Where Rubber Meets Dog
There are endless ways for free roaming dogs to end their free roaming activities. Rubber attached to wheel of endless scooters is way down the list.
Their relationship is based on mutual fear and a healthy respect for life and limb. A collision of dog machine and human is nothing anyone wants to see. Apart from excruciating noise, grinding metal and screaming sentient beings, risk of horrific slow agonizing death is probable.
Its why, and there are always exceptions, Bali dogs DO NOT chase bikes. For those that do, their life span is permanently momentary. If a swift kick from a passing rider doesn’t deter the snapping charging and growling, then the behavior is set and its only a matter of time. Elimination of the problem is always an option and unfortunately appropriate. Given the reality and genetic history of Bali dogs and their relationship with Bali people any dog that doesn’t follow community rules is considered a threat to collective wellbeing and will be corrected swiftly. It is always hoped that whatever solution is enacted it is swift and painless.
It’s a tribute to the relationship that scooter and dog are constantly engaged in an unseen dance. The music created can be heard in silence, as steps, weaves, swerves and near misses.
The show goes on, balance is maintained and most importantly the participants and their relationship survive and continue.
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