My Mom and I have been scheming…

When my dog Annie was diagnosed with an adrenal gland tumor, I realized that she needed the best care and treatment pre as well as post operation. As much as I love the luxury dog boarding kennels we’ve always booked the dogs into, I thought that maybe, just maybe, my girls would enjoy some time at my parents. Besides, there’s no place like ‘home’ when you’re not feeling well, right?

So this past weekend, I packed the girls into the car and off we went road tripping to Pretoria. My parents stay in a retirement village. They have a free standing house but it has no walls. The challenge would be to see how both Annie and Emma reacted to being in a different environment and if my parents were indeed able to look after them.

My mom was so excited! (Read: So was I!)

We arrived on Friday night and they nervously walked around the garden on their leads. Emma did get a fright when she bumped into the ‘varkies’ in the garden. Little did she know that the big owl was watching us all!


How cool is this owl? It’s head moves when the wind blows! Ooooh!

Annie and Emma settled in quite quickly and it didn’t take long for them to get comfy on the couch.My DogsThey must have been exhausted (as was I) from sitting in that ghastly Friday evening traffic to Pretoria and we all slept like babies. One of the highlights of the weekend was waking up to go run with my Dad on Saturday morning!Running with my dad

My Mom taking the girls on walks while I snoozed

My Mom taking the girls on walks while I snoozed

Meeting the friendly neighbor

Meeting the friendly neighbor

Enjoying some tickles and love from my Dad in front of TV

Enjoying some tickles and love from my Dad in front of TV

The rest of the weekend was spent lying on the couch, going for many more walks and feeding the birds, even this little guy who practically eats out of my Dad’s hands!  We truly had a ball this weekend! The best part is that it looks like Annie and Emma settled in quite quickly and my parents have no issue looking after them. *phew*

Okay Mom, so when can we come again?

Keeping up with the (dog) walkers

With full time jobs, gym sessions twice a week with a personal trainer, running training and weekly races, I really feel guilty that I don’t get time to walk my dogs more often. So when we were on leave in December, KK and I managed to take the girls down to their favourite park.

Kingfisher Park2In the park

It’s a great park which is always full of dogs chasing balls and going crazy…The walkers

The view is spectacular and watching the sun start to set is beautiful…The view

Annie and Emma, ready to go…The girlsWatching the other dogs

Emma is always nervous and as soon as we sit down, she’ll sit on my lap…Emma on my lap, hiding from the big dogs

Other dogs trying to make friends, but my girls always wary…making friends  tooSniffing dogs

The best photo of the day… with their dad! xxxKK with the girls - I love this pic!