It’s a dog’s life

Shelter Manager’s office at Soi Dog, Phuket

I recently visited Soi Dog in the north of Phuket, Thailand. I wanted to find out more about the non-profit organisation that alleviates the suffering of animals by sterilising and vaccinating dogs and cats. Soi Dog treats sick, injured and abused animals. It also fights the cruel and illegal dog meat trade and shelters and re-homes street dogs and cats.

Can you spot me?

Natasha was my teacher and is a volunteer from Oregon in the USA. She has been travelling with her husband through India, Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam. Now she is in Thailand and she found her way to Soi Dog two and a half months ago where she volunteers walking the dogs and conducting visitor tours.

Reception for visitors. Coffee and water. Where you meet the volunteers and start a tour.

I was one of Natasha’s pupils for an hour or so as she took us through the labyrinth of dog runs, very eloquently and knowledgeably explaining the workings of the foundation which was started by John Dalley and his wife Gill in 2003.

How do I look?

The centre currently houses 650 dogs and more than 100 cats. Since it began 135,000 dogs have been sterilised and the target is to do 80% of all the dogs in Phuket. Soi Dog has mobile facilities which are currently operating in Phangna province north of Koh Phuket. The Foundation works closely with the local towns who are responsible for informing the locals when they will be in town.

State of the art dog and cat hospital at Soi Dog, Phuket

If you get the opportunity to visit Soi Dog don’t miss it. The level of commitment to the project and the warm welcome will surprise you.

Soi Dog cat isolation unit, Phuket

The staff of approximately 150 which includes many volunteers is dedicated to Soi Dog and its aims. Its success is reliant on charitable donations and whether you visit in person or online you will feel compelled to help in whatever way you can. Even if you only pass on the news about Soi Dog you will have made a valuable contribution towards solving a worldwide problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m over the moon

I really hate blowing my own trumpet but if someone is kind enough to do it for me then I’m happy to share what is now, after all, public on Amazon.
It takes a lot of hard work and time to write a book. Sometimes authors get it right and give pleasure to a lot of people. Sometimes we don’t however hard we have tried. When someone expresses gratitude, enjoy it, if they criticise you brutally accept it with good grace. Either way you know you have touched the reader.
At the moment I am feeling a warm glow because of the very kind words written by an Amazon reviewer. They will hopefully sustain me when the inevitable happens and some critic lays into me. Hopefully I will be able to learn from the bad reviews as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don’t pass this amazing book by!, March 13, 2017
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Dog sunrise

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A Yannui dog has the beach to himself while people still sleep.

In Thailand the owners of many dogs allow them to roam free. It’s a good life for healthy well fed dogs if they can avoid the traffic and don’t cause motor accidents; especially when they live on the beaches. But not all dog’s are as lucky as this one who is owned by the restaurant on Yannui Beach, Phuket. To learn more about Thailand’s dogs visit Soi Dog.

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Is original thought possible?

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Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author describes ‘Freewill’ as an illusion. He uses brilliant analogies to explain that acting of your own freewill implies that you could have done otherwise. He poses the question, ‘What are you going to think next? Your next thought comes out of nowhere. Whatever you are doing you have a voice in your head which just says things. Thoughts just emerge in consciousness. We can’t choose them before we think them. So if you can’t control your next thought where is your freedom of will?’ Continue reading Is original thought possible?

The sound of silence

There came an old man

Who sat down by me.

He had a white cane

But still he could see

The world and all in it

Much clearer than me.

 

I could hear the man’s voice,

Though he didn’t talk.

Just a tilt of the head

And a way in his walk.

 

The sound of silence alone,

Alone in the mind,

Is a sweet sound of silence,

Which flows like fine wine.

But in the company of others,

Such a feeling divine.

 

We sat there in silence,

Kindred spirits in union.

Not one word was spoken,

The most joyous communion.

 

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