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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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Introducing Samantha

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the face of youthful canine disappointment. This is my friend Samantha, a hyperactive 8 month old pup who lives with her mother near the Landmark Hotel on Sukhumvit Road. Samantha is sad because her mom (seen in the background) won't let her go out and play with her Bangkok street dog pals. That's why in this photo, Sam's mournful expression and furrowed brow make it seem, to the viewer at least, like her world is about to end.

Now, before you go getting all teary-eyed at this poor pup's plight, you should know that Sam's mom has many good reasons to punish her! Youth sometimes has an intoxicating effect (on both humans and animals) and the rebellious Samantha has been going through a stretch of behavior that has been, well, less than exemplary. For example, Sam has recently developed a penchant for digging, barking loudly at passing cars, and stealing ice cream cones from small children.

After her last transgression, in which Sam absconded with a 2 year old girl's cone of chocolate chip ice cream, Sam's mom decided enough was enough, and grounded her. And that means Sam was unable to join us for a roam down to the Chao Praya River when I took this photo. Her whining could be heard all the way down Sukhumvit Road!

Actually, I have to agree with Sam's mom on this punishment -- I mean, I'm all for being opportunistic, but you can't just take a kid's ice cream cone away from him/her. That kind of behavior has a way of coming back to bite you.


Blogger bernice said...

That's looks a little like my childhood dog, Rover. I still think of Rover daily though it's been over 90 years since we ate him.


11:57 PM  
Blogger River said...

Samantha? Looks more like Samuel to me. Im sure it's Sam, I had a drink with him last nigth, and he is no bitch.

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cutie!

4:18 AM  
Blogger Dreams said...

Excellent work.....

5:58 AM  
Blogger da buttah said...

oh my god! can i have him?! soooo cute!!

6:08 AM  
Blogger curious servant said...

Great blog! I showed it to Rocky, my German Wire Hair Retriever and he says that he likes it as well. But he does have a suggestion.

Rocky thinks that your blog would be better if it had some smallish furry critters in it such as a squirrel.

What kinds of things do dogs over there chase?

8:03 AM  
Blogger pmusu said...

i never knew mother dogs can be so strict.

Great Blog

8:44 AM  
Blogger mojoala said...


looks like food to me.

11:23 AM  
Blogger kubanosis said...

hey casanova - i normally fight hard with dogs like you, any dogs for that matter - alpha that i am. guess as you're in bangkok and i'm in delhi we're not about to meet - so i thought i'd swing by and say hi to you.

if i do come by to bangkok, it's samantha that i'd like to 'meet' in any case!


12:03 PM  
Blogger Secret Teller said...

I have been reading your blog for a while and would like to let you know that you inspired me to start my own. I hope you don't mind, but I mentioned your blog on my blog. I was wandering if you could mention my blog on yours, so hopefully I will get readers and comments back just like you do. Thx.

1:28 PM  
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1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent a month in Bangkok a few years ago, living on a soi off Sukhumvit Road. The 1 km walk from the skytrain to my apartment led me past a spot that where about 10 stray dogs regularly hung out. They glanced at me indifferently whenever i passed by, but I always wondered how they survived alone on the Bangkok streets.

Your blog is compelling. Thanks for giving these critters a voice.

4:12 PM  
Blogger the guttersisters said...

Your blog rocks.
What a unique & clever idea.
Having been to B'kok several times, (and a gutter-grubber myself), I am familiar with the street dwellers...I'd never have imagined such a great way to bring them some honor.
I'll never look at the street hounds in quite the same way again!

8:55 PM  
Blogger sapo said...

I work with small children.
I was thinking humans and animals are equal creations.

10:08 PM  
Blogger sapo said...

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10:08 PM  
Blogger caspa97 said...

This blog is TOO CUTE!

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Carmina said...

I just love your blog!

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi casanova! i think what you're doing is really really great. i visited bangkok some years ago and i wanted to bring some stray dogs home.

i SO love your blog. take care now...

7:49 AM  
Blogger Nunzia said...


7:49 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

well. fair play to sam's mom. show those kids some discipline.


11:39 AM  
Blogger Cari Taplin said...

This is a really great blog. What a clever dog!

2:33 PM  
Blogger Alex Ludd said...

Are you sure about that?

3:51 PM  
Blogger Kiba said...

people eat dogs!?! thats evil!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i lov dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5:05 PM  
Blogger Mirage said...

Samantha is out-of-this-world cute!!
Oh and i really appreciate ur sincerity towards these animals... anyone can miss them on the here everyone has to stop and look...keep up the good work man! cheers to sam!

3:45 AM  
Blogger hamsterboots said...

well i really enjoy reading the stories of those dogs but most of all i like sam and max the temple dog. i would adopt them instantly!!
please post more stories of the dogs!!
where do you get the pics and the stories from?

7:26 AM  
Blogger Phil Miller said...

I thnk i have room at my place for all the strays! Well at least to visit.

11:48 AM  
Blogger ayesha said...

hi my name is ashley hilton,
i think it so cool that u r taking care of these dogs!! they r so cute!!! i would like to make a donation since my mom wont let me adopt it. lol shes strict like that mother dog lol. well u can visit my blogs they're bout my life though so i dont think u would be interested with it but if u were interested then the website would be leave me a comment cuz I wanna at least know someone is looking at my blog!!

7:39 PM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Sam is a cutie.

Dogs are truly man's and woman's best of all possible friends.

7:55 PM  
Blogger "Alice" said...

Rescue dogs are the best dogs ever!
Sam is a cutie, as are all the others.


8:44 PM  
Blogger hotsirenita said...

Dear Casanova,

I happened to find your blog a few days ago.
Now, normally mermaids aren't that keen on dogs, what with being afraid of them and such, but i have to admit that you and your friends stole my heart.
I don't usually swim that far, but if i ever happen to pass your way i'll sure take a few hours to come and pet you.
Until then, i'll be watching from here. :)

11:31 PM  
Blogger PhotogInAsia said...

Waaaait a minute, what about the Bangkok street CATS? Lol, I just ran across your blog and having just been in Bangkok noticed something amazing: Unlike Taiwan, the street animals tend not to be afraid of people (in Taiwan, the animals are tormented mercilessly from day one and tend to be VERY leary of people, even if one has food for 'em) idea, great pictures (errr, if you go to my blog, you'll notice that its VERY new, some of the Bangkok shots will eventually get there :-D).

2:57 AM  
Blogger Memento said...

what a cool and creative blog! i love cats more but this is just wicked! :)

6:27 AM  
Blogger maryam said...

Saabidee doggies of thailand,

lol this blogg is jst so cute. While i was in thailand recently i was yes a lil taken back at the number of ur doggie folks roaming the streets.

sme of those lil doggies need a good old reflexology session and a spa treatment.. maybe ill open dogg hair saloon hehe

nice blog anyways.
keep it up

11:18 AM  
Blogger Sally G said...

If I could take you all in and look after you I would... I remember how many dogs I saw when in Thailand.. I have some pictures of me and at least 5 or 6... many years ago so they are probably in Thai dog heaven..
Say a prayer.

1:48 PM  
Blogger jenniekins said...

nicest blog ive seen in weeks. they should meet more of the street dogs here in the philippines (they're very friendly and just as adventurous). haha!!

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, kids can always get another ice cream cone. How often do dogs get to have ice cream? I'm on Samantha's side.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Good blog on what is called in Bangkok as Soi Dogs (soi means street). having spent some time in Thailand I was amazed on how street smart these animals were. I've seen dogs who watch for traffic when crossing the street and know where the best street vendors for food were.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Caitlin Summers said...

This blog is like, the best!

9:49 AM  
Blogger phastmike said...

gr8 blog,
i'm in thailand too and i've put up a blog the last few days, in portuguese though...

11:31 AM  
Blogger Code said...

What an AWESOME Post!

GSM Cell Phones

2:54 PM  
Blogger jwcampbell said...


Have you heard about Tongdaeng?

He is the King Bhumibol Adulyadej's favorite dog. There are at least two books about Tongdaeng that are available in English and Thai.

The stories, which are true and written by the king, show that dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from a pet dog.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Life and times said...

That dog looks hauntingly familiar, I think (think,I said) I think I have seen that dog before, I'm almost positive

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Terry Jones said...

Yeah, she's absolutely adorable

3:40 PM  
Blogger BushCheney08 said...

good site!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Calm_Like_A_Bomb 1 said...

Hi Casanova. Your blog is really cool. These dogs are out on the streets but it almost seems like they enjoy life on the edge. They all seem to stay positive and I love the way that you describe each dog bringing out his/her own personality. They are almost like humans. Reminds me of how human-like my 2 dogs, Shea and Shavo, are.
By the way they say Hi too!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Beaver said...

Real cool blog - this is the 2nd time I come across it and it still amazes me...

Take care and be safe out there :)

6:51 AM  
Blogger Caitlin Summers said...

Cute pictures, I have a dog related blog too, and I'm glad to meet another dog lover!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Megan "Rio" Burns said...

Gorgeous face, so intelligent looking.

9:43 AM  
Blogger BlackOps said...

Thats just how it is in that part of the world. Then again the local Chinese Buffet (New York)just got nailed by the Board of Health for having eight dogs and several other animals hanging in their freezer.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Amanda Lynn said...

my dog, bandit, a border collie pup is having troubles with barking too. Not only at passing cars, but anyone that enters the house that isnt "immediate family". We love him and hes a sweetie until he sees someone hes not used to seeing. it kinda suck. Samantha looks like a cute dog however, and doesn't look like a troublemaker like bandit

4:37 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

This blog warms my heart! It's really wonderful to see things from the perspective of a 'dog'. Sometimes I grew up having lots of pet dogs, and somehow I feel like they really know what's going on, and they have feelings too. You can see it in their eyes.=)

11:29 PM  
Blogger Chris Reeves said...

My dog gives your blog two paws up and wants to know if any are single and lookin to mingle?

11:35 PM  
Blogger still_figuring_out said...


:) interesting blog!

2:11 AM  
Blogger allison said...

My male dog would love to be in timeout with her!!

4:36 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

Cute dogs :)

6:24 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

That is a great. I am glad the dog found you and now has a forver home.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Puey said...

this is cool !
I miss bangkok actually.

After seeing this, I would say I miss my dog back home a lot.
Ever since I came here. I hardly have fun with any animal.

5:54 AM  
Blogger zeezerka said...

omg! hes so cute..or she

7:44 PM  
Blogger PhatomPhanAlert! said...

awww...thats the most cutest dog i've ever seen!.well i can't really say that i've already got dogs at home that are just as cute!
(im from phuket by the way and your blog is fab!)

9:53 PM  
Blogger gunngirl said...

I love the blog, but am heartbroken over the content. Please tell me that sometimes you help to feed/befriend these dogs. I'm a HUGE animal activist and I can't stand the thought that, even though you're giving these dogs a voice, their suffering is used for our amusement. I don't care if you only fed one, I can't stand the idea of them being ignored.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Arun said...

If I have something that I don't like about this site - it's dogs. Forgive me - i never like dogs.

12:56 AM  

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