Tag: Beezus

  • Goodbye Beezus… my happy little Wolf… (2011-2020)

    Goodbye Beezus… my happy little Wolf… (2011-2020)

    Beezus died in my arms early on May 7, 2020, his 9th birthday.  He had led the most extraordinary life and has been described as “legendary” and with every superlative one can think of, but Enid Vickers of Corporate Image coined it in her February 2020 email to me: “Beezus is officially the cutest little […]

  • When conventional medicine and vets fail us

    One Saturday morning about three months ago, Beezus was diagnosed with heart failure and acute congestion of the lungs as a result.  I had taken him in for a precautionary checkup because of a a very slight dry cough that occurred once a day at the most.  I was shocked!  The local Stanford vet —…

  • Beezus to the rescue!

    Driving back from the Fish River Lighthouse, the road was blocked by a herd of cattle.  It was a standoff.  Then Beezus sensed what was out there, and exploded into his rendition of a pack of wild dogs on the cattle.  The cattle about-faced and cleared the road.  Three cheers for Beezus!

  • Beezus, a Caracal, a Horse & other friends, at his favourite place

    Otter’s Bend Lodge in Franschhoek is probably Beezus’ true happy space. Apart from Mark, Mary & Ollie Heistein who he adores, it is an exciting, friendly and unpretentious place. He even gets on with Alex the Doberman, but less so with Sheba the Ridgeback. Maybe he’s just too much, too feisty and too confident for…

  • South Africa’s little-known Wolf Sanctuary

    I visited David Daitz about 15 years ago when he was CEO of CapeNature, and was surprised to see a very large and stunning poster of a wolf on his wall.  “What on earth?” I asked.  David had recently visited the wolf sanctuary in the south of France which, he pointed out, at that time…

  • Prince Albert and Miller’s House

    Prince Albert is an almost compulsory stopover for any north-south trip I make because it is one of South Africa’s most delightful villages… and more importantly, it is home to one of my favourite people.  Elaine Hurford has been a close friend for about 30 years and I always find her sense of style and…

  • Introducing Beezus!

    Beezus is the new explorer and follows in the footsteps of Akela and Kenya who explored South Africa with me for nearly 15 years.   The full story of how he came into my life is at Lessons for a Lapdog.  I left him in September 2012 and he rejoined me shortly before Christmas 2013…