The first thing we noticed when we arrived at our home in Mwadui, was the two dogs in the garden. Karel told us that they belong to the askari (guards) and are very friendly. (These dogs are the reason why Ginger, Shadow and Ambrose are now house cats!) I also noticed that the dogs were very thin although the company supplies meat and ugali (maize porridge) which they're fed every evening. So out came the dog worm tablets which I brought from Kenya and within the first week, I'd dosed the dogs. I'll buy a tick/flea shampoo when next I'm in town and sort out this problem too.
There's another dog, quite young and very playful, at the Guest House. She 's also been dewormed by yours truly and will be deticked and deflea-ed in due course. Africans
don't normally hardly ever name their pets, but when I asked Edward, the askari the names of their dogs, he said one was Busta and the other was Toffee. The dog at the Guest House had the terrible name of Takka-takka/rubbish, garbage. I 've renamed her Honey and say the name every time I give her a tidbit from the kitchen. I asked the staff to use this name. They rolled with laughter when I told them the reason why I changed her name, but good-naturedly accepted it. They also now refer to her as Honey. I'm hoping my brother, Phillip, who has a very interesting blog over here, visits my blog tomorrow; I just know he'll love Honey. (So will Kay and Lindy from Canada!)
Busta, already bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after being dosed for worms. Imagine how beautiful his coat will be once he's been deticked and deflea-ed!
Toffee, who was a little skittish (as was Busta) is beginning to trust me now. Busta normally gobbles his food and then chases her from her dish to eat hers. Now I stand by to ensure she gets enough to eat. She hasn't been spayed and I'm hoping to find a vet in Mwanza who can do the operation. I couldn't bear the thought of her having pups which will be given away to people who probably can't afford to look after an animal
And finally... meet Honey. Isn't she just the most adorable dog ever?
Apart from our own three cats and these dogs on the yard, I've also taken the chickens under my wing (pun intended, LOL!) I will post about them later.
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