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Mom says I have to start practicing saying goodbye since we’re leaving Africa for good in a little less than 3 weeks (I’m freaking out about this on the inside). So, I was able to obey her by saying goodbye to my pretty Canadian friends Shannon and Susan.
Susan and Shannon came to Mwanza as part of the African Probiotic Yogurt Network. Shannon is a microbiologist and Susan is a business intern with the project that helps to distribute probiotic yogurt to rural women in Northern Tanzania.
Before Shannon and Susan came along, mom and I were all alone in Mwanza, so when these girls showed up it changed our world! As you can tell from the photo above, they were super happy, super fun, and they also loved me like you wouldn’t believe (I mean, who doesn’t, other than Turkish Air?) Shannon and Susan made the most of their time in Mwanza by hosting the Mama-Q and traveling to Dubai with mom for Easter.
In order to celebrate their departure from Mwanza, we decided to go hiking in Capri Point to witness the beauty of the sunset over Lake Victoria. I did this hike way back in January 2012 when I first arrived in Mwanza (and it’s also where I took the photo that heads this whole blog, clearly it’s a special place). Because I’m so experienced, I led the way through the rocks and out to the overlook point where we could have a bird’s-eye view of Mwanza and the lake.
I got to take photos for the last time in Africa with my ladies in a setting that matched their beauty. I’m hoping they’ll print them out and frame them so they’ll be sure to never forget me.
As we were preparing to hike back out, some local children came along and were excited to see us. It always fascinates me how people live, perched up between the rocks. At first the children were afraid of me, as most Tanzanians are. But mom bribed them to come and pet me. I was a bit uncomfortable with this situation at first (who knows where those hands have been), but the children were very gentle and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me. They even smiled at the camera as I took photos with them (a rarity in Tanzania).
With this, we headed back down for one last dinner at Tilapia. See you on the other side of the world, girls!
The other day I found a feather in the yard and it got me thinking about all the different types of birds that live in Tanzania.
One of my main duties at our house in Mwanza is policing the yard and protecting it from all the birds. This is quite the task since there’s so many darn birds everywhere all the time. When I was younger mom used to be afraid that the hawks would scoop down and get me (she even contemplated making me wear armor outside, which never happened, thank God. Besides she’s already put me in enough embarrassing outfits for a lifetime).
As you all know, I’ve put on weight and those birds could never lift me now, so I can police in full-body freedom-of-movement!
This is what the big guy looked like close up. These are also the most common birds that I see. Being a dog, I don’t know the proper name for it, but you don’t need those kind of specifics when you’re protecting the yard.
Recently, mom showed me some photos of other birds that live in Tanzania, but which aren’t found in the ecological niche that is my yard. It made me very grateful that I’m ONLY dealing with the big hawk bird and not all those other scary winged-creatures.
And with those feathered monsters in mind, I think I’ll run off with my yard-father and play!
My mom has been hogging the computer for over a week now working on a poster for the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston. Her title is, “Cryptosporidium spp. infection in breastfeeding mothers and their HIV-exposed or unexposed infants in a peri-urban community in northwestern Tanzania”. BOOOORING!!
I decided to show mom how it’s done and make my own poster for EB. Guess how long it took me? 30 minutes! Boo-ya!
And that’s how you make a scientific poster. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am!
she got me some Emirati dog food!
Mom said she almost got me diet dog food (gasp), but decided to get me the small breed kind instead and said that I’ll go on a diet when I get back to America, RUDE! Personally, I think she got this kind for me because it promises to give me “firm stool quality” and we all know how much my mom loves a good, firm poop!
Also, I think I could make a lot of money performing tricks on the Burj Khalifa (which, by the way, always makes me think of Wiz Khalifa, being the gangsta dogg that I am). What do you think?