YVONNE du Preez lives on a farm in the beautiful Rietvlei district where she breeds Ridgebacks. She is very active in both showing and judging the breed — she has even judged in Russia — and thinks nothing of setting off for Port Elizabeth in her car to take a dog to a show. Not too unusual you might think, except that Du Preez is 90 years old. “I suppose they don’t want to have to bury you,” says Du Preez. So she obediently went to the chosen doctor, who was horrified by her blood pressure, and said she had a heart murmur and would need to go and see a cardiac specialist. Du Preez decided that the whole thing was taking too long and becoming too much of a hassle, so she has decided to stay at home with her dogs.