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Dogs at Ant’s Nest

By The Dogs at Ants

We recently did a blog post about all of the dogs at Ant’s Hill, so now it’s time to introduce you to the pooches who rule the roost down at Ant’s Nest!

RALPH – 4-year-old black Labrador

Ralph is Ant’s dog and goes everywhere with Ant. He is a pedigree retriever born in Cape Town from a champion bloodline and loves driving with Ant in his jeep, and even on the motorbike with Ant. He is also a great retriever and loves swimming but most of all he is a great companion to Ant.

NUMA – 3-year-old chocolate Labrador

Numa is a very loving well-mannered dog that is adored by everyone. He spends hours trying to entertain guests by bringing them anything to throw for him.


We always say that he is crossed with a seal as he loves swimming so much, he even dives to the bottom of the deep end to fetch his toys. Numa is definitely a show dog and loves pleasing people. He can do tricks such as High-5, High-10 and gives paw. His ultimate trick is to climb up the two rocks by the pool just as guests arrive to launch himself off into the water showing himself off.

LILY – 2-year-old petite Jack Russel terrier (we think crossed with a whippet, white with brown spots)

Lily belongs to Lee-Ann and Wiehahn and was 7 weeks old when she arrived at the Nest, weighing only 900 grams. She now lives with Numa, who has taught her how to swim and was very patient with her as a puppy, letting her bite his tail and sleep on the same dog bed.KX6B5046

Lily is very shy and nervous of new people but quickly warms up to anyone with a ball or stick. She even sleeps with it in her mouth. Once she is comfortable with new people she is a very sweet dog who loves fuss and attention, she is a big hit with all guests, especially children.

JACKIE – 4-year-old wire haired Jack Russel (white with brown spots – pictured with Lily)

Jackie came from another game reserve on the other side of Vaalwater and is owned by Diana, former stable manager at Ant’s Nest. Diana now works long months down in the Cape, so Jackie stays here and is looked after by our accountant, Michelle, whilst Diana is away.

He’s a very sweet little dog with a lovely gentle temperament and you’ll often find him wondering to the lodge to get belly rubs from the guests. However, he has his cheeky moments and can sometimes be seen chasing the mongoose and cats around the lodge and back of the house, and it’s a guarantee that every night when everyone has gone back to their rooms, you will hear him barking back at the jackals calling to each other in the distance.

These are just a few of the characters that you can expect to meet while staying at Ant’s Nest. Good dogs, good horses, good people![:]

Dogs at Ant’s Hill

By The Dogs at Ants

While the horses might be the biggest drawcard for people travelling to Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes, they certainly aren’t the only furry four-legged creatures that the guests fall in love with during their stay with us!

We have a number of dogs running around the lodges that are just as much a part of the family as the staff and horses. Here is a little more about the pooches that you might meet during your stay at ‘The Hill’:

Bob and Marley are two adorable little Jack Russell brothers that Chase picked up in Vaalwater. Bob is identifiable by his brown collar, whereas Marley wears a colourful one. This seems to fit their personalities as Marley is a total ‘ladies man’ and is always looking for attention from the ladies around the lodge. Bob, on the other hand, is always on his own mission. He loves attention but will rarely come looking for it. Bob also has a soft spot for baby animals and becomes very protective. When our foal, Umlilo was recently born, Bob stayed with him in the stable for long periods of time and still plays with him on a regular basis.

Ants-2448Tequila a little black and white Jack Russell who belongs to Craig, the general manager at Ant’s Hill. She was given to Craig by his brother when he moved to Zambia. Although she may be small, she’s a fiery little creature with quite the queen bee attitude. Small dog, big heart. Before moving to Ants, she used to herd up to 60 beef cattle all by herself. She’s been on death’s door more than once though. The worst was when she was attacked by a German Shepard. You can still feel the indentation on her side where her ribs where crushed. She is a little fighter though and is going 16 this year. Harry is Jess’s childhood dog and the oldest here at 17 years old. He is mostly deaf now but still takes his little missions up and down from the house to the office and vice versa. Then we have Tess, a timid little daschund, who belongs to Poppet. She is very particular about who she lets give her rubs or attention and is usually found trailing loyally behind Poppet.

_MG_1176Keep an eye out for our next blog article which will feature the dogs at Ant’s Nest![:]