In the previous post I mentioned the special relationship between man and dogs, the reciprocal aspect of that relationship. Whilst walking on a splendid beach near Khao Lak, in Thailand, we encountered a group of about 6 dogs who seemed to have carved out a different kind of life.
They obviously formed a group – I hesitate to use the word ‘pack’, as that implies a strict hierarchy, which I’m not sure was present here – and they displayed quite aggressive behaviour towards casual passers-by. Growling and barking when someone ventured a little too close for their liking. How independent were they? They looked well-fed, probably thanks to the many restaurants scattered around the area. But rather than attaching themselves to a particular place (the method many dogs in Dahab have adopted), this gang seemed to value their slightly compromised freedom.
As you can see from these pictures, the dogs were constantly alert, protecting, I felt, their hard fought way of life. This deserves our admiration and respect.