Category: Akela

  • Goodbye Akela & Kenya

    The oddest couple – and true soulmates – who were my ‘kids’ for over 14 years, are no more. Akela the Grey Wolf – wilful, insightful, submissive and far more intelligent than any dog. Kenya the Staffie – ‘n liefbare dier in the words of a 4-year old, Mr Personality and loved by all. He […]

  • Growing old is not for sissies!

    Akela the wolf turned 14 years old yesterday — that’s a venerable 98 in human years!  And she shared her celebratory dinner (pig’s trotters) with Kenya the staffie (14½) and Beezus the pomchi (1½).  For Beezus, it was his first “dedicated” bone, as opposed to dinner left-overs, and his small piece absorbed him totally for…

  • Lessons for a lapdog

    One Sunday, just after lunch, the phone rang and Stephanie said she had to dash off and would explain later.  She arrived back a little later with… a really tiny dog of indeterminate breed.  It was about the size of a small hamster and looked like a cross between a hamster and a rabbit with…

  • For the love of wolves

    [youtube MLTP53WTN9M] Just a reminder of one of the reasons for the travels — Akela the wolf!

  • “What is your country’s purpose on the planet?”

    I attended the Brand Africa Forum in Johannesburg where the keynote speaker was Simon Anholt, someone I’ve wanted to meet for a long time. He’s been a policy advisor to over 40 governments, author and researcher. He specialises in national identity and reputation, public diplomacy and the public perceptions of nations, cities and regions. Simon…

  • Happy Birthday Akela!

    Akela is 12 years old today!  That’s a venerable 84 in human years although, in the wild — where wolves are challenged by the elements, illness, starvation and injury — wolves only live an average of 7 years.  In a domestic environment, they live up to 15 years. We’ve been together since she was five…

  • Akela goes to Indaba!

    The fantastic people at Durban’s ICC who made arrangements for Akela to visit were all keen to meet her. These photos are the highlights of the people she met — the story on Indaba and our travels there will follow. Most ask if they can touch Akela but only women get lucky — she’s female…

  • Wow! Durban’s ICC impresses

    We’re planning a detour in our Limpopo travels to visit Durban’s ICC for Indaba — Africa’s biggest travel show.  So I wrote to the ICC asking for help with shade parking for a wolf in a bakkie. I have never had such a fast, positive and helpful reply.  Nicolette Elia’s answer suggested alternatives, mentioned concerns…

  • Waterberg magic!

    Akela had one of her best weekends away ever, but I discovered a remarkable family and the essence of Africa tourism.  And, believe it or not, this proud Capetonian is prepared to say that Bushveld vegetation beats the Cape’s fynbos any day! But about Akela’s weekend first.  We were woken on Saturday by Akela’s whining…

  • The Road to Prince Albert

    The plan was not to dally in the Western Cape, where so much is already familiar, but head for Mokopane in Limpopo – SA’s northernmost province and the furthest from Cape Town – as quickly as possible.  I’ve never been there and, of SA’s nine provinces, know least about it.  But the first stop is…