Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Properly trained, man can be a dog’s best friend! by Carol Taylor

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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!

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33 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Properly trained, man can be a dog’s best friend! by Carol Taylor

  1. I love Carol’s title. We humans need a little “proper training” from time to time. I would like to know if she still has any of the dogs in the litter. As a fellow dog lover, spaying and neutering are necessary steps which all pet owners should take. It is tragic that there are so many stray dogs and cats running around in the world without a home.

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    • Unfortunately we don’t, Pete we have Saangchai but first, the pups disappeared and then Daisy …We suspected they fell foul of the dog trade as one of our neighbours is very active in looking after the Soi Dogs and a few went missing over the same period of time a sad fact of life here…One which many people are active in trying to stop even the Thai Government …Many of us do what we can but it seems it is never enough although we won’t stop trying …

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      • Absolutely, Sally and it is slowly changing here..Many cultures eat different meat the French eat horse meat some cultures eat guinea pigs. Many people don’t eat animal products because of how they are slaughtered and each to their own. I eat meat/fish but I buy from a reputable source where animals are reared correctly…The dog meat trade in particular has many people against it because of the sheer cruelty there is nothing humane about the dog meat trade whatsoever xxx

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      • Yes, Donna, the problem is huge and is not confined to Thailand and includes cats…Yes, we were very sad about Daisy and her pups I was heartbroken and angry at the same time…so sad

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      • Carol, I get that – the heart break and anger. It’s a terrible mix of feelings. We have a lot of stray cats in the mountains where we are. We adopted a strawberry blond male tabby in ’09. Lots of animals were dropped off in the country after the Great Recession. Fortunately, he is still with us.

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  2. I’m so glad you’re helping the street dogs. Spay/neuter is the best way to reduce the overpopulation and thus the suffering.
    Other countries besides Thailand have a problem with street dogs: India, Turkey, many countries in Latin America.
    In the United States, it seems like there are a lot more free-roaming cats than dogs.

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  3. I’m so glad you’re helping the street dogs. Spay/neuter is the best way to reduce the overpopulation and thus the suffering.
    Other countries besides Thailand have a problem with street dogs: India, Turkey, many countries in Latin America.
    In the United States, it seems like there are a lot more free-roaming cats than dogs.


  4. Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    This is the first of my early posts which Sally has chosen for her new posts from your archives series…Soi Dogs is where we got Saangchai from they do the most amazing work here rescuing both cats and dogs and rehoming them where possible either here or abroad …Enjoy!

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  5. Thailand isn’t the only place with a stray dog population, Carol, and it’s so heartening to hear about people who care enough to work on solving the problem by offering homes, finding homes, and preventing more puppies from entering the cycle. Saangchai is a lucky dog. 🙂

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