Bali Street Dogs are certainly far from nothing, well at least so far.
However with the rampant changes and so called ‘advances’ currently underway on their not so isolated Island homeland, it can be said with more than just a passing observational glance that Bali Street Dogs are certainly in danger of becoming a footnote to the new and more fashionable furry trinkets on offer. Baubles of every materialistic canine kind are being offered at a break neck rate, a speed of change that is impinging upon and outstripping a very old species, one that has been so used to a more sedate and gradual change within an ordered and balanced system.
I still believe that every foreigner who arrives to stay and live on Bali, should be ‘severely encouraged’ as they collect their KITAS, Sosial Budaya or even the never ending extendable albeit intermittent Singapore sling renewable VOA, to also collect their furry and tail wagging BSDOA as well. The Bali Street Dog On Arrival is of course a ludicrous idea and suggestion, why on Earth and even more so on paradise, would you force migrants to take on a component of local culture, especially when they have their very own piece of home grown fur waiting for customs clearance.
Unfortunately the equally rampant relocation of new Bali residents and their pets has opened up a niche illegal market in smuggling services. Services that will always run the gauntlet of border pullover and detection, resulting in the ultimate destruction of the canine contents. Nothing will ever solve the practical and emotional dilemma connected with a heartbreaking decision to leave something behind when you move on.
However as it presently stands on Bali the reality is that foriegn dogs entering and Bali dogs leaving is against the law, whether we like it or not.
The Bali Street Dog will never ever be nothing, because they really are something indeed. But maybe one way or maybe as time goes on, the only way to protect promote and preserve them, will be to actively encourage the masters of paradise to offer a Bali Street Dog Exit Visa or BSDEV, making it much easier and more affordable for them, to leave.