Jock is alive!

go! - - Upfront Letters -

I first be­came ac­quainted with Jock of the Bushveld in the 1970s, when I was given a copy of Sir Percy Fitz­patrick’s book. I love dogs and the story of Jock has al­ways fas­ci­nated me, so when I came across the ar­ti­cle “Fol­low in Jock’s paw prints” in go! #121, I de­cided to do just that. But lit­tle did we know that re­trac­ing some of his jour­ney would even­tu­ally lead us to Jock him­self… We were in Pil­grim’s Rest, out­side a cu­rio shop, when I saw the spit­ting im­age of the dog that had fea­tured on the front cover of my favourite child­hood book! It might have been co­in­ci­dence, but it was the high­light of my hol­i­day. I don’t know to whom the dog be­longs, but one thing is for sure: Jock of the Bushveld lives on. SI­GRID PICK­ER­ING, Kempton Park

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