All posts filed under: Dogs

Review: VIP Spa

I mentioned in an earlier post that there are more and more dog services in Nairobi. VIP Spa (Very Impawtant Pets) is one such service. Oreo has been there three times now. The first time she went for a bath. The second time she went for daycare (right after the cone of shame came off and I was out of the country, leaving J. on single parent duty). This last time was for both a bath and daycare. She likes it there, in fact all the dogs I’ve seen there seem to really have a blast. The place is big with a large main play area as well as smaller rooms (for some dogs that would rather be in a smaller setting or need to be kept separate). They group mostly by temperament and then by size. The main area has couches and a TV and is basically like a large living room where they can hang out and play. The smaller rooms are like little bedrooms, but still big enough for dogs to play. There …

Oreo in Karura Forest

Dogs & Karura Forest

I’ve posted about Karura Forest before. Now I’m posting again from a different standpoint: that of a dog owner. Since getting Oreo, we go to Karura Forest almost everyday. Sometimes we go to the larger part, using the Limuru Road entrance. Most often we go to the smaller part off of Thigiri Ridge, mostly because it’s a lot closer to us. Both parts are great. It just depends on what you want to do with your dogs. For longer hikes and runs, I’d recommend the larger part of the forest. For a more manageable off leash area, I’d recommend the smaller part. Most of the forest (both parts) require dogs on leash. That’s fine for us as Oreo has no leash issues. Oreo loves hiking through all the trails. I love being out in nature and getting extra exercise. We both get a lot out of it. There are two off leash areas in the larger part. I’ve only been to one of them, not far from River Cafe. The space is nice, but there …

Dear Fellow UN People

Since adopting Oreo, it has come to my attention that, apparently, UN people (international staff be it families, couples, or single people) are notorious for abandoning animals (and not just in Kenya). A number of people, upon hearing that we are with the UN, asked me (with grave concern) if we plan to take Oreo with us when we eventually leave Kenya. A friend of ours, also UN, has experienced the same thing since she rescued her dog earlier this year. Of course we will take Oreo! She is our family. This is her forever home and she will go wherever we go. There is no question about that. We think along the lines of a certain couple we know who are with the Canadian High Commission: if a post doesn’t allow for the dog, we turn down that post. No one is pointing a gun to your head demanding that you take the assignment. If you wondered this about us, I hope I’ve settled the matter. We don’t leave animals behind. Furthermore, we think …

Valley Creations

As we got closer to the day when Oreo would officially becomes ours, we knew we would need to get her a name tag. We went to Valley Creations in Spring Valley. They make the TNR Trust tags and a portion of each tag they sell is donated to TNR Trust. It was a little tricky to find, but I had a map from them. (It’s not something Google Maps can find.) In Spring Valley, near the Total gas station, there’s a rough road that leads to the compound where Valley Creations resides. Here’s that map in case you want to go there: They have a nice assortment of dog tags. They also make a ton of other things from etched glass, to poker chips, to woodwork. If it can be customized, they make it. They also do catering and are about to kick off some food trucks. It’s a cool business run by talented and super-nice people. Check them out!  

Dog Licensing in Nairobi

This is a confusing matter! Yes, you need to license your dog. No, the process isn’t great. In fact, the whole ordeal has been in flux all year. We just put in for Oreo’s license. We went through the East Africa Kennel Club (EAKC) to do this. What we did was print out the appropriate forms (in duplicate), filled them out, and dropped them off at the EAKC. They will then drop off the forms to the right place at Nyayo House. (You can take the forms to Nyayo House yourself if you prefer.) As far as the rest of the process, here is the latest (as of writing this post on 19th October 2017): Forms submitted between now and the rest of the year will actually be for a 2018 license. The city is not issuing any for the rest of this year. There will be home visit by a vet. This visit must be prearranged. The vet should call you and make the appointment. DO NOT ALLOW IN ANYONE WHO JUST RANDOMLY SHOWS …