Well as I’ve said before, Mama said there will be days like this.
We had an excellent Christmas Day here on the island of Samui, Thailand. Very relaxing and lovely.
Today, December 26th, we vowed to get up and run, since we had taken the last five days off from running. We headed down the hill to a flat area near the beach. I told Arne I wanted him to stay with me until we passed a house where three dogs had growled at us the other day.
So as we walked down the hill, we passed another house with three dogs, one very nasty and viscous looking, but all behind a tall secure fence.
About 20 yards past the house, suddenly we heard a noise and turned to see all three dogs flying down the hill, the vicious one in the lead teeth barred. Someone had opened the gate and released them and immediately they came after us. In clear attack mode.
The mean one took a bite. Leaving a broken wound on my husbands thigh.
The dogs retreated and we stood there in shock and shaken. My husband was not gravely injured, but the only way back to our apartment was to walk past that house again.
We both got a big stick.
As we approached the house the three dogs were back behind the gate. We hollered and yelled trying to get someone’s attention but no one came. We walked back to our apartment and immediately went to find the proprietors of our Airbnb.
Of course they were horrified. They told us there had been some problems with these dogs in the past. They walked with us down to speak to the owners. The conversation, which was in Thai, seemed to lean towards the fact that we shouldn’t worry because they had vaccination records for the dog.
That didn’t cut it for me.
I asked for an explanation as to why they let the dog out right as we walked by? The answer was the dogs needed to poo.
That didn’t cut it for me.
They offered to pay for the doctor. Duh.
Our Airbnb owner told us where to go for the doctor so we headed out. After three tries we ended up at the Koh Samui hospital emergency room where Arne was treated by beginning a series of both rabies and tetanus shots that will take place several times over the next month. At a total cost to us of around $150. I expect the dog owner to reimburse us. Time will tell.
Additionally our Airbnb owner wants to go with us to the Tourism Police to help us file a report. This will start a process against the dog and the owner.
We will go there tomorrow.
Here is my philosophy on this – Dogs shouldn’t bite. Plain and simple. I don’t care what country it is. I am as much of a dog lover as the next guy, but owners need to be responsible to train and monitor their animals. And there are no second chances.
Here in Thailand elephants and monkeys are regularly trained and used for both work and entertainment. I know many people feel strongly against such uses of animals. You won’t see me riding an elephant for tourism purposes, but I am also not going to condemn something that is a centuries old practice in a country I am only a visitor in. That doesn’t mean I will participate or support the practice.
But when it comes to dogs that bite, in a neighborhood with pedestrians, children, scooters, cyclist – I draw the line. Even as a visitor from another country. There is no room for error and no second chances. This dog has got to go.