However, this blog is not about the beverage that is grown here in Tanzania so well. It is about the newest member of the Thomson family.
|The little "Cowie" when we first saw her|
We picked up this little bundle of fluff at the end of March. She was a little pup from an ex-pat family here in Arusha. Her mum was a village dog that the family had had since she was a pup. Her dad, well I guess he was a village dog too - no one knows.
The Children of the family had called her "Cowie" because she came out with spots, "just like a cow". Her brother was called Simbie (Simba is the Swahili word for Lion) so you can see the logic in the names. Anyway, Anne and I did not want to go through life calling the little dog after a cow, so we spent a lot of time thinking of a name that sounded LIKE Cowie. Katy was living with us at the time and she wanted us to call her "Katy Beth" after herself and Elizabeth. I just could not bring myself to shout out those names when the pup did wrong. So after a lot of tries we came up with Coffee. She even looked a bit like a good cappuccino - white like the froth, brown like the expresso and even a little bit that looked like the chocolate sprinkled on top.
|Mum and Coffee playing in our back yard|
"Ah but mum, those Mother-in-laws Tongues looked like they NEEDED to come out!" I always know when Coffee has been digging and then runs over the tiled floor.
All in all she is a good dog, quiet and intelegent. I think she will be a great comfort for Anne when times are hard.
|Dad sometimes has to disciple her|
|One of those times. Toilet roll under the bed!|
|In her position as guard dog. Note her toy: a half coconut shell|