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Cavendish Charity Book Sale – 26th – 29th August 2015

Gill : 29 July 2015 3:04 pm : Announcements, Events

It’s that time of year again :) Time to hand over all your books that you aren’t planning to re-read for redistribution for a good cause and stock up again at bargain prices for the tail end of winter.

The Cavendish Charity Book Sale is on from the 26th until the 29th August. The poster below has convenient drop off points for your donations if you’d like to contribute to Mdzananda Animal Clinic’s book drive.


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How Much Pain Is Enough Seminar – 25th July 2015

Admin : 21 July 2015 8:37 am : Events

What an awesome opportunity and fantastic lineup of presenters. With so many aspects of pet healthcare being covered, everyone is bound to benefit and expand their knowledge.

For your convenience, you can down load the pdf here Pet Wellness Worx – How Much pain is enough Seminar – 25 July and don’t forget to RSVP to

Pet Wellness Worx - How Much Pain is enough seminar - 25 Julpg

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Dancers Love Dogs – 20th June 2015

Admin : 10 June 2015 3:37 pm : Dogs in the News, Events

Thanks to Brigitte for sending us the media release prepared by Allison Foat and to Ingrid from Ingrid Owen Photography for so generously allowing us to publish her stunning photos.


Dancers Love Dogs (DLD) takes place this year on Saturday 20 June at the Artscape Opera House, featuring dancers and artists volunteering their time and talent to raise funds for animal sterilisation in the Western Cape.

People often read about how one random act of kindness can change lives. Brigitte Reeve-Taylor, who presents DLD, not only performed such an act, but went on to bring together hundreds of dancers over the last few years in DLD, to create an annual show in Cape Town and Johannesburg that raises funds to sterilise animals. Since 2012, this not-for-profit organisation has raised over one million Rand and sterilised 6500 animals.

The journey began when Reeve-Taylor rescued a puppy from alongside a busy highway and discovered, on her journey to find help for the pup, the miserable existence that homeless animals endure on the streets of Cape Town and its surrounding communities. Sterilisations, over time, make an enormous difference in reducing the numbers of strays and unwanted dogs in our societies. The money raised by DLD also financially assists owners who find the cost of sterilisation too high.

The entertainment for DLD 2015 is exciting and includes artists from dance companies, schools and groups across the country as well as other well known South African performers. The show will be MC’d by Brendan van Rhyn, who starred in The Rocky Horror Show and will also MC the new Madame Zingara production, The Celebration, that opens in July.


The line up this year includes Cape town City Ballet, Cape Junior Ballet, Zama, Ashley & Bradley Searle, the EOAN Group, Yoalt, and Art of Motion will travelling from from Johannesburg to perfrom. There will also be a special appearance by the S.A. Guide Dogs Association and Bob the delightful “Frenchie” from SABC3’s Expresso Show.

Organisations that have been assisted by this event include Deep South Animal Educare, Pug Rescue, Animal Outreach PE, Mdzananda Clinic, Animal Lighthouse, Uitsig Animal Rescue, Valhalla Park Outreach, Tin Can-Blikkiesdorp, Cat Trapping and Sterilisation, CSI, ART, Wupperthal Project, Grabouw Animal Rescue, Piketburg Animal Rescue, KAPS, Fallen Angels, Leaps, Watershed, Aniwell, Pug Rescue, TEARS, Soweto Animal Rescue.


Sponsors are needed to donate a ticket to an animal welfare worker and should anyone be able to give such support, please contact m2m{at} or 021 671 2442.

Dancers Love Dogs is at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday 20 June at 8pm. Tickets cost R250 per person and are available via Computicket or 08619158000. One ticket equals the cost of two thirds of a sterilisation.


We really have a magical show with some many genres of dance this year.

Brendan will be performing pieces from the Rocky Horror Show.
The Zama Dance School in Gugs will be doing a fabulous Tap piece.
Cape Town City Ballet will be doing a Pas De Deux from their repertoire
Art of Motion – a dynamic dance team from JHB, are performing two pieces pieces that won awards in a New York competition in May this year.
Lindy Raisenberg’s group are doing traditional Irish
Samantha Willoughby will be doing a solo choreographed by Ananda Fuchs.
Jacqui Pells School of Ballet are performing a beautiful ballet called Gravity
Mila De Biaggi – who was Penny in “Dirty Dancing” is dancing with Thalia Burt in a duet. Both have just returned from their international tours of “Cats” and “singing in the rain”/
Rudi Smit and his Hip Hop crew are also doing two pieces. Rudi has been teaching all over the world for the past 3 years and his talent is unbelievable.
XDC (Xpress Dance Company) boast a group of company of skilled artists and are a “hot” item in Cape Town right now.
Cape Junior Ballet – the Senior Students are performing Robin Van Wyk’s “Fairground” – a neo classical piece. Robin is the Artistic Director of CTCB.
Marlin Zoutman and Celeste Botha – Directors of New World Dance theatre have donated a stunning quartet with 4 of their males.
Basic Black will be rocking the stage with their award winning Hip Hop group – with 23 dynamic dancers. They won 1st place with this group at the Battle of Giants in Sun City in March.
Sume Lotter’s Dance studio will be providing us with a very special act as a treat for the audience. She has 6 strong males.
Eoan Dance has been part of every show we have done and always bring such beauty to the stage. They have a contemporary/ neo classical group of 7 dancers.
Taare have a gorgeous upbeat Indian dance.
Follow spot Productions never disappoint the audience – this year the group is so dynamic with 7 strong. They will be taking this to the Grahamstown Festival.

Of course a show is never complete without the Dancing with Dogs in Cape Town team. We love our furry friends performing.
Penny and Jasper
Ilanka and Luke
Yvonne and Jordan will be the stars of the show!!!

Ingrid Owen Photography


Article Credit: Allison Foat
Photo Credits: Ingrid Owen Photography

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Jump Beginners Agility Competition – 31st May 2015

Gill : 7 May 2015 8:45 am : Agility, Events

Here’s the flyer for the next Jump Agility Dog Club Beginners Competition to be held on the 31st May in the beautiful Constantia Valley. Dogs that are eligible to compete are those that are not yet competing or are new to competition and have taken part in less than three shows.

By special request, retired dogs are also invited to enter. They are allowed to jump at a lower height than the competition height for their category so that the risk of injury and the stress on their bodies is less. It really is amazing to watch some of these oldies on the course. They love the activity and simply shine.

Jump Beginner Agility Competition - 31stMay2015

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UPDATE : Doggy Walk at Rhebokskloof with Drakenstein Animal Rescue

Gill : 30 April 2015 8:47 am : Events

The Drakenstein Animal Rescue Walk has been postponed until the 24th May. All other details remain the same as on the flyer.

If you have already bought your tickets and cannot make the 24th, you can get a refund by going to the Quicket link. We hope you all have a fantastic long weekend and find time to relax and recharge.

RBK Poster

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Doggy Walk at Rhebokskloof with Drakenstein Animal Rescue – 3rd May 2015

Admin : 24 April 2015 1:43 pm : Events

News just in from Drakenstein Animal Rescue. Daks and I had such fun at last year’s walk, especially the treasure hunt, we’ll definitely be making an effort to attend this year.

RBK Poster

Our Dog Walk & Fun Day last year in the Arboretum was a great success and we invite you to attend the Rhebokskloof Dog Walk and Fun Day for the whole family which is organised in association with Drakenstein Animal Rescue organisation and will take place at the renowned and very beautiful Rhebokskloof Wine Estate.

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, situated in the magnificent Paarl valley, is nestled between the granite hills of the Paarl Rock mountains, creating a unique micro-climate. The picturesque Estate boasts award-winning wines, a restaurant and is the perfect location for weddings, and events. Rhebokskloof Wine Estate is very child friendly, with jumping castles, a trampoline, jungle gym and pony rides over weekends.

A perfect place to have a dog walk!

  • There will be different routes to walk your dog.
  • There will be a Treasure hunt on route where you and your dog can try to find some hidden treats.
  • We will have different competitions with lots of prizes.
  • Lucky draws will be done.
  • Food and Wine stalls will be available.
  • There will be demonstrations by the K9 Search & Rescue organisation.
  • The entry fees are as follows:
    Adults – R 40.00
    Children Under 12 – R 20.00
    Dogs – R 20.00

    The Gourmet Breakfast Roll & Drink offer will still be available at a cost of R 50.00 per person and you can either arrange and pay for it when you book or you can decide later.

    It promises to be a fantastic day and we hope to see you all there.

    Please pass this message on to as many people as you can.

    To make your booking please click here

    Please support this good cause by attending the event. All proceeds will go towards the Drakenstein Animal Rescue and their ongoing mission to improve the lives of needy animal in the Paarl area.

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    SADAA Western Province Regional Trials – 25th to 27th April 2015

    Gill : 22 April 2015 9:13 am : Agility, Events

    WPRT Flyer 2015 - For FB

    This long weekend is going to be a busy one for agility enthusiasts and competitors that compete under the SADAA umbrella. Typically competitors travel from the Eastern Cape and the Free State to compete in this bumper weekend and it’s planned well in advance.

    Last I heard there were 131 dogs competing so the competition will be tough and the standard will be high. It’s well worth popping along if you enjoy watching agility. Entry is free and all spectators are welcome.

    Thanks to Kathy for sending me the flyer.

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    Woefie Wandel – 15th March 2015

    Gill : 11 March 2015 9:47 am : Events

    Woefie Wandel 2015

    This year is the 5th time the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Woefie Wandel will be held, having started in 2010.
    It’s at the magnificent D’Aria Wine Estate in Durbanville and is an off road route. There are two routes with distances of 2km and 4 km. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and please note that puppies younger than 4 months may not take part.

    The walk starts at 09h00 with registration from 07h00 until 08h45. Alternatively you can pre-register on line by going to the following link
    Registering before the 13th March qualifies you for a discounted entry fee of R40 per person and R30 per dog as well as getting a goodie bag for your pooch. Entries on the day will cost R45 per person and R35 per dog.

    DAria Map

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    TEARS Animal Rescue – Divots For Dogs – 24th April 2015

    Tears : 24 February 2015 8:45 pm : Events

    On 24 April 2015 we are hosting the Annual TEARS Fundraising Golf Day at the Clovelly Country Club. Come and join us on the course!

    The day starts with the first tee off at 11h30 and will include prizes to those who excel and entertain as well as an auction to round off the event. Raise money for TEARS while playing a round with friends; a 4Ball for only R1,500.

    For further details please contact Guy Widelski on guy{at} or 082 415 9778.

    Support TEARS with a round of golf and “Be That Change“.



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    What’s New At Jump Agility Dogs For 2015

    Gill : 24 January 2015 12:04 pm : Agility, Events

    What's New For 2015

    Kath from Jump has two new activities scheduled for dogs and dog lovers during 2015.

    For the puppies under 12 months there is the SuperPups class and for the older doggies there’s the SuperDogs BOOTCAMP. It certainly looks like it will be great fun and it’s always nice to do these things as part of a group and get tips from others and feedback on your progress. Not forgetting the beautiful venue.

    Proprioception is great not only for agility dogs but for any dog. Although Daks and I don’t compete anymore I still focus on training him so he gets both physical and mental stimulation and he stays physically strong and mentally agile. Besides, he won’t rest at night after his walk and dinner unless he’s done some form of ‘play’.

    Here’s a clip to wet your appetite and see some amazing body awareness. If you try this at home, remember to take it slowly to build up muscle strength and don’t push your dogs too far too quickly.

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