random fact: in my country (philippines) we have a lot of dogs that we call askal (meaning: asong kalye or street/stray dogs in english) and they’re practically just a mix of all sorts of dogs? they don’t have any breed and they usually just have random traits (short-haired, long legs, etc). ironically enough, although they’re referred to as “stray dogs” they actually have owners who feed them. do you have your own versions of askal in your country?
The Brazil Open tennis tournament used
4 trained shelter dogs to serve as the
ball boys during an exhibition match
to bring awareness to Brazil’s street
animals, promote their adoption, and
show that well-fed and well-treated
animals can be very happy. SourceSource 2
All it took was proper love and care for this pooch’s personality to really shine.
Animal Aid Unlimited, a rescue group in India, spotted a stray dog curled up in a ball on the side of the road. The pup, who looked very fragile, was in bad shape. He was visibly emaciated and had a case of severe mange. The organization said he looked as though he “had completely given up hope.”
Some shots from today’s efforts! Did my first ever spey on a street dog and a castration on a pet German Shepherd! Had the watchful eye of the shepherd’s family throughout the entire surgery which was both incredibly sweet and very daunting. Very excited for what tomorrow will bring!
Throughout much of southern Asia, religious proscriptions specifically designate these street dogs or pariahs as unclean or untouchable. Yet in these same areas, there is also a widespread reluctance to kill surplus dogs, which in some cases amounts to a religious taboo. Although there have been few detailed studies of attitudes to dogs among such communities, the few that exist describe often quite elaborate mythological reasons for exercising tolerance.
One particularly revealing and ancient example is contained in the Hindu legend of Yudhishthira. In the final scene of the Mahabharata epic, the hero Yudhishthira approaches Heaven after a lengthy mountain pilgrimage during which his queen and his four brothers have all perished. His only surviving companion at this stage is a dog that has followed him faithfully since he set out on his journey. Suddenly, Indira, the King of Heaven, appears in a blaze of light and invites Yudhishthira to complete his journey in his heavenly chariot. Yudhishthira happily accepts and stands aside to allow his dog to enter first, whereupon Indira objects strenuously on the grounds that dogs are unclean and that the animal’s presence would defile Heaven itself. Yudhishthira, however, is unmoved and says that he cannot imagine happiness, even in Heaven, while haunted by the memory of casting off such a devoted, loyal and loving companion. A heated argument then ensues until Yudhishthira finally announced that he cannot conceive of a crime that would be more heinous than to leave the dog behind.
At this point, all is revealed. By refusing Heaven for the sake of a dog, Yudhishthira has passed his final test. The dog is suddenly transformed into Dharma, the God of Righteousness, and Yudhishthira is carried off to Heaven amidst the acclamation of radiant multitudes.
James Serpell, “From paragon to pariah: some reflections on human attitudes to dogs,” The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour, and Interactions with People (1995), p. 250-251