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Do you have a faithful companion?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 8 Jan 2016 at 11:51
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Things are getting pretty desperate around here, so let’s talk about a subject we haven’t covered yet. Pets! Yes, that’s right…. we’re going to discuss our pets here on this rugby site, because that’s what the off season does to us!

So, as I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m the proud owner of my daughter’s new Cavachon puppy Chester. I say I own him, because I do all the work, even though he’s hers. I’m sure those of you with kids know how this works. He’s a very cute little thing all the same, though, even if the house training thing is proving difficult.

We also have two cats (neither of whom is in love with the dog just yet). Simon is big, black and white (good man) and unashamedly devoted to my wife, to the extent that he won’t even speak to me. Little Juno is a tortoiseshell and far more timid, although strangely enough, she seems slightly more intrigued by the new family member than her older brother is. We also have a hamster…. we got that as a way to avoid getting a dog. Ja well….

So tell me? Anyone have any pets? It might help us while away a few hours while we wait for rugby season…


75 Comments

  • Two crazy sausage dogs, rolo and penny. Great dogs!

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.01.16 11:54:00 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) : Haha, clutching at straws here Rob! Can’t say that I blame you though!

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.01.16 11:55:47 by the ko Reply

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  • Nothing yet, want a ferret but they’re not legal in SA, will probably settle for a bunny instead πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.01.16 11:55:56 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) : I’ve got 2 dogs, 1 gsd x, best dog in the world. 1 Maltese, spaniel x – worst dog in the world… The guy can’t even swim! Haha

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.01.16 11:57:13 by the ko Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 3) : why are ferrets not legal?

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.01.16 11:59:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @the ko (Comment 4) : what’s a GSD?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.01.16 12:00:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : German shepherd

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.01.16 12:02:51 by the ko Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : GolDen Shepard ? πŸ˜›

    One Crazy Jack Russel named Gertjie .

    Big supporter of taking a wizz and barking at the same time to confuse his owner ….

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.01.16 12:03:33 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @the ko (Comment 7) : close

    oh golden retriever German Shepherd

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.01.16 12:04:17 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Something about them escaping and messing with the ecosystem or something dumb. Considering they haven’t done that in countries with far less predators I think it’s pretty silly, but that’s just my uneducated opinion.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.01.16 12:06:00 by Seth101 Reply
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  • A miniature Pincher who’s afraid of anything bigger/louder/more colorful/ than her.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.01.16 12:12:12 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • I own a few thousand red wigglers used for vermicomposting which my daughter has adopted because she reckons earthworms are cute. That’s it for me. Though our family loves animals, I don’t believe in adopting pets if you know you can’t give them a decent amount of attention.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.01.16 12:17:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 2 x bad ass Jack Russel’s … My pool buddies

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.01.16 12:19:22 by Flintshark Reply

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  • Two dogs (dachshund and beagle), a rabbit (who bullies the dogs) and a tortoise. My daughter is nagging me for a tarantula, so it’s probably only a matter of time before that get’s added to the list.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.01.16 12:29:45 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I have an 8month old Boston Terrier, Winston. Best birthday present from the wife

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.01.16 12:40:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : much strength to your elbow! Man, if I thought I could get away with a pet-free existence, I really would.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.01.16 12:42:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Flintshark (Comment 13) : you are brave….. do you have a big property? I had two JR’s in a small townhouse in Sandton. BIG mistake.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.01.16 12:42:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : I love beagles.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.01.16 12:43:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : I’d love to get a Mexican Redknee Tarantula, but the Misses would lose her ****.
    I’ve settled for looking after a common orb web garden spider in the garden, and (in total secret) a false widow in my computer lab room.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.01.16 12:56:29 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 19) : My house is surrounded by veld, and it’s like Disney Land for spiders. At present I have an orb spider that’s settles in on the stoep, a black button in the garage, and a host of violin spiders at the pool filter. I don’t mind any of those, but I can’t handle all the sac spiders in the house.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.01.16 13:07:51 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 20) : Nice! Unfortunately for me, London doesn’t quite have the same variety as SA.
    Must say that is pretty awesome hearing that your daughter wants a tarantula. Spiders get such a bad rap.

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.01.16 13:17:14 by gregkaos Reply
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  • I have a Sausage dog and a black cat – they love each other…sometimes – depends on the dog’s mood.

    Got Marley (the dog) when she was only 2 days old – mother died giving birth, so we took the responsibility to raise her by hand.

    Cleo the Cat was only a few weeks old when we rescued her, after her whole family was savagely poisoned – so basically raised her by hand too….both are extremely fond of both my wife and I. We’ll see how they handle our soon to be born baby girl πŸ™‚ .

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.01.16 13:51:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : I do miss having pets though but it’s not fair to them when they start misbehaving because one isn’t around enough. My sister brings her two Schnauzers around every so often so the kids at least grow up knowing how to behave around dogs. I think in a few years we may be ready for a dog but not at the moment.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.01.16 14:02:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • A Little Jack Russel – Trompie.

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.01.16 14:11:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • I only have two cats now – two feral tabbies with white chests and white paws. Ruthie and Daniel. 14 months ago my big (very big) Maine Coon died at 17 years of age – and he has left a big whole so I’m never far from him (mentally) . My picture on this site is of Daniel outside in a little tree. Daniel is a great companion. I stopped having dogs after my dogs killed two of my cats in a period of about 18 months. I don’t think I could ever exist without animals as pets – especially cats.

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.01.16 14:18:29 by Den Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : Eventually caved in to getting the bunny, hey?

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.01.16 14:33:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 21) : My wife and I try to teach our kids to be cautious and respectful towards wild creatures, but not fearful. My daughter’s attitude is a little too relaxed for my liking though; once, when she was four I came home to find that she’d caught a massive brown burrowing scorpion… Can’t say I was wildly enthusiastic about that!

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.01.16 14:36:14 by Culling Song Reply
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  • My girlfriend talked me into setting up a fish tank and so we have some tropical fish. Of the fish we have the only one I really like is the plecostomus catfish and he spends most of his time hiding.

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.01.16 14:36:50 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 26) : Yep… I draw the line at one though

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.01.16 14:37:51 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I have two very naughty and untrainable dachshunds, Cali and Roxy. They are very sweet but very naughty. I had a dachshund growing up who was the easiest most obedient dog ever. I trained him and when I tried to train my own two heathens nothing seemed to sink in. I have told my husband no more pets. My eldest daughter wants a hamster but the dogs won’t rest until they have killed it. They are hunting dogs through and through. The poor rabbits that pass through our garden are very very brave.

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.01.16 14:50:19 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 30) : Sounds like my brother-in-law’s sausages…complete opposite to mine.

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.01.16 15:12:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • We have a miniature Dachshund called Dixie – she has outlived two dogs we got after her and will hit 100 in dog years this year. She is grey as can be although she use to be black! We also have a ginger cat called…wait for it…Fiddlesticks! My sons thought that was a good idea. We also have two goldfish and a horde of altogether unappreciated vervet monkeys who cause havoc in our garden!! I want a big dog but my wife keeps winning that argument. I try to convince myself that I let her win, but there we are… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.01.16 16:07:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : We had a cat called Winston…he travelled down to Stellenbosch for the two years my brother and I studied together there. He remains an absolute legend in our memories of years gone by…

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.01.16 16:12:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : How about getting us some decent reading by sourcing some of that stats of the Sharks player tests done this week….

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.01.16 16:22:59 by ebenp Reply

     
  • 2 Pitbulls, Layla and Handsome, a mini doberman pincher worsie cross, Jesse and a ginger cat, Tigger. Layla is very people friendly but wants to kill anything outside our property and don’t play to rough with my son or the cat, they belong to her. Handsome is just… Handsome, beautiful dog but very laid back. Jesse is kinda just there, mostly as a lapdog. Although Handsome fancies himself a lapdog too at 35kg! Tigger is a survivor, owns the neighborhood and loves milk. Sometimes all the animals sleep on our bed at once.

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.01.16 16:52:43 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • A 3 year old Rotweliler….Brutus….my canine son!

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.01.16 17:33:35 by grant10 Reply

     
  • @Culling Song (Comment 20) : must be carefull that the violin spider don’t bite you when you work with the filter because they do have a really nasty bite!!!! The biggest problem is you don’t feel it when they bite you!!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.01.16 17:56:13 by JD Reply
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  • Got the daughters two Spaniels. More recently my daughters decided to adopt a stray cat that’s now so comfortable that he walks around the house as if he owns it, that is until the Spaniels spots him.

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.01.16 18:06:32 by JD Reply
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  • My boet and I adopted Stinky the cat, so named by Chris because she’s affectionate, but can leave a silent, but nasty surprise.

    We also have the neighbours cat, which we named Gherkin, who seems to have moved himself in on a semi-permanent basis. The cats play us and the neighbours, seeming to be content with about 10 meals a day between us and the neighbours.

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.01.16 18:41:17 by StevieS Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 35) : I love how dogs get so protective. My parents’ old Alsatian, Sheba, defleas the cats, separates them when they fight, and follows little kids around the yard to keep an eye on them when any come to visit.

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.01.16 18:43:47 by StevieS Reply
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  • We have a boerboel Molly, very protective over my fiancΓ© and Max my 2 year old jack russel. Both love the pool. Max has the last bit of coffee in my cup every morning before I leave for work. And he loves to chase trucks. Both are very naughty

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.01.16 20:05:49 by willemv10 Reply

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  • A very busy brother and sister Weimaraner x Ridgeback. They keep me busy and young πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.01.16 20:14:36 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 10) : with the ferrets it is not about predators and all that jazz that all the people who is for the petitions against ferret bans will make you believe, the ban on this animals is to avoid the sitiation we have with the African wild cat, we have wild polecats (striped polecat) and the ferret which is a domesticated polecat can cross breed with our polecats, African wildcats will be extinct if we can’t eradicate all stray domesticated cats from rural areas because the offspring of the domesticated and African wild cats can’t survive in the wild and they wan’t to avoid this sitiation with the polecats.

    If you do trouble to get a permit you may import one that is chipped and sterilised

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.01.16 20:18:20 by BR Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 10) :
    it is a pitty you think messing up the ecosystem is something dumb, especially with a fragile ecosystem like ours πŸ‘Ώ πŸ˜₯ :twisted

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.01.16 20:22:26 by BR Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 42) : those must be beautiful dogs. Do they have the Weimaraner eyes?

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.01.16 20:22:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : They are gorgeous. The male had the blue eyes as a pup, but then turned almost hazel. He is the Weimie silver grey, with a ridge down his back. She is more Ridgie.

  • Comment 46, posted at 08.01.16 20:29:48 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : Eish! How can I send pics?

  • Comment 47, posted at 08.01.16 20:52:08 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • On a slightly different note.

    I have just found peace…. (And a big, fat middle finger to Multichoice!)

    How did I achieve this peace you ask?

    Many many hours of research and trial and error has finally culminated in this:

    Unotelly
    Netflix
    Setanta Sports Plus Asia

    aaahhhh….

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.01.16 08:26:42 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 48) : But will the rugby have Afrikaans commentary? 😈

    btw, from what I’ve heard…netflix is now available in SA for SA viewers.

  • Comment 49, posted at 09.01.16 09:20:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 49) : Yes it is, but different regions have different content. Afrikaans commentary :)… Only when Warren Brosnihan is on πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.01.16 10:38:11 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 48) : I am no IT person but the Raspberry Pie works well here blows up to a 60 inch 4k TV with reasonable quality. I don’t know how to set it up though

  • Comment 51, posted at 09.01.16 10:40:07 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 48) : Pity about the constant buffering when on unotelly. Their service and support is tops though.

  • Comment 52, posted at 09.01.16 14:00:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I have a rottweiler and a sharpei. If you could transplant the sharpei mind and heart into the rottweiler you would have a perfect dog and protector. His body let’s him down though.

  • Comment 53, posted at 09.01.16 14:02:52 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 35) : Jesse sounds like an interesting cross…haven’t seen one of those before…

  • Comment 54, posted at 09.01.16 15:12:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 42) : Nice…

  • Comment 55, posted at 09.01.16 15:13:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 48) : @durbsguy (Comment 51) : would also love more info on this topic like data use, subscription cost, availability in SA etc.

  • Comment 56, posted at 09.01.16 16:27:28 by JD Reply
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  • I have a 70kg leonberger , 10 months old …. His name …. Bismarck

  • Comment 57, posted at 10.01.16 03:55:01 by The Duke Reply

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  • We here at home have the lovely privilege to share it with a fox terrier going by the name of Brunzilla, the best family dog we have ever owned and had in our home, the hart of our house this little guy

  • Comment 58, posted at 10.01.16 04:26:36 by Henkb Reply
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  • Orange Belton Llewellyn English Setter……..and a Bombay cat.

  • Comment 59, posted at 10.01.16 05:25:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 54) : She is tiny like the mini pincher, but has the length of the worsie. It could have gone terribly wrong πŸ™‚ Luckily she is a cute mix.

  • Comment 60, posted at 10.01.16 11:42:04 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • There are pets in my house but I would not call them companions. They can’t talk, have bad breath and do not even know how to flush the toilet.
    For companionship I prefer humans. Mine makes me very happy and I do believe she is faithful, but then one never knows for sure, do one? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 61, posted at 10.01.16 15:07:47 by fyndraai Reply
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  • The idea of faithfulness in pets is somewhat problematic. Dogs will “unconditionally” love anyone who house and feeds them. Cats often do not even pretend they love you. Caged animals, could hardly be considered faithful.
    If you feel your dog is unfaithful because it had sex with the neighbor’s you are a little sick.

  • Comment 62, posted at 10.01.16 15:34:47 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 56) : Unotelly of similar hosted VPN service 6-8 us$ Netflix 8$ for 2 playback devices Hulu is about the same if you prefer Hulu. Raspberry pi version 2 about R 600.00 Ubuntu Linux – free. I would not go with a capped Internet link, if you get a lot of buffering and re-use ring you will use that cap quickly. 4 mb adsl line nothing less. If you use a wisp provider or fiber to the home ensure the contention ratio is 10:1 or less. Adsl is average about 30:1.

  • Comment 63, posted at 11.01.16 06:46:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 63) : Re – buffering not re use ring.

  • Comment 64, posted at 11.01.16 08:07:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 33) : Very cool. On my trip down to St Francis for christmas and new years we met a boston terrier on the beach also called Winston

  • Comment 65, posted at 11.01.16 08:13:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 63) : @coolfusion (Comment 64) : thanks for the info.

  • Comment 66, posted at 11.01.16 08:22:12 by JD Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 62) : hahaha funny boet 😈

  • Comment 67, posted at 11.01.16 08:35:31 by JD Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 48) : Tell me more about Setanta if you don’t mind (price, quality, range of sports covered, etc…). I always assumed it was a bit of a scam but would look into it again if reliable.

  • Comment 68, posted at 11.01.16 09:24:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 68) : I’ve only been using it for a few days now, and so far all good. Price is $14 us I think.. πŸ˜• Quality is wwwaaaaayyyy better than streaming on any other site I’ve come across so far. I’m using it for rugby union at the moment and the coverage seems to be extensive, Currie Cup and Japanese League. It caters for all the types of rugby. The catch-up feature is pretty nice too. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 69, posted at 11.01.16 15:20:52 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 68) : @Southern_Shark (Comment 69) : living in SA it’s almost not worth it if you combine that with data costs?

  • Comment 70, posted at 11.01.16 15:50:21 by JD Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 69) : Much appreciated. Do you make use of a VPN to access Sentanta?

    @JD (Comment 70) : It depends. $14 works out to about R250 rand (I’m being generous to the dollar here as the rand can dip even further than current levels). That’s way cheaper than DSTV Premium. Factor in connection and data as you mention and the costs of the two are probably much closer to each other. If however, you need a internet connection anyway (I do, for work) then it suddenly becomes very attractive. So in my case, instead of opting for a internet connection and DSTV, I can actually save by going this route.

  • Comment 71, posted at 11.01.16 16:33:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 71) : Setanta is only available in Asia. It was difficult as I was getting Geoblocked even with Unotelly, but their service is very good and a couple of emails later I was catching up on some French Top 14.

  • Comment 72, posted at 11.01.16 20:32:36 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 71) : biggest problem is family also watch TV so DSTV is basically only option and at R350 for cheap package plus R250 (excl data) for streaming rugby the cost is almost up to DSTV Premium price. For other people it would for sure be better to go for other options. Nice to know that there’s other options available should things change.

  • Comment 73, posted at 11.01.16 22:24:04 by JD Reply
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  • Me and my wife have two furry end feathery children. Zipp, an African Grey who is not so fond of me and extremely shy in front of any human.

    And then Kiki, a Miniature Pincher female, also raised her by hand (the missus did) as her mother died a few days after giving birth, she has a personality unlike any other dog I have ever seen and very spoiled as well.

  • Comment 74, posted at 11.01.16 22:40:01 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 72) : Thanks for this. So some negotiation may be in order.

    @JD (Comment 73) : Absolutely agreed, you need to go with what works for you and more importantly, suits your pocket best.

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