It was a normal day at Rainbows End. I was in my home office working on something for a client. Sandie was in the stables with Ti Ras. This was in the days before the pandemic and when we could still afford some help. Ti Ras has heard a strange noise in the bush.
For those of you unfamiliar with Rainbows End, the property is surrounded by bush.
This has definite advantages; peace and tranquility for sure. but with the downside of not seeing anything or anyone coming. Not surprisingly, Sandie and Ti Ras were on their guard. However, the noise then became identifiable as puppy yelps and sure enough, at the foot of the gate leading to Cas en Bas beach, were two of the most adorable little chaps you have ever seen.
If you don’t believe me, just look at the photo, top right opposite.
So unbeknown to me, Rainbows End had two more mouths to feed.
They called me down to take a look, and the two little mites looked at me from the other side of the gate. “This needs thinking about”, I said, knowing full well the chances of me saying no were slim. We were, however, a tad overloaded with critters at the time. So I went and thought about it, went back down, and said “OK let them in.”
“They already in Boss”, said Ti Ras. Go figure!
We have never before been in the habit of fostering animals. We rescue as many as we can and give them a forever home. But finding two such cuties at a tender age, I reckoned they would be irresistible. I posted the picture of them sitting on the newspaper plus a few more and some videos on Facebook and the Facebook marketplace, confident I’d find a suitable home. Nothing doing. Not a single inquiry.
A couple of weeks went by, and at this point, any hope of prising them away from Sandie was a forlorn one.
The dye was finally cast when Sandie revealed that these two brothers now had names – Teddy & Bear.
I posted a final message on Facebook to say, ” Anyone out there still interested in these two – you are too late! They now have names, and once they have names, they stay. Sadly, we lost Teddy to Tick Fever last year. For the people who think dogs have no soul, you should see Bear sitting by where his brother is buried most evenings.