This must be one of my favorite new categories on my blog and I can’t wait to share this huge part of my life with you.
If I have to be 100% truthful, I was never much of an animal person until one very special dog came into my life, in the past I would never pet anyone’s dog or play with their cats until I met this one very special creature. He’s unfortunately no longer with me, but if it wasn’t for Tiger, I probably wouldn’t be surrounded with as much love as I am today.
I got to work one morning (back when I was still working at the Saldanha Bay small craft harbour) and noticed a young, lost looking pit-bull, at first I just shooed him and went into the office, a few hours later I went to go check on the contractors that had been working on some boats we had lifted out, and there the dog was again, this time tied to one of the vessels, I asked the guys about the dog and was told that they found him wandering around and that he was now theirs as they were going to sell him. This immediately raised a bunch of red flags and since dog fighting is such a huge problem in the West-Coast area I just couldn’t leave him there. At first the contractors refused to let me take him, but when I mentioned calling the police they quickly dropped the subject. I remember how his eyes lit up when I removed the rope from his neck, it was one of those moments I’ll always treasure and never forget. He was such a lovable, friendly little creature 🙂
By the time my husband arrived to come and pick me up I had already made a little bed for Tiger under my desk and he was feeling right at home 🙂 Since we were driving an open 2-seater bakkie I couldn’t load him onto the back, so I picked him up and he sat on my lap all the way home 🙂 I remember David being nervous that he might bite me, but for some reason I could just feel that he wouldn’t, cliche I know 😛 🙂
A few days went by and Tiger was settling in amazingly, it was like he had always been a part of our little family <3 But it wasn’t long after I first found him that his real owner came knocking, I was sitting at my desk when he got there, my heart sank, I knew I should have been happy but I couldn’t help feel sad that I had to let him go, after the owner proved that he was actually Tiger’s dad I packed up his blanket, toy, bowl and food and off we went to go drop him off, when we got there we could see that the guy felt bad that the living situation wasn’t really that great, Tiger was kept in a small yard on a long chain with little shade, the only thing that was sort of reassuring was a bowl of food and water, with heavy hearts we left and promised to keep in touch.
2 days later we got a phone call, it was Tigers dad, he felt bad about not being able to give Tiger a better home and more attention (hectic work hours). He wanted to know if I would still like to keep Tiger and if so I could have him for R400.00, David and I immediately drove through to Saldanha and went to pick up Tiger 🙂 He was the first ever animal I felt unconditional love for 🙂 He loved technology and was very much up to speed with all the latest electronics, like my chewed up laptop, computer mouse and play-station controller 🙂 😛 He also loved going to the beach and always tried getting to David when he was surfing 🙂 🙂 Such a protective soul <3
Before Tiger there was my husband’s cat Pietie, he’s the old Oupa, and still gives the others uphill, After Tiger came Kova, Oreo and our 4 cats Toothless, Marley, Manie and Mini 🙂 🙂 All rescued and special in their own way <3 <3 I look forward to sharing more of each one of them and can’t wait to introduce them to you 🙂 🙂
This is Tiger 🙂 🙂 (Sorry guys, back then I didn’t have the best camera)