Change is constant and constant change is the only surety of existent and evolving life. However, no matter which and what way matter spins to create that reality, the reality for everything within its buffeting vortex can be deeply disturbing, especially when its changeable effects are abrupt and brutal.
There is something deeply humbling about observing the relationship between species, especially when the façade of difference is dropped and dissolved due to a crisis of sorts. It has been seen on so many occasions, stranded pods of whales for example, that it shows the best qualities of human capability in alignment with our symbiotic relationship with everything else.
Very recently a group of human and canine species were forced to deal with a rapid bone and soul jarring change to what had been their seemingly normal predictable and at times boring lives. Bali Street Dogs are tough and the people who dedicate their lives to them through pleasure or work also possess strength of sinew. But that toughness is not a hard rigid or unbendable force, quite the opposite, it’s a flow of feeling and a deep awareness in tune with life.
So as a small group of confused frightened and stressed Bali Street Dogs and Bali people faced the biggest change of their lives, the veil of separate lifted, the dogma of difference descended and what mattered most was managed from a groundswell of compassion and camaraderie.
We will forever be thankful to have been a tiny part of the scene of that time and will be eternally humbled by endless memories of the relationship between Bali people and their Bali Dog.