Buddy the Retriever Recites Lines from ‘Waiting For Godot’

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There’s a wonderful self-catering cottage called Rietvlei Grove close to Montagu, where Croydon and I get away to sometimes. You can expect long visits from Buddy the Retriever, who is in reality a Beckett fan, as this gallery demonstrates.

Rietvlei Grove Farm is about 8km beyond the pretty town of Montagu, and is a quiet, away-from-it-all option for any weekend, summer or winter. We are partial to large pots of stews, so cold winter weekends have their own appeal for us out here, especially since they also have an old-style welcome Dover stove that can be lit. At any rate, here is the friendly resident dogger Buddy reciting Beckett.

“Suppose we repented.”
“There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet.”
“Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today? ”
“Will night never come?”
“All I know is that the hours are long… and constrain us to beguile them with proceedings which … may at first sight seem reasonable, until they become a habit.”
“We should turn resolutely towards Nature.”
“There’s no lack of void.”
“Who am I to tell my private nightmares to if I can’t tell them to you?”
“Look at the tree!”
“Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for one the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say? It is true that when with folded arms we weigh the pros and cons we are no less a credit to our species. The tiger bounds to the help of his congeners without the least reflexion, or else he slinks away into the depths of the thickets. But that is not the question. What are we doing here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in the immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come — ”

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