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Really amazing that these two, who are so different in size and strength, play so well balanced together, that they can even pull off a tug of war. 🙂

 

Lola has a very gentle way of teaching the little puppy a new game.

Lola has a very gentle way of teaching the little puppy a new game.

 

Let’s just take a step back and remember how small this foster puppy is.

Let’s just take a step back and remember how small this foster puppy is.

 

Right in the action! Here we have some serious tug of war going on.

Right in the action! Here we have some serious tug of war going on.

 

It looks like Lola is not really putting in her weight.

It looks like Lola is not really putting in her weight.

 

Indeed: Lola is actually just taking it easy. Does the little one know?

Indeed: Lola is actually just taking it easy. Does the little one know?

 

Fostering this little rescued dog is so much fun! She’s like Lola’s personal Mini-Me whose mission is to cute herself into your heart! ♥

 

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This poor rescue pup has frog legs, a sign of rickets.

This poor rescue pup has frog legs, a sign of rickets.

 

Rickets is a nutritional deficiency that hinders the proper development of bones, leading to potential fractures and deformity. The predominant cause is a vitamin D deficiency, and lack of adequate calcium and phosphorus.

Symptoms include delayed growth, bow legs, weakness and pain in the spine, pelvis and legs.

Treatment consists of feeding the missing nutrition. If detected early enough, the pup can grow up healthy and strong. However, once the disease has progressed to a stage where the dog’s movements are hampered, the possibilities of a successful treatment are slight.

Many rescued dogs have had no adequate food which can lead to severe malnutrition to the point of starvation. For a chance to catch up on their development, feed them a highly nutritional diet, complete with all needed vitamins and minerals.

 

To prevent rickets disease, provide a diet sufficient in vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus.

 

Beware though that an overdose of vitamin D is just as harmful:
If there’s too much vitamin D in the diet, life-threatening levels of calcium (hypercalcemia) and phosphorus can occur. The result is hardening or calcification of body tissues.
Vitamin D Poisoning can occur when a dog takes more than 4,000 iu per kg of bodyweight.

Also note:  If you only use calcium without phosphorus / zinc and vitamin D, C and other minor minerals, the condition will get worse.

 

Dietary sources of vitamin D for your pup

– Fatty fish: salmon, mackerel, tuna, halibut, canned sardines

– Fish liver oils: cod liver oil

Egg yolk

Liver: beef, lamb, chicken, pork

 

Dietary sources of calcium for your pup

– Fish: salmon, tuna, sardines

– Yoghurt

– Low fat cheese: cottage, mozzarella

– Egg shells, cuttlefish bone

– Vegetables: spinach, broccoli, sweet potato

 

Dietary sources of phosphorus for your pup

Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, chia, sesame

– Fish: salmon, carp, whitefish, cod, tuna, sardines, mackerel

– Meat: pork (lean sirloin), beef and veal (lean beef)

– Low fat dairy: yoghurt

– Legumes: lentils, chickpeas

 

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Lola and her Mini-Me

Lola and her Mini-Me

 

A miniature Africanis!

That’s what this little munchkin looks like. 😉

Coming from the Woodstock streets, she could certainly qualify.

Furthermore, she has enough attitude to challenge our Africanis, even though Lola is like 10 times her size!

She growls and barks at Lola to get her to play and goes as far as nipping her in the hind legs!

Luckily Lola is a very generous and caring dog, so these two end up in the funniest puppy play. 🙂

 

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At about 2 months old Lola gets her first egg:

Puppy Lola tries to pick up the egg right away.

Puppy Lola tries to pick up the egg right away.

 

Presented with a hard boiled egg, Lola immediately starts to play with it:

 

Within minutes Lola manages to pick up the egg:

 

Once the egg is cracked Lola starts to peel it:

 

As soon as Lola gets to taste egg, she devours it:

 

It took Lola 5 minutes to crack the egg, and she ate it all within 15 minutes:

Lola loves egg. :)

Lola loves egg. 🙂

 

Seeing how much Lola enjoyed it, I’ve been feeding her eggs regularly ever since. They are so nutritious, I hope an egg a day might keep the vet away?

 

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Puppy Lola's first hard boiled egg.

Puppy Lola’s first hard boiled egg.

In my quest to find food that is really good for our puppy, I came across a lot of positive posts about eggs.

Apparently an egg represents a complete dog meal. All parts of it are nutritious, even the shell.

Eggs have a bit of a bad rep for pets as the egg white contains avidin, an enzyme inhibitor which can interfere with their digestion and cause biotin deficiency. However, the egg yolk contains so much biotin, it makes up for it. That’s why it’s important to always feed the entire egg.

Cooking the egg kills those biotin inhibitors and any possible harmful bacteria, making it a safe meal.

While Salmonella or E. coli poisoning is unlikely in dogs and there seem to be many benefits to feeding raw eggs, young and old dogs with a weak immune system should rather be fed cooked eggs.

Avoid unhealthy cooking methods such as frying, rather boil or poach the egg. For extra fun give your dog the intact hard boiled egg and see how long it takes them to crack it. 🙂

Your dog will thank you with a contented stomach and a beautiful glossy coat.

 

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Google Street View of the De Waal Drive 'Pedestrian Crossing'

Google Street View of the De Waal Drive ‘Pedestrian Crossing’

Our puppy Lola is becoming so big, it’s clear she’ll need a lot of exercise. Already she won’t sleep the night through – needing to urgently play right in the middle of it – if we don’t go for a walk every day.

The act of driving somewhere every time you want to go for a walk with your dog is kind of contra productive.

So far I was lucky to live in cleverly designed cities that have a green stretch crossing or surrounding it. That meant living in close proximity to a park which lead into another park, which lead to the canal / river, which lead to another park…

Woodstock is not very green: Forgotten plots turned into parks here and there, but mostly roads with way too narrow pedestrian walkways.

I cycle and walk Woodstock all the time and the local community is so friendly that it’s a wonderful experience to walk the streets.

But should it really be that there’s no dog-friendly free-roaming green space in walking distance of Woodstock?

Besides a little Dog Park in Queens Park, there is, of course, one very obvious one: Table Mountain.

But how do you get there from Woodstock?

Well, it seems, nothing is worthwhile reaching if it doesn’t come with a little adventure: You’ll have to make it across the N2 and De Waal Drive first.

While there’s an underpass and a kind of curly footbridge making it slightly awkward but safe to cross the N2, there’s no such luck with De Waal Drive: Even by car, you’ll have to get on in Observatory to make it onto the side closer to the mountain.

However, if you’re brave enough you can make it across De Waal Drive African style: by simply running across the highway.

There’s even an official path to do just that: It’s at the very end of Kylemore Road.

It’s impossible to deny that this is dangerous: This ‘crossing’ sits right in a bend of De Wall Drive, so both ways your view of oncoming cars is very limited. In addition this is a nice spot to drive and few cars stick to the 80km/h speed limit.

However, if it wasn’t for this crossing, there’d be no access to the paradise beyond. And if it takes running across the highway, then that’s what we’ve got to do:

Waiting patiently for an opening in the never ending stream of cars – and you’ve always got one who’s lagging behind and consequently closes a potential gap – it felt somewhat like playing Russian roulette as we dodge across the two lane freeway.

Exhilarated that this indeed works we make it to the middle stretch: Here the pedestrian path continues, leading us to the next crazy ‘crossing’:

Again it’s scary with cars coming out of the curve as they are changing lanes. We could potentially run into their path, so it is clear we have to wait until there’s absolutely no car in sight.

Also this is manageable and definitely worthwhile:

On the other side of De Waal Drive lies the entrance to Table Mountain National Park, Devils Peak Nature Reserve, and it takes not even an hour to get up to a height that gives you a most stunning panoramic view over the more urban part of Cape Town: To the left tranquil Vredehoek and spiky CBD, straight on the constantly busy Cape Town Harbour, and to the right the long flat land reaching towards the stunning mountain silhouettes of the Hottentots and Hawequas.

This is mountain biking and trail running paradise with an evenly rising dirt road that loops in various circles around Devil’s Peak, making it possible to lengthen or shorten the route at will.

So yes, I’m just chuffed that I can say: We live in walking distance from Table Mountain hiking trails. It’s actually literally just up the road, you can reach it, you know, with a bit of an African flair along the way. 🙂

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Township rescue puppy Lola

Township rescue puppy Lola

 

According to HomeTimes’ article on profiling house robbers a dog is the number one deterrent for robberies.

We built a whole house with a garden to be able to get a dog, and if it’s also good for security reasons, we should do it sooner rather than later.

So I did my research on animal shelters and dog breeds and started to look out for a puppy.

But when I responded to a call for help, everything happened quite fast all of a sudden and Lola popped into our life.

A big time thanks to PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships) who rescued her wandering the streets all by herself, giving this cutesy pup a second chance. 🙂 

So yes, maybe she’s not the guard dog you’d expect, but she’s definitely the dog I didn’t know I had wished for. 😀

 

 

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