Bangkok Street Dogs

A place to learn about the lives of street dogs in Bangkok, Thailand, with emphasis on the individual characters of the Bangkok street dog community and their stories of hardship and humor.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Introducing Chops

Yeah, I know what you're thinking: This is one terrifying and ugly hound, who actually looks a lot like a canine version of Hannibal Lecter. But, as they say, appearances can be deceiving. That's not a muzzle around the snout of Chops, a 2 1/2 year old terrier/mastiff mix who lives near a small market in Bangkok's Din Daeng district -- it's actually an orthodontic harness that works in conjunction with dental braces to straighten his teeth.

Yes, you heard that right: Chops wears braces. Because for most of his life, Chops has sported a smile that could best be compared to that of a smashed Halloween jack-o-lantern, with gnarled, twisted teeth going every which way, giving him a rather frightening and vicious appearance.

As a result of his scary grill, Chops hasn't exactly been popular with the female dogs. In fact, he can't even get a phone number when he goes out to clubs. And that's a shame, because Chops is actually quite a kind, gentle dog who just wants to be appreciated by the opposite sex.

So badly does the romance-minded Chops desire a beautiful smile with straight, pearly white teeth that he's willing to not only endure the physical discomfort of the braces and the harness, but also the ridicule that is rained down on him by many other (heartless) members of the Bangkok street dog community. These mangy hounds may think it's funny that Chops is trying to improve his looks, but they probably won't be laughing when the braces come off and he is transformed into the most handsome dog in Bangkok (except for me, of course).


Blogger captain_howdy_girl said...

never seen a dog with braces before.

2:22 PM  
Blogger todd said...

that is mean to a dog using a anti bark thingy

6:52 PM  
Blogger jules said...

how does a street dog afford braces?

11:43 AM  
Blogger bird said...

fat dog from singapore

4:11 AM  
Anonymous BigDOG said...

Todd obviously didn't read the article. But yeah, how does a street dog afford braces?

4:56 PM  
Blogger still_figuring_out said...


2:14 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

Braces? For real? Wow, Chops, you're gonna be a stud.

9:40 AM  
Blogger uchtungbaby said...

Chops is probably owned by someone that works in a Chinese graveyard. The Chinese have an old trick of using rabid dogs to protect the graves of their ancestors in the cemeteries. I remember visiting some war graves in chanchanaburi and almost being eaten alive by one. They say they are the closest link to the dingo I reckon that is pretty spot on!

11:42 PM  
Blogger elephants said...

my dog needs braces!


7:32 AM  
Blogger MakubeX, Lord of Maecity said...

Veggiebabe4> Life's full of surprises.

Casanova> I've become a fan of your site, you witty mutt!

3:35 AM  
Blogger David Platt said...

Thats so mean... how in the world does he eat. This really makes me sick to my stomach.

9:04 PM  

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