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If find yourself hungry on a Saturday morning, Sheba knows exactly where to take you. Just cross the road from where we live, …and you come to our very own fast food service, where Salamatu is frying delicious beignets. Beignet is French for bean donuts, which are deep fried in peanut oil and served with […]
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Time is a treat, and so is nature. There are few things as valuable in my books as an excursion away from civilization. Add some good company, and the enjoyment is complete. Last Saturday, Anette and I took the dogs on a road trip to visit the Babul Lake. We didn’t mind arriving late in […]
Do you remember my father’s dog Sandy, “the unfortunate puppy”? He had such a serious series of mishaps and accidents when he was only nine weeks old and we weren’t sure he was going to make it. For several weeks, he couldn’t rise on his own, much less walk; wanting to do so much and […]
Tabita and Priscilla are leaving for Holland this weekend, so I thought this skywatch post would go to them! Remember Tabita’s birthday ride in the bush? I saved the best for last. Renate and Priscilla turned about halfways, while Tabita, Peter and I continued forward. The dogs stayed with us, not wanting to miss out […]
A few weeks ago, I took Sheba’s Miss Uku of Baghera (known as Ecco) to see her brother Kimi (Mr Bakwai) , who is the official guardian of Tabita and her family. Kimi (left) and Ecco (middle) had not seen each other for a long time, and had a happy reunion together with their mom […]
On the weekend after Tabita’s birthday, I took her out on her very first riding lesson in the bush. Finally allowed to steer the horse all by herself (expect for shorter moments in Zinder City when the street has been empty of traffic), my newly turned five year old niece was living her dream! Tabita’s […]
I found this image in the archives and it made me smile. According to a series of images taken by Inger during her and Staffan’s December stay, Anette was trying to cut the nails of Sheba’s eldest daughter Daya. Ronja – Anette’s constant companion, sits to her right while Sandy has placed himself right behind […]
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I can’t believe it’s been a year since Sheba gave birth to her surprise litter – the doing of my mother’s dog Baghera! I still remember my dad talking me through the whole ordeal on wireless skype and how proud I was of him “delivering” the babies! Personally, I first got to meet the Sheba […]
Looking back, I can’t believe the past season in Niger started with puppies!!! Seven, to be specific. Although the litter was absolutely not planned (with Sheba being far too young in my opinion), the seven Sheblings were a welcome addition to the Eden Office with its two terrains to be guarded. One of the first […]
A few days before we left Taiwan, Anette contacted me to say that Malva had fallen ill with canine piroplasmosis (Babesia canis). Although this parasite-transmitted disease normally evolves during a number of days, Malva became acutely ill and quickly started vomiting blood. Despite immediate medical care, there was nothing Anette nor Madougou the vet could […]