April 10, 2016

Chardonnay (the dog not the wine)

I have been at Kijabe for an 8 day stretch covering while several docs are at the Christian Medical Dental Association meeting in Greece. That meeting is a great way to get all those continuing education hours doctors need but it stretches staffing.

So, in addition to doing clinical work this week, I have the gift of staying in Nate Cook’s house where I am dog sitting. Nate (a fellow pediatrician who is at the conference with his family) and his wife Becky are in their first year here at Kijabe and they have this dog-named Chardonnay. Chardonnay is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever met. He barks at everyone who comes near as a welcome. Of course, in general Kenyans do not like dogs and so they do not always positively perceive this exuberant welcome. Chardonnay is ALWAYS ready for fun. Anytime I walk out of the house he follows me and has a stick in his mouth so we can play. ANYTIME and I mean that. Since I have been on call twice I can personally attest that Chardonnay is ready to play at 9pm, 11pm, 1am, 3am, 5am AND she always is happy to see me as I drag my tired self home. She is also playful during the day.I am not necessarily a dog person, but a dog like Chardonnay could grow on you.



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