Month: February 2018

Review: Sanctuary Farm

My in-laws came to visit in January. J. took them on the usual visitor’s tour of a jaunt to the Maasai Mara, the Giraffe Center, the Elephant Orphanage, etc. As a special treat, the whole family—dogs included—went up to Naivasha for stay at Sanctuary Farm. Originally, the farm consisted of a polo ground, stables and a polo club house. Later, the property was allowed to go wild and the owners converted the club house into a restaurant and the stables into guest rooms. We chose to stay in the converted stable rooms at full board. You can also choose half-board and even a self catering option. There is also the option to camp on their grounds. (I prefer glamping. No camping for me, thank you.) Here are pictures of our room, the main interior of the stables and the club house. Service here is great. The food is so delicious. It was a really nice getaway from Nairobi. For my in-laws, it was a nice way to round out their visit with an easy trip …

Burns Night

Back in January, J. and I attended Burns Night, hosted by the Caledonian Society of Kenya. It was held at the Muthaiga Club. The evening started out fine. The food was good. The haggis was delicious. And then came the speeches. Mind you, I waited several weeks to let myself cool down. I didn’t want this post to be a rage-filled outburst. So, this is my take after a few weeks and I am about as calm as I can be about the speeches that night. The night was all about old men making sexist jokes. I live in a world where Donald Trump is president of the U.S. and yet that night was the most misogynist, sexist, hate-filled (against women) experience I have ever had. It was awful. A friend and I left our table and went to the back to talk amongst ourselves. We didn’t want to stay and listen to anymore anti-female bullshit. We were told to shush as we were a bit loud…pesky women that we are. I will not attend …

Oreo and Maddie

Double Trouble: Expat Life with Two Dogs

Here we are…not only do we have a dog back in our life, we have two! So far, so good. It’s twice the work but half the trouble. Oreo and Maddie get along very well. They play well together. There is no jealousy. There are no issues at feeding time. They even walk well together. My cookies make a great pair! This was not by luck. Oreo needed a companion, but it had to be the right kind of companion. We made sure personalities would match. We also looked into a number of other things: Can we afford two dogs? Can we keep both socialized so that they can adapt if we move to a more urban area down the road? Size mattered. The second dog couldn’t be any bigger than Oreo—again, we were thinking down the road to the likely possibility of a smaller home in our next post. Would our lifestyle accommodate two dogs? Maddie, like Oreo, was a forever decision. This is about family planning. We would not get two if two wasn’t …

Guest Post: Maddie

Hi there! My name is Maddie, short for Madeleine (which is a cookie). I am the most recent addition to my home, Chez Cookie. I love it here! My mummy and dad are great. My big sister, Oreo, is fantastic. We get along very well. Like Oreo, I am a TNR dog. Also like Oreo, I had a broken leg—specifically, it was a fracture in my front, right leg. I’m healing up very well. The people who rescued me off of Mvuli Road, Dr. Cockar, and my foster mom Anne all made sure I would be healthy for my forever home. I was five months when they rescued me. Now I’m seven months. I have to say, life has been getting better and better over the last two months. I’ve gotten so much love from so many people and I feel much better. I’m really excited to be here! Look what I can do with my ears! Sometimes, my mummy calls me Arrow. If you’re interested helping other dogs like me, please contact TNR or …