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Elle Franco’s Doggy dream team

In the world of social media, there are countless influencers and content creators, each with their unique niche and passion. One such individual is Elle Franco, the creative force behind the Instagram account @diywithelle. What makes Elle’s content truly stand out is her wonderful blend of DIY projects and her life with her two beloved Morkies, Jimmy and Sid. In a candid Q&A session, Elle shared her journey, insights, and

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Pets Need a Break too

BY BRIAN BERKMAN Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. For the final issue of 2023, luxury travel writer and now also travelling-with-pets expert, Brian Berkman selects his Best of the Best. PENDENNIS There are a number of accommodation options available on this Villiersdorp in the Western Cape farm

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Fascinating Orca Facts

The scientific name for killer whales is Orcinus orca. “Orcas” and “killer whales” both refer to the same species of marine mammals. “Orcas” is a more commonly used term, while “killer whales” is another common name for the same species. Orcas were given the name ‘killer whale” by ancient sailors’ observations of groups of orcas hunting and feeding on other animals, such as whales and seals. The Latin name of

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Top Tips for Destressing your dog

We all know what stress is and how it affects us and those around us. The slow pace of Covid and the subsequent couple of years seems to be a thing of the past and life is back to normal and moving at a faster pace than ever before. Work is demanding, social events are in full swing, and it feels like there is never enough time in the day

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Top Tips for taking epic photos of your pet with the SAMAUNG Galaxy S23 Ultra

In the age of smartphones, capturing the joyful antics and endearing expressions of our beloved pets has become a cherished pastime. As technology continues to advance, the art of pet photography has reached new heights with the introduction of the Samsung S23 Ultra. Packed with an array of cutting-edge camera features, this device opens up a world of possibilities for pet owners looking to capture their furry companions in all

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Fascinating Baboon Facts

Baboons are primates and are native to Africa. They belong to the genus Papio and are known for their distinctive appearance and complex social structures. They are also known as Chacma baboons, a name derived from the Khoikhoi word for baboon, “chao kamma”. There are five species of baboons in South Africa: Chacma baboon, Olive baboon, Guinea baboon, Kinda baboon, and Yellow baboon. Baboons are some of the most identifiable

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Pets Need a Break too – Home Suite Hotels

Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. Home Suite Hotels Station House: Unveiling the Ultimate Pet-Friendly Hotel with an Ultra Pooch Pad and Facial Recognition Access! It is great news that increasing numbers of hotels and restaurants know we don’t want to leave our pets at home. But, in

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Awe – Inspiring Arnold

A Tale of Resilience and Redemption There is nothing more inspiring than the will-power of an animal. The love they give and the forgiveness they have for humankind. While we will never know exactly what Arnold had to endure, one thing is for certain. It must have been horrible. Rescued from the side of the road by a good Samaritan, Arnold was riddled with disease and had multiple fractures. He

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Pathology + Painting with Dr Owen

Some people colour with pencils, others use paint… then there are those who have the unique talent to paint with words. I count myself lucky to know a person like this. Owen Wiese, also known as Dr Owen, is a unique human who has been the inspiration and comfort behind many women who have tried to wade their way through life. His understanding and wisdom seem to come effortlessly and

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Pets Need a Break too – Pendennis and Sunpet

Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. Villiersdorp might still be considered undiscovered from a tourism perspective but, as Brian Berkman says, there are gems here, especially in the Bossieveld area where Pendennis Farm is located, that are worthy of the journey. Grabouw, with its vibrant food and market

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Fascinating Frog Facts

A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura. You will find frogs on every continent, except Antarctica. Frogs have protruding eyes, no tail and strong, webbed hind feet that are adapted for leaping and swimming. A Frog’s eyes allow it to see in front, sideways and even partially behind it. Frogs and toads are both amphibians, but belong

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Top Tips On What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing

BY: BRYONY VAN NIEKERK It’s 21:00 on 2 October 2022 and I get a message from our pet sitter: Harri (our disabled cat who never leaves the property) is missing. They can’t find her anywhere. Immediately, every worst-case scenario flood into my mind and I feel absolutely powerless. Never mind the fact that it’s pitch-black outside and the chances of spotting my mostly black and white cat is slim, but

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Echo – 2023 Cover Model Winner

” Are you one of those people who gets all giddy when you see a dog in public? Trying to make eye contact with the human on the other side of the leash to see if they would approve of you smothering their K-9 with affection? Good, so am I! “ PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMMA O’BRIEN WORDS BY MARISE BURGER & ESTASCHIA COSSADIANOS It’s one of those unspoken things that people

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Pets + Pancreatitis

Your canine companion had a field day in the rubbish bin and now they’re literally sick as a dog – throwing up, nursing an aching tummy, and feeling very sorry for themselves. Probably just indigestion from their naughty overindulgence, you think. But what if it’s more than that? Your furry friend could be suffering from pancreatitis – and that’s no joke. In fact, it could be deadly. We spoke to

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Pets Need a Break too – Fairfield Cottages & Norfolk Guest House

Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them.BY BRIAN BERKMAN Farm Sanctuary Brian Berkman says this animal sanctuary also has a world-famous painting pig. With Ceres as your base you can happily explore the surroundings of this fruit-growing valley. There are attractions for all weather conditions. A greater chance of

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Top Tips for making your kids dog savvy and vice versa

BY: BRYONY VAN NIEKERK There are two types of children: those who launch themselves with open arms at every dog they see, and those who cower and run away from anything with four legs. I definitely fell into the former category. Every dog, cat, horse, or pig, I approached with all the excitement in the world. It never occurred to me that not all animals are friendly or want to

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Carl Wastie and his Boston Besties

If I said it once, I’ll say it a million times more. Never judge a book by its cover. Meeting Carl Wastie just re-established this for me. Whether you tune in to the Expresso Show in the morning, listen to the Flash Drive on KFM or attending an event where he’s the Master of Ceremonies, you’ll know that Carl is well known for his dad jokes and quick quips. He

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Getting To Know Goodluck

It’s 7am on a Saturday morning, you get up and go to the kitchen. As you switch on the kettle, you also turn on the radio. The sound of music fills the house, and you smile. It’s one of those unforgettable tunes that you hum to subconsciously. You can feel it lifting your mood and your cells fill with dopamine as you do a little shuffle while pouring the milk.

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Pets Need a Break too

Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists on joining them. BY BRIAN BERKMAN Farm Sanctuary Brian Berkman says this animal sanctuary also has a world-famous painting pig. Here animals and their betterment take centre stage but we humans are welcome too. With a no-meat policy, Farm Sanctuary SA in Franschhoek, set on

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Top Tips For Keeping Your Pets Water Safe

BY: BRYONY VAN NIEKERK Woohoo, spring has officially sprung! I don’t know about you, but for me winter this year was on the colder side so I am really excited for the warmer weather. I may change my tune when it’s 35 degrees plus, but for now the flowers are all in bloom, birds are chirping, and the days are longer. And what better way is there to take advantage

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Pets Need a Break too

BY BRIAN BERKMAN Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued

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Fascinating Orca Facts

The scientific name for killer whales is Orcinus orca. “Orcas” and “killer whales” both refer to the same species of marine mammals. “Orcas” is a

Read More »

Fascinating Baboon Facts

Baboons are primates and are native to Africa. They belong to the genus Papio and are known for their distinctive appearance and complex social structures.

Read More »

Awe – Inspiring Arnold

A Tale of Resilience and Redemption There is nothing more inspiring than the will-power of an animal. The love they give and the forgiveness they

Read More »

Fascinating Frog Facts

A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura. You will find frogs on

Read More »

Pets + Pancreatitis

Your canine companion had a field day in the rubbish bin and now they’re literally sick as a dog – throwing up, nursing an aching

Read More »

Pets Need a Break too

Luxury travel writer, brian berkman, searches out the fabulous and often affordable options available to you and your pets. Julie, his rescued mixed-breed doggie-daughter, insists

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