While running I luckily came across this little girl who was tied up with string way too tight around her neck making her skin bleed. She was scared of me at first but a bit of love & she was puppy in my hands! Her owner is probably sick to death of us visiting her & we’ve ended up spending most of our Nha Trang time playing with her & ensuring the owner has what he needs for her: collar, lead, toys, teething things, treats! All things he hugged me for on receiving but which later on I found all back in the bag away from her 😩 The owner is a lovely old man but seems to just have no idea what it might take to look after a living being. He’s not mean, but she’s alone tied up to a moped all day & night long, sometimes with only a tiny bit of shade to escape into. She’s not hungry but he forgets she needs water and she just gets rice which she only eats when finally starving at the end of the day. She’s got bundles of energy & doesn’t get to run, confined to her tiny little space. Today I really wanted to walk her with the owner to show him how much she’d love it, but he’s been no where to be found all day. So we anyway took her to the beach & she had the time of her life. I’m aware that showing her a glimpse of freedom might be unfair in the long run but that time on the beach felt way too important to not do it. Plus all the guys the owner works with kept coming to watch her play & run endlessly, so who knows, maybe they’ll do it every now & then. I really pray so. It breaks my heart to leave her but I can’t do any more. Shay has been amazing with her too, as well as sacrificing so many hours so we can just be with her 😩❤️ On a really positive note, my biggest fear about Vietnam was the dog situation. But it seems to have changed a lot, many Vietnamese have pet dogs who are clearly loved, and there’s barely any strays (I’m hoping that’s a good thing, rather than something more sinister?) Social media & travellers seem to have had a huge, positive impact in educating people here about the value of dogs’ lives & precious character. However, the pig & snake consumption here is on a whole other level.
My only conclusion: Do what you can when you can. Trust in fate.