices to job cost. I have just dropped both of the kids at high school..... HIGH SCHOOL! My first born begins his first day as a matric (thinks he is big stuff) and my baby girl begins grade 8.

Caleb will be starting his matric work today and Laura will do 3 days of orientation so she can get used to the school. But next week she will have to take all her stationery and pack the locker assigned to her (must get her a padlock). She will also have to get used to going to different classes all over the school and taking the required books with her.

Last night, Laura and I went to the new pupils evening at the school so she could find out her registration class and teacher and what to do this morning. We also found out that there is hockey practise today so when we got home we had to frantically get her kit together.

Going to have to get back into a routine of fetching kids from school and sport and cleaning the house again.

Welcome to 2015!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Cotton On KIDS Global Circus Day

If you have been wanting to do some shopping at Cotton On, tomorrow is the perfect day. I was in Cotton On at Westville Pavilion yesterday and they still have a sale on.
 
 
As most of us wave goodbye to summer holidays, South Africa’s youngest can continue celebrating the fun and frivolity of summer as they trapeze straight out of Christmas and into an exciting, new circus-inspired season at Cotton On KIDS. To celebrate the new collection, select Cotton On KIDS stores around the globe will come alive on January 17 with magicians, jugglers, face painting, balloon twisting and other circus-inspired activities, which are sure to get the kids excited.
 
The new collection, which hits stores and online from early January, is inspired by the current global trend of spots and stripes and the excitement of sitting front row at a classic circus with an array of vibrant colours, textures and prints, incorporated in a range of fresh summer styles.
Young ladies will be dazzled by spotted leggings, sparkly high top sneakers, and starry playsuits, while the boys are sure to make the crowd roar with drop-crotch shorts, printed tees and denim kicks.
 

Tween girls will be equally impressed with Free by Cotton On’s 9-14 year old collection, which boasts denim wash skirts, bright patterned jumpsuits and embellished t-shirts, and for the boys, it’s all about running amuck in denim cutoffs, striped tees and neutral hoodies.
 

Items in the circus-inspired collection have all been designed to be mixed-and-matched, allowing youngsters and tweens to explore their individual style and wear it their own way.
Cotton On KIDS Trend & Forecast Director, Meaghan Kendall, said the range offers customers an exciting new experience with bold, modern prints while still maintaining the fun, quirky, easy-to-wear styles that Cotton On KIDS is famous for.
For KIDS, prices start at R25.00 for the Evie headband through to R134.00 for the Greta denim jean, and for Free, prices start at R199.00 for the Holly Tee through to R399.00 for the Wesley woven pant.
The collection will be available in stores across South Africa from January 2015.
 
Gateway Cotton On KIDS:

11am-12:30pm face painting
12pm-1:30 magician

 
V&A Waterfront Cotton On KIDS:

11am-12:30pm face painting
12pm-1:30pm balloon twisting

 
Sandton/Eastgate Cotton On KIDS:

11am-12:30pm face painting
12pm-1:30pm balloon twisting
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

On your marks Get set ...


One week until GO

 
 
 
The kids are returning to school on the 21st of January and that is when GO will happen. We are still in holiday mode but I have been working on the get set part.

 
The daughter is going into high school (grade 8) :

Skirts and blouses – check

Shoes and socks – check

PE clothes – check

Blazer - check

Backpack – check

Stationery – not completely checked off

Sport clothes – not checked as yet

 

Check the wallet – empty

 

My son goes into matric!! I’m sure he was just born the other day – how can I be the mother of a matric pupil!!!

Clothes and shoes – check  *mmmm I better see if he needs new socks (makes a note)

Stationery – check

 
Mother supplies :

Cheerleading pom poms and motivational placards needed


 
2015 is going to be a very important year for both the kids and they are going to need our full support.

As for me for this year (other than kid support), my first goal is to swim the Midmar Mile again with my daughter. I really, really would like to do crafting and read more books and also be totally organised with a clean house all the time and meals cooked in advance, labelled and in the freezer. Okay! So I got a bit carried away J

 

Let me just take things one day at a time. With a

Monday, 5 January 2015

Tribute to Tyson

It is so sad that I have to start off my first blog post of 2015 by saying goodbye to a wonderful dog.

Pets bring such joy and laughter to our lives and they all have their own personalities.

We just lost our dear Tyson this morning and what a dog he was. The runt of the litter who cost us R100 and the best R100 we have ever spent. His dad was a boerboel cross bul mastiff and his mom was a staffie cross jack russel. A very strange mix for a dog yet Tyson was an excellent guard dog and was so good with the kids. We always joked about his happy and smiling face and how he never got depressed.

He loved going for a ride in the car - nose or head out of the window - and for walks in the park and down to the beach. You could always be assured of a happy greeting when you got home. He could also be naughty and he loved to eat used tissues ew! We had to keep rubbish bins away from him as he would knock them over to get at the tissues. He was our first dog and a very well loved and spoilt boy.

Farewell my beautiful boy and I know you are walking through a fabulous park, eating your favourite biscuits and have a large luxurious bean bag to lie on.

We send you off with lots of hugs

Your family misses you so, so much!!