Kuwait Pack Walk
A few months ago, I set up a group on Facebook to try and get people to walk their dogs with me. In the UK, both in Rugby and Liverpool, it wasn’t a problem meeting other dog walkers, cos at 6pm every night the park was guaranteed to be filled with them. Here it’s a little different. They don’t like dogs at the park 😦 And when we walk locally, it’s difficult to let the dogs off lead, cos they often bark at the local kids. This is on account of the kids having no idea how to treat dogs, and consequently they will, 9 times out of 10, start barking at the dogs. As a result, many dogs here hate kids. It’s a vicious circle.
Consequently I take mine out into the desert a few times a week for an off lead run. Loads of space, but very few other dogs, except the occasional wild or abandoned ones hanging around in packs. The locals you see out there generally have shotguns in their hands, but are very friendly and confident with the dogs, so it’s usually OK to talk to them. And they’ll often offer you a chance to shoot with them, which I’ve never accepted yet, on account of thinking their motives behind shooting are bad. I did tell you that Da’afsha (our St Bernard cross) has a bullet in her tail, didn’t I?
So anyway, I started a group, which I plugged in the Dog owners group here.One of our early pack walks coincided with Cesar Millan’s National Pack Walk over in America, so we went for sponsorship ourselves, and raised KD180 (about 360 quid). We used it to Since then, the walks have been gradually attracted more participants, until yesterday we had 8 people and 11 dogs, and a lot of fun! The venue was the Japanese Gardens in Ahmadi, which isn’t exactly great for exercise for us (1/2 right around!) but it’s very pretty as far as locations in Kuwait go! And, most importantly the security guy doesn’t seem to mind us or the dogs, and we pick up our poop!
I apologise for the initial fuzziness… I never filmed in this humidity before, and didn’t realise the lens was so fogged up!!