It has been a little while since we wrote, but the last 2 weeks have been chaos. Rox is off to Zambia with Faust and we had to prepare a lot before she could go. Faust was in excellent condition and was doing fantastic on his trainings, so no doubt they will be having a lot of success and fun. This is what she wrote before she left last week:
"We have been so busy these last few weeks with puppies and most of all getting ready for our trip to Zambia! Rox and Faust are heading off to Liuwa Plains at the end of the month. We are going to Liuwa Plains in Western Zambia to survey for Cheetah, Wild Dog and Lion in partnership with Working Dogs for Conservation from the USA and the Zambian Carnivore Conservation Programme. Faust is fit and ready to go, and we are really looking forward to it! We will be heading up to Northern Botswana and crossing the Zambezi at Kazungula, then onward to Kalabo in Western Zambia."
Since the cellphone reception is very poor up there, I haven't received any more news. Watch this space, because I'll let you know if there is some!
YES, puppies! Weeks are flying by and the pups are AWESOME! Next week Thandi's puppies (the Anatolians) are big enough to go to their new homes to protect livestock from predators. They will go to different farmers in this area. Gala's puppies (the Malinois) are super playful and show a good energy to become really cool working dogs (we still NEED your help!)
We also got two really nice people, Joel and Dianne, who came to interview us! Check Dianne's blog on: http://blog.southafrica.net/blog/entry/canine-conservationists Joel's article will appear in Mzanzi (a Dutch travel magazine) and was published in the Telegraaf (a Dutch national newspaper) last Monday - Thank you both sooo much!
I had to go back to Holland for a quick visit and managed to get a secondhand bite suite sponsored from PHV Elvado (http://www.phv-elvado.nl/). A great organisation that trains dogs for the police and army. We are going to use the suite for the training of the Malinois pups. Luckily we already found a volunteer who's going to wear it (Thanks Dave ;)) - Elvado, thanks a lot!