Oh, Vienna!

Author’s note: I have a lot of stuff in my “this needs blogging” queue. Thanks to everyone for links and things of interest: I’m always chuffed when you think of sharing links you might find interesting. I fully intend to acknowledge people individually when I get around to actually posting things.


In the meantime, we’re still looking for Vienna. That’s not good (another night on the mountain for scared dog, difficult times for emotionally-drained owner), but it is good (HELP FIND VIENNA FB group continues to exist), but it’s also not good (too many weirdos posting crap, so they’ve shut down comments).

Yesterday, Animal Communicator number 1 (AC1) had a vision, which we shared on here:

“Vienna is on tarmac or under a car”

Which the group leapt upon, and Animal Communicator 2 (AC2) augmented with the colour of the car:


Well, the latest news (just before the comments were turned off) was that there is now further detail on that white car that she is on or in or under. Here’s AC2 again:


Oh. A CA registration? That’s convenient and unhelpful, given that over 95% of the cars in Cape Town have a CA registration.

And a Golf? Great choice for a German dog. But what sort of Golf? A Citi Golf (that’s kinda a Mark 1 VW Golf to you guys overseas)? Or perhaps one of the later versions? And then, if we’re looking at something more recent, like a Mark 7, then it might help to know which model.

After all, if your vision shows a Golf, then surely you can see what sort it is. I mean, are we looking at the entry level 1.2 TSI BlueMotion or the 1.2 TSI BlueMotion with the 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG gearbox? Perhaps it’s the 1.6 with the Triptronic power train? No? Maybe the 85 kW, 133 hp 1.0 TSI BlueMotion then? Or one of the 4 versions of the 1.4 TSI BlueMotion (probably the popular 6-speed manual, yeah?)? The distinctive 1.6 MSI (non turbo charged) is an unusual model and would surely assist with finding Vienna were she to be beneath it. But then what of the top end of the Golf market? The 1.8 TSI with a top speed of 209 kph is distinctive, but I very much doubt that a dachshund could match that sort of pace. Short legs, see?

Of course, were it a white Golf GTE, GTI or GTI (with Performance Package) or the R, then AC2 would have spotted the twin exhaust setup and would surely have mentioned it. So I think we can rule those out.

But wait. What about the more economical diesel engined models? These are easily distinguishable by the presence of a letter D in the model number. AC2 must have seen that, right? The 1.6 TDI BlueMotion, the 2.0 TDI or 2.0 TDI BlueMotion? Amazing economy and hugely questionable emission figures (as is the case with most VWs). But still one of the best places for small Teutonic canines to hide beneath (or in) (or on).
It can’t be a GTD though. No-one buys the GTD model. The manufacture of a vehicle with such a juxtaposition of economy and performance was a bewildering decision. You’re not going to find a white Golf GTD here or anywhere else. And when you don’t find it, you won’t find a lost dachshund underneath it either.

But I digress. Often.

Look, the lack of a description of the specific model of white golf by AC2 has left this wide open. To be honest, AC2 has actually been no help whatsoever.

Now, there’s a surprise.

The search for Vienna continues.

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