Before and After
This mother dog belongs to the Malambe family who is enrolled in our pilot activity "to provide structured technical, material and training support to children with special needs at family level”.
At first glance, this is a very skinny dog. But after observing, two other things were even more striking:
1. The mother dog is so very patient with letting her 5 puppies feed, even though they can already eat solids, and
2 The family is very caring to all the animals at the homestead. Their positive interaction seems to carry through, as the mother dog and family cat even like to sit in the sun together!
As a short-term intervention, we gave the family some Holsum to add to the dog’s food. Holsum is an inexpensive type of lard readily available in rural Eswatini.
Over the course of a week, shave a 125-gram packet into the dog’s food, which tends to be left over food scraps. This increases the energy content of the food scraps just enough to help the dog gain weight and improve their fur (if you use too much, the dog will get diarrhea).
Just one month later the result is striking!
Vusumnotfo uses animal care to demonstrate responsibility and empathy to children. The Malambe homestead was already a positive example of both, so our short-term intervention was just information, the noticeable results of which are now influencing their neighbors.