Thursday, May 27, 2010

Butterflies and Hurricanes

The weather has been kind to us so far. The days have been balmy and we have been able to continue fitness training in the big pool.

Mr. Brown, Jazmine and Flippy raring to go.

Me too!! Me too!!
Holly thinks Skye has had enough attention and now its her turn.

Shadow, this beautiful Rough Collie, has a weakness in her hind legs.

Shadow making friends with Michelle.

Shadow on the physio ball to strengthen her legs.

A budding artist. Nicholas with an oil painting he did for a school project.

Milla casting a wary eye on Hansie swimming. She hates the water and can't understand why her brother enjoys it.

Hansie being dried by mom.

Roxy had surgery on her right fore leg. She is familiarising herself with the Photizo before we started treatment.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The onset of Winter

R.I.P Rocky
This beautiful boy tried so hard but in the end it was all too much for him, his owners Andrew and Surette had to make the difficult decision to let him go.

This week has been full of new experiences for everyone from puppies learning to swim and new companions for others we have a lot to report on.

On our way home from the Hydro Michelle and I found this gentle boy who judging by the frayed collar had escaped from somewhere. We asked around the neighbourhood, nobody knew who he belonged to. We took him to the SPCA and hope he will be reunited with his owners or find a new home.

After Harley Passed away Willow was very lonely and after Ockert lost his female Simoon, we decided to play matchmaker and introduce Tempest and Willow. They get on like a house on fire.

Hera is learning how to play with toys.
Hera killing a rope toy. She is enjoying her freedom.

Presley the Ridgeback tried out swimming.
Presley learning to swim.

Safe in moms arms to dry off.

In full flight.

Mr Brown - ET phone home.

Duncan, Connor, Bryce and Prozac were on their way to Doggon Kennels for a few days.

They stopped off at the Hydro first for Duncan's treatment.

Connor joined Duncan in the pool.

We took Karma to work with us to give her some alone time with us. For the last nine weeks so much attention had been paid to Hera's recovery.
Sitting in the office waiting fo work.
Karma making friends with Kyla.

Our visit to Doggon to give Duncan his weekly treatment.
They were excited to see us.

Connor, Prozac and Bryce follow Duncan and Michelle indoors for the treatment.

Michelle treating Duncan with a little help.

Skye and Holly have made good friends with Hera now.
Hera giving advice on Skye's treatment.

Dixie the 5 year old Dachie had spinal surgery for 2 herniated discs.
She is a real Daddy's girl.

A very gentle swimming routine was set up until she is stronger.

So proud of her achievement.

Drying off.

Helen brought Tumble for a visit.

Hera was pleased to see her.

Kitting Hera up for her first swim.

Michelle hold me tight.

Well Done!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mayor's visit

On Saturday 17 April the Drumblade community held a meet and greet braai at the Hydro for the mayor of Midvaal, Timothy Nast and his wife Kim. Four other Midvaal councillors joined us as well.

The men all gathered around the braais solving the problems of the world.

Maria, Helen and Hazel.

Mayor Nast presenting Elaine Potgieter, chairman of the Drumblade Conservancy, with a Boabab sculpture, because of all the areas in Midvaal, Drumblade ordered and planted the most trees from the municipality.

Duncan wanted to know if the mayor beat his own personal lap time of 35 seconds in the pool. He was not impressed when we told him the mayor did not swim.
Perhaps next time!

Basil has settled in well.

Here he is having a romp with Roxy, Alex and Nikki.

Whispering sweet nothings to Roxy.

This magnificent boy is Rocky, he is suffering from a broken pelvis after being hit by a car.

He really enjoys the Bemer treatment.

The Photizo gives him some relief from the pain.

Michelle rescued this baby Mossie from the pool. Its parents came around for a little while but then gave up.
We took him to a wonderful lady who rehabilitates wild birds and then releases them.