Bad ending for man’s best friend


In addition to a sizable population of pet and feral cats, Smiling Hill also has a pack of mangy dogs roaming around. They seemingly only come out at night and live just a few yards from my front door, scrounging through the trash pits for food and running from any human that approaches.

Saturday night, one of the dogs was apparently hit my a vehicle, waking us up in the middle of the night with terrible screams and moans. I went out to see what was happening and the dog was in the middle of the road, unable to stand as its hind end seemed to be damaged. There was nothing I could do at that late hour and I wasn’t going to approach a wild, injured dog anyway. So I suffered through regular bursts of pain coming from outside my bedroom window throughout the night.

In the morning, the howling stopped and it wasn’t until two days later that I learned why.

Our management had some of the locals who live in Smiling Hill take the dog away. Except they didn’t take it too far, just to the top of the hill, where they …. wait for it….

Had a barbeque. Outside. With friends.

That should make your day.

We had just run an article in the newsletter about the practice of eating dog meat in some parts of Indonesia. Weird coincidence.

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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4 Responses to Bad ending for man’s best friend

  1. 2bagsandapack says:

    BBQ this time

  2. Anthony Flagiello says:

    Do they barbeque or stir fry?

  3. 2bagsandapack says:

    Not happy with the outcome either but that’s the reality in many parts of the world and it doesn’t do any good to ignore it. I want people to understand the reality of life in other countries, for better or worse.

  4. This one was a little hard for me to take and I feared reading it when I saw the headline. I understand different cultures eat different things and what we eat in the U.S. disturbs a lot of people in various parts of the world. Still, that was a tough one to read.

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