Having a pet in country is difficult. About a month ago, I finally got a cat, and I named him Tiger. I had been wanting a cat for awhile, and then one stormy night my compound brother knocked on my door and said here’s a cat for you. He’s probably about 3-4 months old. His hobbies include sleeping on my bed, drinking milk, walking on my keyboard, chasing his tail, and scaring the chickens. He loves cuddling and sitting in my lap, very sweet kitten. But he’s also super playful and is going to make a good rat killer one day, which I definitely need. Overall, he’s a great companion!
Except for the part where he keeps running away when I leave. I’ve tried keeping him on a leash or in my house, but he finds a way to escape. The most recent time he’s run away is when I left to go to Hawassa for a 10k trail run, and he escaped from my house when my neighbor opened the door to feed him. What's worse is that he ripped open the plastic bag of milk powder and sprinkled it all over my bed, and then took the bread my neighbor gave him, ripped it up into little pieces, and left that all over my bed too.
Due to transportation and travel concerns in certain areas Ethiopia, I was advised not to travel to the race, and ended up spending the weekend in Addis. And then when I was on my way back to site, I got a phone call saying I needed to head to one of the regional offices for a Peace Corps program. So I went home for less than 2 hours to pack and eat lunch, and then make my way back to Dessie and catch a bus. So imagine coming home after the day before was a full day of traveling on 3 different mini buses to travel 400 km from Addis to Dessie, to find that you have to clean up after the cat you no longer have.
It's been a week since I've been away from Gimba, and Tiger was sited at the compound yesterday. However, who knows how long he'll be around this time, and due to the difficult transportation routes and limited buses in Ethiopia, I'm not exactly sure when I'll be able to return. Long story short, having a pet in Ethiopia is difficult.