It’s been a while but that happens when you become a statistic – yes, my phone was stolen and with it of course all my lovely snaps of some visitors to the Blaauwklippen Family Market! One little guy which I interviewed with the aid of his interpreter, was a tiny squirrel which had fallen out of a tree at Helderberg College and was being cared for by Casper and his wife. Such a pity I can’t show you how teensy he was but as I have said, “Stats are stats, hey?” And, cell phone thieves don’t leave your sim card behind, do they?
But, since I am again equipped with a phone so I can take impromptu photographs, I have been able to do just that a while ago when my fascinating friend, Eddie and I met up at the market again. Remember, I mentioned him in the first installment of Dog Tales?
Let me fill you in on this little chap: his dad was an Aussie; I don’t know about Mommy. Anyway, Eddie grew up on an olive farm near the village of Castle Rigone in Tuscany, Italy but four years ago his human parents, Chris and Birgit, returned to South Africa and now they all live happily in Stellenbosch. This town is renowned for its wine, university and its students but for Eddie the most delightful feature is the abundance of water furrows for he loves a swim as much as any of us. He told me that he has also taken many a marathon swim down the river from what use to be Oudewerf as far as the university sportsgrounds! Chad le Clog eat your heart out!
As you can see from the photo above, Eddie likes his biking outings – see the Ducati brand on his harness? I have also been able to clear up the question of the goggles he wears during the above outings. They are called “Doggles” and guys don’t even start looking for them in South Africa! He tells me he’s not terribly fond of wearing them but has also learnt that, when they are taken out and fitted on the nose, it means a ride on the bike with the wind in his fur and bugs in his whiskers.
Nosey Parker that I am, I couldn’t resist a peek and sniff (and much salivating) into Eddie’s backpack. Boy, oh boy, there are some really scrumptious treats there. Peruse the photograph carefully, my friend. Some dried meat doggy treats; a pouch filled with doggy biscuits and not just any old water, I say. Well for me that’s the life!
Oh yes and even a little purse thingy with some poop bags! I like that poop bag idea very much because when a dog has to go, a dog has to go and it’s best not to leave a trail…… so clean up after yourself or get the human parents to do so.
Many thanks to Chris, Birgit and Eddie for a wonderfully fun interview but guys, I had to be off: people to meet; things to eat and stuff to do.