In February, I brought all the necessary inoculations from South Africa and the local vet injected her. (Toffee's treatments are carried by the company and done regularly as well) Princess and Toffee have also been treated for worms and had their coats de-flea-ed. Princess has two meals a day from me (one with dog pellets) and in the late afternoon, when Toffee has hers, she has another of ugali which is ground maize meal cooked with a meaty bone. A far cry from what life Princess would be living now if she had remained with the children who discarded her so carelessly!
Dear old Toffee has been with the company since 2004 and been the guard dog at this (our) house since then. She has a lovely nature and spends most of the day playing with Princess, or lying on the lawn, with her little ward next to her. Toffee is also no slouch when it comes to "guarding" our property and barks at anything which she thinks looks suspicious through the slated reeds surrounding the yard!
During the day, Princess follows Michael - my favorite, trusty askari - around like a shadow. The night askaris have taken a leaf from Michael's book and treat both dogs with kindness and care.This is not normal in Africa, as animals, and especially domestic ones who have almost no use, aren't greatly cared for or respected. However, any man who guards our gate at night can be found cuddling little Princess, calling her to his side when the gate is opened and a vehicle enters or feeding her tidbits from his evening meal! Toffee, who hasn't always had it so good, still remains quite aloof and sleeps a little way from the askari hut.
Pretty Princess who is as cute as a button and very intelligent !
Dear old Toffee who has been faithful from her first day here many years ago!
I know that, as I can happily leave our three cats in Regina's capable care, I can also rest easy knowing the two dogs are also well looked after in my absence.
I'm linking this post to Our World Tuesday which you can access by clicking here
Its wonderful to be able to have dogs as guards and pets in addition to the cats. I really miss having a dog around but my place is not suitable (nor permitted by the bylaws). Happy week ahead. xxReplyDelete
Oh, goodness, Jo, are you well enough to travel? Your "lamaria" has a lot of us worried. However, you will be taking photos of grandchildren no matter how you feel, I'm sure. I just hope you've regained your strength. Lifting grandchildren can be hard work!ReplyDelete
I almost forgot the dogs. SO unlike me to forget pictures of dogs.
Princess certainly does have a good life. She should be grateful the children abandoned her, and I know she's grateful she lives with you and your menagerie. Toffee looks a little suspicious, as a good guard dog should.
Take care now.
Have a safe journey to the SA pets.ReplyDelete
Great reading about your doggies!! What would we do without our wonderful, four-legged friends!! Thanks as always for sharing with us, Jo!! Take care!!ReplyDelete
Wish you a safe and happy journey!ReplyDelete
It is a relief when pets are looked after well in our absence. Great pics.
It's sad that in so many countries cats and dogs are so badly treated or just ignored. The worst country in Europe is Spain ! We have an association here who rescue greyhounds which were used for racings. They are in a terrible state ! And then the bull fightings, I am always happy when a bull kills the toreador ! Princess is so cute !ReplyDelete
He looks adorable.ReplyDelete
Hello Jo, Your Princess and Toffee are beautiful dogs. I know you are an animal lover and take great care of your pets and they in return love you back..They will miss you when you are away..Have a safe trip and a happy week ahead!ReplyDelete
So difficult leaving such sweet animals behind, even for a short time. Happy travels!!ReplyDelete
...have a safe trip!!ReplyDelete
Cute dogs...so adorable, their faces are.
Be safe! Love the pups...sweet!ReplyDelete
Dogs make life better, well I think anyways. Have a wonderful and safe trip!ReplyDelete