Muthi pup’s new home

2008-08-15 00:00

Bernard the pup has found a safe new home.

After being the victim of a cruel alleged muthi ritual two weeks ago, he has found comfort and love in the arms of SPCA worker Stacey van Rensburg (20).

Yesterday, Van Rensburg, a former pupil of Longmarket Girls’ School, took Bernie to her old school to show them how he is getting along. The school’s eco-club visited Bernie at the SPCA last week and the pup made a huge impression on them.

The air of anticipation at assembly at the school yesterday rivalled that of Christmas morning and a bulging stocking under the tree.

The girls were wriggling with excitement, eyes shining and grinning as they stretched their necks for the first glimpse of their special visitor.

When Bernie arrived, a ripple ran through the hall as whispers of “Aaah, shame” and “He’s so sweet”, were heard.

Van Rensburg carried Bernie into the school hall, all eyes on the bundle in her arms. He was shy at first, nuzzling into his new owner’s arms, with his paws crossed in front of him. Then he slowly looked around, did a big yawn and shook his head.

Van Rensburg gave the girls an overview of Bernie’s ordeal and thanked them for their donations to the SPCA. His injuries, although healing, are chilling to see.

Shaved patches with scabs are a stark reminder that he was pierced twice under his front leg with assegais and once on his back, and then buried alive.

“But he’s all better now,” smiled Van Rensburg as the eco-club girls later frolicked outside with him. “He’s full of life and cheeky; a typical little puppy!”

Bernie surrendered happily to the girls’ petting, licking an eager hand here and there.

Bernie’s new home is in Lincoln Meade, where Stacy has three dogs. “But Bernie’s the boss. He barks, chews their ears and rules the home.” She said he is closest to Tyler, her St Bernard.

“When I first started caring for him, he was scared of the dark. I stayed up nights with him and he slowly started to trust me.”

She said Bernie loves pulling blankets off the bed.

Van Rensburg said having Bernie in her life has “meant so much”.

“It’s given me a positive outlook knowing that if Bernie could overcome his ordeal, we can overcome many obstacles. At first he couldn’t even walk, but look at him now! He is well aware of his celebrity status,” laughs Van Rensburg.

And indeed, back at the school, Bernie is scampering down the corridor with an adoring following.

He slows down, looks back, and seems to throw them a carefree grin, before running off again.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.