There are many who believe that Bali dogs wherever possible should be with Bali people. That certainly doesn’t mean that Bules shouldn’t live with anjing Bali, far from it. There are many foreigners who have been privileged to share their lives with the Islands local dog. However it’s a fairly sure bet that the majority of them would admit that Bali’s unique street dog is not to be taken on lightly or carelessly.
There are a lot of dogs thrown away and dumped by Bali people. The rational and reasoning is vastly different to the numbers abandoned by foreigners; those whose intentions are initially very well-meaning, but unfortunately their inability and unpreparedness in handling a street dog and its non-breed specific brand of canine behaviour outweighs good deeds.
A free roaming dog is a most foreign concept to most outsiders and as change happens rapidly it’s unfortunately becoming foreign to local people. The Bali Street Dog is incredibly adaptable, unlike many imported dogs that suffer, Bali dogs have thrived on many locations around the globe.
Unfortunately legal export is off the map for the foreseeable future. So for now their forever isolated Island home is still the best option.
Even with everything that has pushed and pressured their relationship and continues to risk an ancient cultural bond, there are still instances to be found and celebrated of a time when Bali people and their dog lived together without any question or analysis.
A time when it was just exactly as it should be.