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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 21st February 2011


Whoever wrote that ‘you own a dog’ but ‘a cat owns you’ certainly knew what they were talking about.

For most of my adult life I’ve been the happy owner of dogs – mostly Standard Poodles. Then eight years ago when I had to downsize and had lost the last of my Poodles, I was only left with my beautiful marmalade ‘stray’ Tamby. He’d come into my life as a little waif at approximately eight weeks of age and had promptly won the hearts of the incumbent inhabitants of my home – a Boxer and a Standard Poodle.

Then I had my little flat in Capetown and have been escaping the winter for the last seven years so the thought of owning a dog was put on the back burner. But my yearning for a companion to take on walks got the better of me and I fell in love with the breed – Alaskan Klee Kai (miniature huskies). They are listed in the American Kennel Club but not here in the UK - not that I'm bothered about that but it made it difficult to find one.  I sourced a delightful breeder way up north and we corresponded for months. Finally ten days ago, we met half way and I took delivery of my gorgeous little ‘baby’. The one caveat to the purchase was that my cat had to come first. As he’d grown up with dogs and had shown no animosity towards a friend’s maltese terrier, I hoped that given a day or two for acclimatization, the two would become friends.

There was no overt animosity from Tamby to the puppy and the puppy – who’d grown up with cats – was very respectful. But then Tamby went on hunger strike and after three days disappeared. We might yet have weathered the storm but the little one (I didn’t give him a name) howled relentlessly if I left the house. In my previous existence, this could have been accommodated because I had extensive gardens and no neighbours but now living in a flat, one has to think of them.

So with a heavy heart I had to tell the breeder that the puppy would have to go back up north. She was very kind about it all and her husband met me half way. I howled on handing over the little poppet.

Tamby came back a day later and has only just started eating properly again. He is also sticking to me like a limpet. If I’m in the study, he’s on the couch. Move to the living room and he follows.

Now I cannot consider having a dog until Tamby goes to Cat Heaven and by then I think it might be too late to take on a dog – one has to think about them outliving you.

So my cat truly does ‘own me’. Tamby has shown me ‘who’s boss’.

I’m sorry I’ve not written anything interesting about the Cathedral course or anything else, but it’s been a very ‘down’ week for me and my ‘SAD’ is particularly bad.

I don’t enjoy all the commuting to London but shall make the effort tonight to go to the do at the Comedy Store which I told you about last week. Incidentally, the bids for the decorated bras are not too exciting. There’s another week left so if you want to help Cancer Research and have a Bra signed and decorated by a range of celebrities, here’s the link again.

Contentment -  This is a picture of 'he who shall be obeyed'


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