Azawakh Family

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.)

Azawakh Family

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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.

You may view this set of images as a slideshow on Flickr.

Still Cold Outside?

Indoor Wresting

Alone in Bed

Theodora and Afouda

Rainy Day Chew Stick

Hop on Pop

Werner Roeder posted this video of Azawakh among the Tuareg and vassal tribes in Burkina Faso and Niger filmed during the 2000 ABIS expedition. 

The trouble is it is damn easy to drive into them. I’ve seen taxis with their front-ends in and their back ends up in the air. I’ve seen the right half of a Land Cruiser go in so the other two wheels are up in the air and the entire car is balanced on its axles.

Yesterday, I saw a big Mercedes lorry go in.

Problem with open sewers... Don't drive off the edge of the road

I don’t know how they got that thing out but it was gone in the morning.

Obstacle

October 5, 2011

Obstacle

On the way home from school with the kids, I came across a bit of an obstacle in the road. Someone left a bit of machinery parked in my way and went home for the day. What isn’t obvious from the photo is that there were cars piled up behind me blaring and a u-turn is nearly impossible because of the open sewer.

I did manage to get around this behemoth by squeezing between it an the sign on the right.

Dusky Blurs

October 2, 2011

Evening wrasslin'

At twilight, playful wresting often preceeds warp speet chase gams.

Struttin'

Tawzalt capers through the bamboo thicket at dusk.

Dog in a Truck

September 30, 2011

Dog on a Truck

I took this photo with my phone from my car near the new Vodafone head office in Accra, Ghana (one of the big buildings in the background). The dog has some Azawakh-like characteristics but with a major pot belly. Maybe he has a belly full of worms?