Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Goodbye Andrea!

Andrea, who has been at the KAT Centre since last autumn, left Nepal on Sunday to go to Ireland to get a health checkup. The real sad thing is that I didn't even get the chance to say goodbye, there was a Bandha so I couldn't go to the Centre since Thursday and Andrea had lost her phone so I couldn't call her! Well, Andrea, I hope you read this, have safely arrived in Ireland and will hopefully be back soon!

Andrea will be sorely missed. She was the oldest of us girls and sometimes like a mother - we could always come to her with our little worries. She might not have been as 'active' as a lot of the other volunteers, always busily running around, but that was a big advantage - she always had time to comfort a dog waking up after operation, soothe an animal, be it dog or cat, on the drip or sit with the scared or bored dogs in the isolation. She made many dog's day brighter - and also mine.

Get well, don't forget us and come back soon, Andrea!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Kali: Photos!

I'm very sorry for being late with my post (again). But with a dog and university, there's nearly no time for anything else anymore. But I promised some more photos of Kali in Switzerland & here they are finally:

By now I'm quite sure, that Kali is the most amazing dog ever! She's been toilet trained from the first day she was at our home. She's great with other dogs and always wants to play with everyone. Even with the really, really old ones. Most of the kids we meet are okay as well, as soon as they don't touch her paws, she doens't like that. Also, she's okay with traveling by car, bus and train and mostly falls asleep after only a few minutes. She's not even scared by all the people at the main trainstation in Zurich! Lately we started training her to wear a muzzle, because we will spend some of our summer holiday in Italy and there dogs have to wear a muzzle on boats & trains/buses. And after only a few days, she already fine with wearing it. We also already trained 'sit', 'down', 'jump on' and 'go to your dog bed'. :-)

The only problem we have at the moment is that she can't stay alone in Zurich yet (at our home in Savognin it's no problem though). So, for the time being, she either comes with me to university (she's allowed for certain lectures to join) or I bring her to a place that's like a kindergarten for dogs. ^^ It's not directly like a shelter; the dogs stay there in two groups, one for the big dogs and a second one for the smaller ones. Each of the groups has it's own big room, full of cusions, dog beds & toys, where they can play together or sleep. Around lunch time all the dogs are taken out for a long walk. I think it's very nice for Kali to have her dog-pack there some days a week – it's similar to the inhouse-dog pack she lived with at the KAT Centre.

And now the photos: 

Kali's flight from Doha landet in Zurich.
Customs at Zurich Airport. A horrible place, I tell you.
One of the wheels of the transport box broke during the
transport, that's why the box is standing so tilted.

First steps in Switzerland!

Tired Kali... ^^

Enjoying the sun.

Viktoria, her husband Martin and her mum Dolores visited us in
Savognin and we went on a ride with the horse-sledge. ^^

Viktoria promissed to show some more photos, I'm sure she'll upload them as well.

There was snow in Savognin untill mid-April. Very, very tiring for everyone. Everyone but the dogs! Most dogs I know seem to love snow and so does Kali. She loves to run around in great circles and dive in the deeper snow. So here's some photos of Kali in her beloved snow:

The Goof.

Kali does not yet come back everytime I call her, that's why she wears that
very long leash. It's 20 meters long, but very light. With that leash, she can
round around pretty much as if she would be off-leash, but if she doesn't
listen or there's danger ahead, I can get her under control again very easy.

So, that should be enough for the moment. But I'll make sure to show some more photos of Kali, it's springtime now. :D

All the best!

I missed one of the photos, it's from the airport when Kali arrived and thus far my favourite of the two of us together:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cats at KAT

KAT has three lovely kittens at the moment, which came in with their mother. Two little black ones with odd white spots and a little tiger. It is a delight to see them play and jump up on eachother! This picture was taken during their nap time though - isn't that a beautiful family idyll?

The kittens are about 6 weeks old and still drinking their mother's milk. Give them another 2 weeks and they are ready to be adopted, and also their beautiful mum will need a home.

The other cat living with them is our beautiful three-legged cat. She came in with a big swollen foot and was so skinny and looked so miserable. She was also very shy. At KAT, she recovered quickly, gained some weight, got nice shiny fur and became my personal favourite, since she loves to cuddle and be with you. But the foot didn't get any better and our vets diagnosed that it is some kind of tumor and if the leg is not taken off, it will spread - so it might be better to euthanise it. We all thought about it and decided to give that cat a chance. Her leg was taken off about a month ago, and the first few days she was truely miserable. I cried everytime I saw her and I thought she would never be happy again.

But it is amazing to see animals adapt to different circumstances, we people could really set them as an example: She started walking and climbing and is now as happy as ever! She is truely beautiful and loves to sit on your lap and purrs wildly! I love her so much and I would be so happy if this cat finds a home - she should be an indoor cat though, because without her fourth leg, she can't run away quickly from dogs or cars. She is the perfect companion so if you're looking for a cat, consider her - her inner beauty makes up for the missing leg!