Sunday, February 19, 2012

My new menagerie!

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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  1. Yup, you're right Honey is a honey. Thanks for the link.

  2. They are all wonderful, and you even more so.

    You'll Have to stop moving because you won't be able to move all the menagerie.

    How are the cats taking to this?

  3. Awwww, sweet Jo!!
    Love the new additions to your extended family... And I'm So glad you renamed her, Honey! Everyone deserves a name they can be proud of!

  4. Thanks again for taking care of these three dogs. They are lucky to have you there and should blossom. All are adorable.

  5. Oh, Jo. I always marvel at your resilience and goodness, to "all creatures great and small!" How loving of you to take care of those poor dogs. One of the reasons I like you so much! I'm so sorry I haven't stopped and commented in the longest time. I'm devoting a lot of time today, to get to as many blogs as possible! I'm going to scroll down and read more now. Have a wonderful week. Hugs.

  6. Honey is a HONEY for sure... Great name... Love Busta and Toffee.... You are so GOOD to all of the animals, Jo.... Thanks for caring so much about them...

    Is Phillip really your brother? I had no idea you had a brother who blogged...

  7. Jo, you are so wonderful taking care of these cute doggies. I love them all but, Honey is a real cutie.!

  8. I always enjoy catching up with your news, apologies for not calling by to comment very often, time just seems to get swallowed up by real life!

  9. Wow, Jo! Now that "Honey" is the kind of a dog I could grow to love, and I don't even like dogs much... I'm sure you are going to enjoy her. Unusual for Busta and Toffee to have names. I remember seeing the word "taka-taka" on many a garbage can around East Africa. Careful and don't become a taka-taka dudu! ☺

  10. JO, the dogs are beautiful...absolutely gorgeous and so lucky to have found you!

  11. You have a delightful menagerie, as always, Jo. Honey has the most beautiful face and coat. You are very tender-hearted. I'm sure all the dogs and chickens and cats will thrive under your TLC.

  12. They will be very happy dogs now that you are there ! They all have such a nice look.

  13. How wonderful of you to care for the animals properly where ever you land. They are beautiful dogs and I know they appreciate your loving kindness.


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