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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. The Karoo Art Hotel provides the perfect pet holiday. This is one time when being in the Dog Box is a good thing. Just ask Julie after we spent a blissful weekend in Barrydale in the Klein Karoo. Barrydale

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Fascinating Blue Crane Facts

The Blue Crane is the national bird of South Africa. It’s also known as the Stanley crane and the Paradise crane. The scientific name “Anthropoides paradiseus” means “paradise crane” in Latin, possibly referring to their almost angelic appearance. The scientific name for the blue crane is Anthropoides paradiseus. There are fifteen species of cranes in the world, belonging to the family Gruidae in the order Gruiformes. Most blue cranes live

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Top Tips for Creating a pet memory book

by Bryony Van Niekerk In this digital age all our memories, moments and achievements are all tied up on our phone, social media pages or in a cloud somewhere. We no longer have anything tangible or physical to show anyone. Say what you want, but there is something so nostalgic about paging through a photo album and reminiscing about the times captured in a particular photograph. If you are anything

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Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis

Legacy in Leadership Interviewing and writing about the Mayor of Cape Town is no small task, especially when the individual is as influential as Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis. He’s not only renowned and smart, but he’s also a really nice guy! After a lot of schedule-checking and back and forth with his team, we were stoked when we got the green light to go ahead with the interview and photoshoot. I

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Fascinating Aardwolf Facts

The aardwolves belong to the sub-family Hyaeninae and its scientific name is Proteles cristatus. Despite its name, the aardwolf is a member of the hyena family, but it is not a true wolf or a dog. The name “aardwolf” is derived from the Afrikaans and Dutch words meaning “earth wolf,” emphasizing their digging behaviour. Aardwolves are found primarily in Eastern and Southern Africa, in grassland and savanna habitats. The aardwolves

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Top Tips for interacting with Service Animals

by Bryony Van Niekerk It’s no secret that I love dogs, cats, rats, pandas, giraffes. Basically, any animal that I encounter I just want to reach out and cuddle (even if it is a big murder kitty a.k.a a lion). So, when it comes to service dogs, I seriously have to reign myself in and fight every instinct to not let out a high-pitched squeal of, ‘you are soooooo cute!’

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A Tribute To Pigcasso

As I sit down to write this tribute, memories flood back of the day I had the privilege of meeting Joanne Lefson and her beloved pig, Pigcasso. It was a day filled with unexpected twists and turns, but amidst it all, one thing remained constant – the remarkable bond between a woman and her animals. To everyone on the team’s delight, the barn was everything we dreamed of. There were

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Francois on family + fame

Balancing the demands of a flourishing music career with the responsibilities of family life is a delicate art that South African pop/rock sensation Francois van Coke has mastered over the years. In a candid interview, Francois shares insights into how he navigates the ebbs and flows of fame while staying grounded in the warmth of family. When Francois agreed to do this interview, I was obviously beside myself. Not just

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Top Tips for dealing with pet parent guilt

by Bryony Van Niekerk Hello, my name is Bryony and I suffer from dog mom guilt. I feel guilty if we don’t go on a walk everyday (even if there is a literal flood). I feel guilty for leaving my dogs alone when I need to go out. I feel guilty for feeding them ‘junk food’ on occasion. I feel guilty for not being able to provide equal attention to

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Fascinating Grasshopper Facts

Grasshoppers and Locust belong to the order Orthoptera, which also includes crickets and katydids. Locusts are actually species of short-horned grasshoppers. Grasshoppers existed long before dinosaurs. Fossils date back to the Carboniferous period, which shows that the primitive grasshoppers first appeared more than 320 million years ago. Grasshoppers sometimes “spit” brown liquid to defend themselves from predators. Some people say grasshopper’s spit “tobacco juice,” probably because grasshoppers have been associated

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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. Belmond Mount Nelson now welcomes dogs & cats Brian Berkman says you can now take your best friend to one of Cape Town’s best hotels Afternoon Tea at Cape Town’s gracious pink lady, Belmond Mount Nelson, began like it

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The Best Training Treats for Your Dog

Healthy Options and Homemade Delights Training your dog is a rewarding experience, and using the right treats can make all the difference. Choosing healthy and delicious treats not only motivates your furry friend but also ensures their overall well-being. In this article, we’ll explore the best training treats for your dog, emphasizing the importance of health and providing you with some simple and nutritious homemade options. The Importance of Healthy

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Top Tips for making your garden pet friendly

Depending on where you are situated in the country, you are either still stuck in perpetual winter, just stepping into spring or gone straight into full blown summer (us Gauteng-a-lengs are melting!). Regardless, this is the time of year where you start to try and turn your brown crispy grass into a luscious green lawn and plant some beautiful seasonal flowers. Unfortunately though, what is good for your garden is

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Fascinating Sea Slug Facts

Sea slugs are marine invertebrates that have no shells or very reduced shells. Sea slugs belong to the class Gastropoda, the same group as snails, slugs, and limpets. The scientific name of a sea slug is Nudibranchia. Sea slugs are also known as nudibranchs, which means “naked gills” in Latin. They are incredibly diverse, with about 3,000 known species. Sea slugs can be found in all oceans and at various

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Chai 2024 Cover Model Winner

As you all know, our annual cover model competition is the most popular of all competitions we host during the year. To be crowned the winner is truly something to be excited about. The 2024 title has been awarded to Chai, a very charismatic cat with a story that has the very best ending. Chai’s triumph is not merely a victory for him but a celebration of the countless rescue

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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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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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Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis

Legacy in Leadership Interviewing and writing about the Mayor of Cape Town is no small task, especially when the individual is as influential as Mayor

Read More »

Fascinating Aardwolf Facts

The aardwolves belong to the sub-family Hyaeninae and its scientific name is Proteles cristatus. Despite its name, the aardwolf is a member of the hyena

Read More »

Francois on family + fame

Balancing the demands of a flourishing music career with the responsibilities of family life is a delicate art that South African pop/rock sensation Francois van

Read More »

Fascinating Grasshopper Facts

Grasshoppers and Locust belong to the order Orthoptera, which also includes crickets and katydids. Locusts are actually species of short-horned grasshoppers. Grasshoppers existed long before

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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 »