A tale of two dogs: When privilege and survival skills meet

Dogs can act as sentinels, where what affects them could be used to predict what would affect man, or as models, where studying the animals’ sick body can guide oncologists on what would happen in the human body. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • One was a Zimbabwean dog that my grandfather used to own called Smart. Another is a Danish dog that is in this residence named after the historic Carthage Commander, Hannibal.
  • Their diets are also distinctly different. Some weeks ago, I had to dogsit Hannibal while everyone flew to Scotland for a funeral. I had a list of instructions on his meals. Hannibal, you see does not eat that store-purchased dog food. He does not like it.
  • Smart, on the other hand, always ate whatever scraps were left over. During drought, it would be the bottom crust of that yellow unga we call Kenya in Sadc mixed with water.

This is a story about privilege through the life of two dogs.

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