This One’s For You Sally
Woof woof, don’t go running to the back door thinking there’s a dog rummaging about in the backyard, it was me, I promise won’t do it again. Dogs have been biting the bytes on the blog sites this week as our lovable canine friends grab some of the headlines around the Thai blogosphere.
If you are feeling in a bit of a mutty mood then try The Thai Pirates post (Dec 7th) about his two new Coffee Shop additions and the search for his lost friend, and it includes two lovely doggie photos. Aaah.
For those of you with stronger stomachs, grap your rubber ball, dog lead and head off to My Thai Friend and a dog story that will water your eyes and have you counting your credentials by the end. A word of warning, please make sure your food is fully digested before reading this post as finely chopped carrots and minced tomatoes in a thick yellow brine, are very difficult to clean off a keyboard.
Many Thais believe that dogs are people who have behaved badly in their previous life and maybe that’s why the poor old mutt doesn’t get treated as well as the over pampered pooches from the farang world. Dog rescue centres are not uncommon in Thailand but are generally under funded and overworked in trying to stem the flow of stray dogs onto the streets of Thailand.
The Dog Rescue Center Samui was set up in April 1999 and helps to look after and care for stray dogs and cats on Koh Samui. Previous to their help the strays were culled by government workers with the use of poison, but nowadays the center has the stray population down to more acceptable levels and many of the animals are found homes with loving owners.
Sadly in August this year my parents pet Sally, a beautiful Springer Spaniel, died after battling with a lengthy illness. Unfortunately I have not got any stored photos of Sally but trust me she was a lovely looking dog and I miss her madly. In her youth we spent many days going for an afternoon stroll and a quiet drink together in a local bar or club.
Sally died one week before my last Thailand holiday and even though I had a fantastic time, there was not a day went by when I didn’t think about her, and that still holds true today. This one’s for you Sally.
I am going to sign off with a couple of top ten lists, I like these kind of lists and they are always open to great debate.
Top 10 Cleverest Dogs – 1..Border Collie… 2…Poodle… 3…German Shepherd… 4…Golden Retriever… 5…Doberman Pinscher… 6…Shetland Sheepdog… 7…Labrador Retriever… 8…Papillon… 9…Rottweiler… 10…Australian Cattle Dog
Top 10 Famous Cartoon Dogs – 1…Snoopy Peanuts… 2…Scooby Doo… 3…Underdog The Flintstones… 4…Pluto Disney… 5…Lady & the Tramp… 6…Odie Garfield… 7…Brian Griffin Family Guy…8…Santa’s Little Helper The Simpsons…9…Blue Blue’s Clues… 10…Ren Hoeck The Ren & Stimpy Show
Photograph Cartoon Dog © Vertes Edmond Mihai | Dreamstime.com