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A dog is the only being that puts itself second and the human first. A dog lives by emotions, really strong emotions, of love, gratitude, uncertainty, fear and sadness. We humans, are the ones that guide them through these states. Most of the dogs are living in happiness and love, but some of them, encountered in their early lives, people who made them fearful. In this case, most of these animals are left with traumas for the rest of their life, so they become aggressive or unforeseeable.
But they are just a mirror of ourselves, they are here to show us what emotions are and what kind of emotions we are capable of sharing. Why can’t we just see that?
When I visited Bali, I crossed paths with a couple of dogs. I remember I was saying that the looked so nice, so unusual, they all had those stripes and funny Akita ears. They were looking really authentic in a way. I then discovered that all dogs from Bali have the same gene and I thought it’s pretty cool. The next thing that I discovered was that most of them had collars, so I thought, ” How nice that the people care for these dogs, it must be from their amazing culture and religion, they cherish all beings” .
I was comparing that situation with the situation from my hometown, the capital of Romania, where last year they begun a killing spree of dogs without owner. After I encountered some articles online, I found out that these two situations were unfortunately, similar. Excepting the rabies part.
I was shocked when I found out about this, especially because of the culture and religion in that area. They are doing dozens of rituals and offerings, they are smiling and most of them have an amazing energy. What about loving and cherishing all the Creation? But I guess that we are still living in duality.
Let me show you my experience with the Bali street (beach) dog, while doing some pictures on the beach. They just wanted to share some good vibes 🙂
As I wrote this article, I realized that this dog came that day and stood by my side for a reason. The result of that beautiful encounter, these pictures, can help us in raising the awareness and in helping the balinese people to solve this situation in a peaceful and harmonious way.
There are a lot of amazing people who dedicated their time and money in opening different associations and shelters. They are trying to raise money so they can continue the mass sterilization and vaccination.
What are they fighting against? The leadership who recommended mass killing, against rabies and against restaurants which are still using dog meat as a traditional dish.
Bali Animal Welfare Association : directly relieves the suffering of animals by providing emergency response and rescue, food and medication, rehabilitation and adoption. BAWA practices humane population control, disease control and runs intensive education and advocacy programs for sustainable improvement to animal welfare now and into the future. BAWA will respond to alerts of any animal in distress – from snakes to dolphins. A key focus is Bali’s Heritage Dog – the island’s genetically unique street dog that is under threat. BAWA is funded entirely by donations and relies heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers.
” While we continue to try to convince the government to re-instate mass vaccination, we try to get advance notice of planned eliminations and ensure people in those communities secure and protect their dogs.
We appreciate and need all the help we can get.
Barc: This is an amazing adoption and rehabilitation center, founded by Linda Buller.
Bali Street Dog Fund : Their mission is to enhance the welfare of dogs and cats in Bali by reducing the population through de-sexing, to provide veterinary care to alleviate their suffering, and to empower the Balinese people to care about their animals. You can fin more about them here.
I LOVE BALI DOGS: They want to improve the life of the Balinese dogs, an ancient breed, so they become respected, protected and recognized as an authentic breed.They hope they will become accepted in homes just like the Western dogs. Their action is to join forces with other associations and to take the dogs in, nurse them back to health, sterilize, vaccinate and try to find homes for them. I LOVE BALI DOGS is one of the vehicles to collect funds in favour of these organizations.
IFAW: Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it’s dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters.
What do you think? Is it normal that a heavenly place like Bali should go through theses acts of violence?They need help, as you know balinese people don’t have the necessary resources to sterilize and vaccinate dogs, but maybe we can help them. We all can help, by small donations, volunteering or just raising the awareness.