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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Monday, March 19, 2007

Introducing Rowdy Roger and His Pals



This jolly chap is Roger, an orange, fox-like 2 year old Bangkok street dog who loves running around with his buddies and getting into trouble, although the behavior is usually good natured and friendly. When other dogs get bored, they tend to lounge around and sweat and sleep, but Roger gets out there and explores the Thai capital. He's just real energetic that way.

In this photo, Roger and his pals were running around near the port in Klong Toey, in the southernmost part of Bangkok. They like to hang around and watch the cargo ships come in, and the dock workers sometimes throw them scraps of their lunches. The big prize, however -- and the real reason they like the docks at the port so much -- is that sometimes, large shipments of dog food come in from abroad. And they all dream of going to town on some gigantic shipment of kibbles and bits while there's no one watching!

Recently, Roger and his buddies were hanging out at the docks and saw the Heidleberg Express, a cargo ship out of Bremen, Germany, steam into port. According to the Bangkok Post, the ship was carrying several cargo containers of kibble. As the dogs gazed longingly at the dock workers unloading the containers, Roger and friends began drooling at the almost incomprehensible delights that could possibly lie inside.

But a strong moral compass, and cognizance of right and wrong, keeps Roger and his pals out of trouble. Although they probably could have hatched a scheme to steal some of the dog food, perhaps by distracting one of the dock workers with a staged dogfight, Roger and the boys instead reluctantly left the port and decided to go check out the scene in Lumpini Park.

14 Comments:

Blogger Brett said...

Cassanova - that Roger is a fine example for other dogs. Can you figure out a way for his influence to "rub off" on some of the other dogs you know?

9:23 PM  
Blogger Los aperrados de la plaza said...

Congratulations, is a beautiful and very touching site.
Olaya
a dog lover,
from Chile

11:24 AM  
Blogger Siamerica said...

Cas,

Your English is excellent for a Thai dog.

Well done!

11:55 AM  
Blogger dave said...

Roger is a cool looking dog.
Its good to see you have a link to Sio dog foundation thay do grate work.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

I just wanted to let you know that I've been a fan of your blog for quite a while - over a year or so. Just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work :)

I vacationed in Bangkok a few years ago and noticed all the homeless dogs :(

8:30 PM  
Blogger Dog Days said...

I came across your blog by accident and have been a fan ever since! I just love the photos and your description of their tales is very colorful and touching. I often wish I could be there and somehow rescue them all so they could know homes full of love.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

WOW. I recently adopted a "Taiwan Street Dog" from Rocket Dog Rescue in San Francisco, CA. Yup. There is a philantrhopist who takes a few dogs over to the US every few months and puts them up for adoption. We've been trying to comprehend our dogs behaviors, and this has really helped!! We've met about 4 others TSD's here. Our pup looks just like Cassanova....and Roger....and we hope she is happy in a home and off the streets! Apparantly, we support immigration!

9:56 PM  
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10:20 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Thanks.. this is a wonderful blog..

Street dogs and cats are so common this days in Asian cities, even Singapore.

We run a Cats Welfare home to help sterilise strays and release them back to the streets some time ago, but has to stop because of lack of funding.

We can so much more.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Virginia said...

Loving this site more and more. I am so glad the dogs are able to speak English, or at least Casanova is, as his English is excellent for a street dog. I have always found them ready for a chat but my Thai is not so good, so I am happy to have found a fluent English speaking hound who is also a dab hand at blogging. Go Casanova!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Tucker Exodus and Bpui Elanor said...

Hey, Cassanova-

My name is Bpui. I am a Soi dog from Thailand. I was adopted through Soi Dog Rescue and I now live in Massachusetts with my brothers and my American momma. I really love reading about all of my fellow Thai Soi dogs on your site.

We can't wait to read more!

xo Bpui

6:19 PM  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

Just to let you know I've linked to your dogs from a post on Hyde DP today.

10:54 AM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Sawadee kap
I am vacationing in Bangkok at the moment and feeding a few "soi" dogs at Silom. I did a search and found your website.
Here's my entry Sawadee Kap

8:06 PM  

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