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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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Introducing Chester: Raconteur Extraordinaire


My good friend Chester, who lives on Silom Road near the Chao Phraya river, is a bit camera shy, and always starts whining whenever someone points at camera at him. "Get that damn camera out of my face, will ya?" is his usual plea.

But once you get past that shyness, Chester's a fun dog to hang out with. He's an exceptionally gifted storyteller who likes to embellish his tales with sensational details.

One of Chester's favorite stories is about the time he caused a miscreant mongrel that had been bullying the local street community to lose face. This bully, who went by the nickname of Jaws, would always drop by with several of his mangy mates to steal food and terrorize any dog that was unfortunate to get in their way.

But one day, when the bullies showed up and demanded food, Chester was ready for them. The previous night, he'd found some scraps in the trash and managed to cobble together a chicken pie. Then, he found some prik kee noo -- the ferociously hot chili peppers used in a variety of Thai dishes -- and ground them up and incorporated them invisibly into the pie.

Anyway, when Chester presented the pie, Jaws immediately dove into it, finishing the whole thing in about 6 seconds. But then, the chilis started kicking in, and before long, Jaws was reduced to a howling, squealing shell of his usual bully self. As he lay on the ground writhing in pain, me and the rest of Chester's buddies erupted in laughter, and Jaws' mates ran off with their disgraced leader in tow.

The moral of this story is: Don't mess with guys like Chester -- it's the nice guys like him that you have to watch out for if you ever get on their bad side.


Blogger tumbletot said...

hey chester, glad to know that there are dogs like you who do stand up against those bullies! hurray!

love reading this blog, was really sad when there was a lag in updates for a while. do keep it up casanova...

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Blogger Apps said...

Dint realize you'd written up 2-3 new ones!! This pic's got prob one of the cutest faces O:)

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Blogger Jack said...

I love your dog posts. Please don't stop. They get shared with others on my message forum and many compliments. Thanks for the good read and entertainment.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Carl said...

Hello do you all see the resemblance to dingoes in most of those pictures of Indian street dogs. Studies show that they may be related and are called pariah dogs, which is a group of primitive dogs. Interesting how the primitive free ranging dogs around the world show a remarkable resemblance for ex: Africanis of South Africa, the Canaan dog of Israel, Jindo of Japan, Dingo of Australia, and the American Dingo/ Carolina dog discovered in the back woods and swamps in the Southeastern United States of America, where they have been included in the United Kennel Club and the rare breed club. Those dingo-like primitive dogs of India should be preserved as much as possible. I think that many of them are very well built and beautiful.

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