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2 years ago Starsky & Hutch entered our lives.

 

What handsome boys they have become:

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It can be a fine day in Cape Town, but get to the beach and the sea is foaming.

Already getting out of the car I was surprised how windy it was and glad I took my hoodie along.

Coming over the dunes I was hit by the full force of the gusts and zipped up to the top.

 

It wasn’t particularly bad weather. I had been at the beach when it was windier and colder.

But it somehow felt like the sea was angry and I suddenly remembered a part of a fairy tale from my childhood:

“With that he arrived at the sea.
The water was all black and dense and boiling up from within. A strong wind blew over him that curdled the water.”
– The Fisherman and His Wife, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

 

The story is about the fisherman’s wife who wants more and more, living over her means in a preposterous way until she ends up right back at the beginning, with nothing.

Every time her wishes become more outrageous, the ocean starts to boil and turns foul.

That’s how the sea presented itself to me.

I wonder when it will turn on us, with our outrageous wasteful consumerism…

 

Luckily our dogs love the beach, no matter what weather:

 

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I didn’t even know this was such a common practice that there is a word for it:

Dog Dumping is when you drive somewhere with your dog and dump him by the side of the road.

 

In America this happens so often, especially in the South, that there is plenty of disturbing video footage.

Like this one, secretly filmed, so we get the full extend of this cruel ordeal:

 

Because dumping your dog isn’t as easy as it sounds:

First you have to go through your dog being happy and jumping for joy as he thinks you’re going for a walk. Then you have to push back your dog, so he doesn’t follow you back in the car. Maybe a bit of kicking is required. And finally you can drive off, with your dog running beside you not understanding what’s going on, just wanting to be with you.

 

It was at that point that I must have uttered such an upset sound – I can’t watch such acts of cruelty, I cannot believe any human could do such a barbaric thing – and I whaled: Oh no!

In a flash my dogs were by my side to check what had happened that made me so sad.

All of them showering me in kisses, barking to ask what was going on.

All I could do was embrace them and promise that such horror would never happen to them.

 

I’m so blessed with my puppies!

How can anyone dump their dog?

 

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The sun in South Africa creates a wonderful light.

Especially in Cape Town, surrounded by oceans, the sky is so blue you want to fall into it.

 

At the beach the sea reflects the sun and the wet sand also sparkles up every time the waves retract.

It’s a glistening spectacle bigger than Christmas.

Twinkles dancing in the surf, running across the gleaming coat of our dogs, disappearing in the Fata Morgana around Robben Island.

 

There is a misty haze moving in and it blurs the horizon, somehow putting us in a bubble, like we’re sitting inside a snow globe where the sun always shines.

 

As I stare into the distance trying to decipher Robben Island from haze, mirage and glare, the dogs join me and Starsky sits by my side.

 

Our puppies also enjoy the beach and take a moment to appreciate the viewappreciate the view.

 

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During Cape Town’s chilly winter weather, everyone seems to be hibernating.

 

Also our dogs snuggle up warm under the thick winter duvet.

 

While it’s fine for dogs to sleep under the duvet with no risk of suffocating, our pups prefer to keep their heads above the blanket.

 

Puppy Lola even puts her head on a pillow.

 

So our dogs sleep just like humans:

 

 

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Going to the beach is always such a wonderful experience, our dogs get excited when we get ready for the car.

 

Getting to the beach, they jump out of the boot in pure joy.

 

For Hutch this continues all the way until he hits the waves.

 

 

 

Hutch loves water and turns out to be a real good swimmer.

 

I don’t let him swim in the ocean, but he loves jumping about in the surf.

 

I love that he gets a good wash out of it which is desperately needed after a dusty and tick infested hike on Table Mountain.

 

I also enjoy wading into the fresh and energising sea, together with the dogs it’s like being a child, playing around in the cool surf.

 

A walk at the beach is like a holiday.

 

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I love going to the beach with our 4 rescue dogs.

 

4 dogs is quite a lot and when I take photos, chances are, there’s a dog in there somewhere.

 

Sometimes I just want to capture the scene, like this picture of Stairs that Sink in the Sands.

 

The truth is: I go through a lot of puppy photobomb shots before I get to snatch the actual image:

 

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