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, March 08, 2006

Introducing High-Jumping Harry

There are some Bangkok street dogs who gaze wistfully at food opportunities on the other side of a metal fence, and others, like my buddy Harry, who actually do something about it.

Harry, a two year old brown mutt of mixed Greyhound, Alsatian, and Bull Mastiff ancestry, is pictured here contemplating how to scale a fence outside a seafood restaurant in the city's Asoke district. This muscular hound has the ability to leap even higher than my friend Stretch, which means he can get over many of the barriers humans put up to keep us street dogs out of places where food is stored and tasty garbage is collected.

About 30 seconds after this photo was taken, Harry had jumped over the fence, grabbed a plastic bag full of crab and prawn remnants, and jumped back over, before anyone except a few amazed pedestrians had even realized what was going on. The best part about Harry is, he loves to share the spoils of his raids -- as long as you listen to his war stories about previous "missions", as he calls them.

Hey, I don't mind listening to a few self-aggrandizing tales if it means getting to dive into a smelly bag of seafood scraps!


Blogger .m. said...

That's a gutsy Harry this guy :-)

6:09 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...


I'd given you up for lost! Love hearing about your new friends.

4:49 PM  
Blogger william said...

Love your blog!

6:46 PM  
Blogger cali said...

what technique does harry use? the forward leap or the fosbury flop? i'd imagine the flop wouldn't be conducive to carrying a bag of crabshells.

10:04 PM  
Blogger gnarlykitty said...

ur blog is very lovely. looking forward to seeing updates!

3:19 AM  

I see Harry all the time. The poor hound has a shocking birth defect: a third testicle growing out the back of one of his legs.

It's gross, but Harry doesn't seem bothered.

1:42 AM  

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