Month: April 2018

Volunteering at TNR

Once a week (after CrossFit, so I’m nice and smelly) I volunteer at the kennels at TNR Trust Nairobi. It has been so much fun and I’ve gotten so much out of it. Yes, I’m helping dogs and doing a good thing. But wow, have I found it rewarding! First, I’ve learned a lot. I’m an experienced dog owner, but there is always something to learn. I’m working with rescues, some of whom had very rough experiences and need to learn how to trust humans. I’m learning how to earn that trust and how to train them to get over their fears (people, loud noises, cars, etc.). Many of the dogs are fine and don’t have any issues. But I’ve learned a lot, and am still learning, on how to rehabilitate dogs. Second, I get my puppy fix. Puppies are so cute. But, they are so naughty and crazy! I work with the puppies to train them on some basic manners, walking on a leash, getting a bath, and more. I get to snuggle and …

Update on dog license

I had the home visit! So now I will wait until someone contacts me when the licenses are ready. As for the whole issue with paying for transport, I got a note from Dr. Makori stating: “There is a small transport deficiency in the office which has delayed clearance of applications. IT is not a fault of Dr. Ngatia’s. Iv’e given her my own 1000k to hire taxi to serve you.” I guess all vets will ask for transport and it’s up to you to pay for it or not. If enough people make a stink maybe they’ll settle this issue. I don’t want Dr. Makori to pay for everyone or have vets lose money. But dog owners shouldn’t have to pay for transport, especially since we’re already paying 3000 KES per license.

Review: Hob House

I had heard many good things about Hob House. I had high expectations, but still kept in mind it’s a B&B and not a full scale restaurant. The food lived up to the hype. The rest of the experience fell flat. Things started off wrong when they had no record of our reservation. They managed to get us a table.  Unfortunately, it was not in the restaurant seating area. It was the main dining room table in the common area for the B&B guests. (No pictures because I couldn’t have random people in the shots.) It felt like we were dropped into someone’s living room and told to eat. One of the owners came by to chat with us. This was fine for the first couple minutes. Ten minutes later we really wanted her to leave but were being polite. Why did she spend such a long time with us? First she had to give us brochures for the B&B part of the business. Then she had to sell us on her favorite dessert and …

Review: Body Shock

I recently got a few more piercing and a couple new tattoos. I’ve been joking that it’s part of my mid-life crisis. Really, it’s because I found a good piercing and tattoo place. Body Shock, in the Ya Ya Center, is a clean, safe place to get work done in Nairobi. The ladies who run it are nice and no-nonsense. (They will turn away anyone who is being a diva, needs to have an entire entourage present, or is just otherwise not in a state that’s right getting a piercing or tattoo.) My tattoos were done by Abe, who is amazing. He did a great job and had an excellent bedside manner (inking side manner?). Yes, it hurt. But Abe moved around never working too long in any one area and he had a very light touch. If you are in Nairobi and you want to get pierced or get some ink, I highly recommend Body Shock.

Dog Licensing Update

I wrote about getting a dog license in Nairobi a while back. I am writing again with an update. The process has started this year. The forms are getting processed and sent over to the vets, who then do home visits. These visits will be scheduled with you ahead of time. Do not allow any random visits as those are con artists. The visit should not require you to pay any kind of fee to the visiting vet. I was called by someone from the office of Dr. Ngatia F.M. (Westlands based, phone number is 0722 332 543). The person refused to come for the visit unless I paid her transportation fee. I told her this was illegal. She then said that they would not come for the home visit. Rather than let Dr. Ngatia hold my dog license as hostage, I reported the practice to the Director of Veterinary services at Nyayo House, Dr. Makori (tel 0722 469219). I haven’t gotten a response. I am now resubmitting the license application, along with the application …