Before you try to tell me I got the saying wrong…I know, I am merely quoting Gloria from Modern Family. Also, this post is not about some awful incident leading me to believe it is a dog-eat-dog world; it is simply a post about my new dog Baxter! I bought him for 5 Cedis last weekend, gave him a bath to rid him of his fleas, and took him home. For those of you who know about the Xena/Zorro incident, yes I double-checked that it was a he. I pondered for a while about what to name him, finally coming to the conclusion that I would name him after the poor dog punted off of a bridge after a tragic burrito-motorcycle accident (see Anchorman). Unfortunately, I soon learned that Ghanaians do not know the name Baxter and cannot pronounce it properly, a combination of circumstances leading everyone to believe I have named my dog “Bastard.” He already answers to it, so no, I won’t be changing his name. He is tiny; so small, in fact, that when he eats, his stomach expands like a balloon until he can no longer walk and has to sleep it off, so we have that in common. We like to take food coma naps on the couch after lunch, making the two of us a match made in heaven. Gosh, I really don’t understand why my boyfriend thinks this dog is replacing him.
Now I like to believe that Karma is a real thing, and that we get back just what we put out into the world. That is why I just can’t understand why my good Karma with dogs has not transferred over to cows. I was riding my bike back from a health club meeting a few days ago, and out of nowhere came a herd of cows running through the road. As agile as I am on my bicycle, as I weaved in and out, I hit one. I have never been in a car accident in my life, but now I have been in a cow accident. The cow was completely un-phased, uttering a quiet “moo” as it continued on its way. The two boys shepherding, however, will never let me forget it. Choking on their laughter, the pointed and screamed at me in Dagaare, words I couldn’t translate but could very clearly understand. I used to like cows.
On a more serious note, I have started a huge project to build about 300 latrines in Eremon. The registration in under way and the grant is in the process of being written. Once everything has been approved I will publicize all the details and let you all know what you can do to help, if you’re interested, of course!