Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fast Forward...

We spent a two days in Pretoria last week, and are delighted to report that Johnathan's annual visit to the Little Company of Mary Hospital, and his beloved Dr. Lourence De Jager, was joyous and positive.  His x-rays and blood tests all continue to testify to the goodness and faithfulness of our amazing Lord!
There is no sign of any long term damage to his organs from the Chemo, as all of
the function tests are 100%.  His "growth and flourishing" has him approximately 25% above average height, (thanks for those wonderful tall genes Dad!) and average weight on the growth charts.  God is FAITHFUL.
So what do we talk about now? The weather???  Well, with such beautiful sunny, and crystal clear days, I can't not comment on the weather!  April is truly beautiful!  While we were in Pretoria we were so blessed with yet another 64 mls of gentle, soaking rains.  Too good for words!

Monday, April 8, 2013


2007 - 2013  OUR BELOVED CHAMP!
How is it possible that a "rescue" dog, can become such an important and beloved part of our family for six years ONLY.  Oh how we miss him.  I don't want to dwell on our loss, but I do want to share some of my favorite pictures with you, of this little hero, who gave us so much, and asked so little in return.  I know that he was a hero to many of our guests too, and we MISS HIM every day.
 If any of you have special memories of him - please share them!  He was amazing...
We all know that many breeds of dogs LOVE to hunt, but there should be another category for a "hunting dog" that LIVES every moment to hunt, and hunts so PASSIONATELY, that he goes beyond what we can imagine or expect.
 Not just smart, but so handsome too!
 Truly a part of our family for 6 years, and soooo loyal!
 He never liked photos much, so seldom posed for the camera like some of our other little friends have...
He had a very unfortunate attack from an irritated warthog mid March.  He simply was unable to get away fast enough.  The xrays showed a very 'sick' liver, which we can only assume was the result of the puff adder bite last year.  He completely lost his appetite, his energy, his mobility, his wag in his tail, and his organs began to fail him.  He was very underweight, and despite all of our efforts, we were unable to nurse him back.