Rufus and I have been getting a lot of questions about Jack since we left Zambia. He built up an unexpected international following via my Instagram and fcbk accounts. To answer everyone’s questions and to put your minds (and, in some cases, hearts) at ease this is what happened to Jack:
When Rufus and I made the decision to return to the boat we knew we would have to re home Jack, either in Zambia or back in South Africa with our parents. The SA option was our favorite as then we could see him again when we returned. After a lot of discussions and research we realized that was the selfish option – it’s rather traumatic to fly a dog half way across Africa and then stick him in quarantine for 2 weeks before he can go to his grandparents. Next, neither of our parents have gardens, never mind dog friendly gardens with space to run and play, so it would be frustrating for Jack coming from a MASSIVE property to a tiny pebbled courtyard.
The second option was re homing him with an expat family in Zambia. The downside of this is that expat familie usually return to their home country and then he would have to be re homed a second time, with a family we didn’t know.
Luckily we made friends with an awesome family, also from SA, who were quite keen on getting a dog for their two young children. After spending some time together they got quite attached to Jack and asked if they could adopt him when we left. Not only do they have the same beliefs as us on caring for a dog but they have permanently settled in Zambia. They have a large farm in the south, near Livingston, so Jack will be a farm dog! it seriously cannot get any better than that.
We are still in contact with them and every now and then we get photos of Jack, happy and healthy and spoiled with love.
It was incredibly hard to say goodbye to him but it was made a whole lot easier knowing he was going to a good family who already loved him. Only the best for our best Jack 😉
PS. I am working on the travel posts but I’m having issues with getting photos from the laptop onto my iPad. Not practical to drag the laptop (with no battery) to land, on the dinghy, so I am figuring out an easier, safer way via my iPad. Hopefully I will have it down by the next port. We’re leaving for Mayreau tomorrow.