We spent 2 nights in a cabin in the forest. The Hazel Cottage (where we stayed) is dog friendly. It’s really beautiful there. There was a TV (though it was probably just SABC because there was only an antenna), but we didn’t even care to check what channels they had.
Hartenbos (Mossel Bay)
We slept here for 3 nights. We didn’t have much of a view from this flat but it was walking distance from the beach and restaurants. Gabi enjoyed the beach. The last time we went to the beach, she ran up a dune and her nail got a bit bloody again. So I put another bandage on. Our last day at Hartenbos was rainy so we drove out to some of the small towns in the area. There was some construction on the road to Still Bay so we spend a lot of time just sitting in the car, waiting.
The Road Back Home
We slept at the same place at Gariep Dam for one night (that we slept over on the way to our vacation destinations). It was icy cold when we got there. I watched some of the sunrise through the window/back door. The moon was still visible around 7 am when I stepped outside.
We hit the road back to Pretoria at 8 am and was home yesterday (Saturday) around 4 pm after being away for about 2 weeks. Gabi seems Happy to be back home again. Though, it’s a bit cold a rainy at the moment.
Sunday (13 January)
Woke up when it was still dark out and started to drive. We had breakfast around nine at a lovely little tea garden at the Little Church in Van Reenen. We chose this as our breakfast spot because it is dog friendly. We got to Ramsgate around two. We unpacked and had some coffee. We went for a short drive to the main beach. Only after walking the beach with Gabi, did we see the no dogs sign. Nobody complained though, but it was pretty quiet. Gabi was exhausted and spend the most of the remainder of the day sleeping. Until she saw a ginger cat. I had no problem falling asleep.
Our fir morning waking up in the holiday flat.Woke up early, around six. After breakfast we drove to the beach and went for an exploratory walk. Gabi enjoyed running and sniffing on the beach. We play fetch, but their was no treats so we had to catch her every time to get the ball. Then went home for the parents to change into their swimsuits. We went back to the beach to swim. Gabi had a long run at what seemed like full speed. She didn’t seem to like the waves, but had no problem running through streams and puddles. She tried to jump up a rock that is 5 foot high by the looks of it, but didn’t quite make it. She then was exhausted and ran to the parking area to find our car. We went back to the flat for lunch and rest. Gabi was exhausted Early afternoon I took her out side (in the street) for a walk. I didn’t get far before I saw something in the road. At first I thought it was a cat, but then it stood on its hind legs and I could see. It was a monkey. Then I saw more of them at the side of the road, in the vegetation. I wondered if we should just turn around, but I foolishly decided to carry on. When we got closer to the corner, the monkeys didn’t seem like they would run the other way so I picked Gabi up in my arms. The one monkey, a male, wasn’t intimidated by Gabi’s new height and followed us up the street. I would stomp my feet and say NO, but he’d just pause and then keep following us. Eventually we reached a house where there were some workmen were outside and the monkey went up a tree. We continued up the road until the next intersection and then we turned around. There were no sign of the primates on our way back. However, later, when my parents returned from the mall and the monkeys got in to the apartment building’s yard when they drove through the gate. Everyone went inside and closed their doors while the monkeys raided the trash. The next time I took Gabi out they were gone. Gabi kept bugging me to go outside. There are so many things to sniff and there is a ginger cat she seems to be itching to chase. It’s different here than at home, because here we’re not on the ground floor with a private garden. I don’t always know if Gabi’s just being silly or if she has to potty.
An overcast and breezy day.We drove to Trafalgar and had a nice walk on the beach. Gabi had a blast running back and forth between me and my parents. On the way back we stopped at a farm stall and took a chance by carrying Gabi with us. The owner, who has a Jack Russel, loved Gabi and said we could put her down on the ground. When we got back to the flat Gabi was exhausted. Not too exhausted however to want to go chase the cat down the hall. We had dinner at the Crayfish Inn. They were kind enough to allow Gabi in. It was still early and we were the only patrons. The floor was cold and hard and I didn’t bring Gabi’s sleeping bag so she was standing under the table the whole time. They even brought her a bowl of water.
We went for a walk at the beach. We played fetch and Gabi buried the ball. We forgot to get it and the ball got left behind. A rainy afternoon. Gabi she figured out she could go through the safety door and she ran out and went to bark at the ginger cat. I had to go and pick her up. Later when it cleared up, my parents went to swim at the main beach while Gabi and I walked to our beach.
A drizzly morning. We went to our beach for a short walk and to look for Gabi’s ball, but it was gone.
A very humid day. We drove to Trafalgar again for our morning walk. In the afternoon my dad and I went to swim at the main beach of Ramsgate, while my mother who was tired stayed at home with Gabi. It is a nice flat swimming beach without rocks underfoot between the flagged area. Gabi was ecstatic when we got home. However she darted out when we opened the safety door to go bark at the ginger cat who was lying on his welcome mat. I went to pick up Gabi and the cat’s owner came outside to get her. Naughty Gabi. It was raining pretty hard this evening. I think it’s going to be an early night.
I am counting the days until Sunday. We are so to the coast of Kwazulu Natal. I’m very excited. This will be my first vacation with Gabi.
Today I got Gabi a new Rogz step-in harness (medium). Her old Rogz small harness was loose at the front but really tight around her chest and seemed uncomfortable. The medium, adjusted to its smallest setting seems a bit on the loose side, but I guess it’s better than a harness pushing in on her. It’s a bit frustrating when your dog doesn’t fit standards sized apparel.
I also go her some Isle of Dog gluten free dog cookies, since she seems to be intolerant to wheat. Since they are imported form the USA they work out a bit expensively, I wish we had a gluten free local dog biscuit.
I’m really looking forward to this holiday and to sharing it with Gabi. I already have a holistic remedy for if she has any tummy trouble and some Pet Calm in case she’s nervous or distressed during the trip, or in case we encounter any fireworks on our vacation. I still need to get something in case of motion sickness. She has never had a problem in the car before, but we have also never been on such a long car trip with Gabi so it’s best to be prepared.
I found out that Gabi can swim, but will not spontaneously go in the water on her own.
I will also be taking her blanket and her sleeping bag. I’ll take the Rogz seat belt clip, though I don’t think I’ll be attaching her to it for most of the time. I usually use it to restrain her when I’m driving alone with her in the car.
She had her shots, including the one for rabies last month. She was recently dewormed and had a spot treatment for ticks and flea. I think she’s pretty much good to go. Perhaps just a bath before we leave.
So we might be quiet for a while, but I hope we’ll be back with some great pictures of Gabi on the beach.