It’s a Dog’s Life

In the holy city of Varanasi, you cannot walk more than a few feet without meeting a beggar. Young mothers with hungry babies, the terminally ill, blind, deformed and lame all converge here. But none of my fellow humans break my heart quite like the dogs. Disease-ridden and covered with scabs, they are shunned by almost all. They are kicked, beaten and shooed away wherever they go. Lowest on the ladder of misfortunates, they dine from the garbage piles, curl up on extinguished bonfires for warmth and scratch themselves silly to relieve itching from flea bites.


Unfortunately, puppies seem to outnumber even the fleas. Baby dogs are everywhere. And perhaps not surprisingly, if fornication is the only joy in these poor canines’ lives. The government has instituted a halfhearted effort to sterilize the strays to resolve the problem of the rapidly increasing dog population. But when only reaching 1,000 dogs per month, they are moving way too slowly. So every year tens of thousands of innocent, adorable pups are born into a life of suffering helplessly.


Life in Varanasi is truly a bitch if you’re a dog. And then you die – from any of a million diseases, including rabies.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcela
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 10:09:22

    What a terrible fate for this amazing dogs. Although here in the US we have so much work to do for people and animals as well, I do believe we are very lucky to live in this country.


  2. Kristi
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 08:28:25

    Thank you, Marcela. Sorry for the late reply, sometimes traveling makes it difficult. Poor dogs, indeed. Where are you from, by the way? You have a Spanish name, but live in the US?


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