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A Dogs Perspective: My Bucket List Day. Leroy Brown

Leroy Brown the best bullmastiff ever

My other momma JoJo took me for my for X-rays today (I love the vet especially Duncan ,and they all just give me so many hugs and licks of love WOW! (I don’t even mind staying there for a while) my health news doesn’t look fantastic. My family has to see Duncan tomorrow, they are all a little scared. I can see it in their eyes BUT there is always hope. I need a specialist but a lady who owns GlamInc stole R 140 000 from my JoJo so Im hoping we can go!

I think JoJo adores me

I just don’t know if I’m ready to leave them yet although I am pretty sore and not feeling great; I think will tell them when I want to go to my forever home, I know they won’t let me suffer. 

this is my family

I know I still have so many reasons to stay here and teach them lessons so I really want to get better. They need to know more about unconditional love and living each day to the fullest, about protecting the people you adore and of course loyalty. I just love them so much, especially my orginal mom. She visits everyday and I get so excited; I wait on the patio for her and my tail starts wagging on its own when I hear her car! Then I give her kisses and thats my day made. 

After the vet today,  when my JoJo mom fetched me (I could see she had been crying and it made my heart sore). To cheer us both up we went on the best adventure ever. Can you believe I have never seen the beach? I live in Cape Town, mom hello?

Heaven on Earth

So off we went with loads of treats, a squeezy bottle of water as I get so thirsty lately ,and even though I am a little dumb – I can drink out of it. My JoJo was so proud! That made me happy. Except I hate pics and she just thinks I am so handsome she wants more and more and more, I guess they will be good for memories when I’m gone. Videos though? Are a no no – not because of me I am handsome, but JoJo sounds like Daisy Duck when she talks, so excuse her in these and hey, I still adore her and her voice.  

She started to smile, we put on some music and went to the beach and guess what? I put my paws in the ocean! 

WOW I know that there will be so many beaches and oceans in my forever home. They are Heaven on earth!

I eventually couldn’t help myself. I forgot I was sore. And I ran and played in the sand and dragged my freezing cold other momma right into the waves! I loved it we got sopping wet, full of sand and had the best time! 

I even drank some water, ate loads of treats (LOADS) and then we came home to the place where I will always leave a piece of my heart, and my other adoptive mom/aunt and real mom were there! What a treat, I got so much love. 

Im really pooped now, lying next to my momma JoJo as she works. I always need to protect my family, its what I came to do; that and to love them. That’s why I just love being close to each of them; even when my jojo is dressed a bit strangely in gowns and scarves in fact her whole wardrobe in Winter – I guess thats why she isn’t married (IG lies she doesn’t always look glam).

This adoptive mom loves me so much she makes sure I am warm in my blankie. See I taught her that we have to help and love each other every chance we get.  

She keeps looking at me and smiling and I know she can see in my eyes, I am smiling back. 

Later when I go to my room to sleep,  it’s so comforting to know that she will bring me water every two hours and let me out to pee  – I hope other dogs have family like mine. I think they think I am really special and I guess God made me oh so special just for them.

Night guys, 

Please keep me in your prayers. Let me know if my ‘Dogs Purpose’ is finished here or else pray that I don’t hurt anymore so I can stay just a little longer and teach little more love.

Licks of love 

Leroy Brown 

Advice From Life’s Graying Edge on Finishing With No Regrets

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I find joy each day in mundane things too often overlooked: sunrises and sunsets, an insect on a flower, crows chasing a hawk, a majestic tree, a child at play, an act of kindness toward a stranger.

Eventually, most of us learn valuable lessons about how to conduct a successful and satisfying life. But for far too many people, the learning comes too late to help them avoid painful mistakes and decades of wasted time and effort.

In recent years, for example, many talented young people have denied their true passions, choosing instead to pursue careers that promise fast and big monetary gains. High rates of divorce speak to an impulsiveness to marry and a tenuous commitment to vows of “till death do us part.”

Parents undermine children’s self-confidence and self-esteem by punishing them physically or pushing them down paths, both academic and athletic, that they are ill equipped to follow.

Here is a summary of those most knowledgeable on these most salient thoughts.


 A satisfying marriage that lasts a lifetime is more likely to result when partners are fundamentally similar and share the same basic values and goals. Although romantic love initially brings most couples together, what keeps them together is an abiding friendship, an ability to communicate, a willingness to give and take, and a commitment to the institution of marriage as well as to each other.

An 89-year-old woman who was glad she stayed in her marriage even though her young husband’s behavior was adversely affected by his military service said, “Too many young people now are giving up too early, too soon.”


Not one person in a thousand said that happiness accrued from working as hard as you can to make money to buy whatever you want. Rather, the near-universal view was summed up by an 83-year-old former athlete who worked for decades as an athletic coach and recruiter: “The most important thing is to be involved in a profession that you absolutely love, and that you look forward to going to work to every day.”

Although it can take a while to land that ideal job, you should not give up looking for one that makes you happy. Meanwhile, if you’re stuck in a bad job, try to make the most of it until you can move on. And keep in mind that a promotion may be flattering and lucrative but not worth it if it takes you away from what you most enjoy doing.


The demands of modern life often have a negative effect on family life, especially when economic pursuits limit the time parents spend with their children. Most important, the elders said, is to spend more time with your children, even if you must sacrifice to do so.

Share in their activities, and do things with them that interest them. Time spent together enables parents to detect budding problems and instill important values.

While it’s normal to prefer one child over others, it is critical not to make comparisons and show favoritism. Discipline is important when needed, but physical punishment is rarely effective and can result in children who are aggressive and antisocial.


“Embrace it. Don’t fight it. Growing older is both an attitude and a process,” an 80-year-old man said. The experts’ advice to the young: “Don’t waste your time worrying about getting old.”

Most found that old age vastly exceeded their expectations. Even those with serious chronic illnesses enjoyed a sense of calm and contentment. A 92-year-old who can no longer do many of the things she once enjoyed said: “I think I’m happier now than I’ve ever been in my life. Things that were important to me are no longer important, or not as important.”

Another said, “Each decade, each age, has opportunities that weren’t actually there in the previous time.”

Maintain social contacts. Avoid becoming isolated. When an invitation is issued, say yes. Take steps to stay engaged, and take advantage of opportunities to learn new things. Although many were initially reluctant, those who moved to a senior living community found more freedom to enjoy activities and relationships than they had before.

To those who worry about dying, these men and women said the best antidote is to plan for it: Get things organized, let others know your wishes, tidy up to minimize the burden on your heirs.


“Always be honest” was the elders’ advice to avoid late-in-life remorse. Take advantage of opportunities and embrace new challenges. And travel more when you’re young rather than wait until the children are grown or you are retired.

As Dr. Pillemer summarized the elders’ view, “Travel is so rewarding that it should take precedence over other things younger people spend money on.” Create a bucket list now and start whittling it down.


Almost to a person, the elders viewed happiness as a choice, not the result of how life treats you.

A 75-year-old man said, “You are not responsible for all the things that happen to you, but you are completely in control of your attitude and your reactions to them.” An 84-year-old said, “Adopt a policy of being joyful.”

The 90-year-old daughter of divorced parents who had lived a hardscrabble life said, “I learned to be grateful for what I have, and no longer bemoan what I don’t have or can’t do.”

Even if their lives were nine decades long, the elders saw life as too short to waste on pessimism, boredom and disillusionment.

Sharing My Clients Beautiful Initiative – Helping Others Pay It Forward: Purple Rain Game Breeders Supporting Community Social Upliftment!

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You may find it strange as an animal activist and lover, that I have a client in this ‘controversial’ industry. However I only took on this project as the owners and managers are not Hunters and believe in conservation a little more than I do even!

The majority of proceeds which are not used to look after the game in the breeding project, go towards the conservation of the surrounding farm ,feeding of animals especially after droughts and ant-poaching activities.

These animals are also treated by the top vets and no cost is spared in ensuring their health and well being.

So for the main post reason 🙂


The Madikwe Mambas consists of members of the local community who are all employed within the Madikwe Conservancy.

As part of our ethos at Purple Rain, we strongly believe that a ‘healthy body ensures a healthy mind’. It is therefore our aim to ensure that we provide all of our staff with the opportunity to participate in various sporting activities. This has and continues to instill a healthy attitude and atmosphere in our working and living environment.

Our Madikwe Mambas running club is not just an ordinary running club; it is a running club with a cause – and that is one of social good! Our runners run for their community as well as for the upliftment of the children in their communities. 


The Purple Rain staff comes from three different villages namely:

  • Obakeng

  • Welbedacht 

  • Molatedi and

  • Welgeval

Our Madikwe Mambas runners, being members of these communities, ascertain what the exact needs of the communities are. A priority project list is then drawn up after which the runners then try and raise funds for their communities.

Since the inception of the running club:


  • Crèches have been built,

  • School playgrounds have been upgraded,

  • Bus shelters have been erected,

  • Old lands have been transformed into lusern fields with water pivots

And so the list goes on!

Well done team Mambas! You are an inspiration to all of those around you.

As the Comrades Marathon 2016 draws closer and is now less than 50 days away, the team is in full swing training mode and we are proud to announce that this year we have 12 runners that have entered the race!

If you are happy to have your donation made public, we will also add your full name to this blog post on our website as well as on all other Purple Rain Game Breeding social media pages. This will then allow you to begin your own ‘pay it forward’ campaign as you share what you have shared via your own social media page and encourage others to share whatever they can!

Like us to get involved www.facebook.com/purpleraingamebreeding

Website  www.purpleraingamebreeding.com

All donations can be paid into the following bank account or online at https://gogetfunding.com/helping-the-madikwe-mambas-pay-it-forward-supporting-community-social-upliftment/#.WR_vihqNSUc.email

Purple Rain Properties No 292 (PTY) Ltd
Standard Bank, Fourways Crossing
Branch Code: 009953
Account number: 421482575
Reference: Madikwe Mambas
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

Please ensure that your reference is: Madikwe Mambas

 You can also send your Proof of Payment along with donation specification to carlien@purplerain.za.org



You Are Beautiful! Remember That…

For all those beautiful ladies I know.


This video touches my heart and causes a catch in my throat every time I watch it. So many girls, teenagers, ladies, mothers, wives and daughters so often forget that each an every one of you is BEAUTIFUL.

Remember always, as we live in a fickle and fake world filled with images of perfect women, with perfect bodies and perfect faces that fill timelines and shopping lines: beauty need not lie in your aesthetics –  as a beautiful heart lasts forever, beyond wrinkles and scars and this life’s untold ‘war wounds’.

Never ever let your outer beauty distract others from your internal love and beautiful hearts.

Your external beauty may never be good enough – as there are too many things someone will want to change about you to make you more beautiful in their eyes. Forget THEM they are insecure and will bring you down.

Your internal beauty may only be appreciated by those who are special and lucky enough to get to know you. BE patient, these people are worth it.

I am blessed to know ladies of all ages who are lucky enough to be beautiful on the outside and inside… the difference is these ladies whose looks will eventually fade will always have eyes and a soul that reflect the inner beauty of their souls.

I am proud to know each of you….

And ladies, most importantly remember that you are created perfect and beautiful in the image of the man who died to know and love you. Jesus.

Birthday Wishes & A Little Time Capsule To Our Nephew Cole Campbell Darné

I am posting this a little late my darling Cole. You will learn that this blonde Aunty is a little ditzy but I do adore you and have had this note on my phone since your 3rd birthday. It has also taken almost half that time  (not really, only a week) to choose pics of you, as every one I have, and find is just too adorable. Buddy, here is your Happy Birthday wish and time capsule from your aunties.I hope you read it one day and know just how special you are and always will be to us.

To our darling Cole,

Little dude three years ago you made your beautiful, kind and oh so intelligent mommy and super handsome and pretty rad daddy, so very excited that you were going to make your debut into in this world. At the same time you made your legendary “pops”, gorgeous “goggo” and two aunties, Jojo (me) and Debs, the happiest people in the world. Little guy your impending arrival was like God had given us a promise rainbow in our lives and this time we knew what our little pot of gold was!

Three years later buddy and you have not disappointed! You are without a doubt the most adorable, kindest and loving little guy on the planet.

So today you turn three! Wow big boy … That is a pretty big milestone and let this Aunty tell you that you have been such a good boy. No terrible twos, just smiles and giggles and nose crinkling, okay maybe sometimes a little tantrum or two – but we know that this is just because you are such a clever little dude who knows what he wants and when he wants it. Who can blame you? We are all the same.

Little Parolie, as bright as you are you wont really understand this letter from your aunties until you are a little older,so your “writing” Aunty is giving you a little time capsule for you to read one day: to remember just how much we do now and always will love you and of course a few of the amusing things you have done that have us all in fits of giggles so very often.

Cole Darné  it baffles my mind that you,at just three, have the best sense of humour and little character.Some little memories for you to read one day come to mind right now…

Just the other day at school you decided that clothes were just a silly idea and decided to take yours all off – this has now become a regular habit and I think you already know that when you are older you will have the perfect body to pull it off – when your teacher asked why you didn’t want to wear your clothes, you simply replied “because I want to be free” … Ahh buddy haha I think your teacher battled to hide her laughter.

Already having the ultimate ball skills, little pumpkin, you go to soccer and don’t feel it’s necessary to listen to the coach – who has to fetch you at least ten times a lesson from the other side of the field. Whilst everyone else is trying to kic the ball, you come back from your little venture, hit it with a stick then go sit on it, kicking the ball just comes to easy to our little treasure .. And yet buddy, despite your mischievousness,  your coach adores you! Because Cole you will just look at him wrinkle that nose and say “but it’s fun”.

You have a complete obsession with dinosaurs and particular with the T-Rex! Sometimes in that  little mind I think you think you are one! Your Aunty Debs and I were watching a dinosaur movie with you one day and you told us that a big “colenado” was coming with “comets”, when we told you it was a “volcano” you were adamant that there was nothing of the sort… It was a “colenado” and that was that!

Your funny and naughty daddy has taught you that when someone asks you what our president is you say a “useless moron” you also blame this useless moron for turning off the lights. You think a fly  should be called a “bloody fly”  – which they should as they are so bloody annoying. You have also decided you don’t eat ‘shit bread’, only the nice bread your amazing mom makes you! These little dude , are swear words so you really shouldn’t say them at 3, but you my precious Cole are so cute that none of us can say a word or tell you not to swear – instead we just erupt in giggles.

Your adorable habits our precious boy, are the things you do like :

Wrinkling that little nose when you are thinking
Saying to your mommy and daddy out of the blue “I love you”
You give loads of hugs and cuddles
You will share any toys or sweets ( not many kiddies do this )
And you think your mom is so perfect – which she is – that she is giving you Jesus as a little brother!

Because we live far away I only have a few close close memories for now but your mom and dad tell us lots of your funny and cute antics so I am writing those down to! Plus in just a month we will be living a few minutes away from you, so I think I may have to buy a couple of notebooks – you are far to entertaining for me to full only one!

Buddy just the other day at school your friend  – a little girl, thought your apple looked really nice. So in your precious little way you took a huge bite and gave it to her. Already a little charmer our handsome guy.

Those are a few for now buddy, I’m going to write a little more to you later on this year, when I have a few more memories to share.

Today dearest Cole, at your birthday party, I can’t wait to see you run around and play with your friends. Getting all dirty and eating chocolates ( which you don’t do often ) having a  sugar drunk rush and opening pressies, and then telling us when you are so tired you can hardly see and are walking sideways, that you are ” never ever going to sleep… Ever”!

PS Your mommy and daddy have made today extra special for you with a pirate party! Wow … They love you so much buddy you are one lucky guy and in return you give them such joy as  you are an angel child.

One day you are going to know the most precious gift they have given you on this birthday is the news of the impending arrival, in just a few months, of another little dude – your little brother, who is going to be your bestest friend in the whole world. You will fight, you will upset each other, you may not even like each other some times but at the end of the day when you are sad or want to share a little secret or you just want to laugh and giggle and get up to mischief, there is nothing better in the world then having a brother to do this with.

Through life you are going to learn that family is the most important thing in the world and just how lucky you are to have been born into a family where we are all best friends! Family Parolie, is the most amazing gift.

Our little guy, we wish you a happy happy happy birthday. Our prayer for you is that our Heavenly Daddy protects you and keeps you safe and healthy and happy always. He loves you more then all of us put together, and that is a lot as we love you more then there are fish in the sea and higher then the moon in the sky! He will always be there for you little buddy, so chat to him often and tell him what you want ( just not chocolates or toys … your mom told him not to  give those gifts as she wants you happy and healthy and not too spoilt  ).He will instead give you the gifts of love and peace and happiness and of knowing that you are never alone. We pray our little dude that God will give you the most incredible life. You are destined for amazing things and if you keep Him close you will achieve all of these things and more. Hey buddy you may even be our president one day, and definitely not a useless moron!

So Cole Darné,  again happy third birthday. Your aunties, pops and goggo are even up from Johannesburg to see you to celebrate (it’s also just an excuse to see out favourite little boy in the world) we can’t wait to live so close to you and not in horrible joburg!

You dearest Cole are loved more then you know by all of us, you melt our hearts and fill our lives with joy and laughter.

Thank you buddy for being that little ray of sunshine, our pot of gold, our little perfect and a blessing from Jesus (not your little brother) but rather the real one, who made you perfect as perfect can be, with a little help from your mom and dad.

Happy birthday our buddy.

We love you always and forever, infinity and beyond and more then anything

Your Aunties

Debs and Jojo (Becky)

Because You’re My Mom

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Because you are my mom you loved me before I was ever seen
You thanked God for this miracle, this little human being
So exciting, yet fragile it all must have seemed to you then
Hearing my little heart beat inside you, now life begins

Because you are my mom no pain was too great for you to bear
Now you’re a mother and I your child with joys and pains to share
And so into this world my life began each breath now on my own
One day we will look back at just how much I’ve grown

Because you are my mom you worried for me within your every bone
You finally let go of my little hand to take my first steps on my own

Because you are my mom you showed me through the years
To care about others and their feelings and the things that they hold dear

Because you are my mom you taught me right from wrong
Understanding that my faith in God will forever keep me strong
Showing me that being my own person is the only tool I’ll need
When morals and values are your foundation to succeed

Because you are my mom you loved me enough to also be my friend
You would be right there in ways that no one could see or ever comprehend
When there was no way I thought you could ever understand
There you would be, non-judging and willing to lend a hand

Because you are my mom, God’s gift to me was you
As your daughter I will always love you and promise to be true
I thank you for so many things and will try to never make you sad or blue

Because you are my mom, and one-day I will be a mother too
I pray I never forget all that you’ve been through
I am your daughter and in your image I am proud to be
By the grace of the Lord you were created, and then I came to be