Thursday, March 11, 2010


Dear all, thank you so much Carol and Jo for jogging Mum and I to write on our blog again!

Its been a while since we wrote in October and since then Cody, Mum's trusty shadow ridgeback, has passed away. While Mum was away over Christmas he wondered off into the garden and died quietly. He was 14 and so he had been getting weaker and weaker.

Mum got back early in January and Jackie, her trusty weimaraner who had been her other shadow for 15 years became very ill, stopped eating and slowly faded away as mum slept next to her for two days while she moved on to her next assignment. She had been a wonderful companion to Mum from the moment she was collected from her litter family and brought to the farm to start her new life. She was missing a piece of her ear from a fight with a wild pig, had a scar on her nose from a bite from a cane rat. All those happy and sad monents of their joint lives passed through Mum's thoughts as she sat with Jackie through the last days of her life.

Since then we have been coping with all the economic and political trials that being in Zimbabwe have brought to us.

I did have a growl at mum when I snapped at her face when she was checking a hole caused by a cow horn which had gone septic on my leg on 10 January. Accidentally I caught her face with my teeth and made a few holes in her right cheek and lip... she has healed soo fast and so well though. I have not left her side for a minute since it happened. I was mortified that my grumpy growl had actually caught her cheek. Her daughter Helen came over and quickly put butterfly stitches on her cheek and lip after disinfecting the bites. Now she just looks like she has a few more smile lines!

Its strange only having three canines in the house now! Misty, Lily and I bounce all over the place, sniffing and chasing things as we go for our daily walks with Mum. I still chase the horses away when they come to steal my food at the back door near the kitchen. I still growl at the ducks who also seem to think they can come and eat my lunch! I love teasing the young calves but Mum gets really angry with I look longingly at the beautiful little lambs as they frolic next to their mothers in the pastures.

licks and barks


  1. Hey there, great heart Musole!!!
    It's wonderful to hear from you in bloggie-land again! You have so much news it's hard to keep up with you, but you seem to be looking after Mom and that afterall is your main job! Tell mom we send all our love and thoughts from South Africa. We know its tough, but she too is a great soldier!
    Take care now and no more adjustments to mom's face now! That's an order!

  2. Losses and births. Traumas and celebrations. We all learn and grow from all of them. Through it all ... you've reemerged and we're happy about that. We're especially happy you've posted again, giving us a little insight into your ongoing life in Zimbabwe. We hope this next season will be a good one to you.

    With love
    Jake and Fergi

  3. Hey Musole!

    Thank you for responding to Caryl's and my notes. We have missed you very much and would love to hear more of your stories. Sorry to hear of your canine losses but that seems to be life, doesn't it?
    We are most happy to hear that you are OK and we hope you write again, and not make it such a long time.


  4. Hi Musole! It's great to see a post from you - but we're sure sorry to hear of your losses! It's never easy and we never seem to have enough time together on this earth.
    Hope your mom is healing well; we're sure you didn't mean to snap at her!
    Play bows,

  5. It is so nice to meet you. We were visiting Stella and she said we had to stop in. What a hard 2010 you have had. We sure hope things are looking up now. Stop by real soon..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  6. It is furry nice to meet woo!

    Stella and her nice mom sent us!

    I've got another Boerbul blogging pal so it is even khooler to meet another!

    Woo are welkhome to khome by my khorner sometime and say hi!

    Khyra & Khousin Merdie

  7. So sorry about Jackie and Cody - we found you through Stella and Jo and your blog is just fascinating. Life has been so hard fur you and we hope your mom is recuperating from her injury. We look forward to getting to know you more - amazing life that you lead there and we would like to follow your blog.
    With Huge Hugs and xoxoxoxoxox,

  8. hello musole its dennis the vizsla dog hay owr gud frend stella told us abowt yoo so we thawt we wood come and say hello!!! sorry to heer abowt the loss of yore pack members!!! ok bye

  9. Hello we came over from Stella's blog and enjoyed reading your blog. Please keep posting.