A Dogmatic Africanis and Despicable Vermin.


© Colonialist In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

Annie Africanis

My macro equipment doesn’t really do justice to anything much closer up than this.  However, this gives a good study of Annie, an Africanis of complex character.  She was bought by the roadside after obviously suffering a lot of abuse (note trace of scar still visible on her head) so paradoxically enough she has an ingrained hatred for the certain sector of our South African population from which this aristocratic breed of dog has stemmed.  This has stood us in good stead over the years – she has developed a reputation which has kept many undesirables from darkening our doorstep.

With children and cats she is a joy, though. Look at the gentleness in those eyes, belying the razor-sharp effectiveness of fangs and claws.  (Despite herself, she got me to bleed a lot when she was a puppy.)

I must admit to sharing her opinion of those sectors of our population who reveal themselves to be disgusting vermin beneath contempt.  I don’t care what background or deprivation they may have suffered: what justifies the callous and repeated theft from, or manhandling of, a harmless elderly lady?

A friend who is prominent in floral circles lives alone on the Berea with her dogs.  Dogs and security notwithstanding, she has had break-ins three times over the past couple of weeks.  The three thugs involved first stole obvious things, then returned a few days later for more and this time beat her up, so that she had to go for councelling.  On Thursday they came back and cleaned her out – even her beloved sewing machine.  She hasn’t been able to remove her wedding ring for years; they managed it with force and a lot of bleeding.  Now she has to have antiretrovirals on top of everything,  and has finally come to the realisation that she no longer dares to live in her beloved home.

I do wish Annie and I could meet up with them …

© Colonialist July 2015 (WordPress)

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22 Responses to A Dogmatic Africanis and Despicable Vermin.

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  2. libraschild says:

    that is TERRIBLE…. we had a breakin last year and thankfully they seemed to know they were robbing a defenceless old lady and carried her round the house and ‘tied’ her up and locked her in a cupboard without harming her. (we think in retrospect the guy who tied her up knew he did a bad job so she could get out) I find it horrific in Berea they chose to return two more times knowing there must be very little else of value

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    • colonialist says:

      She is utterly battered. It is disgusting beyond belief. I won’t even mention what they did to get the rings off.

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      • libraschild says:

        i had nightmares about it last night… not so much that but little kids that needed help that got into the house to look around and then tried to steal things out. was the most frustrating dream of haves and have nots

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        • colonialist says:

          If only this had been little kids instead of brutal adults. At least one would feel some sympathy – this crowd should simply be eradicated.

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          • libraschild says:

            i know… i just heard from an old school friend her family got robbed. fortunately didn’t hurt anyone but locked them all up and made off with three cars and who knows what else and scared a 76 year old man and a young child in the process…
            the dream was more symbolic of what those children would become. should i blog on it?

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  3. footsy2 says:

    My revulsion knows no bounds….

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  4. Ruth2Day says:

    one attack is awful, multiple is horrendous. So hope your friend will be better soon

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  5. Boerboele bly maar wonderlike honde. Altyd maar een gehad. Laaste een se naam was Boesman! Die ander deel wil ek nie eers oor praat nie,

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  6. Oh the poor woman 😦 the doggy is lovely however!

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  7. Arkenaten says:

    One is left numb every time one hears of stuff like this.
    The line in Life of Brian comes to mind.
    ”Crucifixion’s too good for these bastards.”
    Damn straight.

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  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Cowards is indeed the right word! I could say more but won’t! There’s absolutely no excuse for this, no matter what their past history!

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  9. I hesitated to click “like” for this, but in the end I did it for Annie. Your story about that poor lady made my blood boil. Way back in my 40s, when I was living alone for the first time in my life and struggling with mortgage and equipping a home, I had three break-ins in three weeks, the first time stealing electrical equipment, TV etc, the second time jewellery, taking the few genuine jewels and leaving the rubbish scattered about. The third time they pinched the things I had managed to replace from the first robbery. Fortunately I was not present, so did not suffer the attack on my person that your old lady did. I too felt obliged to move, leaving a lovely garden I had created myself from a building site.

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  10. granny1947 says:

    My word…she could be Jasmine’s twin.

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  11. Pussycat44 says:

    It is “affirmative shopping” of the worst kind and no-one is really safe. Preying on children and the elderly is especially obnoxious. In my area we have a very vigilant group of men and women who do duty in the Neighbourhood Watch and we are kept informed via email, whatsapp etc. of what is happening in the area.
    I am sorry for your friend and thankful that you have Annie to give plenty of warning.

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  12. newsferret says:

    Do not like the contents and at 4:50am my blood pressure is suddenly up. I hope they catch those vermin.

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  13. Elegant portrait of Annie. Such eyes: having seen the worst, she is forever grateful and will return with whatever asked.
    The inmates are truly running the asylum – there and here. A world wide insanity virus. What sub human species attacks, robs, rapes the elderly? If they want to play law of the jungle and “only the strong survive”, I suggest we start doing like wolf packs and eliminate/drive out the ones who do not conform to appropriate behavior….oh, but that sounds harsh? And what of these crimes?
    Molly and I will be glad to join your pack.

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  14. Colline says:

    I would wish the same. People such as they are show themselves to be cowards in beating up a defenceless woman.

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  15. Disgusting, sick scum!! I’m so sad to read about your friend. Cry the beloved country! Every day I read so many terrible crime stories on News24, and there must be hundreds more which never make the national news.
    Lovely close-up of Annie. Yes, I see the scar.

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