Bulu. African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston

By Dick Houston

Fans of real puppy tales, Jack Russell terriers, and African natural world may want to try out Bulu!

Born on a crocodile farm in Zambia's untamed South Luangwa Valley, the dog appeared varied from his littermates. Too quiet. Unresponsive. Terriers tend to be jam-packed with strength and bouncing off partitions. yet no longer this one. no one sought after him. input Anna and Steve Tolan--former cops who had left at the back of their existence in England to reside within the African bush. humans notion the Tolans have been a section diversified, too. The odd dog appropriate them completely. They named him Bulu, or "wild puppy" within the neighborhood Nyanja language.

Living within the bush, Bulu not just stumbled on his voice, he additionally came upon his calling as a foster guardian to the orphaned child animals--including warthogs, monkeys, elephants, baboons, bushbucks, and buffalo--cared for by means of the Tolans. yet Bulu's protecting nature led him into terrifying occasions within the wild. it is a miracle he survived! yet live to tell the tale he did,...

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Plop plop. Some fruits dropped onto the roof. The puppy looked up, transfixed as they rolled onto the ground. Anna held his little face next to her cheek. ” She bent down and picked up a mango. ” Anna stepped inside. Steve was opening a tin can at the kitchen table. “Fast-food tonight,” he said. ” Anna set Bulu down on the cool cement floor. He immediately toddled over to investigate one of Steve’s sandals. She stepped out to retrieve the dog bed from the Land Rover. When she returned, she found Bulu fast asleep, half inside the sandal.

Not there. “Bulu? ” Her eyes quickly scanned the room. Then she saw the door ajar. She thought of the screaming eagle and raced outside. “Bulu? ” she called, looking right and left. Nothing. She tried to keep from panicking as she searched the sandy, damp earth. Where were his prints? Then she found them, barely visible, among the crisscross of baboon, antelope, and genet cat tracks. They led from the house toward the river—where he would be exposed to the open sky! Anna paced quickly, trying not to lose sight of the tracks.

African workers on ladders were thatching new roofs for the cottages. Steve parked the Land Rover beside a single-story house with a red tin roof. Hank, a stocky man in baggy shorts, stepped off the porch to greet them. “Sorry, my friends. ” he joked, flat dogs being the Zambian nickname for crocs. Anna laughed as she and Steve climbed out of the truck. ” “Only one left,” said Hank. “A male. ” Hank led them inside. He opened the door to a dimly lit room and pulled back a burlap curtain at the window.

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