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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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Re-introducing Casanova (the author of this blog)



If you haven't already seen my welcome message from a few months ago, you're probably wondering about the dog behind this blog, and why I started it. Well, my name is Casanova, and I'm a 3 year old male dog of extremely mixed heritage who lives near the Klong Toey market in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the past couple of months, I've used this blog to highlight the life and times of some of my closest pals in the Bangkok street dog community. Now it's time for you to learn some more about me!

Despite my extreme good looks -- as evidenced in the photo collage above, which I have put together to convey every nuance of my rugged, yet handsome visage -- I am still a pretty down-to-earth dog. My personality is simple and loyal, as my legions of street dog friends can attest. I would do anything for a friend in a time of need, and am confident that my friends would return the favor. And that's what it's all about when you're a dog roaming the lonely, dusty streets of Bangkok.

How many of us street dogs roam the capital's streets? No one really knows, but the newspapers estimate anywhere from 100-300,000. As I mentioned before, Thailand's Buddhist influence means they don't round us street dogs up and put us to sleep on a regular basis. However, some pretty hideous things do happen to me and my brothers and sisters, and many of us do carry dangerous diseases such as rabies. I started this blog not to gloss over or ignore these harsh realities, but to give us dogs a voice, and hopefully, portray us in a positive light.

I'm not asking you humans to pretend like the problems we cause don't exist, I just want you to realize that most of us dogs are pretty kind-hearted creatures. Also keep in mind that no other animal is as closely aligned with humans as dogs are - it's a fact. Unless you count dolphins or killer whales, but it's not like they can guard your house if a burglar breaks in, know what I mean? And they're not exactly cuddly either.

Anyway... I'm Casanova and I hope you enjoy my blog.

64 Comments:

Blogger Gloria said...

Hi, Casanova!
I like your blog, nice and pretty special!

11:54 PM  
Anonymous jayant said...

hey casanova!!
I saw ur blog for the first time today and found it really amusing. Being an ardent animal lover myself, I really loved this idea of urs. Way to go. I'll add u to my links cos i want everyone who visits my blog to take a look at ur blog too! And I really identify with how u feel abt street dogs in ur country, cos being from India, I know street dogs live a similar life here. Keep it up!

3:47 AM  
Blogger peter said...

hey cas.-

wanted to send you a couple of photos of some street dogs I have met before as well. any chance you'd be interested in some southern thailand street dogs?

you cant leave all the love for the streets of bangkok.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Sumeeta said...

Casanova,

This has to be one of the most interesting and creative blogs that I have ever seen. I also love the fact that you are highlighting the difficult life that animals face when they have to fend for themselves. Kudos to you!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Dawner said...

Great Blog it is so nice to see that there are people out there watching over the ones that have no one. I am a very big animal lover and some of these stories just break my heart. Hats off too you and make sure they all get a pet from me...

6:45 AM  
Blogger Inkonkoni said...

Like the others who have stumbled across your gem, I love your blog. Stupid question, but if I go to that temple, will I really see Max?

8:09 AM  
Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

My friends call me Nova . . . as in Cassanova.

9:02 AM  
Blogger wanwan said...

Hi casanova!
my mum is from Bangkok too and her family lives there.My web is www.wanwan11.blogspot.com.My blog is about animals.I love your blod it is so nice lovey and so specia

12:58 PM  
Blogger Audrey Mill said...

hey your blog is awesome.. i love dogs..

2:42 PM  
Blogger Chaz said...

You are very cute, Casanova.

Congratulations on being list on blogger.com's front page, this is a very nice blog.

chazinc.blogspot.com

2:44 PM  
Blogger robert sobieraj said...

this is why do i open apocryphic blogger.com :) if text would be even partialy soundable one may spent less time reading but more to please of understanding :) maybe :) keep up on the rail 'n gl man :)

3:30 PM  
Blogger rvds.design said...

Great blog, keep it up!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Ernie Flapps said...

HEY!

What about me?

I've been a dog with a blog for a while!

*sighs*

4:42 PM  
Blogger Overlord said...

Hello, Cassanova! I am Overlord! Just to let you know, I have a blog of my own, but not about sickenly cute animals. It's at www.overlord1.blogspot.com, and I am running a small contest to see who's the master of the blog. Just find the other posts, then comment me at my blog, then mention the other blogs somewhere on www.blogger.com, you win! Sorry, no prizes, but you will have the knowledge of being the "master of the blog". Rules for this small contest are on my blog.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Overlord said...

Oh, by the way. Casanova, if you don't want to have any part of this contest, please comment me at my blog so I have an idea of which site has what. Thanks!

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Pluma (Olaya) said...

Hola, Casanova, my name is Pluma, I'm from Chile and my master found me in a sewer two years ago (I was three month old then). That's why, I guess, I'm so touched by your nice blogg. Congratulations!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Casanova said...

Peter, sure, if you have some photos of stray dogs, send them over to me! soul_yawn at yahoo

9:08 PM  
Blogger stargirl2 said...

Hi casanova... i "saw'd" ur blog tonight...well acutally morning as it's 12 am... and i like it. it's doggishly mondo koolio. ur fortunate 2 have comments. i got zippity zero! check out my blog if u will plz. it's @ seminolastargirl.blogspot.com
--Rimmel

9:29 PM  
Blogger stargirl2 said...

hi casanova ,
it's me 'gain and i forgot 2 tell u .. i LOVE animals and it's 2 supercalifragilisticexpialidously wickedly sweet that u talked about the hardships animals go through. keep writing. --Rimmel

9:32 PM  
Blogger bkkmei said...

Hi Casanova
in your opinion would you say that Bangkok soi dogs are more laid back than elsewhere in the country e.g. Chiang Mai?

For example when we went up to Petchaburi, all the dogs growled at my husband. Do let me know!

10:10 PM  
Blogger ledzeppelin4evr said...

hey casanova, loved your blog. i had a friend who looked just like you...of mixed parentage too! anyway,kudos to all the dogs who face hardship just to survive...just remember, ALL dogs go to heaven!

2:05 AM  
Blogger Crew Koos said...

I just love those doggies

If you want more, check out:

http://www.crewkoos.blogspot.com

for more french dogs

3:38 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a fantastic idea for a blog. I am going to Bangkok in 3 weeks.. should I travel with a box of doggie biscuts?? Great work, I will be visiting again!

4:19 AM  
Blogger CP said...

Nice blog

7:02 AM  
Blogger A Lil Gurl said...

hey Casanova. Your blog rawks. It's really cool and unique. =)

7:24 AM  
Blogger estherbean said...

I luv ya Casanova!!!!!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Q said...

Hi Cassanova,
You have a wonderful blog. I have adopted a former Puerto Rican street dog. He is the most loving, sweet & appreciative dog an owner could ask for. I wish one day all the street dogs knew the comfort of a warm couch.

Here is website of the rescue group where I found Rocco: www.animalsinneed.net

11:27 AM  
Blogger I, Gladiator said...

Hi Casanova, love your blogsite, although I do have to admit that it is somewhat disturbing. The reason being that of course I want to help each and every one of these dogs...instead I have a mental picture of their mangy lives.

Please, do tell me that when you come across these lovable canines... you help them out a little, right? or is just a fleeting moment where you take their picture and move on? I can imagine that most of them must be wild, but some of them look so lovable.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Chesty said...

What a great dogblog!
I love your writing style and getting to know your neighbors. I went to
Learn Spanish in Costa Rica And met several nice dogs there and I always get to see many cool canines in my home town of Myrtle Beach

5:27 PM  
Blogger Bruan said...

My dogs want me to teach them to type now ! They just love to read your stories and they want to start a dogblog of their own. Mebe the "dogblog" will catch on. do I need another keyboard?

11:03 PM  
Anonymous shell-sea said...

Hi,
I think this is a very creative and rather intellectual way of bringing forth attention to animals.
I'm impressed being an animal lover myself. I often wonder what these mute creatures feel when merciless humans treat them awfully.
Well done.Nice way to put forth animals views on life too

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Nopy said...

Hello Cass,

I'm Nopy ("Noh-Pee"). Im very happy reading ur blog, but feel a bit sad too. Hope my brothers and sisters will get a better life.

I like how u write ur friends' stories. Maybe u can catch up with some of them and see how they've been doing? (Write follow-ups on previous dogs)?

Love to see new ones too.

Keep it up and bless u....Woof!

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Nopy said...

Ohh....do u know how I came to know this website? I was lying on the floor watching TV, and ur page was shown! It was PhoenixTV.....

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Freddie the dog said...

100,000 - 300,000 dogs struggling to find food every day, existing near starvation, trying to avoid getting hit by cars and trucks. This is sad. I hope that engaged Buddhism in Thailand supports vasectomy as mindful compassion for animals. Freddie at http://freddiesblog.blogspot.com/

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Dating Doctor said...

Thanks for your blog! It is a great outlet from a long day at work!

Keep spreading the good word!!!

-- Kara

9:06 AM  
Blogger Marnie said...

Your blog is adorable! I'm definitely linking you on my page!

3:15 PM  
Blogger michmash said...

What a great blog! They does not be pedigree, but they're absolutely beautiful and adorable.

9:19 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

Great blog Casanova...found it on the blogspot frontpage and just had to check it out. I couldn't stop reading and have you in my links.

Being from Grand Rapids, MI in America. I only wish we would let our animals live the circle of life rather than end up put to sleep. How wonderful that there are really living beings like you who care!

I think this is amazing and very heartwarming!

9:55 PM  
Blogger A. Fatih Syuhud said...

well,sorry i dont like dog so much. i prefer cat instead. :) nice picture, though. me at, http://global-diary.blogspot.com . u r welcome there. :)

1:57 AM  
Blogger L-girl said...

thank you for blogging. thanks for showing us these warm hearts and sad eyes.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Kris Barger said...

Kool Ideal for a blog. I like it and I a big dog fan myself I have two now love them both.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dogs are the pet of the nitwit.

They lounge all day and dow nothing and eat.

Cats are the superior pet.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Nudefatman said...

Im sorry I forgt to sign my name.

Cats are the only true house pet.

11:18 AM  
Blogger teru said...

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10:51 PM  
Blogger teru said...

hey Casanova!
first time to post and I really like your blog very much! Please love all the street dongs in Bangkok and keep it up!!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Shivani said...

Meow ! even kittens enjoyed reading your blog - perhaps a kind of admiration they have for you but more importantly they were impressed with the charms of Stella ;) Wd love to hear abt her more :D

11:59 PM  
Blogger schnoodlepooh said...

Hi Casanova, I really like your blog. I'm a huge dog lover and your stories are the best. Thanks and keep writing and posting photos. I love it!

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a dog and a cat, but i like my dog better.

Cats lounge all day, do nothing and eat too, AND poop all over your lawn (and your neighbour's lawn).

Dogs are clearly the superior pet.

1:01 AM  
Blogger LynX said...

Very imaginative blog, salutes for not glossing over the harshness of a street dog's life while maintaining some levity.

You've got a really cool blog concept here, and you don't need to listen to the naysayers and overly-sensitive or downright anal-retentive people who choose to interpret the contents of this blog in the worst possible manner.

Just keep up the good work ma- err, i mean dawg! This is one blog i'm gonna keep an eye on. =)

1:14 AM  
Blogger Sylvie said...

Sawasdee ja, Casanova! This is one special blog you have here! BRAVO!! As someone who grew up in Bangkok and who is a huge animal lover, cats and dogs alike, I was most delighted to have found your blog. Keep up with the great job! If there is anything I can do to help you and your friends, let me know, I go back to your city every so often :) Big hugs :)

3:10 AM  
Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

wow! glad I came across this blog tonight.

tried doing one for my nephew (www.sillybahrainiboy.blogspot.com) but failed to update it..

thanks to you, i think i will go back to my nephew's blog and give him something and lots of memories for when he grows older!

12:27 PM  
Blogger kp said...

You are a handsome lil' guy. Love the blog..what a great idea.

10:40 PM  
Blogger kp said...

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10:40 PM  
Blogger sw0rdf1sh said...

hi, casanova
great blog...keep writing ur adventure in street of bangkok :)

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing blog. I am really taken by your blog.

Keep up the good work Gloria.

dogs

3:56 AM  
Blogger gracenote said...

great use of a blog!! I love animals and I appreciate you giving them a voice. Bravo! Great pics...really shows their character.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous GutterGal Y said...

Cassanova, you're ma dog! I can imagine the smell of your male musk. U must be the guy with all the bitches! Mutt or not I think I'm in lurve!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Tessa said...

you're hilarious. i don't know if you're familiar but there is a resident dog on koh samet, usually at silver sands that we named scraggly. definitely worthy of a profile on your blog.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Billy said...

Meow!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Great blog Cassanova. Dogs rule and cats drool

10:40 PM  
Blogger an american said...

Cute.

3:46 AM  
Blogger LeesahEm. said...

Oh my, I believe that my dog Iniki is your doppelganger.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mechoeso/93946/

9:23 PM  
Blogger Miffer said...

Dear Casanova,
I really love your blog!!! Thanks for introducing us to your friends (please say hi to them for me, they are so adorable) and posting lots of cute pics. Maybe I will bump into you someday in the streets of Bangkok. I go there pretty often to visit my boyfriend and I like to hang out with the Muang Thong Thani dogs near his place : ) Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Take care and keep happy!

7:12 AM  
Blogger rei_expresso said...

hi Casanova, just bump into your blog and i read all of them. Certainly, you have brought much life into these pals... keep up the good work! God bless you

6:47 PM  

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