All posts filed under: Dogs

Guest Post: Oreo & Maddie Go On Smellcation

Hi everyone! Cookie Monsters here! We want to tell you all about our weekend in Naivasha at Sanctuary Farm. We had so much fun! First, there was a car ride. It was Maddie’s first long car ride and she did really well. It was a nice drive…too bad Maddie is still too short to look out the window. She had some great naps though. Then we arrived! Oh it was wonderful! It’s a big open space! So much room!!! There were all these animals there. There were wildebeest—we’re not scared of them; we just give them cautious respect and steer clear of them. There were lots of birds and monkeys that we wanted to chase. There were impala—they have Maddie’s coloring and jump like Oreo! We really wanted to run with them. There were also zebra. A zebra is the biggest dog we’ve ever seen! We really wanted to chase them. Sadly, we were not allowed to chase anything! It’s so unfair! We were kept on leash the whole time! Our friends Atlas, Luna, and …

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 …

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 …

Review: Yapperville

While we were on Christmas holiday in Lamu, Oreo was on her own vacation at Yapperville. Yapperville is a boarding facility outside Nairobi for cats and dogs. They are also part of the IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transport Association) in Kenya, taking care of the export and import of pets. We chose them because we had gotten so many great reviews from fellow dog owners. Everyone we know who has used them says that his or her dog loves it there. Oreo agrees! She had a great time time. The place is like a big safari lodge for pets. There are a number of kennels with little boma-style huts. Dogs also go on walks in vast open fields (the facility is fenced along the perimeter) where they can run and play. It’s really nice. It made me feel better knowing that Oreo was enjoying her own vacation! If you’re interested in Yapperville, you can contact them:   Tel: +254 722 732 547 / +254 722 833 277 between 8 am and 1 pm and then …