Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #PotLuck – Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole 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 second post shares the story of Saangchai, the little rescue pup that Carol and her family adopted who also shares his thoughts.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole by Carol Taylor

Day 6 of the life of a Soi Dog called Saang chai who is now our forever friend and companion.

Well the first few days were okay we were just doing a lot of sniffing around and getting to know every nook and cranny. It was strange as I had never lived in a house.

I spent my first 4 months on the streets and the man who I belonged to said he would do something nasty to me if someone didn’t take me and my sister away……. so a nice lady took us to Soi Dogs who were very kind to us and we lived with other street puppies in a big run. They fed us, gave us injections and an operation..woof not sure about that…lots of people came to see us and my sister went with one of them which made me sad but…..then one day a boy and some grownups came to see us….I liked the boy and he liked me so they came back and took me to their forever home.

My first night I was a bit sad so my mum put my new bed in her room, it was lovely I got spoken too and stroked and felt very safe and I was soon asleep and dreaming about a forever home with lots of love.

After breakfast the next morning……woof

My mum took me shopping for a new bed and a collar and some toys.


It was very nice of her but I much prefer the little humans toys in the box for when she visits.. I mean who wants the latest squeaky ” Kong”

The gates my new master made for me are very nice and even nicer to chew…..I can even put my paws on the ledge and if I really tried I could even get over.

But my mistress…clever lady…she reads my mind and they came home from shopping with this silver stuff which made a funny noise and it’s now too high for me…at the moment..woof…do you think she knows that? I heard them talking and they reckon that by the time I can do that …I will be allowed out there anyway and I will come back and not run away..mmmmm now that’s a thought…just look at all that nice room I have to run and play in…so maybe, just maybe… what do you reckon.?


I get lots of nice food , treats , lots of pats and cuddles and the boy they call Aston he runs around and plays with me a lot…I quite like him and he stops me from getting told off sometimes too…now that’s a good friend…woof..

But when they took me in the truck to the playing field that was scary I didn’t like it, so they bought me home but when my master took me for a walk up the road in my ” New Harness” yes I have a new collar and harness it is a pretty blue colour…. I liked that and I was joined by a mummy dog and her 2 puppies so we had fun.


My forever family keep telling everyone what a lovely boy I am and that I am sooooo good….well it is a nice house but I have now found some labels at the bottom of the sofa that I can chew…my mistress didn’t tell me I was good boy for taking them off she told to go to my bed. Now that’s not fair is it?..she thought when I had taken the label of that I would then chew the sofa…now would I ? She didn’t give a boy a chance ..woof….

And this morning one of her pots just fell of the top and she sent me to my bed again! I was just lucky that it didn’t have a plant in that one cos she keeps calling them her babies and saying how well they are growing…strange these humans…talking to plants…


Well that bin in the corner of the lounge looked as if it might be worth a sniff..nothing in that ….she had emptied it! But she caught me nose in bin and quite nicely said no you must NOT do before she toldme, I thought quick get in the bed….but my paw caught the fan lead


…woof ..did I scoot…. it made a loud noise when it crashed to the floor and I think it’s broken woof…..but my nice mistress did say it was her fault and I didn’t get sent to bed.

I did hear her saying that it was only 10am and I was just looking for something to do….. so I thought….. I know…… join the master in the garden……..Lets keep out of her way for a while and then she came and gave me a big cuddle woof, woof ……..I think I will like it here….

I hope you have enjoyed meeting Saangchai… and next week Carol will be taking us on a tour of a magic garden in Thailand.

©Carol Taylor 2015

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:

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Thank you for dropping in today and we would love your feedback thanks Sally



21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #PotLuck – Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole by Carol Taylor

  1. Oh what a beautiful and wonderful read, loved the pictures and such a cute little dog. I totally agree with Carol they are the best. I have a golden retriever and her name is Amber and she is adorable and we love her and she reciprocates the same. Thanks for this wonderful share.

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