Barking in Bhutan

Dogs are everywhere and they seem to belong to everyone. They did not seem aggressive but I was warned about walking at night, not sure if it was because I would not see what I was stepping in or if they might be too frisky.  The government has an active sterilization and vaccination program attempting to keep control of the population.

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Dogs keep a respectable distance, but do not refuse a kind gesture or morsel of food.  The picnic lunch one day proved to be a bonanza for the nearby pack.  Yeshey, our superlative guide, took a few moments preparing all the left-overs by mixing the big pot with his hand and then dishing it out in separate mounds circumventing our blanket.

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And while many dogs roam the streets and tourist sites they often join a family pet at meal times.  One woman said her dog routinely invited eight or nine dogs over for dinner!

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The Humane Society International has a program called “Become a Street Dog Defender” which provides sterilization, vaccination and treatment.

 

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I have now visited over 100 Countries and hope to add at least 5 every year.
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