The chase

Back from the chase

Back from the chase

A good chase then, give them something to worry about did you?

Oh yes, I really had them on the hop! It’s why we Rhodesian Ridgebacks are feared the world over.

Which is why they were flicking their tails at you?

Of course, it’s a reedbuck’s way of surrendering. You know, the white flag and all that.

I think it’s more like flicking the middle finger that we humans do.

Really? Well, they need to think that they are winning.

Why?

So they won’t mind being chased again tomorrow!

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The Season of Rat

I'm concentrating!

I’m concentrating!

You have a fly on the end of your nose.

Mmmm. I KNOW!

Why don’t you do something about it?

Where's that rat?

Where’s that rat?

Because there are more important things to concentrate on.

Such as?

The rat up there – somewhere.

Where’s this rat?

In the creeper.

Where HAS that rat gone?

Where HAS that rat gone?

I don’t see one.

You aren’t a Ridgeback! There IS A RAT IN THE CREEPER!

Ok, ok. I’ll leave you to it.

Thank you – I can concentrate better without you commenting.

Well, when you’ve got that one there’s at least another one in the house.

Hush, PLEASE!

 

 

Let the games begin – (again!)

The first chase

The first chase

Oh yes, this is fun!

It took you 8 days.

Well I think she might be worth it even if she is a little slow.

Team players

Team players

And even Kharma is enjoying it!

Yes, bless her, she’s staying well within Roxy’s limits.

Peaceful interlude - all friends!

Peaceful interlude – all friends!

Well I’ve got to give it to her – she’s got a fair bit of stamina for one so small.

And she’s only going to get stronger.

Yes, I think she might fit in to the family.

You are so gracious.

I know!

 

Running free

Come on, there's running to be done!

Come on, there’s running to be done!

Do you know how lucky you are to get out and about and be able to run?

What do you mean, lucky?

There are other dogs out there who never get to see outside their garden.

No! You can’t be serious!

Afraid so. Last week I was driving around the area by the race course and I saw the silhouette of a dog under a tree. A Ridgeback.

You went to investigate?

Of course I did. She was young, about 6 months old and very sweet.

What! You didn’t bring me a girlfriend?

I did try. She came over to me and licked my face but wouldn’t get in the pickup. She didn’t even have a collar on so I’m pretty sure she’d never been out of her garden. She didn’t like it when I tried to put a lead on her either.

But you took a photo?

No, she wouldn’t keep still. I think she was just so excited to see there’s a whole world outside her garden. Eventually someone came along who knew where she came from and phoned the house and the gardener came to collect her. She didn’t like him very much but went running back down the road when the cook called.

So what else did you do?

I called VAWZ who said they’d pay the house a visit and I did offer to foster her if they decided she was too much energy to handle.

Oh yes, I’d like to run with someone who has more energy than Kharma.

Thanks Zak, I do pretty well for someone of my age!

That’s so sad. We ridgebacks need to run!

And explore and be socialized.

Did you find out her name?

Yes, it’s Rosie.

GTHS (Grand Theft Ham Sandwich)

No idea how it go there - honestly!

No idea how it go there – honestly!

What is that ham sandwich doing there?

Waiting to be eaten?

Yes, but how did it get there?

I have no idea. I just woke up and it was there. Anyway, it’s a ham and cheese sandwich.

You stole it from next door.

Well, sort of. I prefer to think of it as providing it with some company. It did look rather lonely and in need of attention.

I am actually rather impressed you didn’t eat it straight away.

I was waiting for permission…

Hmm. Well, you may as well go ahead as I don’t think the original owner will want it now.

 

 

The uber-twit

twit too

Disgruntled uber-twit

You really have excelled yourself this time.

Well, I do have to, you know, lick. As you may have noticed.

Yes, but this was entirely self inflicted. First you dug a hole in your back pushing through a fence and then you turned a minor injury into one that required a visit to the vet. By licking!

But you have to admit I am doing a pretty good job of destroying this collar thingy.

Yes, just like you did the last time. Please just leave it in place long enough for the hole to heal.

I’ll try!

twit

Is it a flower? Is it a twit? It’s a twit-flower!