The month of June

Hi all!

How is it June already?! I can’t believe how time flies- but let me finish off May first. Yesterday Priscilla took Jenna, Dor and I out to her village (Charia) to look for goats but after several hours in the hot sun, we had to return to Wa empty handed. Fortunately, Jenna was able to find herself a cute little black goat kid at the market in town, and now Noma (means love in Wali) is living happily in our yard. She is rather noisy, but we’re hoping that aquiring more kids will cure her presumed loneliness.

This morning, Dor and I woke up in the dark (more importantly: it was a tolerable temperature!!) at 4:40am and toddled our way over to MOFA to meet up with Elizabeth (from the vet clinic next to our lab in MOFA) and Kirsten (who was so kind and offered to chauffeur). Off we went to the village of Sagu, where we administered an I2 Newcastle vaccine, free of charge to all the villagers who rounded up their fowl for us. (This is a modified live vaccine, only newly used in the area and is adminstered with a dropper into one eye of the bird.) We also watched the locals tip their Zebu bulls (really, it was a remarkable trick) and Elizabeth gave some antibiotics for various harness-sores.

This experience was a highlight of the trip so far, I really enjoyed walking through the village and seeing how they live. A family compound will have cattle, goats, chickens, pigs, dogs, and cats all moving freely in and out of where the family cooks, eats, and lives. It was so peaceful in comparison to Wa; I hope we will find opportunity to spend more time out of town doing vet work even though we were literally paid peanuts.
And the good times just kept a’rollin’! I acquired a kitten (named Kuli-kuli, after the ubiquitous Wa snack of deep fried groundnut paste balls) and Dor picked up a tiny little puppy (named Little Sagu, after the town of its birth).
Kuli-kuli’s name is particularly fitting because she eats groundnuts (peanuts)! It is adorable/peculiar, as I am required to chew them up into a sort of paste for her, but then she eats it just as fast as my cat at home eats his expensive cat food!
Pleased with ourselves, we took our new pets back to the vet clinic to have them dewormed, bathed in something strong smelling to get rid of ectoparasites (Sagu had at least ten ticks, while my darling kittycat was practically pristine as I found her….Cats: 1 Dogs: 0) and gave them a shot of multivitamin and antibiotic just to bring them up to snuff. As the clinic’s supply of rabies vaccine expired last week, that will have to wait until the new shipment comes in (next week) and then our little darlings will be at nearly Canadian standards. As I will have two cats already living in my condo in Calgary, there is no chance for me to attempt to bring Kuli-kuli home, so our bet is on Dor’s bleeding heart to try to smuggle Sagu back to Guelph.

I’m afraid that photos use a lot of data to upload, so please stay tuned for a photo dump when I make it to an internet cafe!

Cat lady international,
Ilona