Well where do I start. Imagine if dogs ruled the world and humans were their pets; well that’s Bali! In Canggu and the surrounding area at least, there were dogs EVERYWHERE. Most seemed to have a collar and so that signified, as it normally does, that they belonged to someone. They weren’t in a garden though, the dogs aren’t kept enclosed, they roam their territory and sometimes will defend it, which we found out when walking past, along the road might I add, that the dog clearly felt he owned. This could end up being a scary situation, we were given tips by Ellie (the coordinator at Blissology) that we could pick up stones if we felt at threat, which normally worked as a deterrent as most dogs had probably experienced people then throwing them at them.
One night Lisa and I had an altercation with one of these such dogs, we were on the scooter and as we turned down the little alley way that led to my guesthouse, an angry dog jumped out and jumped at the bike, snapping at our legs, Lisa managed to keep going and not crash as I shouted at the dog and tried to shoo it away. The hilarious part of the story, which we laughed at after was that this ferocious dog, was in fact a Pomeranian!
I witnessed several funny situations demonstrating how confident and at ease Bali’s dogs are. After a yummy breakfast at Motion Café I was walking back to my guesthouse to catch some sun whilst it wasn’t raining for the first day in a week, and a dog was going to the toilet in the middle of the road. Nothing too strange about that I guess, although I’ve personally never witnessed it before, but as a car came along the road, the dog looked, took note of the car and just continued. As the road was narrow the car couldn’t get round and so had to stop and wait for the dog to finish. I was gob smacked at the dog’s confidence that the car would stop, he had no fear at all. In the 2 months I spent in Bali I also had several near misses with dogs when in taxis or on the back of a scooter, they would be fighting or playing and just run out, leaving little or no time to react and swerve around them. This added to the danger factor on the roads in Bali, in fact they seemed to be one of the most common hazards, and after coming off a bike in Brasil after we hit a dog, I would tense up at the sign of any dog coming near us on the road.
Apparently it’s not only dogs that have this confidence – check out this cockerel ruling not only the roost, but the road too!