So, after a round trip on Wednesday of nearly 900 kilometres our new friends, Boxers, Baxter, 5 and Ella, 2 arrived, having spent nearly four months in what was effectively a cage at the SPCA in Howick near Durban, .
After securing the cats, we allowed the dogs to climb out of the car to see their new home.
See is hardly an accurate description as it was dark by the time they arrived and as Covid Curfew is at 21:00 over here at the moment it was a bit of a dash once the home stretch had been reached.
It is going to be an interesting period of adjustment for all of us. Not least as this is the first male dog we have welcomed into the family.
They are both brindles, somewhat underweight, but otherwise seem healthy, and chock full of puppy- like energy so typical of the breed. Ella is a little skittish and I wonder what her history is like? They are not quite sure what to make of all the cats, and the cats, in turn, are for now, keeping their distance. Our labrador, Cindy, seems pretty chilled with them.
For now, we are keeping them firmly on their leads while out in the garden until they are completely used to the cats, and chickens.
Here’s Ella. Baxter was asleep under my desk and did not seem in the least interested in having his picture taken.
And a very grateful nod to John Z and what he does for animals on his home turf. If it were not for him, it would never have occurred to us to even consider adopting.