Bali Dogs

There seems to be only one dog type in Bali.  This uniquely common Balinese animal can be found in infinite variety, as long as it is brown, 16 1/2″ high at the shoulders, of a certain body type, and lives on the street outside every Balinese family compound.

These street dogs often make for uncomfortable walks to town, with barking dogs at every turn.  There are good and bad dog days.  A couple years ago, I had one too many bad-dog-days.  When I returned to America, I Googled “bad dogs” and quickly found an ad for the “Doggie Dazer.”  I PayPal’d my $45 and had a gray Dazer, the size of a pager with a single button and a red activation light, sent 2nd day express.

Eager to try out my Bali Stroll Saver, I went hunting for a local San Diego dog to experiment on.  Most days, there is a black and white mutt that chases my car on the country lane on which I live.  To my delight, that b & w fanged fiend chased me as I drove by, barking like the mad, evil creature it is.  I slowed to a crawl, pulled out the Dazer, and clicked it on.  The fiend stopped, looked around quizzically, and headed for home.  I triumphantly turned around and headed home myself to order three more Dazers to take advantage of the buy-two-get-one-free offer.  I figured I could take one to Bali, leave one at home and reserve a couple for friends who see the magic of this beautiful gadget and beg me for freedom from bad dogs.

I no longer have bad-dog-days in Bali or anywhere else.  I now walk with ease, free from fear of doggie barks and bites.

Speaking of friends begging for fiend freedom, my dear friend Kadek has a dog next door that barks from 11pm to 3am every night.  No problem if you grow up in Bali, you are accustomed to the noise, but his wife is American and is getting only 3 hours of sleep a night.  He says that after weeks of this, she is starting to resemble the barking dogs, barking at him all day.  Not good for anyone involved.  I dropped off a parting gift to him today on my way to the airport for my flight home, my personal “Doggie Dazer,” praying for better days ahead for Kadek and Meghan.


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Having journeyed to the Far East and Asia over 20 times in the past 20 years, I’ve been intrigued and inspired by the ingenuity, craftsmanship, balance and human spirit that have gone into the making of those works I have seen and collected.

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