Dogs in Asia are certainly not like dogs in Canada. We’re always so amazed at how independent Asian canines are, and how completely opposite they are from Canadian dogs. Here are just some of our observations:
In Asia, dogs are dogs. Simple. While many are kept as pets, dogs and humans know their place in the hierarchy, and the dogs certainly aren’t alpha here. With that, comes great instinct! Dogs here know that the cars always win when talking street rules. They “hunt” the streets daily for food left behind on sidewalks and in garbages. And they know that any bad behaviour on their part means trouble from the humans. Oh, and did we mention that people eat dogs in Asia?? (Dogs, Frogs, and Snakes…Oh My! – Nha Trang, Vietnam). Here, you need to watch your dog carefully or someone may consume it, ignorant to the fact that it’s actually someone elses pet (Dogs in Danger in Bangkok)! Yes, it’s true that some (many) Asian dogs carry rabies. But that’s no big deal, because from our experience, most dogs in Asia simply ignore the humans. Here, it’s about survival of the fittest, and any trouble with humans spells doom for the dog.
In Canada, dogs are loyal companions, closely attached to the family in which they belong. We treat them like one of our own, and in turn get frustrated when they don’t “listen”. We groom them, walk them, bathe them, dress them, run them, and cuddle them. Some Canadians go as far as to kiss their dogs on the lips, letting the tongue enter their mouth oh-so forgivingly. Simply stated, Canadians have a love affair for dogs! Oh, and did we mention those adorable little puppy dog eyes? They work every time on Canadians. And eating dog…are you kidding? Dog eaters here are deeply frowned upon, and if a restaurant sold dog in Canada, there’d be huge fines…maybe even jail time!! ”Stray” dogs in Canada are promptly picked up by animal control, only to be held until a new loving family is found. Dogs in Canada are clearly the alpha, and they know it!
So, what’s the point of this blog post you might ask? Well, there isn’t one really. Just simple observations. However, watch for some exciting posts this summer about Asian dogs, because a trip is never complete without at least one dog tale worth sharing.
**Have any experiences/stories with Asian dogs?? We’d love you to share in the comments below! :)