The Story of Dogs in Bali
There are many dogs in Bali. Most of them are in a sorry state—emaciated, flea-ridden, mangy, and possibly rabid. Dogs aren't treated well in Bali—some Balinese believe that dogs are reincarnated thieves and cutthroats. Other times, dogs (especially puppies) are used in religious sacrifice to placate evil spirits.
While dogs are used to guard homes and property, many of them don't seem to be fed on a regular basis and access to water is limited. Sick animals are frequently abandoned, and dog can be found on menus (so it's said, but we didn't see this ourselves).
Dogs We Met in Bali
We met a lot of dogs in Bali. Most of them ignored, us, but a few were a little more aggressive and let us know they didn't appreciate us being around. Here are a few of the more memorable canines we came across.