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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 the KSPCA!


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 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. You might prefer to text or email as they are out with the dogs most of the time and not in front of a computer or phone all day.

E-mail: (General enquiries) (Import & Export)

Please keep in mind that there are only so many boarding facilities in Nairobi. Make your reservations as far in advance as you can. They get booked up for Christmas by the end of October. I know people who are already booking summer boarding while they are on home leave. Don’t wait until the last minute!


Review: Kizingoni Beach Bandas

For our Christmas holiday in Lamu, we stayed at the Kizingoni Beach Bandas. It was absolutely wonderful! Tucked away on Lamu Island, far from Lamu town and Shela, it was paradise.

What do I mean by paradise? I mean just a few little bandas (cottages/huts), all spaced out from one another, and all very close to the beach. It’s quite Robinson Caruso, but with wi-fi. (If you forgot sunblock or a toothbrush or something, you’ll need to trek to Lamu town to get it. This is not a big, fully-stocked resort.)

Our Banda, Low Tide, was gorgeous. The lower portion was a covered but open deck with swinging day beds, a table and chairs, and then an additional lounge area.


Upstairs, we had a balcony/terrace and then the room itself. Everything was very open. The room was decorated in the traditional Lamu style with attention to detail.



The bathroom was a bit dark, but it was spacious. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water was a nice surprise. I didn’t expect it given the rustic vibe but it wasn’t a problem.


The toilet area…It was a loo with a view. For the most part this was nice. But, when it got windy, the curtains would fly in your face, which made it awkward when using the toilet. I had to hold the curtains…it was like kite surfing while on the pot.


I should note that, as is the case with all places in Lamu, there is no air conditioning. There was a fan and that helped with the heat, as did the ocean breeze. But, because it was all so open, there were a ton of mosquitos at night. Even with bug spray and netting, we were eaten alive and it made it hard to get a good night’s sleep. This will be the case wherever you go in Lamu. (Take anti-malaria medication.)

The one other thing…It was open…very open…and I am sure some animal got in one night. I woke up one morning to see the soap on the other side of the side. Okay, no problem. I pick it up. I noticed a bite mark…teeth imprints and a chunk missing. AHHHHH!


This is the tropics and this should be expected in an open environment. Whatever it was, at least it didn’t bite us. Only the mosquitos did that.

Getting back to the good…the service was fantastic. The food was amazing. They personalize the service and check with you on what time you want each meal and if the menu is to your liking. On our last night we had a lovely dinner on the beach.

Overall, it was a really nice stay. Would I go back? Yes and no. If we decide to go back to Lamu, yes I would. However, given the lack of air conditioned places to stay and the mosquito situation, I don’t know if we’ll go back to Lamu.

If you go want to stay at Kizingoni, here is how to contact them:
Phone: +254 726332399

Christmas in Lamu

This year, continuing our tradition of spending the holidays local, we went to Lamu. We were on Lamu Island and stayed at the Kizingoni Beach Bandas. I can’t tell you much about Lamu town, Shela, or anything else about the island.

We didn’t leave the beach. We were not near either town. We were exhausted. All we wanted to do was hang out on the beach and relax. So, that’s what we did.


Here’s that little crab wiggling about:

Our one excursion was to go snorkeling. The water was a big rough so visibility was poor. But, I love the ocean and even a bad snorkel is a fun experience for me.


J. shot some GoPro video. I’ll post that once it puts it all together

It was a much needed break. Rest and relaxation proved to be the best Christmas presents we could give ourselves.

So, that’s it. That’s this post. I will have a review of Kizingoni next week, followed by a review of Yapperville, where Oreo spent her Christmas vacation.

I hope your Christmas was as peaceful and enjoyable as our and wish you all a very happy new year!

Life in a Sh*thole Country

It gets more and more difficult to be an American abroad. The orange one will not shut up and his words grow more offensive every day. It’s hard to protest from outside the U.S., but I’m doing what I can.

I posted on Twitter. I posted on Instagram. I shared to FaceBook (although that is largely preaching to the choir). Now, I’m writing this post.

Kenya—all of Africa actually—falls under the fake-bake-bad-dye-job’s definition of “shithole country.” Guess what. It’s amazing here. I love it in Kenya and I never want to leave.

Guess what else. America’s shithole president and his supporting political party are turning America into a shithole, and fewer people want to visit let alone live there. Who wants to go to a racist land where you run the risk of getting shot just by going to see a movie? Why would anyone want to visit a place where women’s rights are being stripped away while white supremacists and rapists are applauded?

I don’t even want to visit home. I’ll happily stay abroad for now.

In closing, please enjoy these scenes from a shithole country. You’ll notice that it’s anything but that. I hope you’ll come to visit. If you can’t come to Kenya, then travel elsewhere. Go see the beauty in the parts of the world that the scumbag in chief will never be smart or sane enough to understand.

If nothing else, at least look at these pictures to see how wonderful Kenya is, and this is just a small slice.