Welcome to the Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.
If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/
Carol Taylor does an amazing job each week with the food column and healthy eating posts here on Smorgasbord, and she deserves a break to get on with her own writing projects for a few weeks. So I am going to share four posts from Carol’s archives instead and she will be back with us on June 12th.. The first post is a throwback to when Carol and I first met in 2015 when she contributed a post about a Thai dog rescue organisation.
Properly trained, man can be a dog’s best friend! by Carol Taylor
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.
They look like gremlins with little faces and these enormous ears..daddy was an Alsatian. So not sure if they stay..but will have to think of a name…their mum I call Daisy .
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.
©Carol Taylor 2015….
More about Saangchai.. next week… I know how much you love dogs…thanks Carol for letting me loose in your archives…
About Carol Taylor
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS
Connect to Carol
You can find Carol’s Food and Cookery column articles in this folder: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2019/
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