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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 …

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.

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 …