GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
(Above: A freezing Donovan, with Toby)
We woke up to a blisteringly cold day on Saturday.
The temperature guage was firmly indicating -1 degree centigrade.
Toby's breeder, Zeena, asked that we enter him in the breed show ring for the
JNR KENNEL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP show,
which was held at Goldfields Kennel Club, in Johannesburg - about 45minutes drive from our house.
(Above: Toby representing Golden Puppies in the Gundog Group judging)
We had to be there by early to secure a place for our gazebo. Whew, it was cold! Not a nice day at all for a dog show. But Toby didn't mind in the least...
(Getting some zzzz...while waiting for the ring)
The wind chill must have kept the temperature close to freezing for most of the day.
As many of you know, I am not really a show person, so Toby was taken into the ring by his faithful handler, Donovan
(Thank you Donovan!).
Toby was very excited by all the activities around him - making him uncontrollable at times (for me). Thankfully Donovan is a handler who commands respect from the dogs. The Goldens adore him and he gets their attention instantly. Toby was no different. The two of them looked good in the ring...
("I like to run with Donovan")
Toby and Donovan pulled off the 'best Golden puppy class' award and came fourth in the group of Gundog puppies.
Congratulation to both Donovan and Toby's breeder, Zena!
Back home, the King (Toffee) and Aunt Tam' were left in the capable care of my two adult daughters. Miss "R" and Mr "R" even took the pooches for a nice long walk later in the afternoon. When we arrived home, they were still out, so Toby forfeited his usual canine welcoming committee.
However, it wasn't long after our arrival at home, that a good dose of anxiety erupted.
With an expression of utter alarm, Miss "R", ran into the house announcing that she had accidentally locked dear Aunt Tam' in the car. Unfortunately the keys were also in the car. To add insult to injury, the only set of spare keys was miles away - at her university residence.
What were we do do?
Well, a quick google search put me onto an extremely professional, 24hour locksmith -
(Highly recommended for similar emergencies!)
After hearing the urgency in my voice, 'Jay' was with us within 30 minutes. A totally unphased Aunt Tam' was finally freed from her comfortable prison, and we were able to breathe a sigh of relief.
(Above: Aunt Tam)
I want to extend a special
for his timeous help in our dilemma. He was quick and professional, and most understanding to our dear dog.
It was with some surprise, that we realised how quickly a Hyundai Getz can be prized open -without any damage to the car.
"What's all the fuss about?"
It was tail wags all around, but she quickly ran off to get some much needed water.
In return, Tammy left her calling card in Miss "R'"s car ...
...a nice wiff of canine aroma, specially dispensed for the occasion...
...with love to Miss "R", LOL!
There's never a dull moment in our household.
Sending lotsaluv to all my friends around the world.
Have a happy week!