Three new expats, two human, one canine, countless adventures
An Update on Life in Chiang Mai from my dog, Mango:
So life is really busy here in Thailand. I thought I kept myself busy in Dubai with barking at noises in the corridor outside my apartment, chasing birds off of my balcony (and any birds who dared just to fly past), and my one of my best hobbies: barking at camels. And of course my favourite hobby of all, sleeping.
But here it really is all go. I can hardly fit in my 20 hours of sleep a day.
I’ve now got a house and a big garden. It’s great, I’ve never had a garden before and I have great fun patrolling and running from one end to the other barking at dogs going past. And people walking. And people on bicycles. And people on mopeds and in cars. And the really infuriating squirrels that go along the telegraph wire just above the garden.
I’ve given up the nocturnal barking; it’s just too much to fit into my schedule. After a good night’s sleep I’m fresh and ready to go. Except of course when Madam wants to take me for a walk at 5am. She loves getting up at that time. I don’t, so a small battle usually ensues where I jump into bed with the Boss while Madam is getting dressed. But anyway, as soon as I see my lead I’m excited and all my intentions of getting out of bed two hours later go out of the window.
As I mentioned before, there are a few dogs here in Thailand that don’t have people (good on them I say but would regret the lack of dog chews). They can be a bit of a problem when I take the Madam for a walk around the neighbourhood. Actually the dogs with people are a problem too.
Normally it’s reasonably uneventful, unlike in Dubai. The reason Madam got into the habit of walking me at 5am was that I wanted to fight with every dog I saw. Now I may not be that big but I am strong and Madam would be battling to control me, falling over me (that was embarrassing in front of the other dogs I can tell you) so walking at such a stupid hour when most dogs have not even thought about walking their people was easier.
So when me and the Boss go out it’s a jaunt around the neighbourhood it’s all pretty laid back. We often go a bit off the beaten tracks, through paddy fields and through trees, so green, I didn’t know such colours existed in nature back in Dubai. When I take Madam out for a walk it’s a different story. We always seem to run into the meanest dogs in town and mayhem generally ensues, especially if Madam has forgotten her big stick for waving at dogs.
This morning we went on a route I’ve not taken Madam on before and happened to pass a big house with two huskies in the garden. Now I don’t like huskies. Never have. With their beautiful blue eyes and luxurious fur. But this time I didn’t go nuts so Madam was happy. Then we rounded the corner and were attacked by a hyena and its Labrador mate. OK, it wasn’t a real hyena. I watch Animal Planet I know this stuff. But boy did it look like one. I’m freaking out, Madam is trying to position herself between me and these two hounds of hell. And failing pretty miserably I have to say. Just when we both think we’re going to die, two people rush out of a nearby house and call at the dogs and throw water on them. Honestly, I wish Madam would be a bit more proactive with that stick.
Just as well I’m used to fireworks as it’s the biggest weekend of the year in Chiang Mai this weekend. It’s the Loy Krathong/Yi Peng lantern festival and there are lots of fireworks going off late into the night and first thing in the morning but I’m cool with it. I’ve sat on my balcony in Dubai and seen huge fireworks displays around Burj Khalifa and I’m calm – well until Madam starts yelping with excitement then I get excited too. Last night the Boss and Madam were releasing lanterns in my garden and I barked a lot at them as they floated up into the sky but that’s about it. I’ll probably give the rest of the festival a miss and stay home and….sleep.