A few locals enjoying the shade from Daniel's manyatta on a hot, dry day in Mt. Suswa. 😊 That's Mama and Puppy on the left (Mama is in the back, and yes, I gave them those names). I haven't introduced them yet, but we're pretty much best friends. They get all the belly rubs and leftover ugali and rice, and keep me safe by chasing away the hyenas at night. Puppy is full of energy and follows me everywhere I go, even when climbing the crater. Mama just gave birth to four more puppies about a month ago (one of which didn't make it past the first day 😟). They are the sweetest!
The Maasai really don't understand how I can love these two so much because they don't domesticate their animals (this is the norm in Africa and Asia) and certainly don't view or treat them as equals. Seeing as how it's impossible for me to not share love with all animals, I've wanted to show them how joyful of an experience it is to share love and cuddles with the local dogs, cats, goats, sheep, donkeys and cattle. It's mostly worked with the kids, as they are obviously more open to it. Every time they see me rubbing Puppy's belly, they start showing him love too. It's beautiful to watch how children literally mimic our exact moves and learn so quickly, and also makes me very aware of how easily influenced and fragile kid's minds are.
Here's to seeing the value in every being and doing our best to create a more joyful existence for all. ❤ 36 1
You can't or you won't 42 0
a flower in
my heart that
only blooms for
the ones who
dare to love
me in the
the sun never
shines." - @fireflyfiphie
Gratitude is my prayer... 6:30 am, somewhere in Afrika. 43 5
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