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Don’t touch the animals (and would someone tell the animals please?)

Dog at an ancient temple in Cambodia

Dog at an ancient temple in Cambodia

Everytime I am about to go on holiday and visit the travel doctor for vaccines, malaria tablets and so on, they always drum into you, how you should never, never, ever, ever touch the animals in a foreign country due to the risk of rabies.

Now I for one always avoid the captive animals such as monkeys and other exotic creatures captured for the tourist trade.  Thats something I will not entertain in whatever form.  But domestic cats and dogs are a different story.   I have often found myself in a restaurant in places such as Indonesia and more recently in Laos where you cannot avoid a cat looking for a warm lap and a soft touch.

Recently in Laos, while waiting for a meal to arrive a rather sweet young cat was up on the table, in my face, insisting on being stroked.  I’d just washed my hands prior to dinner so I spent a few minutes, stroking it with my elbows.

In Indonesia some years ago, it seemed like every time we’d go to dinner we’d end up with a local cat on our lap, not after food, just looking for a bit of company.

Dog at Wat Phu in Laos

Dog at Wat Phu in Laos

Likewise the dogs, who apparently are all rabid according to the travel doctor.

At Wat Phu, I’d plonked myself down on a rock (ok, it was a piece of ancient temple) waiting for the others to return.  A dog came over, I didn’t pay much attention until she started pushing herself against my leg and nudging my hands.  She was so insistant that I stroke her, I couldn’t refuse – I used my knuckles (thats not really touching, right?).  I stopped a couple of times but nudge, nudge, she wasn’t done yet, even if I was.  She finally headed off once she was done, and I admired my now dusty red knuckles.

Then there are the buffalo you have to avoid in the rice paddies, the cows in the coffee fields (or on the streets in places like India).

To me, they all add to the colour of the place and make for some great photo opportunities, even the reptiles and bugs which are often very different to what you see at home.

Water Buffalo in Laos

Water Buffalo in Laos

Water Buffalo calf

Water Buffalo calf

Stumpy tailed cat (common in Asia), this one in Bangkok

Stumpy tailed cat (common in Asia), this one in Bangkok

Cows in a Coffee Plantation in Laos

Cows in a Coffee Plantation in Laos

Beetle laying eggs on the wall at the hotel in Cambodia

Beetle laying eggs on the wall at the hotel in Cambodia

Lizard on some polystyrene rubbish

Lizard on some polystyrene rubbish

Pretty lizard in Laos

Pretty lizard in Laos

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Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.

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9 thoughts on “Don’t touch the animals (and would someone tell the animals please?)

  1. I always pet the animals! Mostly with my knuckles as well…

    Posted by Kayleigh | March 1, 2014, 10:53 pm
  2. I don’t go out of my way to but they seem to find me 🙂

    Posted by The Sock Mistress | March 2, 2014, 7:16 am
  3. Yeah – it’s hard to resist those angelic faces… I pet them too!

    Posted by Quan | March 2, 2014, 7:17 am
  4. We were in Istanbul and had our fair share of cafe dogs that would curl up in the corner…or our lap.

    Posted by curioustourist13 | March 5, 2014, 2:01 pm
    • I saw a street dog in India that someone had gone to some trouble to find a banana palm leaf and place some food on it. The dog was just sitting as if to say “not more food”! 🙂 I don’t go out of my way to pet them but hey, if they come to me wanting to be friends… Thanks for reading.

      Posted by The Sock Mistress | March 5, 2014, 2:05 pm
  5. I loved India, the water buffalo and cows on the street, the camels, very exotic.

    Posted by The Sock Mistress | March 5, 2014, 8:08 pm

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