Cats and dogs…

‘Monique, not all cats and dogs are really cats or dogs’, Amadou explained me one evening with a worried expression on his face, after I had asked him why he didn’t like to see any cats in the garden.

‘You know, here in Mali we do have people who transform themselves into cats or dogs at night, just to be able to take a look up close at someone’s property. They are not good people. They are really bad!’, he continues.
I am looking at him in surprise and seeing my slightly puzzled face he adds: ‘Monique, it’s true, I am not joking or telling stories. Some cats and dogs here are huge, even the size of people. I’ve seen it. Children here love to chase cats, because they eat them. But, when they hit a cat, who is not a real cat, with a stone or a stick, it’s over, they will die after that. It’s really bad!’

The giggle or laughter that would most probably have come out if someone else had told me this, died before surfacing, seeing Amadou’s intense serious expression.
And all in a sudden his story brings back the memory and uncomfortable feeling I had one evening, probably in the first week at my riverside paradise, when at dusk a cat walked over the property wall looking around as if it was inspecting the place, suddenly stopping when he noticed me, looking at me intensely for a long long time, before finally continuing its stroll.

Maybe Amadou is right, maybe not all cats and dogs here are real cats and dogs…
Luckily I haven’t seen any cats lately!

About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen:
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