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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

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Day 159 (August 17) - The Black Dog

Most dogs in Thailand live on the border between stray and pet. Theravada Buddhism forbids the killing of any living thing, so euthanasia is not practiced and populations go unchecked except by hunger and misadventure. It's common to keep a dog in the street that you feed sometimes to protect your house, but not common to keep a dog indoors.

And the dogs fight with each other, and sometimes attack people as well.

I thought this dog was beautiful as I approached to take a picture, and I still do. It's a difficult, heartbreaking sight, but it's not possible to help all the dogs.

Still, this one has lovely eyes. I hope she's doing okay.


  1. I think it might be safe to say that in Thailand dogs are still dogs, as heartbreaking as that may be? Great shot. the reflections and overall milkyness of the floor is in great contrast to the dog, makes him pop.

  2. Yes, dogs here are definitely still dogs. One thing I regret about my interactions with them here is that I'm less friendly to stray dogs than I would like to be, as I know so many people who've been bitten by a dog in Thailand. But plenty of the dogs are really nice and would love some affection. So it's a tough call.

    And thanks for the kind words.

  3. This photo is beautiful. I don't know if I would have seen the hint sadness without the commentary.


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