OK, we went to Parkes, NSW Australia, and Amy wanted a horse to add to her pets, along with the already-planned Shiba Inu farm, a cat, and a two-story house that would have a giant spiral staircase. From our Uluru tour, I was glad that she didn’t add a camel to the mix. In Perth, the koala and kangaroo got added into the menagerie. In Sri Lanka’s Kandy city, we visited the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, and we fell in love with the elephants, but Amy did NOT request one for a pet. Whew!
All over Sri Lanka, there are stray dogs everywhere, pretty much. Most are in bad shape – skin and bones, mange with major areas of fur missing, luckily none with rabies that we’ve seen – yet! So, while touring the ancient temple grounds at the Giant Stupa of Polonnawaru, the former second capital of Sri Lanka, we see our first puppy! It was love at first sight – and Amy was smitten. The puppy’s mother was nowhere to be found or seen, though we searched and hung around for 30+ minutes. When we asked the many vendors loitering around the grounds, no one could say they ever saw the mother of the puppy. Odd. Anyway, we took it with us, much to the chagrin and consternation of our driver, Mr. Tissa. Up until that point, he was a pretty good, easy-going driver. Little did we know that it was the end of our roving around the Central part of Sri Lanka!
More about that later, but here’s a picture of our latest “souvenir” from Sri Lanka!
OK, so we aren’t going to bring her home to the States, BUT, she’s still a cutie. We’re due for a vet visit in the morning, and will get her ready for her new owners so that she’s not turned into a stray, and left uncared for in the streets.
Ideas for names for this lively puppy? It’s a girl! We think she’s around 2 weeks to 1 month old. We were also told that people who have had litters of puppies tend to dispose of the girl pups as they can bear pups, which make it a hassle to upkeep. So much for the neutering and spaying program around here! Wow, what a concept …
[NOTE: I’m typing this up while Amy’s sleeping, and she just giggled several times in her sleep … probably dreaming about her day babying and playing with the puppy!]