Yes, I am quoting Toto. Were it not for his song “Africa” I don’t think any of us would have a clue who he was.
Toto was right about those dogs though. As soon as we laid down to sleep – in both Addis Ababa and further south – the dogs start. Wow. Your neighbors annoying barking Jack Russell, Shih Tzu, or Doberman cannot hold a candle to these wild dogs. Wow. They are so loud, and go on for so long.
We see these dogs along the side of the road everywhere we go. They are emaciated, dirty, and generally pathetic looking. Some wag their tails, but most don’t. Beyond the physical signs of hunger and homelessness, the lack of tail wagging is saddening to me. They have no hope. They have no assurance of their next meal. They are not guaranteed safety. Who knows what parasite or illness they might pick up while rummaging for food. No one is going to stop and pick up one of these guys and take them home as pets.
Of course I am terribly concerned about the people here. I am not trying to pay more attention to the dogs than the humans. But it strikes me that so many beings here are orphaned – human and beast. I just wish there was more that I could do.
Anyway, enough of that for now. It is time to get a shower so we can continue on or journey southward to pick up all of the kids. The next time you hear from us, we will be sleep- deprived parents!