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 31-Dec-14   HAPPY 2015
Susie symbolizes all we work for. Found with many other dogs around her, all newly dumped, she was lucky to be noticed, lying quietly in the grass, too weak to fight for food, too sick to care, too small to be heard. But we found her. And we made her better. And we made her strong again. And we gave her back her confidence. Thanks to the help of two devoted volunteers, Nicole and Holly, she returned to the temple, a healthy puppy once more and is now happily living with the pack she came with.
It is her honour to wish everyone a very happy new year, from all the temple-dogs. Thank you, Susie.
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 22-Dec-14   Wat Wang Pong :   Our Christmas presents this year - the adoptions of Charlie and Crystal & further donations.
By now everyone here in Thailand must surely know how Charlie has been adopted by Fran and Peter. He could not have chosen a better home.
And if that was not enough, Brigitte helped to arrange for the adoption of Crystal. It is all too good to be true. I still think I am dreaming. Crystal has finally left the temple for good and is now at Tan Diau Pet Hospital in a large pen with lots of grass, until we have sorted out where she will actually live and with whom. Many candidates!
Amazingly it does not stop there, we have had generous, very generous contributions from Rescue Paws after their charity event, Lizzy, Christine & family and once again from Hilda in Holland. The dogs thank you all for your great commitment. I am truly grateful.
Photo-1 Charlie. Photo-2 Crystal before adoption.
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 22-Dec-14   Wat Wang Pong :   And what great things happened at Wat Wang Pong?
Four more successful neuterings, the dogs do not even have names yet. They came just before I went to Holland and I do not even know if they had puppies or not. All I know is that they are extremely healthy, young and friendly, especially to each other. It was great to see how they greeted the others in their group when they went back to Wat Wang Pong.
Soey, who was diagnosed with kidney-problems and had a hugely swollen tummy, is now beautiful again. She is not a young dog, so I am really pleased that she can continue for a while longer.
Toffee is still with Rescue Paws, where she will stay until she has revovered enough to be neutered. One of the new puppies is also with them. She was lucky to be found, as she was so weak, she just lay hiding in the grass.
Paul and his volunteers helped again at Wat Wang Pong, but now Paul is overworked himself and has decided to have a break. Fran is also not back yet. Mandy still goes regularly with Brian and Nadine helps whenever she can, so I cannot complain. And Claudia comes when I ask her, always.
Photo-1 and Photo-2, two of the neutered girls.
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 22-Dec-14   Wat Na Huay :   So what made me so happy at Wat Na Huay in the last 2 weeks?
With the help of Claudia all 37 dogs were treated with Ivermectin. Only one young pup would not come out, but I know where he is for next time.
Moonchild is doing so well since her return to the temple.
While I was looking for Twiggy down the road towards the river, I noticed a mother in an open field or building plot with 8 new puppies. I have started feeding them, gave them some bedding as the temperatures have changed dramatically and the cold season is now in full swing. I treated most of them with anti-flea powder and try to give them their daily vitamins and honey. Signs of improvement. They will be dewormed after Christmas. I can now touch all of them except one. One day, when I finished feeding and walked back to my car, I could not believe my eyes. Unnoticed to me, somebody had just dumped another three even tinier puppies by my car, just in a matter of minutes. I could not leave them there, the mother of the 8 pups would surely not accept them, the big dogs on the road would not take care of them and they were all alone without a mother. They have now been accepted by the Headnun in Wat Na Huay, but I fear it is only temporarily. They are very healthy and I hope for the best.
Twiggy has now been missing for over a week and that could mean we will never see her again. I like to believe that she went into the undergrowth to lie down somewhere, knowing her end had come. She had a long life and despite her physical ups and downs, I believe that she knew there were people who cared for her. She seemed very content, until the end. I hate not knowing what happened to her but sometimes hoping is better than knowing. I shall not say goodbye yet.
Woody is still going strong, despite her brain tumour. She lives with Claudia, who takes very good care of her. She even took her to visit the temple Wat Woody, named after her, where she lived for many years. It was a real treat for her. It is now a matter of time.
Christine & Patrick, together with daughter Ciara, came to visit the temples again and once more were incredibly generous to the temple-dogs.
Photo-1 Christine with the tiniest new addition to the dogpack. Photo-2 Ciara with the tiny little sister.
  


 21-Dec-14   MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY 2015
May we all continue the way we ended 2014, full of hope and happy events like adoptions, donations, new dogs happily settled, new puppies kept in good health and more than anything may the temple-dogs enjoy your love, care and attention till the end of their lives. Thank you.
Photographs of peaceful temple-scenes.
  


 09-Dec-14   Wat Wang Pong :   More new dogs waiting for Fran!
I am slowly sorting out who is new, who is male, who is female and which puppies belong to whom. Sofar I have counted 6 new adult females, at least 1 adult male and definitely more than a dozen puppies, but I am not at all sure who they belong to or if they even came with a mother. Great fun getting to know them all. With the help of Mandy and Brian we have sofar dewormed 9 puppies in the last 2 days. I do not believe they will all survive or even stay in the temple, but it will all be sorted out in time. For now we only try to make them comfortable. Here are 2 pictures of some of the new dogs. They do not look ill, so who in his right mind would dump such healthy dogs in a temple environment which is already overcrowded with dogs. It will be such a tough life for them. I fear for poor old Charlie, who has to be released from the clinic soon and must return to Wang Pong, after he was so badly attacked by the other resident males in the temple. If only somebody could take him as a pet. He is such a great boy. Picture of Charlie will follow.
We now have well over 120 dogs in the temple Wat Wang Pong.
  


 06-Dec-14   Wat Na Huay :   Moonchild is home again.
After the terrible accident in which she broke her pelvis and lost her sister, Moonchild is back in the temple again with her Mum Moon and her friends. While I was away, Claudia took care of her, after taking her to Kasetsart Hospital, where she was treated initially. The Head-nun contributed to her medical bills, a great help. Thank you, Claudia, for always being there when we need you. You are a rock!
Photo-1 Claudia with Moonchild. Photo-2 Two of her friends, Creamboy and Joy in her bedroom. In a temple one sleeps in a rusty tin-can, of course.
  


 06-Dec-14   Happy times!
Yes, that makes a change. After being abroad for two weeks, I returned to find ALL dogs at both temples alive and well. Many new dogs have been dumped again at Wat Wang Pong, so there is hard work ahead, deworming, vaccinating, Ivermectin treatments, neuterings. We just start all over again. But I do it with pleasure. If it had not been for Mandy, Paul and his team of volunteers, Claudia and the numerous monks, Thai women and men who help feed the dogs, I would not have found such bliss. Crystal is back after recovering from her injuries and Charlie may follow in a while.
We all wish Fran a speedy recovery, so she can come back soon. She must be so frustrated, sitting around, just getting better. Good luck and see you in not too long. The dogs are waiting for you. Herewith only two of the dogs who want you back.
  


 23-Nov-14   Wat Na Huay :   Update
A short reminder of what happened before i went abroad for two weeks. Tragedy after tragedy. My friend Namwan suddenly passed away. I found her to be ill, took her to the vet, returned the next day to give her the medicine, but she was already dead. I do not know what killed her. She looked very dazed and uncoordinated. The vet thought it was a respiratory problem. She was always healthy and strong and used to run up to me for some love and attention. I remember when she and her sister Namtan were found in the ditch outside the back-entrance. Namtan, who is more shy, remains.
And as a final cruel blow, the headnun informed me two days before my departure, that some idiot drove over Sister-I and Sister-II while they were asleep on the concrete, next to each other as they always were. Sister-I was killed and Sister-2 was badly hurt. All I could do was give her painkillers as there was no time left to take her to the vet. I have since heard that saintly Claudia has taken her to Kasetsart and kept her at her house with a broken pelvis until my return. Poor Moon has now lost two of her daughters and one is hurt. Moonchild-III had been poisoned.
And we only just treated all the remaining dogs with Ivermectin, finding them well and happy after those dreadful days of the poisonings. How much more can go wrong at Wat Na Huay, once my favourite temple because of the serene and peaceful atmosphere. Now I visit there with dread. May it change when I come back.
photo 1-Friendly Namwan. photo 2-Moon with her 2 girls. The one on the left died in the accident and the fluffy one has a broken pelvis.
  


 11-Nov-14   Wat Na Huay :   Mission accomplished, Pebbles moved to Bang Sapan!
Longtime preparations, endless worries and perseverance finally paid off. I took the bold step to phone the owners of the prawn-farm, told them the sad tale about the poisoning and asked if Pebbles could stay with her brothers in Bang Sapan, now that she had been neutered. And they said......YES! A few days later Claudia and I took her to her new home, full of trepidations that things would go wrong and I would have to take her back to the temple. Her new master first put her on a chain, which she broke, then on a rope which she bit through, whereupon she ran off. He then told me to go away and let him sort her out. So I did not sleep for a whole night and the next day I was told that she re-appeared at lunchtime and was with her brothers. She will not be touched yet by the new owners, but if I think how long it took me before she let me stroke her, I am confident that in that wonderful environment she will soon accept those lovely people who care for her and her brothers. They will now have to teach her how to guard prawns. I cannot wait to see her again in a few weeks or so. Dear little Pebbles in her new home. May she now be happy and fear no more.
  


 02-Nov-14   Wat Na Huay :   Dear little Pebbles neutered.
Finally, with the help of Paul, Nicole and the vet, did I manage to catch little Pebbles. We had to give her a sedative and we then could take her to the clinic where the vet, Khun Aey, works.
Little Pebbles has had a sad life until now. She lived with her Mum and her 3 brothers at the home of one of the builders at Wat Na Huay. The first tragedy struck when Mum, who was also called Pebbles, was poisoned while the puppies were still very young. Mum had only just been neutered, so it was a cruel blow. Sadly little Pebbles must have been affected by the poison somehow, because she appeared to be blind after that. I treated her with antibiotics and after weeks of care her eyes started to clear up. She was fine, but very shy and much less daring than her three brothers. Two of them, Pran and Buri, were adopted by the owners of a prawn-farm in Bang Sapan. The third brother, William, stayed behind with little Pebbles. Soon they were joined by two new friends, my beloved Bibbie and a sweet girl called Baby-I. Those were happy times. The four of them used to play wild games in the long grass and chased each other endlessly through the trees, only to cool off again in the lake.
What a terrible time it was when I went to feed them one day and was told that three of them, William, Bibbie and Baby-I, had died from poisoning. Pebbles was left on her own. Maybe she avoided being poisoned again because she had become more careful after the first time. I visited her every day and made sure she got strong for her neutering operation. Then I noticed she had started her first season so it was now a matter of urgency to catch this shy little girl.
So now she has been done and she is back at the temple, but what will happen to her. Her friends are gone, the workers are only there until the job is finished and the man who poisons is still there with his chickens to chase. I fear for her but I cannot think of another solution. To bring her closer to the main temple would terrify her, because of the territorial behaviour of the other dogs. To bring her to my house would have the same effect because of my own dogs. I wish somebody would adopt her, but adoptions are rare, especially when they are over 6 months old. She should now have the right to live a carefree life after all the trauma she has been through. May the spirits of her Mum, brother and friends protect her and may she feel happy in her future life. I shall see her as often as I can. I cannot bear the thought that she will come to more harm now.
If only she could have ended up like Beau in the picture, who was adopted by this lovely nurse and her little daughter. They just visited the temple one day and asked if they could take a puppy, so they picked this one. His brother and sister, like little Pebbles, are also left behind at the temple, but at a different one.
Photo-1 Pebbles neutered. Photo-2 Lucky little Beau with his new family.
  


 29-Oct-14   Wat Wang Pong :   The young and the old.
Some survive. Some do not. What will become of all those puppies recently dumped inside the temple. Will they be adopted, will they fall ill and die, will they quietly walk away and start another life elsewhere, or will they grow up and become hardened temple-dogs. Who is to know. We only try to make them happy and keep them healthy. They give us so much in return. It does not matter how long or how short their lives will be, as long as they are happy lives.
Loh and Belle are two happy puppies, as are Mel, Nicole, Twinkle, Athena and many others. Maybe they will live long lives, maybe not. They may live for years like Soey, who is one of the first dogs I ever met at Wat Wang Pong. Her sister was adopted as a puppy, but not Soey, who was and still is too shy. She did survive and is now an old happy dog. Recently we found her to have a hugely swollen tummy and with the help of Paul, Nicole and their lady-vet we managed to catch her after sedating her and we are now awaiting the bloodtest results. I just hope she can be cured and live for few more years to come. She has not been picked up by anyone since she was about 6 months old when I had her neutered. I wonder if she remembered how nice it is to be cuddled.
Photo-1 Loh and Belle. Photo-2 Soey.
  


 29-Oct-14   Wat Wang Pong :   A happy visit from our youngest fundraiser and her family and friends.
We have had another visit from Christine, Patrick and Ciara, (no Noel this time), who live in Hongkong. They brought 2 friends, Julie and young Nicole with them. Everyone had a great time and especially Ciara and Nicole enjoyed the puppies and the dogs in general. I love to see children interact with our dogs, fearless and with obvious love for the dogs.
8 Year-old Ciara presented us with a wonderful contribution, which she herself raised at an art-project back home. I am so impressed by this lovely girl and her total dedication to the temple-dogs, even from a distance. Then her Mum & Dad contributed even more and I want to thank all of them for their generosity. The honour goes to Belle to thank them on behalf of all our dogs.
Photo-1 Ciara with Belle in her arms. Photo-2 Nicole hugging Tictoc, a sight I shall treasure and never forget. Tictoc does not get many hugs from strangers.
  


 25-Oct-14   Wat Na Huay :   A Black Period.
Many of our healthy, goodlooking, happy dogs were poisoned inside the temple-grounds. I have known most of them since they were tiny puppies. Some were not even a year old. Until the evil has been eliminated, I cannot talk about it. But I will keep on mentioning the names of my dear friends to you and remember them always. I start with these two.
Champoo was with us since she was found as a tiny puppy under a hedge, with a nasty wound on her backside. She grew up into a lovely, boisterous and adventurous dog. She was loved by the nuns and would make everyone laugh by jumping into the water-lily jars to cool off. I wish my tears would stop. (photo-1).
Bibbie was a lonely tiny puppy, who made a brave effort to be nice to all dogs, so she would be accepted. And she was! She joined any dog in every game or chase. I still see her running after the car with the pack. My granddaughter dragged her into the car whenever she visited and she was a real favourite. She survived poisoning once before, but never lost her cheerful character. (photo-2)
  


 16-Oct-14   Wat Wang Pong :   Screamer, why why why?
Screamer is dead! He died like Aay, like Jet, like Angel, like Deng, like too many others. Killed by a car on the road in front of Wat Wang Pong. I am sure nobody cares. It happens all the time. But I do care and so does Fran and his friends who loved him. He was such fun. It is not fair. I found him just in time to see him die. It makes me feel just a little better to believe that he may have heard my voice and felt my presence in his final moments. I knew he loved me too. That is why he crossed the road. If only I had taken him back to the other side again... One day I shall write his story and I hope you will read it. I am not up to it yet. I shall let you know.
Photo-1 Our funny Screamer. Photo-2 And a new puppy is dumped to continue the cycle of life in the temple. Welcome Belle. Goodbye Screamer!
  


 16-Oct-14   Wat Wang Pong :   Six more neuterings by Kasetsart.
Although an adoption is the ultimate good news, a neutering gives such a wonderful feeling of relief and really takes a burden of our shoulders. Job done, relax, another dog can start a life without the worry of constantly being chased by males and inevitably falling pregnant again and again. Now she can actually find friends and try and enjoy her future life with the other temple-dogs. We have seen it happen. They become so carefree and playful in general, even if one or two still go through the cycle of exuding the hormonal scent which does cause some distress amongst the males. There is a medical reason for this and it happens rarely, thank god. But they cannot have puppies and that is our aim.
The 6 who were done at Kasetsart Hospital were Phoebe, Laska-like, Teak, Sisi, Berry and last but not least the lovely Bijou, a real gem of a character. All are fine and the bonus was that the surgeon, while operating on Sisi, removed the little growth in her eye, called cherry-eye for no extra fee.
Thanks to Claudia for helping with the transport and as always to Fran, which goes without saying.
Photo-1 Phoebe and daughter Laska-like. Photo-2 Sisi.
  


 14-Oct-14   Wat Wang Pong :   Ivermectin treatment in Wat Wang Pong
Yes, it was that time of the month again. This time Fran and I had the help of Paul and Mel. We treated over 50 dogs in one day and the day after Fran treated over 30 dogs on her own. Only a few left to do. Thanks to all of you. It is interesting to see how many new dogs we count, when you actually start listing them, but also, which dogs have gone missing. In Wat Wang Pong it is difficult to keep track of them all. People will adopt dogs without us being aware of it, like in the case of Rain for example. Especially puppies are popular as one can imagine. And quite a few dogs decide to find a better place elsewhere, like in the case of Smile and many others. As long as I do not find them dead on the road, I can live with the wonderful imagination of them being in a better place, so why should I be sad. I only miss them!
photo-1 Ivermectin treatments with Fran, Paul & Mel. photo-2 Paul with our handsome Zorro.
  


 13-Oct-14   Wat Wang Pong :   An old dog recovers and a new puppy gets adopted.
Spotty-dad is recovering well. He had his third chemo-injection and the bleeding from his penis has stopped. He is still very thin and we continue with the doxy. Otherwise it is a matter of time. He is an old dog so we are not expecting miracles. Thank you, Claudia, for taking care of the financial side of his treatment. Claudia adopted his daughter Spottie many years ago, so she feels a strong bond with him. We just hope the small tumours on his legs are not malignant.
We had an adoption today, which is very rare these days. It does prove that it pays to look after our dumped puppies in the temples, so they look good and healthy. Who would ever have believed that one of the three survivors was chosen. Beau was the lucky one. A Thai lady took him when she visited the temple with her daughter. Who was more scared, the little girl or the little dog! Just look at the picture. I wish them a really happy life together and will try to visit him.
picture-1 Spotty-dad. picture-2 Beau and his new little mistress.
  


 12-Oct-14   Wat Wang Pong :   So many new dogs dumped!
Impossible to count. It changes daily. Only the new puppies stay where they were dumped. The three survivors are doing really well, Loh had a course of doxy and is now strong like his brother and sister. May they stay happy forever. Of the three black puppies only two are left and they are cute and strong. We named them Mel and Nicole, after the volunteers who helped us. All had their first vaccination, were dewormed and had spot-on against parasites etc. A new young mum with 6 little ones was dumped by the main temple, where many new adults have been left. She still feeds them, so they must be about one month old. Poor babies, but they seem ok. Two of them were taken in by the monks when they saw them wandering around. We shall now watch which puppies do better, those raised by Mum or those raised by the monks. I know that the monks take good care of Velvet and her 5 remaining puppies. Two were adopted. I just do not have the time to see them regularly. The same for Brown-ears and her 4 boys. At least they live inside the compound with the monks.
We must get all these new females neutered, but our funds are down, nothing left and nothing coming in. Tough times! Maybe somebody will read this and help us out again.
Photo-1, Belle, Beau & Loh, so playful now. Photo-2, Sisi & Berry, two black sisters, with their caring friend, who gave them confidence.
  


 12-Oct-14   Wat Na Huay :   Updates
Boy-X is doing so well. He is now walking again and no-one would believe he was not even able to move, let alone get up, after being hit by a car, while sleeping on the road. His spinal chord injury has healed beautifully after the excellent medical care at Kasetsart Hospital. I thank Dr. Mint. She is lovely.
Paul and his two volunteers, Mel and Nicole, helped me to give all the dogs their monthly anti-parasite treatment, except for my friend Crafty who has been missing for some time. I imagine him in a new place with a lovely girlfriend. Nobody can tell me anything different. I have to stay positive. He is a healthy strong boy and will find his own way in the world. He did not get on well with the other males in the temple, so who can blame him for leaving.
We had the Ohk Pansa celebrations, a happy day as usual despite the mud after the heavy rains.
Photo-1, Boy-X now up and running again, with his Mum. Photo-2, the Ohk Pansa celebrations in the mud.
  


 29-Sep-14   This and that.
Very few contributions lately but important was the huge dogbox donated by Sue. You can easily fit 3 temple-dogs in there. Thank you, Sue!
Once again contributions from Claudia and Fran. What would we do without our volunteers. Thank you so much for your dedication to the temple-dogs.
Today Fran, Claudia and I took 6 dogs for their bloodtests before neutering at Kasetsart in two weeks time in their special neutering programme. Sadly they will stop this programme after many months and many many neuterings. The temple-dogs really benefited. And I am so proud to say that out of 6 dogs only one dog has blood-parasites. All the other 5 are cleared for the operation. This is a great achievement, considering that every vet I have ever talked to, says that all temple-dogs have blood-parasites. But now we are back to looking for special deals with clinics or veterinarians or the tessaban.
All the puppies dumped in the middle of the temple are still going strong. Fingers crossed.
Photo-1 & Photo-2 Blowdarting in the wild with Heike and team, trying to catch a Nadine dog with broken leg. We did not succeed yet. Great experience! I now realize the huge difference between life as a wild dog living in the bush and life as a discarded pet in a temple. I have such admiration for all these dogs.
  


 29-Sep-14   Boom, Brownears, Spotty-dad and Boy-X.
Boom had a huge problem with his intestines and after many months of agony and weeks of medication, the vet at Kasetsart decided that he had to have an expensive operation to find out for once and for all what the problem was. Ultrasound, X-rays, tests all did not work, so they put a tiny little camera up his backside and I saw clearly on the photo that he had an open wound deep inside his intestine. It is not dangerous but it must have caused him so much pain, while passing stool. He is now on strong antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and is improving daily. He is a beautiful silver-grey dog with golden eyes and it is a pleasure to see him looking so happy. He runs and plays and seems to be in considerably less pain when he does his business. It will take time.
Brownears is the mother of the 4 Beatle-boys. They live with an old monk who does not dare to touch them. Typical. But she is now neutered, at our expense, and doing well. Look at her healthy white teeth, pink gums, copper and white coat and gorgeous golden eyes. A lovely specimen. I hope she has a happy carefree life.
Spotty-dad was in a terrible state and our dear friend Claudia took him to her vet, who diagnosed VG, malnutrition, blood-parasites, skin infections and more. If I tell you that he officially belongs to the Headmonk and is at least 10 years old, you would not believe that such neglect could take place inside a temple, but it did in Wat Wang Pong. He is now in our care again and needs weekly chemo-injections and further medications. He is happy to be home in the temple again though.
Boy-X, who was hit by a car outside the temple and was believed to have been left paralyzed, is now walking and is making a miraculous recovery. He had injuries to the spinal chord. Lucky boy!
Photo-1 Brownears wishing she could live with someone who touches her. She is so loving. Photo-2 Boom.
  


 25-Sep-14   Wat Na Huay :   Wat Na Huay is peaceful at present.
Still giving doxy to Pebble-baby before her bloodtest next week, so she will hopefully be fit for neutering. She and her brother William have teamed up with Bibbie and Baby-1 and they live at the house of one of the painters who are working on the beautiful new temple. The two prawn-farm guards are really happy and fit. I checked on them when I was last in Bang Sapan. Some dogs are lucky.
But one boy outside the temple was not so lucky. He was hit by a car during the night, while he was sleeping on the side of the road, as so many dogs do in Thailand because the road stays nice and warm after the sun. He is not really owned by anybody but regularly visits the house where Twiggy lives. The Thai lady phoned me early in the morning and when I went to see him, I was sure he was paralyzed. He could not move or get up and was in great pain. I took him to Kasetsart and after a very thorough examination by a lovely new lady-vet called Dr. Mint, she showed me on the x-ray that nothing was broken but she feared he had an injury to his spinal chord and wanted to try medication first to see if he would improve. Her main concern was that he might not be able to urinate as that would release toxins into his system which would be fatal. She even phoned me 2 days later to ask how he was. Which vet takes the time to do that without you asking? Well, he was actually getting better. Very slowly, with the good care and medicine he was receiving, he managed to get up and now, not even 2 weeks later, he can walk slowly and bark at Twiggy and wag his tail again. All thanks to Dr. Mint and her careful diagnosis. But what a lucky dog to have found this Thai lady and her son. We have named him X after his x-ray that showed he was not paralyzed.
Photo-1 Pebbles in the middle with her brother William and Baby-1. Photo-2 Boy X with his wonderful, kind carers.
  


 24-Sep-14   Wat Wang Pong :   All sorts of things happened lately.
Our beloved Slim died. I found her beautiful, perfectly healthy body in the enclosure. Snakebite, they said, as she had this foaming saliva coming out of her mouth. Otherwise not a single mark on her. I suppose she led a sheltered life with her brothers and sisters, but I am so sorry she was never adopted. Sleep well, my darling.
Our Spottydad is in a bad way. He is skin and bones, but officially belongs to the Headmonk. What does that say?
The three surviving puppies under the sala out in the open had their first vaccination and were dewormed. One little boy is looking really weak and staggers around. They live in dreadful conditions, with the smell of two dead dogs nearby absolutely overpowering everything. Why do they not bury their poor dogs in Wat Wang Pong. I reported it three times. These two came from the road and lay down to die in a bathroom! May they come back as royal dogs in their next life. And three new black puppies were dumped in the same area! Still too timid to come near.
The 6-pack at the coffeeshop end are doing well. We are trying to prepare 6 females for their bloodtest at Kasetsart by giving them a daily doxy for 2 weeks, before neutering. There are enough new dogs dumped to pick 6. Question is, can we catch them. I will let you know.
One successful neutering for Brownears, the mother of the 4 Beatle-boys. Fran and I had a hilarious time trying to catch her on top of a woodpile in the pouring rain. It was a panic situation as I just discovered that she was in season and we know how the vets hate to operate on them in that condition. Typical example of an average monk caring for a dog but not knowing the first thing about it. She is ok now and the old monk is happy for his dog. Should be as he did not contribute a satang. We paid for it all.
Photo-1 Slim. I always knew she was vulnerable. Photo-2 The 3 surviving puppies.
  


 15-Sep-14   Wat Na Huay :   Chicken and Sister-1 both had surgery.
Chicken was finally caught and neutered. Claudia blowdarted her and she ran off, never to be seen again, we thought. But I had a brainwave and remembered the field where the dogs love to go and play. And sure enough, there were two little ears sticking up in the long grass and her head was moving left-right, left-right, so she was getting groggy. We took her to the lady-vet in Pranburi with Mechchee, our nun-friend and she was successfully neutered. All is well and she is back at the temple.
Sister-1 is quite old, she is the sister of Pete, and she has lived in Wat Na Huay since birth. Sister had a burst tumour of the mammary gland and had it removed at Kasetsart Hospital. They did not use an anaesthetic but an epidural injection (see patch on her bottom). Very sophisticated and very expensive. But Sister-1 is running around with her friends again, so it is all ok now.
Photo-1 Chicken. Photo-2 Sister with square patch on her bum.
  


 11-Sep-14   PLEASE ADOPT OR SPONSOR A NEUTERING.
Look in our gallery and you will see so many new puppies. They are all different and you can come and see them for yourself, so you can choose first-hand. Many people have picked a dog that way and not one has been returned to me.
Or you could help to avoid having so many puppies dumped by sponsoring a neutering. We would only ask for 400 Baht minimum, a tiny amount in Euro, Pounds or Dollars.
If this were to be your decision, please contact me through the website or phone me directly on 0813843701 or by email josette@temple-dogs.com
All the puppies thank you, even if they are not the chosen ones.
Photo-1, 2 tiny brothers & 1 sister survived sofar without mum. their 3 siblings died already. Just dumped in the dirt. Photo-2, Slightly older brother & sister, their 2 brothers were lucky and are adopted, mum was poisoned.
  


 09-Sep-14   Puppy news and another kind contribution.
Of the 6 puppies dumped without a mother, far too young and obviously still desperate for mother-milk, only three have survived. They are getting stronger every day, being given good food, vitamins and loving care, as far as possible. They have adopted Tuppence as their surrogate mother. Tuppence herself is still so young, not even one year old and just recently neutered, so no milk. But she is very gentle with them and tolerant. I cannot help thinking that not all three could possibly grow into healthy dogs in that rough environment. They are so tiny.
The 7 puppies of Velvet are doing really well, but they are looked after by the monks inside the enclosure, so a big advantage.
And the 4 boy puppies who live with another monk are also healthy, but sadly they are very shy. I have managed to pick up one sofar and he has been given the name Paul as we have decided that they will be the new Beatles. George is the next one I shall catch.
More good news is that we were given another generous donation by Elle, already the fourth time she has helped us. We will let the puppies thank Elle for her kindness.
Puppy Paul singing his song and baby Velvet imitating Paul.
  


 09-Sep-14   Wat Wang Pong :   A wonderful surprise and a naughty dog.
Yes, sometimes wonderful things happen too. Rain had been missing for months and we really thought she had died as we had heard rumours that a big black dog had died near the bathrooms where she used to hang around. I could not believe my eyes of course, when I saw her near the crematorium 2 days ago, looking wonderfully well. She even recognized me. They were preparing a room for a funeral and a Thai lady I knew, came up to me. She told me with a big smile that she had taken Rain home because she loved that dog. It was obvious and she even made Rain do a dance with her which I put on film of course. Just like Blaze, who also turned up again just recently and in good health and a long time ago Special, Rain is back and really healthy and happy.
Velvet came into the temple with the monks. I do not think she was pregnant already. So I wonder which one of our males is the father. Naughty Velvet went against all the rules and had 7 puppies inside the enclosure. They are all super-healthy and the puppies live in the banana trees. I do hope that at least some will get adopted. Velvet herself is over-friendly, healthy and soon to be neutered, that is for sure!
Photo-1 Rain with her loving owner. Photo-2 Naughty Velvet
  


 09-Sep-14   Monthly anti-parasite treatments finished at both temples.
At Wat Wang Pong, Paul, Fran and I treated 68 dogs on the 3rd of September and Fran did the rest on her own. A total of 96 dogs, including a few fringe-dogs outside the grounds. Since then we have seen at least a dozen new dogs inside the grounds. What fun!
At Wat Na Huay Claudia and I treated 36 dogs on the 5th of September, only 5 more dogs to do.
A big job done once again. Thanking all on behalf of the dogs and me are Teak&Paul and Cissy.
Photo-1 Teak&Paul. Photo-2 Our old girl Cissy.
  


 03-Sep-14   A sickening feeling.
A sickening feeling of depression, guilt, failure and helplessness. Anger because I do not know how to change things. It happened again, my two gorgeous brothers, Brother-1 and Brother-2 are both dead. Found only a few days ago, more poisonings, I am told. I had seen them on that same day when I did my rounds at Wat Na Huay, when everything seemed to be quiet and peaceful. They loved jumping up at me and so enjoyed their treat. Two really nice dogs, goodlooking, friendly, young, harmless and healthy. Being playful was to be their death. Most of the dogs love the water and play in the lake regularly. On the wrong side of the temple, where the guy lives, who keeps chickens! How many more dogs will he poison. The nuns and the workers told me not to speak to him. But I went to see him today. He is an obnoxious, rude bastard and told me it could not have been him as he stopped poisoning dogs a long time ago! I was warned that he would tell lies. He threatened to kill them all if people kept accusing him. But he admitted to doing it before. I asked him if he could stop poisoning my dogs, the temple-dogs and then left. I am thinking about what further action I can take. So many dogs have died this way, I cannot stand it. If only I could get the young ones adopted. They do not know the dangers yet and keep going to that side more than the experienced ones. All the dogs on the photographs died this way, far too young, so unnecessary and undeservedly. I tried to get them adopted but nobody wanted them. It makes me cry.
  


 30-Aug-14   Many hells.
Yes, I thought there was only one hell. But I have seen many different hells. One is a temple-complex where a distemper epidemic rages. The most depressing sight ever, dozens of tiny puppies, lying listlessly in the dirt, young dogs walking like old dogs, thin and ill with clogged up eyes and noses, big dogs aimlessly staggering around. All are waiting to die. Healthy dogs amongst them waiting to develop the signs. What a tragedy. We all know what to do but we all know we cannot, because we respect the beliefs of this country. Nature will take care of it. Must we sit back and let this happen? We can change things by keeping dogs healthy. We must do our bit, even if it is only a drop in the ocean, just to show what can be done. I thank Lyn and Paul who helped to vaccinate the dogs on the hill. Half of them are now safe and the rest will be vaccinated too. That is the beginning.
Nadine showed me another hell. On the road to Khao Kalok one can see dogs coming out to feed in the afternoon, as in so many places in Thailand. Nadine made the noble decision to start helping to feed these dogs. She went on her own and the experience was overwhelming. She said they kept coming out by the dozens. More and more dogs, many suffering from mange, pregnant ones, old ones, skinny one, ones with advanced VG, those with horrific wounds and injuries. It must have been a nightmare for someone who did this for the first time. It is custom here to help feed the stray dogs, but would it not be better to give them some loving care by slowly befriending them, so they can be touched and eventually picked up, treated and sterilized. Easy for me to say. I just cannot stress enough how important it is to start touching dogs when they are still very small puppies so they get used to human contact and not just chuck plastic bags with food or rice down for them.
A third hell I saw so near to my home, just off the road, opposite the hospital, on an abandoned plot overgrown with all kinds of vegetation where, I am told, maybe as many as 100 dogs hide, live, breed, fight, mate and die. Again they get food chucked at them, but nobody cares for them or about them. Maybe it would be better not to feed them either. I do not even know how to begin to tackle the problem, so many dogs so close to such a busy road. Many already died there. It upsets me deeply. I wish I could take them all to different temples.
Photo-1 and Photo-2 temples where all these dogs from hell could or should be living instead.
  


 30-Aug-14   News updates.
Old Twiggy lived at Wat Na Huay for years. As a young dog she was gravely ill and was taken in by Dawn who ran a charity in Huahin. When Dawn left, she returned to Wat Na Huay. She moved around the grounds a bit before she found a place where she felt safe. The nuns took good care of her. She developed epileptic fits as she grew older and used to disappear for periods of time. One day nobody could find her again and we thought the worst. She turned up at the home of a kind Thai lady who lived only just opposite the temple wall. No-one noticed for ages! She lived there for several years and coped with her fits. Four days ago she went missing once more. Now she is old and her eyesight has deteriorated, so we were prepared to accept her death. But amazingly, she was found again, alive but injured, after 4 days. We are treating her with antibiotics and other meds. She may not even have to visit the vet. What an extraordinary dog, our friend Twiggy.
Another dog I found back is Sappelot. She was born in a pineapple field near the Pranburi Hospital. I managed to catch her and her mother and had them neutered. I have never been able to touch her again. Mum disappeared after some time, but Sappelot always appeared when she heard the car. She grew up and could obviously look after herself. One day I saw her in a terrible state, standing way back from the road, oviously hungry, so she had come out of her hiding place. She was in a bad way, her backleg was either badly dislocated or broken, she was skinny after not being able to feed for some time. I started treating her with doxy, vitamins, calcium for her leg and good daily meals. It must have worked, but it took ages. The result was that she could use the leg again. Recently I did not see her on the side of the road as usual and I was very worried. She loved her friends and was often seen happily playing with them. I asked around and was told that she had moved inside the hospital grounds. I am glad because the number of fighting dogs on the roadside must have driven her to a safer place. I now feed her inside together with another pack of dogs.
It is lovely to find missing dogs back again. The most famous one is, of course, Special. Please see Stories. But we only hope that more miracle stories will be told about our other missing dogs. I mention just a few, Elsa, Burmah, Porgy, Penny, Blaze. May they all have found a safe haven. We will never stop looking
Photo-1 Burmah who is still missing. Photo-2 Sappelot who was found.
  


 30-Aug-14   Wat Na Huay :   From temple-dogs to prawn-farm guards.
Born in the temple, living under the hut of a builder, who is only there until the job is done, having seen their mother Pebbles die from poisoning, these two brothers were destined to live a tough life inside the temple-grounds, together with their brother and sister. Then the call came, 2 puppies wanted, male, not too young and not too old to live on a prawn-farm in Bang Sapan. It all happened quite quickly.
And now they live with a new family, in the most wonderful countryside, near the sea, on the side of a huge prawn-lake in a tiny hut with no roads nearby, no cars, no big dogs to threaten them, only kind people who feed them and even show them love. And what is more, they have been given proper names, the lighter one is Pran and the darker one is Buri. How original, haha. But the most important thing is that they are now properly employed and they have been made the official guards of the prawn-farm! I trust that they will protect each prawn with their lives. What a happy ending for two very ordinary Thai dogs.
Photo-1 Two temple-brothers begging for a home. Photo-2 Their wish was granted. Here they are, Pran & Buri, with members of their new family.
  


 26-Aug-14   Wat Wang Pong :   More neuterings
After the successful neutering of Crystal, we took the three girls of Lupa to yet another vet in Paknampran. It turned out that we knew each other already. He also works for the Tessaban when they hold their neutering clinics and he has been to my house twice when they held a clinic here. I have faith in him, have seen good results and he is kind and gentle to the dogs. I did, however, point out that the wounds of the dogs became infected after their last home neutering. He claims that happens when the dogs bite and pull their stitches out themselves. Let us see how these three sisters, Kate, Lulie and Brindie, will recover. They also had their final booster against parvo, distemper, etc. So these three girls are ready to roll and enjoy their lives. The vet says they are very strong and healthy, like their mum.
All the vets have put their prices up, so we are basically shopping around for the best deal. Any sponsors out there!?!? You are free to sponsor the adoption of a dog for any amount you like. The lowest price sofar is now 800 Baht plus, depending on the weight. Just contact me on 081 384 3701
photo-1 Lovely Crystal. Why does nobody want her. I do not understand! photo-2 Crazy Lupa with 2 of her 3 babies, who were neutered today.
  


 22-Aug-14   News updates.
We had 6 of our pups vaccinated at Wang Pong. So important when one hears of a distemper epidemic at another temple. I cannot afford to vaccinate all our adult dogs in one go. We have some 150 dogs and the vaccinations are very expensive. We try to make sure that all the puppies are safe and we can vaccinate the adult dogs when we can afford it, some at a time. Thank you Paul for your help on that day.
Nadine came along to meet the dogs at Wat Na Huay and of course she came with huge bags of food and more. Thank you, Nadine for all your help and interest. She and I also took two dogs from Paknampran and Khao Kalok, completely unknown to us, to the vet for neutering after getting two separate emails from two lady-teachers who were taking care of these strays while working here. I love people like that! One of the dogs needs chemo for a few weeks and then she will be free to lead a great life near the beach. The other one lives in a school compound. Thank you Beverley and Kirsti.
At Wat Huay Saleng Pan, our third temple, Mehchee the nun, agreed to take in two more dogs through my contact with Claudia and her friend Klaus. Mehchee is amazing. Sadly she showed us our friend Woody, who originally came from Wat Na Huay, where she was so lonely and scared, then spent several years with Claudia until her dogs started bullying her and eventually lived happily with Mehchee at Wat Huay Saleng Pan and Jenny, her dog-friend from Wat Wang Pong. Now she has a tumour on the brain, which is malignant. We are still discussing further treatment with the vets.
Boom is doing really well at the temple and I am so relieved that he recovered well. Fran took little Crystal to be neutered and that went well. We tried another lady vet in Pranburi, also because her prices are slightly cheaper. Crystal has survived beautifully.
Conditions at Wang Pong seem to be improving. Without any warning we suddenly see the enclosure being rebuilt. It is at least twice the size now, the dogs have a wonderful area and many new monks are working on this project. The atmosphere has changed for the better and the dogs are more relaxed, because they are obviously happier. No more locked gates, at least for the time being.
And last but not least our baby Brian has the honour of thanking Pisa and Nadine for their continued support. Brian would like a home, by the way!
Photo-1 Khaokalok & Paknampran after neutering. Photo-2 Baby Brian.
  


 22-Aug-14   The loss of three old friends.
Our dogs are growing old now, for which I am grateful. Maybe they are getting better care and can enjoy a decent life after all. But it is therefore more painful when they leave us, after knowing them for so long. We have said goodbye to three of them recently, Do, Elsa and Pete.
Do came to the market at Wat Wang Pong as a young dog, years ago. She has seen it all and survived it all. She was best friends with Scruffy for a long time, until Scruffy left us. Now Do has gone too. Her end was lonely and sad. But during her life she had many friends, dogs and humans, especially Thais, who respect a dog like Do because she knew how to accept what was given to her with great dignity. She was a proud dog indeed. I loved you, Do!
Elsa goes way back to the time when I did not even know of the existence of Wat Wang Pong. She lived with Dawn, who ran a dog-shelter in Huahin. She moved to Pranburi when Dawn came here and when Dawn left Thailand, she came to Wat Wang Pong. She settled in easily, and enjoyed life. She had fun and was into all sorts of games with the other dogs. She also had her fights but knew her match. The worst thing that happened to her was when Fran noticed she had broken her jaw. Elsa was getting on in age but the operation to put it together again was a success, again thanks to the surgeons at Kasetsart Hospital. She continued her life in the temple with her friends, but as she grew older she was seen less and retreated into her own private space. Maybe it was because of that, that we did not notice she was missing. We have never found her and nobody has reported her dead, but logic tells me that she must have gone some place to die. It saddens me that I never said goodbye. At least with Do it was confirmed that she had died and I remember clearly giving Do her last meds with some tin food which she loved. Goodbye sweet Elsa!
Pete came from Wat Na Huay. I knew him all his life. His Mum had her puppies in the undergrowth in the middle of the temple-grounds. I myself found them. Three survived. Pete and his 2 sisters were great. Always together with Mum. They were healthy and happy. Mum died quite suddenly, but she was not young anymore. I wonder how many puppies she must have brought into this world. We had her neutered of course, so she had peace in the end. When Pete finally could hardly walk anymore, he was taken in by Claudia who cared for him until the end. A lovely photograph of her and Pete was posted some months ago. Please go back and see it, 20th March this year. Only one sister still lives at Wat Na Huay. It was fun knowing Pete and his family.
Photo-1 Elsa after one of her games in the mud with her black socks on. Photo-2 Old Do, who lived so long.
  


 18-Aug-14   Boom is back in the temple.
After a very long illness and a very long stay at my house, gorgeous Boom is better again. Today he returned to the temple and he is back with the pack. He looks like he has never been away. He had a very serious intestinal infection and his body had begun to give up. He was not eating anymore, his eyes looked dull, his faeces had turned into black liquid and he was in terrible pain. But the wonderful vets at the Kasetsart Hospital cured him! After numerous tests like bloodtests, faecal tests, ultrasound, x-rays and very painful examinations, he was put on a saline drip a few times and they prescribed many different pills twice a day, before and after meals, which had to be put down his throat because he was not eating. He finally started to eat again. I watched him carefully. Then I literally stuffed him with food. When my dogs got 1 sausage, Boom would get three. He soon recovered and put on weight. His faeces are now back to normal and today the vet said he was no longer in pain. He is still on medication because of an enlarged prostate gland which was pressing on his intestines, but we can handle that. Boom has already had his medical problems in the past. He had to be castrated when his testicles were virtually ripped off after a fight and he had a badly broken leg, probably after being hit by a vehicle. Boom has many lives. He still has 2 sisters living at the temple, Paloma and Gwen, but has little to do with them. I am so glad that nobody wants him, so that I can see him whenever I like. Gorgeous Boom with his golden eyes. One lady we should really thank again for helping Boom with his medical expenses is Nadine. Boom thanks you and hopes to see you again soon, Nadine.
Photo-1 Boom better. Photo-2 Boom sick
  


 18-Aug-14   The story of Casey
Two brothers, Casey and Zorro, strong, handsome, always together, a threat to other males, loving towards humans, totally self-sufficient and basically living in a pack with Coco, Mary-mum, Mary, Mini-moo, Tictoc, Patches and Boom, never failed to come and see us when we visited. Only sometimes did the two brothers go off wandering when there was a bitch in season. But they never looked as if they had been in a big fight and never got badly injured. They would live forever and feared nothing.
What cruel fate when Casey showed signs of going blind. We tried the famous doxy, convinced it was the dreaded blood-parasites again. But his eyes did not improve. He remained healthy otherwise, although he started showing signs of staying in the background and not joining the pack anymore as one of the leaders he had been. Then I even saw Zorro, his brother, attacking him, which means that Casey was now the weaker one. Fran got really close to these boys and decided to take him for a check-up at Kasetsart Hospital. She got a terrible shock when they told her the diagnosis. Advanced glaucoma. They said there was no hope, the pressure behind the eyes would get worse and the pain unbearable. Casey could have had drops twice a day for the rest of his life, he could have had laser treatment with virtually no chance of success, but they recommended the removal of the eyes to stop the pain. What a choice. Fran decided it was no life for a boy like Casey in the temple and she alone took the responsibility to let him go to sleep. What a brave thing to do. I could not have done it. Farewell Casey. You are now with Mary, who was the first of the pack to leave us. Play your heavenly games, go for your mud-baths and swims, run around and enjoy, wherever you are. I can see you both when I close my eyes.
Photo-1 Friends together. Photo-2 Black Zorro will look after them now.
  


 06-Aug-14   Wat Wang Pong :   From Rags to Riches.
Today we visited Rafferty. Rafferty used to be Tatters. Tatters lived in the temple enclosure where he was dumped with his friend. He was in a terrible state when we found him, badly injured on his chest and under his chin, bite-wounds from attacks by other males, he was terrified and trembled all the time. He was starving and so skinny because he did not know how to get to the food. His coat was a mess. He must have been so frightened. You could tell that he had been owned by people and had not grown up as a stray dog. How can people do this to their pets. Tatters, because he was in tatters, slowly found his corner to hide from the others, he learned to trust Fran and myself and was beside himself when he saw us. He always screamed with joy when we came. He only was quiet when we picked him up. He moved to another part of the temple, but wherever he was, the other dogs bullied him. Again he learnt to keep his distance. He was totally incapable of fighting. It was my heartache to leave him every time.
One day I met Nadine, just like that out of the blue. She told me she loved dogs, she met Fran who showed her the dogs at Wat Wang Pong. I was not there, but I am told that Nadine could not watch Tatters so badly bullied, not able to get to the food and desperate for some human contact and loving. She just took him home. It was the best news I had since I started caring for temple-dogs. Many have been adopted over the years, but Tatters deserved it more than any because the contrast between his old life and the temple-life was too obviously cruel.
Now he has the grand name Rafferty and lives in a kind and wonderful environment with Nadine and her other pets. He is so happy there. Nadine and her housegirl, Khun Oy, both love them and the housegirl has also adopted one of our temple-dogs, while her friend took the brother. So how can we ever thank Nadine for making all this happen. She has given us food and contributions on top of that and has promised to do more. She is our good-luck charm and I wish Rafferty and his new family a happy life. By the way, he still screams when he sees us.
Photo 1-Rafferty in his new life. Photo 2-Nadine with Khun Oy and proud Rafferty in the middle.
  


 06-Aug-14   It is great to be back.
Yes, it is great to be back into the full swing of things. Neuterings, monthly anti-parasite treatments, feeding, visits to the vets and the hospital, daily medication for some, you name it, I have done it all again since I got back. We took the two sisters Umbra and Shadow for neutering and they are both recovering very well. We finished treating all the dogs at Wat Wang Pong with Ivermectin and at Wat Na Huay I had the help of our new friend Paul, who came along while we treated all the dogs against parasites. Only three were missing and I hope to find them in the next few days. I am still trying to catch Chicken, so she can be neutered.
We are treating a few dogs at both temples with Doxy and Boom is still at my home with a very serious intestinal infection. He was ill for so long that it is taking an equally long time for him to recover. Poor boy is in agony. I will update when he is showing signs of real improvement.
On the whole I found that they had not missed me at all, but they were quite happy to see me again, my lovely temple-dog friends. A really annoying discovery was a female dog with new puppies in the monks quarters and a pregnant one as well. The monks themselves brought them in. I had not seen them before and we can start all over again. A neutering now costs 1000 Baht, so the price has increased significantly. But sadly, we get no cooperation at all from Wat Wang Pong.
Photo 1-Crystal telling Fran she loves her. Photo 2-Paul still looking fit and strong after hours of helping the Wat Na Huay dogs.
  


 27-Jul-14   Wat Na Huay :   Wat Na Huay.
And at Wat Na Huay the dogs are also fine! I was so worried about them, as I had no information whatsoever during my holiday, except for one message from Siri who very kindly fed them once and checked upon the puppies. One of them died. They were only 10 days old when I left. And I am told that the other two were adopted. Mum is looking ok. My next task is to neuter her. The black and white girl we have been trying to catch for weeks has sadly disappeared. The nuns told me that she had mated, so she did come into season and after that she never came back for food. She may also have been poisoned. I do not even want to think about it. Despite all the horror stories by the locals about this evil man outside the compound, who has poisoned quite a few of the temple-dogs and other stories about dogs being caught to be sold, I am not missing any more dogs, which is a relief.
The really good news is that the little daughter of Pebbles, who had either some chemical thrown into her face or was spat upon by a snake or a frog and had gone blind for a while, can now see again. Her eyes are clear once more. I wrote about her a short while back. I have named her Pebbles after her Mum who indeed was poisoned by that mean creature. It was sad as she had just been neutered. Four of her children remain, 3 boys and 1 girl, little Pebbles. They are of course up for adoption, still only a few months old and in good health.
Also up for adoption is Big Black Mama, a big, happy and healthy dog. She is always bouncing and running around. She is now all alone, after bringing up her 8 puppies in tough circumstances, living out in the open at the back of the temple-compound, being constantly threatened as a newcomer, but she defended her babies brilliantly. Some were adopted, like Harley, Q (now Lucky) and Kafe, but some were killed, by cars racing through the temple or through illness and Tilly, my favourite and the last one remaining with her Mum, was even neutered, but then disappeared. Again we suspect poisoning, which is such a big problem at Wat Na Huay. But the nuns and the monks and the workers at that temple love their dogs and look after them very well.
Photo-1 Big Black Mama, Photo-2 Baby Pebbles, who can now see again. Thank God for some miracles.
  


 25-Jul-14   Wat Wang Pong :   Fran did it all!
Almost single-handed did Fran look after all the Wang Pong dogs while I was away in Brazil for 4 weeks. She had some volunteers helping her occasionally and we thank them, Mandy&Brian, Anita and Nadine for their support.
Fran had 3 dogs adopted, which is fantastic. Nadine took Tatters, who now has the grand name Rafferty. That news really made my holiday, apart from Holland doing so well in the World Cup. Nadine also took Charlie and Griffin, the two little poodle boys from the enclosure and she found homes for both of them with 2 separate Thai families. It is too good to be true.
That is not all. Fran also collected some wonderful contributions on behalf of friends and relatives, in memory of Geraldine, another supporter of the temple-dogs together with her husband Ron. She very sadly passed away and we will be forever grateful to her. Her kindness stays in our memories. Nadine, apart from adopting, also helped us with a great contribution and food. Caroline and company gave us a further contribution.
And last but not least, Fran took little Josie to be neutered, only just in time as Amber and Porgy almost killed each other over her. And all this time the idiots who run the temple refused to give her a key and often did not unlock the gates to the enclosure for her, despite their promise to leave them unlocked. Every time she had to enter the enclosure, she had to climb the wall or the fence again. There were a few dogs that needed daily medication and Dinky even had to go for a visit to the vet. It must have been so difficult for her. Really a great job done, Fran. I owe you one. Have a good rest now and I shall try and take over for a while. It was great to see them all looking so well when I visited them again today.
The task of thanking all and particularly Fran goes to Crystal and Brindie. Crystal is the tiny young mum who was left behind after they took her gorgeous puppies and Brindie is one of the three puppies who still live in the temple with their mum Lupa.
Photo 1-Crystal. Photo-2 Fran with Brindie.
  


 08-Jul-14   Halfway through my holiday.
Halfway through my holiday in Brazil, where the football worldcup is the main focus of attention and where I frantically support my country Holland, I assure you that I have not forgotten my friends in the temples at all. Every morning in the early hours, while I lie awake in bed, I think and worry about them. And every email I get from Fran and Mandy assures me that things are ok. But I realize that I owe them a lot, because I know that they still have huge problems getting to the dogs in the enclosure at Wat Wang Pong, because of the spiteful people who manage the grounds and keep locking us out. I know they have trouble medicating the dogs inside and they tell me constantly how hungry the dogs are. I am so greatful for their constant efforts to keep the dogs well looked after and for their patience in dealing with those sinful people. Temples should be places of refuge and safety for all living beings, but in Wat Wang Pong the dogs are neglected by those who do not live by their faith and do not take their duties seriously. It is a shame and travesty they call themselves Buddhist. It could be so different. Just look at Wat Na Huay, where the dogs are cared for, even though they have to live with the danger of poisonings by people outside the temple. I thank Fran and Mandy & Brian for their dedication and admire them greatly. I do not look forward to dealing with the people when I return but I cannot wait to see the dogs again.
Photo-1 Beautiful Slim. photo-2 Penny and Tuppence who have both fully recovered from their neutering op.