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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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Introducing Hanging Chad

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like you to meet my buddy Chad, a 2 year old white mutt who in this photo appears somewhat brownish in color (he really needs a bath). We call him Hanging Chad because he's a slow paced guy who enjoys just hanging out, sitting and relaxing and watching life go by from spots all over Bangkok. He loves just hanging out, relaxing and not worrying about stuff.

In this photo, Chad is chilling out in a shady spot in a vacant lot off Sukhumvit Soi 22, and ruminating on philosphical subjects, one of his favorite pastimes. Chad also likes to sit along busy, traffic-choked streets in Bangkok and think, and sometimes even sits in the road itself, believing that the noise and chaos actually help clarify his thoughts. Chad once tried to climb a tree in Lumpini Park in order to meditate among its leafy upper reaches, but slipped and fell, landing on his head. However, Chad said the mishap -- and the ensuing concussion -- enabled his to reach parts of his inner psyche that he'd previously been able to reach only while asleep.

Chad has a very accepting outlook toward life, and he once told me that despite the hardship that many Bangkok street dogs experience in their lives, he feels it's much better to be a dog than to be some sort of horrid creature like a beetle, rat, or a cockroach. And that's how Chad manages to keep a smile on his face during the rough times. He's one of the most stable and truly happy hounds I've come across.

My friends have always thought he was a nutcase, but Chad is just a free spirit who does things his own way -- and makes no apologies for being different from the pack.


Blogger A said...

better to be a dog than to be some sort of horrid creature like a beetle, rat, or a cockroach

Nice one there Casa. Chad is sure an admirable guy. Wish him some hapy days ahead. Sorry to see him in a sad 'physical' state. hugs to them all... he and his clan.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Terpsichore said...

What a deep thinking canine! Truely an inspiration I must say. I hope your friend's injury is healing nicely?

10:10 AM  
Blogger eZeR. said...


10:16 PM  
Blogger Apps said...

lol .. wht a perfect saint :)

4:35 AM  
Blogger Apps said...

hey cass.. no new post huh ? Reeeeeeeelly looking fwd to one :) write soon plzzz

6:20 AM  
Blogger Loretta said...

What a cool blog! I remember being in Thailand and walking the streets of Bangkok the first night there, the streets covered with dogs. And then all the cats at the Wat Arun. Very cool. Thanks for these stories!

10:49 AM  
Blogger A said...

long time no read? howdee?

9:41 AM  

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