Meanwhile the weekend Grant and I were away on a bike tour , and Skabenga had his first birthday. (nothing to do with Friday 13th!) He was born on 1st May 2015. Today he's a large 40kg- plus Labrador with the most beautiful nature ever.
Skabenga the pup who was still happy to ride in the car with us!
Precious pup at two months!
On Monday I went outdoors with a sterilized pair of tweezers and likewise with a pair of embroidery scissors - both lent to me by Rina! Having discussed with John, the gardener,what I wanted to do, he took Skabenga's head in his hands, arms around his neck and faced him forward. He began to croon to him.
I gripped Skabenga's tail with my left hand, pulled up the first stitch with the tweezers and then I was stuck... I didn't have a third hand! Jacob, Grant's workshop helper, came forward, took the scissors from me and as I guided him, snipped off the first stitch. I pulled it out. Then the next one and the next until we'd taken out all the stitches in the tail.
John was talking softly to Skabenga all the time. The dog was so still that at one stage I asked John if the dog had passed out. (Africans don't always get European humor, so John said Uh-Uh!)
And so Jacob and I with John holding the patient still, removed ALL fourteen stitches.
Afterwards I commended the men on their calmness and thanked them for helping me.
Well, Skabenga straightened up, shook himself and went hurtling over the patio bricks to find ancient old Eddy who was sunning herself against the garden wall!
My beautiful pooch, Skabenga now one year old! He's still such a pup and loves playing with "his" rope - a toy we created for him by plaiting four strands of rope and knotting it at the end. He's never far away from "his" rope!
A sweet photo I've posted before: Skabenga and a his bovine friend sharing a greeting
Skabenga and Eddy enjoying a splash in the dam during the summer months
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SKABENGA!