Sunday, January 15, 2017

German Shepherd Show: 10 - 11 February





International K9 Association Championship for  German Shepherd show line and work line dogs will take place on February 10 - 11,  2017.

Kuwait's Official Championship is approved by the International German Shepherd Union and under the Patronage of the German Embassy of Kuwait.

For any inquiries please contact us through Whatsapp on +965 60426733
To meet any of the Association membership, we are available every Friday from 4 pm until sunset in Kabd next to the police station.

KK9A is the only legal representative of the WUSV in the State of Kuwait.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

2017

Here is my new years resolution:  Drink more tequila.

Well actually, I have a big resolution, but it won't come until the end of the year and I'm not going to share it now.

I really hope to fight off negative energy this year.  I'm still in a mood over the court case with the dude.  It is scheduled for March 7.  I don't know if I want a year with anything with him in it.  I don't need the disruption to my chi.  And ultimately, I feel he is going to commit suicide later in life when his looks and his charm fades and he's left with no job/life skills and no nationality and no one to support him because he's been a conniving taker his whole life. I don't want to feel like I'm a part of that downward-spiraling journey.

I just came back from the States and everything is good.  I haven't seen most of my friends yet and I have a lot of catching up to do.I had such a good time there.  This holiday was really great. Everything was happy.  It was hard to leave.  I miss my family so much.  I miss all the beauty there.  And people who don't stare at my ass constantly.  (Ok, ass-glances are fine, but really?  Staring at one's ass blatantly is just soooo 1950's.  Ick.  Do NOT walk through Souk Kabeer if you don't want your ass stared at.  Just sayin.)

Mikey is still at the kennel. I will get him back today or tomorrow.  Louie (Dorothy's cat) has been following me around like a dog since I arrived and has been REALLY vocal (he shouts, "hel-LOO" down the hallway if I don't give him attention).  He's so funny.  I had no idea what type of a cat he was until one of my friends showed me a photo of her cat and told me it is an Arabian Mau.  It is the same breed as Louie.  I did some research and Louie has all the character traits of the breed:  One of them is following you around, behaving like a dog.  He really isn't cat-like. He doesn't snuggle well.  He's very adaptable.  And really loyal.  I'm also not allergic to him (they say that Arabian Maus have little or no dander which is what I'm allergic to).  They've been around the region for (supposedly) thousands of years and are descended from Egyptian Maus.  They are mostly street cats and are adaptable to extreme temperatures.   AND - they sell for outrageous prices in the US (not that I could ever part with him).  Who knew?  Check out the Animal Planet video on Arabian Mau's HERE.

I got into a conversation when I dropped Mikey off at the kennel with a man who had a German Shepherd puppy.  He watched me as I walked Mikey around using the laser pointer; the ONLY training tool that works with him - no ball, no treats, but laser pointer.  The cat is a dog.  The dog is a cat.  That's my life.  The reason I whipped out the laser pointer was because of the puppy.  Mikey goes into attack dog mode when another dog is around (I know I am to blame.  Bad socializing.)  Dude (who obviously is new to the dog world) asked me if I'm a professional trainer.  LMAO.  Uh, not even remotely close.

He asks for recommendations for good dog trainers.  I reply with the same thing most of the real trainers will tell you, "YouTube."  You train the owner, not the dog.  I even recommend that people start educating themselves on puppy training BEFORE you get a dog.  Mikey fell into my life; I didn't expect to be a big-dog owner.  For that reason, he isn't socialized with other dogs and that is my fault.  At his age, he should be socialized and he isn't.  And I surround myself with trainers all the time.  I'm to blame.  Anyhow, if you take your dog to a trainer, the dog is going to listen to that trainer; not to you. When you go home, he is not going to react to you.  You need to work with him as an owner.  And that is a big responsibility.  Anyhoo, to get  Mikey's attention off of attacking little puppies, I use the laser pointer and it distracts him.  It works.  And that is another thing:  not every training method will work for every dog.  It's just like a child.  Some kids will do anything for a particular toy or treat; others won't.  You have to find your dog's thing.

Oh, and speaking of dog-things....

Remember the posts about the company that had killed all those sniffer dogs last year after they lost their contract?  No one has been brought to justice by the way and the handlers haven't been paid since last May.  They only received their releases from work last month.  I work with a dog kennel and we hired 2 of the former handlers of this company.  One of my friends with another kennel hired another other the handlers.  We all felt really sorry for them and so we did our best to make them comfortable.... Ok, so no good deed goes unpunished.  Sometimes people are just out to get what they can. And that's what happened here.  I shouldn't feel bad for trying to help, but at the same time, I hate feeling used and now 2 of my good friends feel that they were for hiring them and housing them. These guys came up with all kinds of excuses about having to take days off, not having money for taxis, and took a lot of time off during the day to "cook".  The 2 guys that my friend hired ate FOUR chickens a day; leading us to believe that they were somehow using the food to give to friends.  Who knows?  They all left with no notice at all and excuses that they were going to work for Global Services (that has some kind of a new sniffer dog contract) as handlers.  The guys we hired were afraid of the big dogs; they wouldn't handle the German Shepherds or Malinois.  It seems like they had a nice vacation with us and didn't even complete an entire month of work.  Oh well.

That was negative.  But wait, it was kinda positive because we tried to help.  Right?

Here's my philosophy on takers:   That's your test with God.  I have nothing to do with that.  I do what I think is right and good and I know that I  have done well.  That's my test.  I always give people the benefit of the doubt until they prove me wrong.  Sometimes they do.  Que sera.

Drink more tequila.





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dog Boarding Services - Ghalya's Dog Paradise



Book your dog's Christmas vacation at Ghalya's Hunderparadise ("dog paradise" in German) Boarding Kennel. Located in the farm area of Hijin/Kabd, Ghalya's kennel is run by compassionate ladies who pamper your furry family members with love. Dogs are treated to open green areas and swimming in the pool (summer) to keep them entertained/active. Stays include socialization with other 4-legged guests in a special area created for pets to feel like they are at home (photo directly below). 

No deposit and reasonable fee of 7KD ($23)/day. We only serve top quality brand food! Grooming services are also available. 

Call 97615615. Instagram: turnado14. Member, Kuwait K9 Association/FCI.







See Bazaar Magazine's article on Ghalya's at bazaar.town/ghalyas-dog-paradise


Kuwait K9 Kennel Association holds weekly exhibitions of  K9 working dogs performance.
Come visit us in Kabd in the open area, 4th Round About on 604 near the Kabd Police Station 
(29.1060059528592547.784740114212006)
from 3:00 to 5:00 pm every Friday during the winter.  Dress warmly.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kuwait K9 Association hosts Kuwait Dog Show this Weekend in Mishref

Mishref Fair Grounds - Hall #7


Come to the KK9A dog show this weekend - taking place at Mishref Exhibition Hall #7 on December 2 and 3. It is free and open to the public. Bring your kids. Get great dog advice from trainers and breeders on site. Show takes place indoors for your comfort. See the KK9A FB page for more information on the group at https://www.facebook.com/kk9ateam/

This is a wonderful group of people who have become my friends over the years and have helped me immensely with Mikey.  They held a show last year and you can see the video here:  https://www.facebook.com/kk9ateam/videos/1327984713880822/,


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ayurvedic Massage: Diva's Ladies Salon Home Service





Ad:Symptoms like body aches, joint pain, stiffness of muscles - book your appointment for Ayurvedic relax massage in the comforts of your home- Promotional offer - 15KD - 90 minutes session. This is one perfect gift you can give yourselves and your loved elder ones.  Extremly friendly staff who will take special care of the senior citizen requirement.  Whatsapp-99006934.

Disclaimer:  I booked the ayurvedic home service for the "body aches, joint pain, stiffness of muscles" NOT the "senior citizen requirement." (They also do postnatal massage, which would be a really nice gift to friends who have just delivered!  I still didn't book for that - unless you count the pizza I ate last week from Sbarro as a small baby...)


I found Diva's through a Facebook ad and had a fabulous at-home Ayurvedic massage!  90 minutes of hot oil and really professional massage done by a certified ayurvedic therapist from Kerala, Ms. Reena.

I don't have the patience or time to go to a salon for a massage anymore.  I can't stand the traffic and by the time I get home from the massage, I'm all stressed out again.  I prefer to call someone to do the home service.

Ms. Reena brought all the equipment and set up at my home.  I was kind of concerned about the oil getting all over my room, but it turned out to be a non-issue.  They bring plastic sheeting to fit over the massage table they bring and nothing goes onto your floor.

The oil is some kind of special therapeutic oil that comes from Kerala that is supposed to be good for your muscles.  The therapist asks you not to take a shower for an hour after the massage to allow the oil to work into your skin.

I've had "massages" before where I thought the lady was touching me with a feather rather than actually getting into my aching muscles.  This was not one of those massages.  She knows what she's doing.  She worked on all my problem areas and with 90 minutes, there was plenty of time so it wasn't done in a rush.




The only thing I didn't like about the experience was that the oil is heated, so it gets a little smokey. I kind of felt like a fryer chicken at one point and I wish I had known so I could have ventilated a little better.  For those of you who are sensitive to smells (like I am), this is a consideration.

Don't expect it to be a Pinky's Salon experience.  Diva's home service doesn't have all the frills that Pinky's does.  Pinky's has obviously spoiled me for every other home service!:  They usually sets up with fresh rose petals, soft music, candles, and even a tea service with cookies or chocolate (THEY bring it all).  Diva's is a table and that's about it.  You should prepare to provide your own ambiance (and/or tea service!).

Overall, WELL worth the 90 minute experience at 15KD.  Check out Diva's on Facebook or Instagram.  They've got 2 salons and their prices are outstanding.

Slight word of warning:  Be patient (I'm not.,..) giving directions to your home on the first appointment.  The driver asked me for directions, but asked if I spoke Hindi.  While it is definitely on my list of languages to learn - sadly, notsomuch right now.

To book an at-home appointment:  Whatsapp 9006934
 Instagram:  @divasladiessalon
Website:  divassalonkuwait.com 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Divaladiessalon/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf


Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Arrested/Jailed in Kuwait?

People always assume that it is the role of the US Embassy to get people out of trouble in Kuwait.   It's not the mission of the embassy. You get your dumbass into trouble, you must be responsible enough to get your dumbass out.  I was searching for something else on the Embassy's website today and I came across the below.  It defines the role of the Embassy if you are arrested and/or a prisoner.  If  you or someone you know is incarcerated in Kuwait, you can take it a step further by contacting your senator or congressman to try to assist.

This is the Embassy's statement:

The U.S. Embassy cannot effect the release of U.S. citizens imprisoned in foreign jails. However, a U.S. consular officer will insist on prompt access to an arrested U.S. citizen, provide a list of attorneys, provide information on the host country's legal system, offer to contact the arrested citizen’s family or friends, visit on a regular basis, protest mistreatment, monitor jail conditions, and keep the Department of State informed.

 You can read the entire post here: https://kuwait.usembassy.gov/service/arrests-in-kuwait.html,

The below was posted on Western Expats in Kuwait group on Facebook.  So once you order this stuff, you should really read the Embassy's post. :D





Sunday, November 06, 2016

Just A Gigolo




So the new thing in Kuwait is gigilos  attracting women clients via social media.  I've heard that most of them are bidoon, but who knows?  Maybe they're Kuwaiti dudes too just out for some action while getting some side cash.  (It's all about the money.)  These guys are either handsome and/or body builders.   They offer "fitness instruction" and massage, but mostly get paid for full body massage/happy endings.

I met two online through dating apps so far.  Nice guys.  Conversations started out as they always do, "Where do you live?  What do you do for a living... yada."  Then, the conversation turned to talk  about them being fitness instructors and how they do great massage.....  he heh.  

[I'm wondering if my ex also falls into that category (Mr. Clean) as he has so many women on different accounts (yes, he's still at it, folks!).  Clean is NOT a body builder; That would require actual work and dedication.  But he is handsome and he is good at massage so maybe.]   

You know me - I have a sick sense of curiosity and I talked to both of them about what kind of women they meet, what they charge, etc.   Are they older ladies?  NO.  They are young and for the most part, attractive (so they tell me).

However, seems like they ladies aren't the only ones asking for their services!  One of the guys went to see a female "client" for a massage.  He said she looked just like Haifa Wehebe.  He couldn't believe his luck; tall, gorgeous, stacked.... until he discovered that her appendage was bigger than his! This kind of thing just cracks me up (so to speak).  So then, Haifa didn't want to let him leave.  She/he said she/he had influential friends and that she/he would call the police.  Gigilo dude ended up running out of the apartment.  (Giggles)

I'm sorry, but I will never be desperate enough to pay some guy to "touch me".  Unless it is a professional massage somewhere.  My gay masseuse, Alex, in DC who does a MEAN NMT (physical therapy) massage.  But he's gay and absolutely professional.


Hey Mr. Clean!  Listen to the lyrics of this song! 
  
"... there will come a day when youth will pass away.  
What will they say about you?  
When the end comes I know you are just a gigilo. 
Life goes on without you...."



Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Kuwait K9 Association Dog Show

Got a Gorgeous dog? Think about entering


Kuwaiti K9 Association are happy to announce the second tournament  work and show dogs tournament hosting a judge from a the global organization FCI and WUSV

Tournament will take place in a closed exhibition to avoid bad weather conditions.

Tournament will take place in the land of exhibitions in west of Mishref.

Tournament organizers:
@kuwait.kennel.club
@k9_inn
@aborwan2
@aldousariq8
@q8k9kennel
@kuwaitk9breeder
@royalpetcenter
@e.o.t_kennel
@petzone
Tournament date : 2/12/2016 to 3/12/2016

You can start registering now and for FREE!

In order to register, please provide the following documents:
1-Copy of Civil ID (both sides)
2-Copy of documents in which type of dog, date of birth and last vaccination date are shown.

Terms and conditions:
1-Dog will have to be from a well known type and not hybrid.
2-Dog in a good health condition and amputated parts from its body.
3-Dog is taking periodical vaccination regularly and last vaccination date do not exceed year.


Where to register !
1-Royal pet centre (Abu Yousif shop)
2-Kuwaiti K9 training club (Abu Rawan in Kabd area)

Companies that would like to sponsor tournament can contact us through the following phone numbers:
+965 96086119
+965 55355615
+965 99661211

Prizes:

1-Tournament cup and medal
2-Certificate signed by FCI judge and leader of the association.


Note:

Due to the participance of a judge from the World Organization of the FCI and the commitment of the World Organization laws it prohibits the participation of dogs descendants of certificates by organizations not recognized by the FCI.

if you have any questions contact us through the following :
+965 60426733
+965 66614888
+965 99661211

Monday, October 31, 2016

AWARE Events

AWARE is a cool place where people transitioning to life in Kuwait can learn about the country and the culture.  In my humble opinion, they do a LOT more than the official Kuwait tourism board does to promote understanding of Kuwait and to present Kuwait in a positive light to foreigners.  To learn more about them, go to their website at http://www.aware.com.kw/.

These are some of their upcoming events.


ATTENTION: AWARE CENTER WILL BE RELOCATING
18.12.2016
AWARE Center is moving to a new location (by December 17, 2016) from Surra to Abu Fatira New Address: Abu Fatira, Block 1, Street 101, Villa 23 Coordinates: 29.2037040 48.0970640





AWARE ANNUAL EVENT: CAMEL RACES
03.12.2016
Join AWARE for a day out at the Camel Races! This outing involves lunch at a Kuwaiti farm. Departure from AWARE: 11:30 a.m. Return Departure: 4:30 p.m. Ticket Fee: Adults: KD 13 Children; age 6 – 12: KD 5 Infants; age 1 – 5: KD 2 Children below age 1 (No Bus seat): Free (Please note: Camel Race Club does not charge an entrance fee) Limited Seats! Registration is though Cash Payments only. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday, November 27, 2016



OLD KUWAIT CITY
19.11.2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016 Departure from AWARE: 9:30 a.m. This tour will include historical sites in old Kuwait City such as Old Gate of Kuwait, Naif Palace & AlMana’ee Old Mosque. Bring along your camera and comfortable walking shoes for an enjoyable day out to learn about Kuwait’s past. Tour fee: KD 5 per person (Refreshments, Transport & Tour guide included) Very limited seats! Seats will be given on a first register, first serve basis To register, kindly email info@aware.com.kw your full name & contact number.



MOVIE NIGHT: BAS YA BAHAR
08.11.2016
The first feature film to be made by the state of Kuwait. It is a period piece about Kuwait before the discovery of oil when fishing was the predominant occupation. "Bas Ya Bahar" (The cruel sea) was produced by Kuwaiti producer Khalid Al-Siddiq. Bas Ya Bahar is a beautiful personification of the treacherous sea & a critical representation of the harsh life in Kuwait before oil. Movie starts at: 6:00 p.m. Movie Duration: 106 minutes Refreshments provided.



GUIDED TOUR: GRAND MOSQUE
12.11.2016
For a rewarding, spiritual & informative experience. This is a 1½ tour of one of Kuwait’s most famous landmarks. Ladies are required to cover - long sleeves and long ankle length skirt, otherwise the mosque will provide a cloak. If you have your own scarf you’re welcome to bring it. Cameras are allowed. Children are welcome. This tour meets directly at the Grand Mosque


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Con Artist

con artist
noun, informal
a person who cheats or tricks others by persuading them to believe something that is not true.

"the debonair con artist lives by scamming rich women"  (that’s their example, BTW…)

“You might think you can spot a con artist because he's someone you instinctively "don't trust." But the term con artist is short for confidence artist -- they gain your confidence just long enough to get their hands on your money.”

That’s what he is.  When I asked a family member, ‘What is it that I see in him?  He’s not all that.’  She answered with, “Charisma.” 

So I tried yet again to send him messages saying, ‘I really don’t want to ruin your life.  Please reconsider by making payments or whatever you need to do.’  He said, “You have a money problem or what?  Take me to court.”  Really?  It’s like that?  He’s sure of himself.  Arrogant little shit.

With a great deal of thought, I am going to register a case, but not with a lawyer.  They are just another layer of bullshit in my opinion.  Lawyers in Kuwait aren’t the same as they are other places in the world.  And if you thought they were shady in other places in the world – Kuwait makes other lawyers in the world look like angels. 

I called a friend to verify exactly what date our business deal took place.  She and her husband witnessed the money changing hands because Asshole was there.  It was about a week before he dumped me.  That week was when things started to go bad.   Like him accusing me of being controlling; him spending a lot more time with friends and a lot less with me.  And now that I know him – I can tell his lying tone of voice and he was using that one. 

Those who know me have asked what is really motivating me to register a case (“It’s not money, then what?”)  Well, it’s like this.  Up until last week, I thought it was all my fault.  My confidence was brought down to a point where I really thought I was to blame for the break up.  I was too difficult.  too stubborn.  Too controlling.  

(Thank God, I'm not stupid enough to take out a loan in my name for him like he asked me to do - as he wanted a LEXUS.... It really pissed him off when I refused.  I was really a "difficult woman" then....)

He was a “good man who wanted a good woman.”  Yup.  He wants a good woman:  800 on one social media account that I found and more on others.  What is the definition of a “good woman”?  His next mark, most likely.

Having found the accounts, I could see that he never took us seriously.  It was all planned to get money.   There was no mention of me anywhere, yet there was a whole lot of poignant poetry for other women.  There were references during the timeframe when we were together.  Times when he had me absolutely convinced that his love was real.  I was totally confident at one point; ergo the con artist.  He painted a really nice picture of what our life was going to be like; then took the money and ran.  


I can afford to drop it.  Let it go. Move on.  But no.  Not gonna do it.  I get into a rage every time I think of his smarmy, laughing-at-me attitude.  It delights him that he got away with it. 

My question is this:  How many Kuwaiti girl/women is he doing this to?  On his social media accounts, they are all young and pretty.  Some are married. He mentioned to me that a married woman had “helped him” before with money (in other words – gave him money), but that her husband had put a recording device in her car and busted them.  Her dad told her to go back to her husband (they have 2 children).  I found her through his Twitter account and all her tweets are about how heartbroken she is.  I think I’m pretty worldly. I’ve been through a lot of BS with a lot of unscrupulous people.  I fell for his shit.  What about these girls?  They’re not going to go to the police and file cases.  They would be embarrassed. Their families would be embarrassed. They would just let it go.  I don’t have those restrictions.  Zero fucks given.

I talked to his dad and he told me to do whatever I want. His words were, “put him in the fire.” So obviously, he knows what kind of a scumbag his son is.  His sister still isn’t talking to me.  I will miss her.

Things are starting to click in my head.  Little details that are coming back; warning signs that I should have picked up on.  Like the time he took me to the movies and a bunch of his friends were going.  One of the friends told him (in Arabic, probably thinking that I wouldn’t understand) to, “… get her to pay for us.”  Obviously, he’s been bragging.  Other times, he got really angry when I saw what was on his phone screen or asked where he was.  Supposedly, at the time, he said that he was taking it for a lack of privacy.  But he over reacted every time I questioned him on anything. 

Con artist usually move on quickly to the next mark because they know their victims are getting suspicious.  That’s what happened.  As soon as the business deal was over, asshole went looking for a way out.   He found something small and made it huge and flipped it on me.  How do liars do it?  They practice.  A LOT. 

Some of you might think I’m saddened by all this.  Nope.  I got over that feeling.  I’m angry.  REALLY angry.  Angry at myself.  Angry at him. And that is what is going to propel me to do something about it. Legally. He made a conscious decision to work my conscience and win my trust.  I’m making a conscious decision to nail his ass.

The great thing is that I have exact addresses, copies of all his IDs, witnesses, and more.  All the evidence I need.