Spottie’s story may seem typical, but the fact that she is not a typical dog, makes it worth telling. She was dumped at Wat Wang Pong as a tiny puppy with 8 brothers and sisters, but no Mum. They were in such bad condition and so hungry that they ate anything they could find, even the bodies of two little dead kittens! Their health was so bad that they all died very soon. Except for Spottie. Not because she was stronger, no, if anything, the opposite. Her insides were so messed up because of the poor diet they were on, that she developed a prolapse. Her intestine had popped out and she looked a mess. First I tried to push it back myself, but that did not work. After a long time at the hospital, numerous visits to the vet and many weeks recuperation at my house, she finally got better. Good food and medical care saved her.

Then she started to terrorize my paralysed dog Ole, who came from Wat Na Huay. They played rough (too rough for Ole) all day. So Spottie had to go. One day, at the immigration office in Huahin, one of the employees spotted her in the car and said she wanted her. We took her to a farm up-country and the place looked perfect for a lively playful dog like her. 5 Days later they phoned me to say I had to pick her up immediately, because she started to chase chickens. The ultimate sin for a dog in Thailand, for which they can get poisoned! So back she came.

I had to go to Europe and was desperate to find a home for her. Posters didn’t work, sitting on the roadside, trying to give her away, did not work. But luck would have it, that

Claudia, another passionate dog-lover, heard about Spottie and offered to look after her while I was away. Well, she is still with Claudia now and she must be one of the luckiest temple-dogs ever as she now has a doting owner (see picture), three friends to play with and even sleeps on the furniture in airconditioning.

I say ‘Thank you, Claudia’ but she just turns around and says ‘No, thank you, Spottie’.