Black stain on a white pillow

That is what my cousin said when I showed him this picture and said look at my dog!

His name is Camden and that is the only picture I have of him because that is the only time he sat down since he has been here! Thankfully I am exaggerating, he has been very well-behaved but with the kids and him I have had my hands full and just praying I don’t give baby B’s toys to Camden by mistake (Or the other way around!!) Mama, I’m just joking, the toys are kept completely separate and Camden is not allowed near baby B. Baby B only looks at Camden for the safety of my arms and shouts “GOG” at him.

I bought him in London, and named him Camden because I love that area of London Specifically Primrose Hill but I don’t have the energy to shout “Primrose Hill OFF” so settled for Camden. He is a mixed breed (cocker spaniel and poodle). You will find they have an abbreviation of this kind of mix that I would rather not call him lol.

Needless to say, my kids went crazy! J kept running up to me yesterday and saying “I’m so excited I’m so excited I’m so excited!” And S used every cliché word or phrase you could use when calling a dog “Com ‘er boy” “Atta boy” “Good boy, good doggy” “Come on pal” “Fetch boy! fetch!”.

They exhausted him so much yesterday that he refused to play today. That didn’t go down well with J who kept pestering him till he gave her a piece of his mind and she came to me crying “I want a nice dog Mamaaaaa”. God it’s difficult to explain to kids that sometimes the dog just doesn’t want to play.

There is one thing I have found myself saying a lot. Something that has given me a power like no other… a power that could be used for good OR for evil. That thing is “You can’t play with Camden till….” or “You can’t see Camden for the rest of the day till…” I am wondering how long that’s going to last!! lol

It’s going to be a challenge to get the kids to rein in their excitement in and do the right things to keep Camden the nice calm puppy he is. We will need to be vigilant when training him and stick to the rules. Muslims think of dogs as dirty animals so hardly anyone likes them.

Camden’s rules, he sleeps in his crate (He has don’t so since he got here and actually welcomes the crate when the kids overwhelm him). He has to pee and poo in one place (Also been going well since we don’t give him a chance to have accidents since he is being crate trained). He is not allowed in the bedrooms and not allowed on the furniture. (So far so good!). and he has to sit and stay so that he doesn’t jump on anyone who doesn’t want him on them!

Anyway, I have started down the route of reading everything I can find online about dog training. Let’s see where this goes lol. I might have to start another dog oriented blog. As my sister said when I started telling her about my dog and sensed there was very little excitement “it’s about your dog, and as much as I know how important it-he-she is to you and how delightful… I won’t continue” So… Neither will I lol.


  1. mamma bee I have a question, I have noticed some of my Saudi students some of the more “observant” ones will not even enter the house that has a dog in it. Can you talk a little bit about Islam and dogs or about Saudis and dogs and is that changing, are Saudis getting more dogs as pets in general these days?

    • Hello Jenna, Here is the deal. I will not answer about the Islamic rules of keeping dogs as there are many different views but I will tell you how it is here in Saudi and how I personally manage the Islamic side. Most believe that dogs are unclean and that is it against Islamic teachings to keep a dog. Some believe that angels do not enter a house that has dogs in it. I believe that the dogs saliva is unclean and I do not let him near where I pray or in any of the bedrooms. Before I pray I was with disinfectant soap and I change the clothes I am wearing and wear something clean to pray. I didn’t think much of having him in my house since I don’t plan to be lax about where he can go and where he can play. But honestly, since getting him I am thinking of building him a little kennel outside with AC (Since it’s blazing hot) that he can sleep in at night and he can spend the day with us. He is crate trained anyway and is used to sleeping in a crate.
      As for Saudi’s, the bedouins like hunting dogs, and a breed called sulouki. They use them to hunt rabbits. But the idea of having dogs in the home as pets ‘just because’ is not a widespread one here. I know a lot of people who have cats but not many who have dogs. And when an older woman I know who saw Camden she said “Not only is he a dog but he’s all black! couldn’t you find one that is a different colour?” cause black dogs and cats are considered evil. With the way Camden just acted I might be inclined to agree! The trainers online make it seem so easy, if he barks then very loudly shout QUIET! I did that! he just barked louder! lol more research needed!

    • Only slightly? loool Thanx for your comment:) I really enjoy your site and especially hearing about Camden and Islington in your posts and the comments! God how i Miss London.

  2. Black was evil in Catholicism beliefs, they thought black cats are working for witches or whatever . In tawid I learned that is forbidden to make dirtyna good place under a tree under the shadow of a tree where someone could rest. Many dog make dirty under the tree in Europe or anywhere , now you pay if you don t take care of his ” caca” in the street, you have plastic bag and take it and put it in the trash. Me I like guinea pigs it is not a ” pig” like some people thinks and it is not very dirty if you take care of it.

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