February 24, 2013
Tawzalt’s puppies have been placed.
It’s been a big week for the little ones. They had a visit to the vet — as they say in Zimbabwe — to have their “jabs”. Azelouan and Tawzalt also made the visit to the doc. The buzz at the office was how amazing it is that Tawzalt has recovered her figure after only 11 weeks. She’s like those supermodels who have children and are modeling again in 3 months.
The puppies had a second excursion to the school to be handled by a mob of children in two classrooms. Frankly, they handled that better than I did. I wasn’t sure I would make it out alive. “Puppies!”
Tawzalt and Azelouan are busy teaching the puppies about appropriate behavior and their place in the pack. Azelouan is the disciplinarian, teaching manners. Tawzalt is interested in teaching hunting and digging techniques.
February 8, 2013
It is pouring down rain this afternoon. They are big enough to really want to explore and find the house a confining place to spend a whole afternoon without exploring. They are having to amuse themselves with inside pursuits. That means playing with approved toys. It also means hauling down couch cushions which are certainly not approved for puppies to make into a bed.
February 5, 2013
It is (somewhat) cold and cloudy today. It feels like rain. The puppies are now 8 weeks old. They can manage to scrabble up onto the couch and are very proud of themselves. All four of them are lying together in a pile.
This sort of snuggling behavior is common for Azawakh when the temperature dips a bit. It is quite endearing.
Their bodies are adapted to tolerate the extreme heat of the Sahel and souther Sahara. Their behavior is adapted to tolerate the cold nights in the desert when the temperatures plunge.
(The couch color was not my choice. It is government issue, I’m afraid.)
January 24, 2013
Afouda and Tazoudi are 6 weeks old this week. It rained most of the past week in Harare and they have had to content themselves with mostly inside time — just visiting the very damp garden between showers. Today the sun has come out and they enjoyed a romp with their sire, Azelouan.
January 16, 2013
It has rained every day for the last week, morning and night in Harare. Today we enjoyed a break in the clouds and some sunshine for a handful of hours after lunch. Tawzalt’s puppies are now 5 1/2 weeks old. They are much more confident outside and more coordinated. They are working on their double-suspension gallop as well as digging in the dirt under bushes and tasting everything.
January 7, 2013
Werner Roeder posted this video of Azawakh among the Tuareg and vassal tribes in Burkina Faso and Niger filmed during the 2000 ABIS expedition.