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WHEN FICTION BECAME FACT – A SHORT STORY THAT CHANGED A DOG’S LIFE

Some years ago, around 2002, I suddenly got the inspiration to write the completely fictional short story below. I sat down at the computer and wrote it in about 30 minutes. I printed it and gave to my wife to read – she did so and then threw it at me, burst into tears and asked “How do you dare give this to me to read?” Well, I was somewhat thrown, not sure how to handle it as I did not think it was that sad… Skipping on until 2003 my wife was out working in Johannesburg when I got a call from her, it was quite short, “I found Minnie!” At that point I knew we had another dog....

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THE RESCUE CAT – A FOLLOW UP, TWO YEARS ON

You may remember our earlier blog about Animal Behaviourists  and what we went through with our newly rescued cat. I’ve had a number of people asking how that turned out in the end. Let me tell you, Isis (named after the Egyptian goddess) has turned into the most loveable and well-behaved cat you can imagine! She, like all cats, spends most of her day sleeping and never ventures off the property – at most she will sit at the gate and stare out for a few minutes, get bored and find a place to sleep. Neither she, nor the dogs, has any problem with one another and Cipia, our senior cat that got the brunt of Isis’ original behaviour problem,...

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