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Here is our lovely big boy Roméo (not our choice of name - he came with it!).  Can you believe a beauty like him has spent the last FOUR YEARS in a refuge?  He always looks solemn, but is full of fun, has been easy to train and is such a joy to take on walks as he loves everyone and everything he meets and gets huge pleasure from just being out there!

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Yes frenchie you can I could see that in another picture you posted too... mine isnt to happy at the mo... she is saying

" with my lazer beam eye im going to vapourize this cat off my bed"

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This is Mummy's Girl, Sage the goose.

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She is a very special young lady as you can see!

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Yes the male is called Onion.   It could have been worse because I was going to call them Paxo and Bisto!  

They were tiny greeny yellow fluffballs when I got them in February so basically they have imprinted me as their mummy, they follow me everywhere and wait by the gate for me should I go out.   They don't like the dogs coming near me either, especially the male one.

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[quote user="WJT"]Framboise, I hope being the mum, the sage and onion idea has gone out the window. She is so adorable, I now would love to have a goose of my own. [:D][/quote]

Can we now see a picture of Onion as well, please?

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Fret not.   There was never any question of Sage and Onion going onto the menu - they will live their lives here to become OAPs!    

We had geese when I was a child so when we moved here and have the space for them, well I knew the first thing on the list was a goose and gander to begin my menagerie.   They are magnificent birds, my two are Toulouse geese by the way, but they do imprint on the person who looks after them as little ones hence why I am Mother Goose.   They feed from my hand too.    By the way if you live somewhere remote geese are superb alarm systems who will warn you of visitors and intruders alike, many people will not enter if they see the geese patrolling, plus they have the uncanny knack of being able to differentiate between the noise my car makes and any other passing vehicle and run up the garden with their wings out to welcome me back.  I love them!   This is Onion with my granddaughter.

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We used to keep Geese as kids too! - A big old Gander called Honkey Tonk and 2 of his offspring, Bertie and Girtie. We ate them. Honkey spent his retirement at the farm on the lake. he was just too tough to eat. My mum never has forgiven us for eating our pets! Mind you, being so friendly, they were easy to catch.....

Steve

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Sage is wise alright Christine, as well as dead crafty if not a bit sly!   She can tell the difference between our two dogue de bordeaux and only bullies Charley, she also sets Onion up as a distraction then nips in to pinch the dog's supper.   She mugs the goat for her Goatibix french toasts and is a really dreadful scrounger too.   But what a character to be found in a young bird!
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Frenchie that photo of shadow with his tongue out made me laugh.  What a happy looking fellow. 

I have a couple of Ian in a similar mood just after he arrived in Cape Town from England.

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http://gallery.mac.com/johnmartinbradley#100115

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I was once bitten by a goose on the soft flesh behind my knee while digging a ditch.  My G it hurt.  It came as such a surprise I thought I had been bitten by a snake!

Geese do make excellent watchdogs. 

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[quote user="John Martin BRADLEY"]I was once bitten by a goose on the soft flesh behind my knee while digging a ditch.  My G it hurt.  It came as such a surprise I thought I had been bitten by a snake!
Geese do make excellent watchdogs. 
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Ouch! Well perhaps he mistook you for Steve. If that was the case, who could blame him. [8-|]

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Dear Framboise, just going back though posts and read about Ed.   Isn't  it a terrible thing when they  pass away.

My dog Bertie died last week.  Am very upset by the whole thing.  The house seems empty without him.

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We do still miss our dear old Ed and always will because he was such a special fellow.   You will also have seen  that we adopted an SPA dog who it seems was destined for us, what with his name and breed type yet. we find comfort in that Ed would be pleased we have given Charley a home which is what we did with him when we took him from Animal Lifeline in UK.   Ed died peacefully in his sleep and did not suffer, then we buried him here so he will always be with us.

Charley is growing into a fine Dogue de Bordeaux.   He has gained a lot of the weight he ought to have had on him (he was very thin when rescued but the SPA managed to bring him up a lot), but here he has been eating well,  the exercise has brought him on in leaps and bounds, plus he has moulted out the wiry fur he had from living outside to have a lovely silky coat. 

It seems to me you have a little lady there who probably misses your chap immensely - take yourselves to the dog pound and find  her another furry friend.  

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Its not replacing an old friend, just making a bit of room for another to join you.   You won't regret it!!

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Thank you again for your kind words Christine.

Sound advice Framboise.  All of our dogs for the last umpteen years have come from dog refuges.  Amazing how they respond to love and kindness. 

My parents were given some real nutcases over the years, including Oliver who was so savage he had to be chained to a tree and no one could go within the reach of his chain without serious risk of being ripped to pieces.  Within a couple of years he was a gentle dog with lots of personality and a great sense of humour.  I wonder what terrible things happened to him before we were graced with his presence.

When we have finished our stint in Cape Town and moved back to Europe early next year, we'll get another god; possibly a French speaking dog.

I took photos in a dog refuge earlier this year.  It was a real struggle not to leave with a car full of cats and dogs :-)

Bertie is buried in our garden at the foot of Table Mountain, so when we leave, the great mountain will remind me of the great dog. 

BTW the kids cried when Bertie died and then in the next breath wanted to know if they could have a hamster. 
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Christine

I've posted  an album for you to look at:

http://gallery.mac.com/johnmartinbradley#100127&view=grid&bgcolor=black&sel=0

The pace is called DARG and it is in Hout Bay just outside Cape Town.  Their website is http://www.darg.org.za/

They do remarkable things and have been fortunate to raise suffient financial support to build bespoke housing for their animals, so they are kept in "home-like" conditions.  The new accommodation was opened last month (after I took the photos).  They also have lots of volunteer input from local communities.

The  woman with the donkeys (sp?) has had some very bad experiences in recent years (understatement by our standards), but takes strength from helping out at DARG and is responsible for rescuing the donkeys shown in the album.  I would like to revisit DARG and photograph her again with her donkeys - there is a great photo just waiting to happen with those enormous ears (the donkeys not hers).

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http://gallery.mac.com/johnmartinbradley#100127&view=grid&bgcolor=black&sel=0

Thank you so much for showing those photos John.  I had already found and had a look at the Darg site after seeing the first photo in the gallery.  They seem to be doing wonderful work.

Those photos are absolutely marvellous.  The three most outstanding to me are the woman with the three pups, her expression, her pretty frilly clothes, the hole in her shoe and all the nose marks on the window.  What a moment you have captured there.  The portrait in black and white of the little girl holding a pup, they have the same expression, the same eyes.  The portrait of the donkey lady, very beautiful at her age.  They show hope, happiness, a passion for life and, above all, care.

 

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