Sad Streetdog is Sad

Found another photo (from my journey to Nepal last winter) of a Nepali streetdog relaxing close to a temple…

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Saying Goodbye to Streetdogs

About three weeks ago we got the news that Kalu, a long-term resident and in-house dog at KAT Centre, had to be put to sleep. I don’t want to go into the details of why this was done, but it has saddened all of us who are or were involved with KAT in the last few years.

I met Kalu (the male form of the name Kali, meaning Black One) in 2011, when I was first at KAT. I was glad to see him again in February. He was starting to get grey around his muzzle, but was still a happy dog, content to sit next to us, getting cuddled, while always having an eye on his surroundings.

Now thinking of Kalu reminded me of all the other streetdogs who crossed my path and who have since left this world.

Such as little paraplegic Yoyo, who loved to go for walks – or better said RUNS, you really had to be fast to keep up – while someone held up her backend with her bellyband.

And we’ll also always remember the Boxer called Boxer. Happiest and wiggliest of all streetdogs…

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At the same time when we lost Boxer, we also lost Bad Hair Puppy (her actual name). Both for unknown reasons, as they seemed quite well off, apart from the obvious mange.

The first ever dog at KAT was the Tibetan Terrier Mango, have a look at his page on KAT’s website to read more about him. I’m glad I got to know him back in 2011. Although a small and old dog, he was always the secret boss of KAT.

And these two pups we tried to rescue from Pashupatinath Temple, in February but who were too sick already and couldn’t be helped anymore.

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A few days after having to put to sleep the pups above, this lovely female was brought to KAT. She had been badly hit by a car and is here getting cuddles while we wait for the vets to get in and put her to sleep.

All these dogs have been more than “just streetdogs”, they were all special in their own way and no matter for how long or short time I knew them, they are greatly missed.

Farewell…

Kalu on Kukur Tihar, a few years back…

 

Bel Marriage at Durbar Square

Ihi, Ehee or Bel Marriage (Nepal Bhasa: ईही) is a ceremony in the Newar community in Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are ‘married’ to the bel fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu, ensuring that the girl becomes and remains fertile. It is believed that if the girl’s husband dies later in her life, she is not considered a widow because she is married to Vishnu, and so already has a husband that is believed to be still alive.

Wikipedia