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Mud and Puppies!

If you live in Thimphu, you live among dogs. Thimphu dogs are well behaved for the most part, except they are nocturnal, and they like to bark all night. Most residents don't mind and are used to the canine chorus. In fact, I've heard people say they can't sleep unless the dogs are barking.

If you don't have a dog in Thimphu, just wait. You will before too long. Dogs in Thimphu abhor a vacuum. Any vacant space will eventually be filled with a dog, or two-- or in my case, six.

This dog moved in to our yard in November. I call him Deputy. That's right, Deputy dog. He's clean and nice with a thick coat and he's sturdy and gentle, and he makes lots of noise at night and keeps the wild boars and other predators away. And someone's taught him to jump in the air and catch bits of food in his mouth when you toss them. I couldn't have asked for a nicer dog.

In February ,I started seeing a stray dog. She'd come out of the forest surrounding the orchard where we live. She was skeletal and looked to be near death. The Indian workers building some houses above us said they put food out but she wouldn't come near the compound where they lived. I started putting food our for her and finally her will to live overcame her fear of humans. Maybe it was because I was female. And she might have sensed, in a sisterly way, I wanted to help her stay alive. This is hard to look at but here she is in February.

The Indian workers reported she had a litter of puppies. Sometimes at night I thought I could hear a puppy crying. But she hid them well and I never saw them. Until one day.


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