Thursday, December 27, 2007

The latest in a line of corgis

A couple of years ago I started needling my mom to get a couple of corgi puppies. A brace of corgis, I said, is what you need. No, said my mother. My father just rolled his eyes to express his contempt.

We have had a corgi since I was a little girl, and the last , the one-eyed Tuffy (the lost eye scratched by a visiting cat), went to her happy hunting grounds (one hopes) many years ago. I can't deal with puppies said my mother peevishly. NEE! snapped my father.


I kept needling. My mom could take them for walks. She didn't like taking big black Ben because he tends to behave in various embarrassing ways (this is why I really like cats) and got into fights to boot. They would be alarm-dogs, I ventured...NO!

So last year we visited a corgi breeder in Somerset West and checked out her squirming little balls of fur. A few months later two larger balls of fur were dropped of at No. 9. Everyone is in love. My father, the small dog hater, says you feel better just looking at them. My mother walks them and plays with them on the lawn at night with a seriously offensive squeaky ball, before they go to bed. And yesterday I took them on their first mountain walk, with Marijke and her two dogs, young swift Mickey and old, doddery Tigger. Ben was allowed along and everyone had a blast. My mom's fears of having to have the small dogs Medivac'ed from the mountain were groundless, though last night the corgis both passed out early and this morning slept through their wake up call.

Off to the Ma! Ben's like, Can we leave?

... on the lower reaches in the bluegum forest

The alien deforestation programme. If it didn't originate here, it's destined to be firewood. An admirable sentiment but perhaps makes some South Africans a little nervous...


  1. Merry Christmas Marie,

    Ek het jou address die ander dag gekry and ietsie gestuur saam met kiekies. Ek het 'n bootskap van MV teruggekry "Jou dogters is pragtig and ek is baie bly julle is almal so gelukkig. Ek is ook bly die werk loop goed, my rerigwaar, WIE DIE DONDER IS JY?

    Ek het amper van die stoel af geval...

    Ja, so, wrong one...

    Ek moes 'n nommer iewers in die address gemis. Daar is een van twee dinge wat ons kan doen - of stuur vir my 'n clue van die nommer and waar hy in you naam pas, of probeer die volgende vir my address:

    Die middel-woord is natuurlik in die vyhand se taal.



  2. What a first outing!!! I love the photo of the corgi's looking out the window.

  3. You're so funny. That's hilarious. OK.

    This is mine:

    My middlenaam is Yvonne, tensy jy gewonder het!

  4. Die VYAND se taal. Totally missed that.

    Ok, Mr Fish, bring on the pictures. I look at that little dot in the middle of Australia and try to picture it...


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