First: the joys and sorrows.

Maureen had surgery during December (without informing any of us!). She is again up and about, but she missed out on a bunch of flowers from the club. Good to have you back!

Hans slipped and fell while out on holiday somewhere in the bundu. He spent the new year in hospital after surgery to his leg (I wanted to refer him to Anja's vet, but he was satisfied with the doctor he had!) He has in the meantime recovered well enough to be on duty at dog school.

Hans also celebrated his birthday (30-something) on 28 January. Congratulations!!! Retirement not yet in sight for you!

Adam, Val's Rottweiler, had his milt removed as well as a 6kg growth during December. The vet says that Adam is presently living on borrowed time, but despite his age, Adam is recovering well, already chasing monkeys and birds in Woodhill (pulling Val along behind him - as usual!). And nobody can see that 6 kilos were taken away! He is still as big as ever.

Selduin's (the Border Collie) mom and dad toured Africa on motorbike during December. Apparently they had a wonderful time. We hope to have a short input from them for our next newsletter.

The new sister for Lewis (the Golden Retriever) and Emma (the little human) will arrive in March. Good luck to mum and dad, and please come and show us the new baby.

We thought we would brighten up your day. Ivone and I (with a bit of assistance and lots of comments from Val and Maureen) painted the agility equipment for the past couple of Saturdays after puppy class. We now have a brightly coloured (professional looking!) agility course. Dogs are not colour blind - we are sure they will love it! They will definitely be able to see the jumps - even in the dark!

Talking about agility - Now is the time for new members to join! Isn't Barbie already a year old? What about Orpa and Jinx? (Never heard of a Boerboel doing agility, but there's always a first!) Come on guys - stop sleeping late on a Saturday!

The Boxer Club will be using the field again on 11 February for a show. As it is very short notice, we will simply continue with our agility and puppy classes, only using the top end of the field - right at the T-junction of Rosemary Street and Kingshighway. Just remember to bring your own chairs for the day - we won't be able to use

the Boxer Club's chairs. We will arrange a dog walk for the next Boxer show.



Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of the sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a puppy and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie-
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumor, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find - it's your own affair,'ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still),
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone - wherever it goes - for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear!

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept'em, the more do we grieve:
For when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long.

So why in Heaven (before we are there!)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?


HANS: +27-82-575-2826
BEVERLEY: +27-82-687-7067
MAGDA: +27-083-291-0867
IVONE: +27-083-376-6492