Anyone who has been or lived in Thailand knows that they have a huge stray dog population. I also have many friends who have ” adopted ” stray’s/street dogs and generally it is in the plural.
Come on who can resist a sad face particularly when it’s a cute puppy or a dog who looks as if he just needs a cuddle, a clean bed and nice food instead of begging for scraps or going down the bins as many do.
Or if they have been badly treated, badly bitten in fights because dogs can be vicious when fighting another dog or humans they can be equally as vicious to our furry friends.
Prapas Pinyocheep, director of the Bureau of Disease Control and Veterinary Services, said on Monday the latest nationwide survey of the dog population, in 2014, concluded there were around 8.5 million dogs… 700,000 are considered to be strays and 340,000 females who can produce up to 10 pups a year so potentially 3.4 million animals per year increase.
In Phuket we have a number of small animal charities and Soi Dogs who run a free neutering/spaying service for cats and dogs it is just getting the word out there. They are also very active in rehoming dogs both here and abroad and are conducting a very successful campaign to stop the Dog Meat Trade.
We are in the process of adopting a lovely boy from Soi Dogs call Saangchai in the meantime however this lovely mum with puppies took up residence on my door step.
She is some sort of cross-breed and has a lovely ridge down her back so I suspect somewhere in her lineage was a ridge back. She is very sweet-natured and has quite naughty, mischievous pups who take her food even from her mouth after having gulped theirs so fast it can’t have touched the sides.
Today they are at the vets having a little operation so mum will not have any more pups and the puppies will not be able to produce any either. So that will be a little tiny reduction in the overall dog population.
As they are street dogs it’s likely that even if they stay with me they will sleep outside although mum does come inside when she can..the puppies are less friendly , more wary which is a shame as they are so young but hopefully they are coming around and know they get fed and cuddles and strokes.
Yehhhh back from the vets, bit sleepy but none the worse for wear…giving me the look that said why did you let them stick needles in me….mum
Oh poor babies…….
Time will tell if they stay but if they up and leave at least that cycle will be broken.I hope she stays as she is a really lovely girl, so sweet and good-natured.
Tomorrow we collect our forever puppy from Soi Dogs and I’m sure that will be another story.
Until next time Love you all xx