The Urban Village
There is no difference between Bali Street Dog urban and their village family. Their pure nature to roam, forage for food and carry out an array of other ancient functional performances, is unbroken by distance.
There are many reasons why in many urban areas, the Bali Dog is no longer seen. One brutal reality that faced such a dog, given to live by its strong instincts, was how to fit in and adapt with a very foreign landscape reality. Unfortunately fitting in, no matter how incredibly adaptive its species is, was never on. Nobody wanted Bali Dogs free roaming and doing what they are designed to do. Such an occurrence couldn’t be on, on the streets of Seminyak or the lush wide lanes of Legian or that pristine stretch of beach from Tuban to Canggu and the more upmarket enclaves. It wasn’t personal, it was just progress.
Thankfully away from the cacophony of progress, the Bali Dog remains its pure self. In many villages they are living, not like some pampered prize, but with Bali people and as close to their full nature as possible.
It’s not the Bali Street Dogs fault that it couldn’t survive and thrive at urban level. It just wasn’t on, for them.
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Their true nature is alive and well. They are at their happiest monitoring the neighbourhood, checking out the offerings and the rubbish. Keeping them inside the gate is possible through the day but come 4pm, the etching hour, they transform into Houdini, capable of squeezing through the narrowest of gaps to perform their duty, the job they were born to do. Long live this amazing creature.
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