Category Archives: Litchi’s Story

Sunday Sleep

It’s Sunday Mom and you want me to do WHAT?!?

You want me to get out of BED?

You want me to get out of BED?

You have got to be kidding me?  I have only one answer

I laugh at you!!

I laugh at you!!

Really Mom, you do make me laugh.  I’m staying right here:

No way Mom - It's Sunday, the day of Rest!

No way Mom – It’s Sunday, the day of Rest!

Consider adopting your next pet and you too can relinquish your bed to a love bug like this.

 

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Ramping it up for the Rescues

Yes, the other entries are splendogorous and splencatorious and not to forget splenpigorous but I’ve just found out (yes, I’m a little slow) that there are ACTUAL PRIZES to be won.

Now you know I’m not going to take a prize for this little menagerie.  No sirree!  If there are prizes to be given, they’ll go straight to an animal shelter.  Come on guys, it’s time to vote for a shelter to get a prize.

The Valentines Ball over at Mollie & Alfie is going magnificently.

Raffles is a most regal and handsome fellow but, bless his little curly socks, he is, of course, still a pup.  He started the proceedings looking like this:

Regal Raffles with Litchi in her "A La Poodle" hairstyle (courtesy of Raffles' Help)

Regal Raffles with Litchi in her “A La Poodle” hairstyle (courtesy of Raffles’ Help)

But soon found the decorations simply irresistible:

How can any pup, regal or not, be expected to ignore such delectable toys?

How can any pup, regal or not, be expected to ignore such delectable toys?

Litchi, whom many believe to be a true Lady but whose hidden nature is that of Manic Mania, joined in the fun like this:

Maniac Litchi trying to catch pieces of decor tossed about by Raffles

Maniac Litchi trying to catch pieces of decor tossed about by Raffles

Raffles, on having been admonished by the bouncers, retreated in shame to hide in the bushes:

Raffles, like any young one at their first party, landed up in the bushes!

Raffles, like any young one at their first party, landed up in the bushes!

But Litchi, knowing it was her duty as the “more mature” half of this couple, ran to her rescue, bribed the bouncers (she learnt that from Doggy) and ensured their return entry to the Ball:

Litchi rushes to Raffles Rescue

Litchi rushes to Raffles Rescue

Shadow and Coccolino also started the festivities in fine style:

Cocco, the true gentlepig, arrived with a cupcake gift when he collected Shadow

Cocco, the true gentlepig, arrived with a cupcake gift when he collected Shadow

But as the alcohol flowed, he managed to relieve another guest of their costume and give Shadow some good giggles along the way:

What girl wouldn't laugh at a man wearing pirate skulls for Valentines?

What girl wouldn’t laugh at a man wearing pirate skulls for Valentines?

Realising he was on to a good wicket, he sneaked Shadow off to teach her how to steal the best quality drinks on the sly:

Well, no cat is going to say "No" to some stolen, spiked milk

Well, no cat is going to say “No” to some stolen, spiked milk

But once the shenanigans were over, Cocco certainly put his best hoof forward and my, oh my, what an accomplished dancer he proved to be:

Now tell me, how could these two possibly not win King and Queen of the Ball?

Now tell me, how could these two possibly not win King and Queen of the Ball?

Moving onto the youngest attendee at the ball.  Little 8 week old Pixels and the two most utterly handsome dates in dogville, Scout and Teddy:

As the Lady we trust she will grow up to be, she donned a fabulous hat to match her Gentledog partners

As the Lady we trust she will grow up to be, she donned a fabulous hat to match her Gentledog partners

What kitty could say no to the perfect Black & White partners, sporting their top hats with style and grace?

Scout seemed really taken by Pixels and gave her his best Toothy Grin

Scout seemed really taken by Pixels and gave her his best Toothy Grin

To which Pixels replied with an:

Eeeeeek!

Eeeeeek!

But soon realised that these two stunners were nothing, if not caring, gentle, slobberbugs well worthy of her paw pats.

Enough jabbering – get yourselves off to Mollie & Alfie and cast your votes for King and Queen of the Ball and Best Dressed.

Again, I warn you, DO NOT look at the other entries.  They are spectacular and brain cells will instantly ignite into an inferno.

Remember, you are voting to get a Rescue Shelter a PRIZE.  You are voting for the DESTITUTE, the HOMELESS, the UNLOVED and ADORABLE!  This is YOUR CHANCE to make a DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES!

PS – All photos of dates were maliciously stolen off their blogs.  They may sue me but would have to stand in line with the other 3258 other claimants.  We suspect your court date would be scheduled for around 2098.

The Rescue Animals of the World unite in saying THANK YOU!

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The Green-Eyed Monster

Litchi is jealous.  Yes, I know this is not a very ladylike emotion but really, since we got back from holiday it’s been nothing but CATS!

So, not wanting to land up on the wrong side of DOG, we are hereby joining Roxy the Travelling Dog in the Travel the Blogville World blog hop.

Welcome to Sunny South Africa!

Just the ticket!  Some refreshing sea breeze ruffling our ears and tongue

Just the ticket! Some refreshing sea breeze ruffling our ears and tongue

We spent our Christmas holiday in East London (Eastern Cape province).  It’s a rough life in Africa, as I’m sure you can tell!

Now, if that's not a Smiley, Happy dog, then I simply don't know what is!

Now, if that’s not a Smiley, Happy dog, then I simply don’t know what is!

As you can see, this particularly region, during Peak Holiday Season, is simply thronging with people

Litchi's absolute favourite game in the WORLD is CATCHING SAND

Litchi’s absolute favourite game in the WORLD is CATCHING SAND

Alright, so she’s not entirely normal.  I’ll have you know, however, that getting a photo of a dog jumping for sand proved to be a lot more taxing than I’d thought.

Phtt!!! That sand is Salty!

Phtt!!! That sand is Salty!

Unsurprisingly, she did find the beach sand somewhat over seasoned.

I'm ready for it - kick that sand already!

I’m ready for it – kick that sand already!

I could swear I had feet before this game started.

I could swear I had feet before this game started.

As far as Litchi is concerned, this was just the best holiday EVER!.  Sun, sea and beach (forget the surf, though – this is not a swimming dog).

Smile for the camera Litchi

Smile for the camera Litchi

She’s smiling so hard her eyes are even closed.  I think that says it all!

And, finally, showing off her all important Christmas present.  Her bright and cheery new collar

And, finally, showing off her all important Christmas present. Her bright and cheery new collar

Roxy the traveling dog

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What’s a DOG?!

Right Pixels, it’s time to meet The Dog

NO !!!

NO !!!

Really Pixels, don’t pull tongues, it’s not lady like.  Just come on out and meet her.

I said NO !!!

I said NO !!!

Oh Pixels, it’s just Litchi – she’s a sweetie.

But I'm feeling a bit shy

But I’m feeling a bit shy

Go on, do it for Mommy

Alright then, where is she?

Alright then, where is she?

OK, I'm coming out now

OK, I’m coming out now

Hello Litchi

Hello Litchi

So, that's a DOG

So, that’s a DOG

Can I give you a kiss, then?

Can I give you a kiss, then?

Ah, my Litchi Love, you are such a good girl!

Alright, that was fun but can I please go back to sleep now?

Alright, that was fun but can I please go back to sleep now?

Excuse the blurs but phone cameras are not great at movement shots.  As for the rest, I must say I’m quite pleased with my phone!

 

 

 

 

 

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Life’s breezy with Easy – World Cruise Day 2

Her nobleness, Lady Litchifield Love, of Litchfield Staffordshire (currently residing in her fiefdom South Africa, though also known as Empress of Bordeaux) had, as some of you may be aware, been most devastated by being forsaken by the Errant Easy, who somewhat maliciously ran off with Mollie during what Litchi had assumed to be their courtship. 

Easy, being…well…easy, has once again returned to his dutiful role at Litchi’s side, having requested her companionship on his extremely well planned out World Cruise.  If you haven’t yet read about the general shenanigans, I would highly suggest you pop over HERE, to read all about WC Day 1.

It’s now Day 2, with a most splendid itinerary and some holiday snaps for which the newspapers are bound to pay millions.

We left Paris and tried to see the Eternal City – Rome. Unfortunately our globe was stolen in the French METRO – so we had to find our way without navigation systems. But we are dogs and not humans, who needs a GPS to find themselves and so we arrived a  Mountain with a hole…

hole

I was right – but even in the Eternal City, not all is for eternity… some things could be very short here, especially your life, if you land at the wrong place in Rome…

gladiator

… better cut and run! …literally…

Our next destination was India. Here we took an elephant-shower before we spent the night in the world famous Taj-Mahal – I’m glad dad’s bank has such a sense of humor…and we decided to take the president’s suite…

w8

 

mahal

Our tour, obviously (no idea why), then led us to Australia. The warm welcome of the natives was overwhelming…

kangoro

.. and we learned to jump like a kangaroo…

crocodile

…and now we know what these yellow signs mean…

Our next stop was China. Here all is possible, even a ride on a  Dragon…

dragon

 

… first we had some problems with the chinese flatware – but later we were fed up and our nose and ears were clean too – think they call it “multitasking”

chinfood1

After all this adventures it was time to go back home. We’ve  booked a cabin on a luxury yacht with a funny name and fortunately  the way aboard was very short …

carwatwer

 

… the name smells a little to us.. but what’s in a name?

furt

We hope you had some fun with us and  maybe you want to join  us for our next tour …

He may not be the Royals first choice for “gentleman” of the year but my word, how could Litchi ever say “No” to a man who can organise a trip such as this?  Thanks Easy, errant or not, you are one clever mutt!

 

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MINUS MISCHIEF MONDAY

We would dearly like to do a post today – especially a Mischief one.  However, as you can see, Litchi is in no state to do anything!

After Party Hangover (2 days later, I might add!)

Zero Zeal!

Apparently, my internet connection feels the same way.  It has taken approximately 10 attempts, thus far, to post this.  My apologies, therefore, to all whose posts I have not manage to read.  Don’t blame me – blame the party!  It seems to have affected all telecommunications throughout Litchi’s colony, South Africa.

To all South African’s battling with networks – Litchi would say “sorry”, if she were awake!

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Pawty Preparations

Lady Litchfield Love of Litchfield, Staffordshire and now Empress of Bordeaux, currently residing in her colony South Africa, hereby wishes to extend her apologies for the lack of substance contained in this post.

Although she prefers that I concentrate on the plight of rescue animals and, wherever possible, to supply our readers with “Happy Tail” follow ups, she has found it necessary to enlist my inadequate talents in assisting her with Party Preparations.

The Meandering Mollie Pawty will be held tomorrow evening and, as such, we find ourselves with a considerable number of tasks at hand.

Task # 1: Create suitable décor for the ambiance of the revelry

Hand Made Decorations – For That Personal Touch

Task # 2:              Review potential suitors

Sizing Up A Rather Rambunctious Red-Head

Tastk # 3:             Consider appropriate attire

This, we are informed, is unsuitable for public display, due to her new Titles.  The paparazzi are everywhere nowadays and she simply cannot risk a scandal at this stage

Plus – she doesn’t have any photo editing software with which to ensure that she is fully clothed at this point (a fact which her mother might well have paid attention to prior to deciding to throw a party in the first place).

Mothers – what a mess!

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A Royal Pardon!

Lady Litchfield Love of Litchfield, Staffordshire, hereby extends to Jet the Fabulous, of Hey It’s Jet Here, a Royal Pardon for her misconduct with regards to the Mini-Blogroll Competition post.

Lady Litchfield Love

My Dear Jetty, although Litchi (Lady Litchfield) had managed to capture you on her Awesome Blogroll Competition Winners list, she had, due to extreme brain-wave decline, neglected to add you to the List Of Winners in her post.  Being of Royal decent, she finds herself unable to hang her head in shame, finding that her upbringing within the Stiff Upper Lip society, has bred this out of her.  However, if she were able to, she most certainly would.

As compensation for her blunder, she offers to you, a post dedicated to Your Royal Fabulousness.  She trusts that your forgiveness will be forthcoming, as she is particularly aware of the eye-crossing, mind-boggling efforts you went to in order to assist her in the Le Clown blogroll contest.

Jet The Fabulous, you are held in the highest regard by this dynasty and your magnificence is awe-inspiring.  Litchi and the Rescue Animals of the world unite in their admiration of you.

Your faithfully

Lady Litchfield Love

Litchi’s Royal Pardon

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Can A Litchi Save Dogs and Children?

Well now, there’s a question!  We all know that a Litchi (Lychee to some) is good for you – it’s a fruit after all.  So the question is, how can a Litchi help children and dogs?

Yesterday, I was privileged enough to return to Rivonia Primary School, in Johannesburg.  Previously, I met with the Grade 5 pupils, which was fantastic.  This time, I met a very special group of children, from Grades 6 and 7 who, as an extra-mural activity, choose to give up their time doing charity work!

ROAM GROUP – LITCHI IS IN THERE, AT THE FRONT, REFUSING TO POSE PROPERLY FOR THE PICTURE

The group, called ROAM (Rivonians On A Mission) is an outreach program, focusing on giving back to the community, teaching children the importance of being helpful, compassionate and generous.  They raise funds and donations throughout the year for animal shelters, orphanages, old-age homes, etc.

This is where Litchi comes in.  Remember my “unadoptable”, supposedly “people aggressive” dog (Lady Litchfield – or Litchi for short)?  Early posts tell her story – pop back and have a look.

Nowadays this “difficult” dog helps me with such an important task.  We were invited to do our “Kids and Canines” course for ROAM.  Litchi assists me, demonstrating body language.  It’s a hectic course, covering the whole realm of dog body language and requires Litchi to move around with, in this case, 38 pupils plus teachers, staying calm, friendly and open to being touched and crowed by everyone.

Litchi loves it!  

LITCHI – BECAUSE SHE REFUSED TO POSE BEFORE. AT LEAST NOW YOU CAN SEE HER.

So, the answer to the question is a resounding YES.  Litchi is helping to save children from frightening encounters and dogs from frightening shelters.  No dog will feel threatened around these children, who now know the signs to look for – they speak DOG.

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Litchi’s next installment

Curious about all the wedding going’s on

For anyone out there feeling sorry for my poor, long suffering Mum, don’t. Luckily for me, she has a sense of humour. She had me, after all, that must mean she has a sense of humour! On with Litchi’s story. So, my “special needs” creature entered my life and all things normal immediately changed. It became immediately apparent that leaving her alone was something I simply couldn’t afford. Everything I owned became fair game. I lost couches, chairs, beds, table legs and all manner of other items to her extremely strong set of teeth. If I wasn’t watching her, a mere matter of seconds would spell disaster for some or other inanimate object. For that matter, even when I was watching her, the teeth moved at such speed that items were forever lost to her stomach before I could cross the room to stop her. Pure self preservation led to me taking her to work, where she found a whole new variety of delicious treats in the form of desks, chairs, carpets and any other manner of unsuitable dog food. While Litchi and I entered a battling of the wills, I was also battling with my parents, who found themselves mildly terrified of this new being. She had a nasty habit of whipping around, teeth gnashing and snarling furiously when taken by surprise by a touch. This was especially true if she was sleeping. Even the sound of movement, whilst sleeping, was enough to get the same response. My parents became quieter and quieter whenever I visited; sitting stock still in fear of making any sound or motion that might set her off. Needless to say, they thought I was mad. My mother began calling me “special” on a more frequent basis. They really couldn’t understand why I wanted Litchi so badly. The truth is that I was more than aware that, if I didn’t take her, the chances of her finding a home were close to zero. I was her last chance and I had no intention of giving up on her. Anyone who knows her now, will well understand how important it is to give these animals a second chance, as she truly is a fantastic, friendly and delightful dog now. At this point, my friend Joanne and her children Kerry-Leigh and Catia deserve a special mention. I doubt Litchi had ever come across children before and she was particularly unpredictable with them. Joanne was kind and brave enough to let me “use” her kids to help socialise Litchi. Children have a completely different energy to adults. They sound different, move differently and react differently. Specific socialisation with them is critical for any dog owner. Anyway, before long and with some closely supervised session, the girls had Litchi dressed up as a bride, calmly walking around with a long train of cloth following her. Well done to them for being calm, patient and truly wonderful with my dog. Hats off especially to Joanne who was brave enough to allow this to happen. Just a quick point or two for anyone else out there battling with behavioural issues. The first thing to look for is any health related issue. In Litchi’s case, it turned out that she had a serious knee problem, which, even after operating, still hurts her. Many of her “aggressive” reactions were based on a fear of pain. This leads to the second point, which is fear. 90% of problems stem from fear. If the dog is fearful and people do not recognise this, continuing to pursue the actions creating fear, the dogs last resort to communicate with you will, often times, result in what we perceive to be aggression. If you learn to recognise the fear and treat it as such, you too could land up with a friend like Litchi, who now helps me teach large classes of children about safety around dogs and animal body language. She does this with absolute delight and allows groups of 30 plus children to descend upon her with nothing but a friendly wag of the tail. Love, patience and the knowledge that dogs do not want to be aggressive could help hundreds of animals survive the ultimate fate suffered by so many that are perceived to be aggressive. More on how to help animals will pop up during the course of following blogs. Stay tuned – you never know what you might learn along the way.

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