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Where do you take your bored dog? As pet ownership grows, the care and feeding has been elevated, catering for owners who want their dogs to go for play dates where they enjoy a game of fetch or to spas where no cost is spared to clean their ears, brush their teeth and clip their nails. Four years ago, Karanja Ngugi, 26, opened Pet Village, a dog day care centre on Ngecha Road in Nairobi’s Lower Kabete. At this day care, there are dogs that have come for play dates, others for grooming and some may be sleeping over at a fee.

As we approach the gate with my two colleagues, we can see over a dozen cute little dogs playing in an enclosed space. Well, until they all outrun Mr Ngugi and come jumping on us at which point I freeze, close my eyes and beg the dog carers to take them away.

We have a good laugh after Mr Ngugi and his team assure me that they are pets and harmless.

“They want you to say ‘Hi’ to them,” he says to reassure me.

“Dogs are not just loyal but very emotional. The first thing you should do when you meet a (pet) dog is say ‘Hello’ by offering him your hand,” explains the trained pet groomer.

This gesture, he adds, makes the dog comfortable as it sniffs or licks your hand.

“But you should not proceed to pat him on his back as he might perceive this as aggression. Rather, pat his chest or chin and when he is comfortable, you can proceed to pat him on his back,” says the groomer.

Mr Ngugi, who has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, has always loved canines. His love affair with dogs began when he was a small boy.

“My parents got me my first dog, Kamau, a Pomeranian (a small dog with long silky hair, pointed muzzle and pricked ears, a native or inhabitant of Pomerania) when I was around 10 after a lot of persuasion,” he says.

They were living in Zimbabwe at the time and that was when he fell in love with Pomeranians, the only breed available where they stayed. Later, he volunteered in different rescue centres locally and his last employment was at a pet grooming centre in Nairobi’s Kitisuru, where he worked as a groomer before opening his own place in 2017.

Mr Ngugi co-founded Pet Village with Eli Young and currently, he has two groomers and two kennel assistants.

Pet Village, which offers boarding and day care facilities has found a growing niche market as Kenyans own dogs for companionship. On average, they house about 20 dogs a day. “Some clients do not want their dogs getting bored at home so they opt to bring them here where they can play and have fun with other dogs,” he says.

The centre also caters for owners who have dogs but no backyards where they can play freely.

“Dogs are very energetic and are always yearning to release pent up energy. If you leave him at home, you might find he has ripped off your cushions,” Mr Ngugi says.

Sometimes they get owners who bring their dogs for grooming though most prefer their pets groomed in their houses.

So what does grooming entail?

“Grooming depends on the individual needs of the dog but can include wash and hair cut, trims, nail clipping, teeth cleaning, ear waxing or removal of tear stains, especially on white dogs,” explains Mr Ngugi.

Besides offering these services, Pet Village also breeds pure Pomeranians with a puppy going for Sh100,000.

“Currently, all the puppies we have are booked. Most clients prefer to book them while they are still young,” he says. When pet owners travel, they also entrust their dogs to day care centres. For those who want to know what and how their ‘fur babies’ are doing, they are given a daily account of their dog’s day via e-mail and video clips.

Mr Ngugi explains that they have a WhatsApp group where he engages the clients on how their dogs are fairing, especially the ones on short stay.

The short-stay option provides a temporary home for dogs whose owners have travelled.

“In some instances, a client who is renovating their house prefers his dog to be away in case of any accidents or perhaps they are away for the weekend and wants him to socialise with other dogs while he’s away,” he says.

Source: Business Daily 

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Deep-dive Analysis: Studying Master’s At University Of South Florida

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BY BOB MWITI,

Have you ever wondered what it takes to study your master’s  in America?. Well, in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I take a deep-dive analysis of taking your master’s at the University of south Florida. If you like my work, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

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Kenyan man goes missing in US, police ask for help in the search [VIDEO]

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LAWRENCE, MASS. (WHDH) – Lawrence police are seeking the public’s help in their search for a missing man, officials said.

Daniel Mwangi, 31, has been reported missing, officials said on Thursday last week October 8 2020,he had previously complained of a headache and was advised to see a Doctor

The last day he was active on Facebook was Friday after which all his electronic devices went off

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 978-794-5900

Anybody with information of Daniels’s whereabout is requested to contact:

Joseph #617 256 9043, Diana #781 475 7420, Pastor Karanja #617 784 5729

or call the Police Department nearest to you.

 

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HOPE: 36 year old man who scored D+ in Kenya now has 5 degrees from US universities!

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

They say when one door is shut somewhere, a window – or even another door – is open someplace else. The story of US-based Mwangi Mukami reads like fiction.

In his own words, the Kenya education system wrote him off when he got a D+ in his high school exams (KCSE). However, upon landing in the US (where, by and large, people are judged by the content of their character without laying too much emphasis on past failures or mistakes), he embarked on a journey to fulfil his educational dreams.

He went back to school and, as we speak, he has just received his fifth degree at the age of 36. Many Kenyans in US can can relate to Mukami’s story. It resonates because many of them – or their friends and family members – had lost hope in Kenya but the United States offered them a second chance. Now they have their well earned degrees which they would otherwise have only dreamt of. We must add a rider here that although there is no doubt that  opportunities abound in the US, you still have to work very hard to earn those degrees.

Here is Mr Mwangi Mukami  in his own words:

BY MWANGI MUKAMI
I have just received my graduate diploma from UC Berkeley. 20+ years ago, Kenya’s education system wrote me off as a failure because I had a D+.
I remember vividly saying to my peers that I wanted to be a policymaker or an attorney. Their response was a burst of collective laughter and sneer. But here I am—five degrees at 36. I hope God grants me a long life, success, and wealth to open doors of opportunities for more D+ students.
For the misfits, the rejected, and the oppressed. Congratulations to my mom. The degree is a reflection of her tenacity. I am grateful and honored to have wonderful brothers and sisters who support and trust my ability to achieve: Elizabeth Mwariri Keyym Peters, Lissa Irvenne Kayte Khulgal Jeph Collins.

I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of Kay Ventura, Carol McCrary, and Betty Mc Crary Alarms, And I can’t forget Elizabeth Woods for the many nights she drove to take me to school.

Jim Foti for the countless recommendation letters Joe Beasley for initial grant to attend a community college.

I am because of all these people and I couldn’t be so grateful and honored to have them in my life. For Nick, the next step is a JD.

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