Monday, March 24, 2008

Aunt Kathy Stayed Home All Day!!!

This is so sweet! Aunt Kathy stayed home with me all day today. This is better than the usual vacation at Aunt Kathy's and Uncle Steve's. Aunt Kathy has taken me for a nice walk every day since you left. She did go to her aerobics class, but Uncle Steve got home shortly after she left. I had to let him know in no uncertain terms that it was dinner time. He caught on quick. If I work this right, I might get two dinners.

Your trip sounds really neat. Are you in something safe so the lions don't eat you? And how do you keep the elephants out of whatever you are in? I have never seen an elephant, but it seems as if they are big enough they can do what ever they want to do.
Aunt Kathy picked me up so Uncle Steve could get a good picture of how cute I am. Don't I take a nice picture?
The Speckster


At 3:32 PM, Blogger Speck said...

Hi Speckster-

That so cool that AK is giving you so many walks! No wonder you barked for 39 minutes before we brought you over to their house.

When we are on one of the "game drives" we are in an open safari vehicle (actually a really rugged stripped down version of a land rover with no doors or roof) The ranger has a shotgun on top of the hood within reach. We asked if he's ever had to shoot it and he said "no." We then asked him if he shot it once in awhile to make sure it worked and he ignored us. We're keeping the faith. The "khaya" or "house" we are in is very nice and secure. There is a perimeter fence around the property, but not much of one. The animals really seem to be interested in us, but not afraid. They tell us that they view us as one big thing so it's important to not "break the silouhette" of the vehicle by getting out or they may realize that it is smaller pieces that could be attacked.

All in all, it seems very safe and casual. One lion did start coming right at me and turned about 6 feet from us. It wasn't an aggressive move, just more like it wanted to go around us. I was a bit nervous. The most amazing thing is how very close we get to the animals as you can see in the pictures we sent to US's email.

Today we saw: Elephants, Leopards, a Giraffe, Zebras, Impalas, a Cheetah (it was stalking Zebra's and they thought it was going to attack, but then it got too dark) it looked just like you when you hunt bunnies only not as cute. Wildebeest, Jackals, and a very rare small cat called a Serval (the rangers were very excited).

Anyway, we've got to get up in 5 hours so we're going to go. Kiss AK and US for being such great hosts. We'll talk to you soon.

Love Mom and Dad


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