It Started With a Kiss

In an attempt to put a little bit of light hearted humour back into the current Thai blog scene, here we go.

Pepsi is one of Wonderful Wi’s three young dogs (now four) and is a crossbreed between a ShihTzu and a Poodle. Pepsi is now nine months old but in the top photo he had only been born the previous month and had been bought just one hour before at a night market.

That was back in October last year and minutes after taking the picture I kissed Wilai goodbye at Udon Thani bus station and boarded a coach to Suvarnabhumi Airport to start my journey back to the UK.

I returned to Thailand in December that year and by then Pepsi had started to shape up into a handsome young boy (photo right). Our two other dogs Gaan and Cola had taken a dislike to the new kid on the block as he stole all the cuddles and was handed the best tit bits. Pepsi was more popular than Cola. He was the real thing.

I’ll always remember that night back in October last year at Udon Thani bus station as my coach pulled away. Moments earlier I’d kissed Wilai goodbye and as I glanced down at her cuddling young Pepsi she lifted one of his tiny paws, and they both waved at me. It reminded me of Hot Chocolate the popular British band of the 1970’s and 80’s. I could almost hear Errol Brown breaking into song ‘It started with a kiss.’

To all those parents who have wondered how their beautiful bonny baby turned into such a teenage tearaway, you have my sympathies. I now know exactly how you feel. Young Pepsi had certainly grown up a bit when I saw him once again this month. I hand you back to Errol Brown.

‘It started with a kiss, I never thought it would come to this’

I can’t stop thinking about how he’ll be even bigger on my next trip to our village house, and even less cute.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

12 Responses

  1. Talen says:

    Martyn, that is a serious change. From so cute and adorable to the grunge look. Got in with a rough crowd? drinking and drugs? Or perhaps a teenage phase like being emo?

    One thing is for sure I bet the soi dogs don’t make fun of him anymore…
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..Thailand in the News Week Ending 5/22/10 =-.

  2. Hoo Don says:

    Talen – I did wonder if Pepsi had returned from Ratchaprasong a couple of days before my arrival. He didn’t admit to it.

    He’s a lovely dog but the problem is our land is walled on three sides and netted at the back (about 100,000 baht to wall it) and he keeps escaping under the net, only for half a hour or so but…..if there’s water about he’s gonna go in it, hence the grunge look. No matter what you do he escapes and heads for water.

  3. Mike says:

    Martyn, great pics especially the last one. Nice to lift the doom and gloom of post apocalyptic BKK.

    Must admit I don’t feel much like writing about Thailand at the moment.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Shrine in Tree Roots Wat Bang Kung Photo/Image =-.

  4. Jade says:

    Even less cute LOL! It’s always the case huh. They are so cute when they are young but when they grow up….hehehehe
    .-= Jade´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  5. Hoo Don says:

    Mike – I felt very much like you do now when I was in Thailand. The sad events in Bangkok didn’t make it seem right to post about anything else but the red shirts in Ratchaprasong. I think now is the time to move on although I do have a forthcoming post coming up about red shirts in Udon Thani. Though it’s nothing too serious. Best wishes.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    Jade – Wilai shampoos Pepsi most days and spends a good while afterwards drying and grooming him. She normally puts a bow on his head as well. At some point during the day he sneaks off and comes back as in the photo. Wi gets rather annoyed but Pepsi takes it in his stride. I think he knows she loves him to bits.

    Jade your link appears to be broken.

  7. Catherine says:

    What a hilarious post. It’s making it difficult to type this out as all this laughing keeps jiggling my powerbook keyboard (it’s on my lap).

    I think his grown up look is absolutely fabulous. He could do with a bangs trim to be able to see – or does Wi use the extra hair for his bow?

    Laughing… I’ll bet he’s humiliated by having a bow tied into his hair after every shampoo… hehh hehh hehhh….

    Sorry… cannot stop laughing… this is all adorably funny.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: A Rose (กุหลาบ) by Any Other Name =-.

  8. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine thanks for the positive comment. Pepsi’s hair over his eyes is indeed used for his bow or hair attachment, Wilai has bought quite a few for him. The more I look at the bottom photo I start to think perhaps you are right, he does look quite adorable and the picture sums up his character quite well. One naughty ball of fun.

    Amazingly when I arrived at the village house with Wi, Pepsi hadn’t forgotten me. I had not seen him for four months and he is only 9 months old now. That really pleased me. I got quite a welcome from all three dogs. It’s amazing what a few bowls of milk and some choice tit bits can do for a dogs memory.

  9. Emm says:

    Aaaaw, poor thing! It isn’t anything a nice visit to a parlour wouldn’t help! (Says she who just gave her dogs their first bath for three years).
    .-= Emm´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday ~ 24: Exquisite =-.

  10. Catherine says:

    Dogs make wonderful friends, and I wish that I had room for one. But if a pet has to be inside, cats are the way to go.

    My neighbour has one of those little yappy things. The dog spends his days with the guards in the garage downstairs, taking nasty lunges as everyone walking by. All that yapping and threat from such a silly little thing.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Bangkok: I’m Getting the Last Word in Edgewise =-.

  11. Hoo Don says:

    Emm – Wilai took the scissors to young Pepsi. I kept telling her that his long hair was making him uncomfortable in the heat and we’d have to take him to the city for a cut. In true village style (to save money) she did it herself, quite a mess but Pepsi was a ball of energy thereon after.

  12. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine dogs are great companions and I enjoyed taking our two eldest ones for a stroll each evening, armed as always with my nine iron golf club to combat anything that might slither across the road. Our two youngest dogs (they’re all under two) are going to be yappy things but they will make good security alert dogs. They’re also going to be two small balls of fun.

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