Izzie is Four

Today is Izzie’s fourth birthday. She is the only one of our five pets whose birthday we know with absolute certainty. I know I’ve talked about her a bit on this blog, but since it’s her special day I thought it would be fun to focus on our first puppy love for a day. Izzie […]

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Naughty Dogs Get a Makeover

We have three crazy dogs. I love them to pieces but boy, do they drive me insane on a daily basis. I went from never having a dog before to suddenly having three in little over one year. I had no idea what I was doing, plus we kept acquiring new little puppies that as […]

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Shipping Our Dogs: A Nightmare

Let me start this the same way I do every time I talk about our animals: I am perfectly aware that Sean and I are nuts to have five animals, and that we are certifiably insane to have five animals and then live the Foreign Service life. I get it. I don’t need anyone to […]

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Life’s a Zoo

We have five animals. Yes, you read that right for anyone who doesn’t actually know us. Two cats and three dogs. It’s an excessive number, I know, but this is what happens when you bring a bleeding heart to Central Asia and sick puppies turn up at your doorstep. They are all relatively young, and […]

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The Almost Dog

I’ve mentioned her before. She was the dog we almost adopted before we found Soya. There was about a 14 hour gap between Tony taking her home and Sean and I carrying Soya from Leslie’s house last October. An odd series of events that made Soya our dog, and Roxy the almost dog. She’s been staying […]

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Conversations Under the Gate

There are a lot of kids in our neighborhood. They spend hours almost every day playing on our street in rain, shine, snow, you name it. Our house provides them with two consistent games. We have an outdoor light with a switch fairly high up the exterior wall. We noticed the first few weeks that […]

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Tajik Shadow

Before we arrived I was adamant. No matter how many sad and abandoned animals we saw, there was absolutely no way I was going to rescue any of them. I’m probably the biggest animal lover you’ll ever meet, so that realization was hard for me. But we had three young, healthy pets and I couldn’t […]

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Animal Travel Report Cards

There have been a lot of firsts for me this week. The first time I got to skip the customs lines with my diplomatic passport. The first time I lived in a house of my own(ish). And, of course, the first time traveling with pets. Thus far, Dottie and Nona have been quite spoiled. The 775 […]

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