Bali Dogs

Bali Dogs – There are feral dogs all around Bali. They are a unique breed only found here. Their DNA is Chow Chow, Akita and Australian Dingo. Bali dogs are by nature free roaming animals that have roamed the island of Bali for thousands of years.  For more information about them seehttp://bawabali.com/bali-heritage-dog/2585-2

Bali Dog in the rice fields of Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, Indonesia
Bali Dog in the rice fields of Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, Indonesia

The Indonesian government enforces organized culling (see:http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/06/27/stray-dogs-must-be-culled-bali-governor-says.html).  It’s inhumane and a horrible way to control the population of dogs here. It breaks my heart to know this is happening. Last year they openly killed thousands of Bali dogs in fear of a rabies breakout. Whether the dog belonged to someone or not, it was killed. Most of the dogs killed did NOT have rabies.

Bali Dog sleeping outside a store front on Monkey Forest Road
Bali Dog sleeping outside a store front in Ubud Indonesia

I personally love all dogs but these have a special place in my heart. Some of them look healthy and some are very thin and malnourished. I feel sad when I see them that way. The strange thing is most of them have collars on their necks but are not owned by anyone.

Bali dog on the beach in Amed
Bali dog on the beach in Amed

I found out they rely on humans feeding them outside of finding food on their own. Sometimes when I can’t finish my food at restaurants I save it and give the leftovers to them. I wish I could take them all home with me. But the problem is, I don’t have a home right now.

Bali dog in Munduk, Indonesia
Older Bali dog in Munduk, Indonesia

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