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Dog Licenses Obtained!

I’ve written about the saga of getting a dog license in Nairobi. I’ve also written about the various hurdles in terms of not having to pay transport fees. I’m happy to report I have finally gotten licenses for both Maddie and Oreo. After emails, texts, calls, and a written letter, the Director of Veterinary Services paid the transport fees himself for the home inspection. (Sometimes it pays to be the crazy lady who will not go away.) After the inspection, I got a call from the very nice man processing the licenses. I went to the Pangani City Council building…also known as the dog pound since that’s what it is. Getting there is tricky. You go onto Professor Wangari Maathai Road (formerly known as Forest Road. Then, just as you get to Jubliee House, turn off to the side. There is a dirt road just before Jubilee House. (The guards at Jubilee House can direct you.) Follow that road, which the government really ought to tarmac and put up signage, for a few meters. Go all the way …

More Mexican!

I mentioned in prior posts that there is a sudden surge in Mexican fare in Nairobi. First I tried Fonda. Then I tried Mercado. My latest Mexican adventure is the taco stand in the new food court area of Village Market. You go up to the first floor. Then you walk along to the new section. Then you walk all the way to the end. The new food court area is to the left and the taco stand is the first thing on the right side of the court/walkway. It’s simple fare: tacos, chips and salsa, and drinks. The tacos came in a number of options including chicken, fish, pork, and goat. The food was fresh and yummy. The service was fast and very nice. This is the perfect place for a light lunch or a quick Mexican fix!  

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: 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.