Tekkie Tax for four footed fur friends

2017-05-11 06:03
=Yster, four months after he was rescued and saved by the SPCA Uitenhage. Now wearing Tekkie Tax shoe laces in support of the fundraising effort.  Photos:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Yster, four months after he was rescued and saved by the SPCA Uitenhage. Now wearing Tekkie Tax shoe laces in support of the fundraising effort. Photos:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Sometimes a dog just needs to speak out to add extra weight to the plight of a good person or institution. In this case it is the SPCA Uitenhage, therefore the human tekkies on my front feet.

I live with humans who call me Yster. In English, “yster” means iron, but in Afrikaans it is also a name given to living beings with exceptional resilience.

I feel honoured to have been given such a name – especially by humans.

In January this year I still thought that I must have done something terribly wrong for humans to hate me so much that I was beaten, tied up and not given food or water. I can’t remember whether it was one of the blows or the car that hit me that injured my right back leg and spine.

I wasn’t taken to the doctor with my injuries, I was tied up once again. The muscles in my front legs became super strong as I pulled myself against the rope to try to get to food and water. Eventually the thirst and hunger became too much, thus I started chewing through the thick rope. That cost me my two front teeth, but hey! I could go looking again for food and water.

Earlier experience has taught me that the veld next to the Swartkops road, in the vicinity of Perseverance, is the best.

I roamed the place for weeks, not realising that passing motorists would phone the SPCA Uitenhage about me. I didn’t even know they said I was starving.

I thought the humans who tried to catch me wanted to tie me up again without shelter, food and water, so I kept on running away.

But one day a lady – I could sense her kindness – started following me in the veld, whistling softly. At last I stopped and looked at her. Our eyes locked and I knew – I would be safe. I was so tired of running away.

She whispered “I’ll help you,” picked me up, carried me to her car and took me to SPCA Uitenhage where the kind people treated me for a whole month so that I could get rid of all the ticks and my terrible mange.

The kind lady visited me regularly and brought me the famous liver cakes from Despatch.

At last I could go home with her. I now have another four legged brother and sister who once also were rescued. Now we rescueds enjoy long walks at the beach and golf course and many interesting road trips. I never thought that humans could be so caring.

So please people ... please, support the Tekkie Tax fundraising project in aid of the SPCA Uitenhage. It gives cats and dogs like us a second and third chance in life.

My deepest gratitude to all of you.

– Yster (crossbreed) as dictated to

Mariska Spoormaker

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