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Toby Cat is very happy




After 7 years of his slave (me) trying to persuade him that Whiskas biscuits put into a jar are treats, Agadir have finally started to sell real cats treats.

He is over the moon and no longer solely relying on treat parcels from friends in the UK!

In other pet news, this week I thought we’d lost Junior Cat.  He’d been fighting (theres a new ginger tom in ‘his’ square) and he had a wound on his head, then he disappeared for a couple of days.  I know other cats do this regularly, but mine don’t, so I was worried.  Eventually after much searching I got a responding little miaow from under a neighbours plant.  I climbed their garden wall, hiked him out from under the bush, put him on the path….and he promptly scarpered, right as rain!  Took him another few hours to come in, and another couple of days to settle, but hes been snoozing in his bed on the garden bench this morning, and later in ‘his’ bedroom.


Maya had her stitches out after being spayed (or ‘dressed’ for my Scottish friends) you’d never believe she’d had an op. except she seems unable to hold her bladder as well as before and keeps peeing in the house.  Looked it up on the internet (what did we do before google?) and it appears its quite common, fingers crossed it sorts itself out soon, in the meantime thank goodness for ceramic tiles and a mop.

She finally seems to be ‘getting it’ with her training lead.  Not exactly walking to heel, but not pulling my arm out of its socket either.  Hopefully she’ll soon be walking as well as Tara.

Sissy one of the park dogs has had 9 pups, 7 surviving so far…a mix of black ones and brown.

The other street dog, Betsy, had one surviving pup which has disappeared this week…..she was a very healthy puppy, so thankfully it looks like shes found a home.  I’m not surprised, she was beautiful (see below).

Theres a perception, particularly with Europeans here, that Moroccans hate dogs, and while its undoubtedly true of some, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many Moroccan people adore their pets.  It’s hard to walk down the road with Maya without someone wanting to stroke her.



As most of my visitors talk to the animals first, then ask after me, I thought it might be an idea to do a little update now and then from the important members of this household.

This week has been a week of Vet visits, but thankfully scheduled ones, not emergencies.

Firstly at about 8 months old it was Maya’s time to be sterilised, She had her op Saturday and I expected her to be really subdued and sorry for herself, as Tara was, but it seems shes made of sterner stuff. She marched out of the Vets and although she has slept a lot, otherwise shes been pretty much as normal. The Vet took her dressing off this morning, Tuesday, and was pleased with the wound. We have to stroll down there at 6 o’clock for him to put some antiseptic spray on it – its silver so she’ll look like David Bowie! She has a ‘lampshade’ but I’d rather keep my eye on her and stop her pulling out the stitches.

The reason for his visit today was to vaccinate Tara and the cats. He is very kind, and makes a house call. Toby and Junior were very co-operative by sleeping in ‘their’ bedrooms. Lulu of course was a different matter, she must be telepathic, shes never once allowed herself to be caught on vaccination day and normally evades me for several days afterwards. She always knows what time the Vet is closed so its safe to come in.

Tara was of course terrified as soon as she saw Mohammed and she hid under the table and had to be coaxed out. She is such a wuss.

People who actually know me, know that we give some food to two dogs in the park. They are Tara lookalikes. One, Betsy, has just had pups, 7, unfortunately five died and a German man took one home as a pet, and the other seems to be doing OK. Here he/she is being introduced to Tara.

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The other dog, Sissy, is about to give birth too. Watch this space.


When Tara, my first dog, was a pup we used to walk in the local park, quite often bumping into a lady who had five dogs. As Tara got bigger, we started to walk further afield, firstly to give her more of a run, but also because the local park is full of the African ‘disease’ – litter – and the other park is much nicer.

Just recently we’ve been cutting across the edge of the local park on our way, but Tara has taken against one of this lady’s dogs (which was a tiny pup but is now a huge beast) and if she sees them in the distance, she simply plonks herself down and refuses to go on. So for an easy life, I’ve just been turning around and going a different way.

This morning, my neighbour stopped her car and asked if I was ok, and I explained about Tara’s sudden aversion to Chico and she was so relieved, she said she had seen me turn around and walk away from her several times, and she wondered what she had done to offend me.

It made me wonder how many other times in our life we unwittingly do something that is misunderstood, and are never given the chance to explain.

Has it happened to you?


Well its more of a mild grumble really, but I thought I’ d start off gently and ease myself into it….

The park where I walk my dogs used to be full (and I mean full) of rubbish.  Moroccans have no concept of keeping things tidy and there are no litter bins to speak of.  The park gardeners had lost heart and said why? they’ll just leave more tomorrow.

Anyway, about November I decided instead of spoiling my walk by muttering about the trash, I’d keep one little area clean…day by day that little area grew and grew until all of the grassed areas were relatively clear.  The gardeners to their credit saw my efforts and joined in, if not exactly enthusiastically, they still did some.  Yes, every morning there’s the day before to clear up after,  yes people still leave stuff everywhere, some look at me like I’m mad, but its hugely satisfying to see what a difference can be made, with just a little effort.  So what’s my gripe?

Blooming gardeners who spend hours and hours raking leaves, twigs and rubbish into piles at regular intervals around the park, and – then leave it there.  So the stray dogs and cats rummage through it to see if there’s any food and the wind blows it all over the place, and basically it all has to be done again tomorrow grrrrrr.



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When I moved to Agadir in 2006 a dear friend gave me a copy of this text.  I have no idea where it came from but I love it

“Those who live simply tend to love their solitude, spending time alone in some daily inner activity such as prayer, meditation, journal writing, walking and nature gazing. At the same time they enjoy fulfilling relationships with others, although those relationships may be fewer in number than might be typical in the mainstream culture. We are both solitary and social; we need to nourish each aspect of ourselves.

I’ve simplified my life so that I have time for the things I really want to do. I want time to think, to read, to walk more. I want time for rewarding encounters with others. Simplifying outer things lets me order my interior life.

People who live simply tend to avoid activities and relationships that complicate their lives. If my life is already full of activities that nourish me I will not seek further commitments.

Now I go to sleep when I’m tired and wake up when my mind and body are ready to embrace the day. To me waking up after a good night’s sleep is one of the finest pleasures in life.

I simply revel in having time to read as much as I like, pursue serious spiritual seeking, do all my walking, running, yoga and tai chi, hike when I want to, write regularly, easily have many house guests, travel in a leisurely fashion, keep up a large correspondence, do volunteer work that connects me to the community.

She discovered she doesn’t need very much money to live, and that time is more important to her than money. She spent her days just being. landscaping. cooking, gardening, relaxing, reading, thinking and listening to music. On some days she took off to explore the area, with no planned itinerary.”