Alpine Newt II

On a recent walk, Kali discovered this little Alpine Newt. It was on its way to the river (I guess…), but due to the snow finally melting the water level was very high and the current was a lot stronger than usual.IMG_5339

So I picked it up and carried it over to the lake, where lots of newts spend their summer time. Kids swimming in the lake will often catch a few newts, keep them in a bucket of sorts and then release them back into the lake later.

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We also came across this one later, in the middle of a really hot road.

It didn’t move when I picked it up first, which is why I could take a picture to show off their nice orange belly. I carefully wetted it and when it started to move around a little, I put it into the lake as well. Into a little puddle on a stone, where the water was shallow and pretty warm hoping it wouldn’t be too much of a shock to go from a hot street to a cold mountain lake. Maybe he’ll recover…

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Saying Goodbye to Streetdogs

About three weeks ago we got the news that Kalu, a long-term resident and in-house dog at KAT Centre, had to be put to sleep. I don’t want to go into the details of why this was done, but it has saddened all of us who are or were involved with KAT in the last few years.

I met Kalu (the male form of the name Kali, meaning Black One) in 2011, when I was first at KAT. I was glad to see him again in February. He was starting to get grey around his muzzle, but was still a happy dog, content to sit next to us, getting cuddled, while always having an eye on his surroundings.

Now thinking of Kalu reminded me of all the other streetdogs who crossed my path and who have since left this world.

Such as little paraplegic Yoyo, who loved to go for walks – or better said RUNS, you really had to be fast to keep up – while someone held up her backend with her bellyband.

And we’ll also always remember the Boxer called Boxer. Happiest and wiggliest of all streetdogs…

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At the same time when we lost Boxer, we also lost Bad Hair Puppy (her actual name). Both for unknown reasons, as they seemed quite well off, apart from the obvious mange.

The first ever dog at KAT was the Tibetan Terrier Mango, have a look at his page on KAT’s website to read more about him. I’m glad I got to know him back in 2011. Although a small and old dog, he was always the secret boss of KAT.

And these two pups we tried to rescue from Pashupatinath Temple, in February but who were too sick already and couldn’t be helped anymore.

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A few days after having to put to sleep the pups above, this lovely female was brought to KAT. She had been badly hit by a car and is here getting cuddles while we wait for the vets to get in and put her to sleep.

All these dogs have been more than “just streetdogs”, they were all special in their own way and no matter for how long or short time I knew them, they are greatly missed.

Farewell…

Kalu on Kukur Tihar, a few years back…