This very special Wednesdog is brought to you by the magical dogs of (wouldn’t you know it) Ubud, Bali. There’s one thing for sure, the Balinese seemed to love their pets. There were pet shops for dog and cat food everywhere. That’s something I’ve never noticed in any other third world country.
The dogs in Ubud intrigued Tina and I.
Imagine a busy, narrow, two-lane road. Add to that road a ton of pedestrian foot traffic, a slew of cars, buses, and motor scooters. Kind of like this scene here (but often worse):
There’s really not enough room for foot traffic. And then imagine there are small packs of dogs, wandering up and down the street.
But they never get hit by cars or scooters.
Because they’re … magical!
On Valentine’s day, Tina and I sat at dinner watching a pack of dogs walk up and down the dark street. They were able to avoid traffic and politely let themselves pass people up and down the road. They were protective of each other in a way that I’ve never seen before. Sometimes one seemed to stop and make sure there was enough room between a moving car and the pack. Other times, one would look for traffic while the rest followed lead.
It was something to see.
Here’s a bad shot of a couple canines here.
And just to get the dogs of Bali out of my system, there was the case of the below puppy. He was so mad at me for descending onto his family’s property. He barked and barked at me.
One more note about foot traffic in Bali — because they drive on the opposite side of the road as we do — when you’re walking down the street and someone is walking toward you, they also expect to pass you on the opposite side that you’re used to. But, I found that passing a tourist, it could go either way. If I passed a local, I made an effort to go left. But if they were white, I tended to wait for them to decide. Aussies drive on the same side of the road, but other Europeans don’t.
Just thought I would throw that in.