pets

2017 April

A new holiday, just for talking animals. Really.

2017-05-12T19:55:37-04:00April 1st, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

One day Adam woke up and looked around and the place was his. He saw the animals. “Lion,” he said, in a manner of speaking. Then “lamb.” And so forth. They all had good relationships. They were at peace, lying around together. It was Eden.

2015 November

Fear and childbirth in Uganda

2017-07-18T01:48:18-04:00November 12th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

It’s morning and the sun is up, shining on the mud, and Zak, the dog, has left his bright orange ball to chase Tiblets. Tibs, as Liz is fond of calling him, is the poor cat who just took off into the bush. There is another way, though, and one of our cats, Mister Bubbles, [...]

2015 September

Life is in the small pleasures, the simple moments

2017-07-18T02:03:28-04:00September 26th, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator, Saturday, September 26, 2015) MUKONO, UGANDA ✦ Our dog, Zak, is a fine-looking German shepherd with a deep bark and a good name. (I mean, if your name is all you can ever fully own, surely that's true for dogs too.) He's wary of strangers and, I suspect, would give his life if called to. He has a funny relationship with his food, never uses his doghouse, (preferring our back door), and loves rolling in the morning dew.

2015 March

Big dogs, trouble, and the Balm of Gilead

2017-07-18T02:36:17-04:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

It was last evening. “Dad,” she said. “Can I hold the leash?” “No.” “Please,” she said. “No.” Zack, our big-as-a house German Shepherd, has been a little disobedient on his walks lately, chasing the monkeys and whatnot. Liz wouldn’t be able to hold him. “Zack has given even Mum a hard time lately,” I said. “You [...]

2014 November

Heaven. Sainthood. Mister Bubbles

2017-07-18T17:47:34-04:00November 7th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Liz pulled out an old Bryan Adams CD on the school run this morning and the song Heaven came on and she liked it so much she played it again and pretended to sing it to Mister Bubbles, that is her cat. Huh. Once at the school, a friend came and sat for morning coffee. [...]

2014 October

The dangers of too many cats

2014-10-02T07:31:36-04:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, September 27, 2014) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Back in Africa, I’m not overly worried about Ebola on the other side of the continent or even al-Shabab terror cells like the one just busted in a slum here in Uganda’s capital – 19 Somalian suspects were arrested. I’m worried more about my underwear. They could soon all be taken by my daughter and her cats.

2014 October

Forget Ebola or terrorism – it’s the cats that worry me

2017-07-19T00:35:20-04:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Liz continues to do her best to teach her cats how to do new tricks ... and take my underwear in the process. If you missed it in the Hamilton Spectator the other day, here's the news on all this here or below. + PDF Version (The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, September 27, 2014) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Back in [...]

2014 September

I got the snip-snip, thanks. But, sure, let’s get a dog.

2017-07-19T00:38:03-04:00September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re around the breakfast table and the kids are bragging about how old they are, that is how mature and experienced and all that. Liz makes the point she’s in Year 7 now, which, in their international school in Uganda actually means high school. The other two aren’t far behind. Which brings the table conversation [...]