Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Don't let these sweet faces fool you! These dogs are killers! Rat killers that is!

This dog's name is Izi!

This one's name is Raja.

These dogs aren't technically ours, they belong to the house and whoever stays here. It is important here to have a dog--a black dog at that to keep thieves out and also rats. 

I was very  happy when I got here--blissfully in ignorance I suppose. I had heard that there were rats everywhere, but I hadn't up until today actually seen one here. I just thought they didn't like us!

About 2 months ago we had some friends over and we were sitting in our kitchen after dark playing some games when they said, "Did you hear that? That was a rat squeak." I was really quite content never knowing what that sound really was.

It was at this point that our friends asked us if our dogs were rat dogs. What does that even mean? Aren't all dogs rat dogs? Turns out they are not, but I had no idea if ours were or not. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Every night at dusk and through the night along with all the dogs barking, which has become quite soothing--really! I also hear another sound, not so soothing. All over the place. Every time I hear the squeak I pray for God to protect our house from rats, cockroaches, and bedbugs--which seem to be the 3 big enemies around here.

It seems like whenever I hear a squeak outside, relatively near our house our dogs go nuts and start barking, so I had a pretty good idea that they were rat dogs.

Today I was reassured! This morning we woke up and found a half eaten rat near our gate outside! I know that sounds disgusting--however, alive--really bad, dead--good, half eaten--even better!

I know have a greater appreciation for our furry friends!!!


  1. Hi, I just happened upon your blog and find it very interesting. My husband and I go on short term missions. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I'm not sure what God has planned for our future. Your situation makes me realize long-term missions isn't as scary as I once thought.

    Bless you and your family. May The Lord prosper you and make you wise so that His Word is spread to those around you.
    Grace and peace,

    1. Thank you for your encouragement Robin! I have to say it isn't as scary as I first thought either!