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Coriolistic Anachronisms | Ben the Lab Sails to the Undying Lands

Coriolistic Anachronisms


Ben the Lab Sails to the Undying Lands

He greeted me when I first stepped foot in Constantia, arriving from the Cape Town airport, still jet-lagged but already conquered. He accompanied Marie and I on our very first hike into Table Mountain, freely trotting around as I learned to negotiate the double corgi leash.

Hout Bay

He was there on a memorable January day, when rings were exchanged in a luxuriant garden and two lives happily and forever entwined.

He was there for breakfasts, hoping along with the corgis for a croissant bite and maybe a touch of jam. He was there for lunches under the plane tree, unfluttered by the pop of Champagne corks and waiting patiently for his turn to run to the gate and bark at passing dogs. He was there for every wonderful meal ever had on the terrace at night, as the owls called and the wind blew softly in the poplars.

Hunting the ball

He used to come to the beach and run all he could chasing a yellow tennis ball with his two sidekicks. Then he grew tired. Grey hair appeared on his jaw like a wisdom beard.

His walks shortened, he kept his fascination for the ball and continued his loud arguments with anything that strolled passed on the green belt. His legs became shaky but his spirit never failed. More pictures of Ben here.

Yesterday, he died in the garden.

Hout Bay
Ben dives for the lost ball

“Telle est la vie des hommes. Quelques joies, très vite effacées par d’inoubliables chagrins. Il n’est pas nécessaire de le dire aux enfants.”

Marcel Pagnol, Souvenirs d’enfance


  • Donatella

    Vince, what a lovely tribute to Ben. I enjoyed reading about your memories of him. The pictures of Ben with Marie are so full of life.

    Comment logged on 2012-3-10
  • dreamer

    Why am I crying ? I didn’t know Ben. But I know that you and Marie loved him, and that’s a good enough reason. Losing a pet is often as hard as losing a dear friend. Bon vent, Ben !

    Comment logged on 2012-3-10
  • Rob Ashdown

    Condolences Vincent, very sorry to hear about your dog, Some magic moments on that beach, good memories.

    Comment logged on 2012-3-11
  • Vince

    Thank you all. Ben had a good life, he was a happy dog. May we all claim the same.

    Comment logged on 2012-3-11
  • Keli'i

    Beautiful tribute. Rest well, Ben doggie.

    Comment logged on 2012-3-12
  • Marijke Honig

    You say it so well, Vince. the text and the pics. Such love one has for our special 4 legged friends.

    Comment logged on 2012-3-12
    • Vince

      Hi Marijke, it’s so nice to see you here! I hope you are doing well…

      Comment logged on 2012-3-13

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