The Promise of Rain

We had some much-needed and long awaited rain this weekend.¬† It was nowhere near enough to make even the slightest impact on Cape Town’s horribly low dam levels, but it was very very welcome.

A few weeks back I headed out to Simonstown in the evening to photograph some fishing boats on the shoreline at sunset.

I was met with pastel skies and some whisps of moody cloud that hinted at rain …..

….. and a gorgeous Pittie called “Buddy” who was in and out of the surf even though the wind was whipping around and the water was icy.

Such simple pleasures are the real treasure ūüôā

Pit Bull Love (part II)

Meet some of the characters, both big and small, from¬†the SA Show Pits event held in Muizenberg recently.¬† I was overwhelmed by all the love and licks from these beautiful animals like Winston below.¬† And no, Leo doesn’t know my affections were temporarily elsewhere as¬†I left him at home. ūüôā

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Pit Bull Love (part I)

I’ve agonised over this post for¬†a week now because despite longing¬†to share photographs¬†from a recent Pit Bull show, I know¬†Pit Bulls¬†are a controversial subject¬†at the best of times.¬† The thing is¬†my blog is the last place I want to entertain a raging debate on the breed, because¬†it’s my space and really intended¬†to showcase life on the tip of Africa.

That said, here in the Western Cape their reputation is often in the spotlight for the uglier side of these dogs:  The vicious and brutal world of dog fighting and the added association with gangsterism and thugs, where the breed has unwittingly become a status symbol and mascot.  From time to time our local papers also report on fatal attacks on other dogs on our beaches by seemingly well socialised pit bulls.

Add to the mix the fact that¬†I also happen to own one and I adore him despite the baggage he comes with, so I’m going to dedicate one¬†post to him¬†and a second¬†to¬†a couple of other beautiful Pitties I met at the show.¬† In doing so I’m going to¬†nip any debate in the bud by agreeing 200 percent with an animal behaviour practitioner who said in our local paper this week that “owning one requires serious dedication, an ability to accept their limitations with regards to other animals and a willingness to manage the dogs so they are not put in a position where they may cause harm to other people’s dogs”.**¬† Amen to that.

Without further ado, meet Leo.

IMG_3956 20140830_201909~3 IMG-20130429-WA0001He¬†came into my life quite unexpectedly as a 6-month old rescue¬†pup when our gorgeous golden Lab left for the Big Kennel in the Sky seven years ago.¬† He’d been rescued in¬†Ocean View by Tears,* who¬†found him locked¬†up in an outside toilet¬†severely malnourished and with¬†broken ribs and a broken back leg.

Despite his horrific start in life, Leo loves people with all his heart and more.  But other dogs?  Not so much, apart from Sarah our much older no nonsense Staffie who is the Matriarch.

DSCF3992 IMG-20130429-WA0002Owning Leo is not a walk in¬†the park so we don’t go (sic).¬† Visiting the Vet’s rooms is a nightmare requiring vigilance, dexterity and strength, but otherwise Leo¬†gives us immense¬†pleasure and an abundance of love, so we micro-manage around his shortcomings.¬† And that’s good enough for me.

Meet all the gorgeous Pitties who showered me with affection at the SA Show Pits event in Part 2.

* The Emma Animal Rescue Society

** Taryn Blythe, False Bay Echo, 16 October 2014