Late one night while out in Bali I literally stumbled across a dog lying next to a very busy intersection. It was heartbreaking to hear him whimper and to see him pawing desperately at this ears. It was clear that he had very infected ears and was in terrible pain. I just couldn’t walk away without doing something. I noticed not far ahead a pharmacy was still open. In broken English I explained I need some ear- drops for a dog. Luckily, I was instructed to apply a human ear- drop to the dog’s ear.
It was a relief knowing that I could perhaps help the dog in some way. The next challenge was to get the dog to trust me enough to let me near his head, hold him still long enough to apply drops and avoid been bitten as rabies is prevalent in Bali. so My husband tried to distract him while I focused on his ears, he intuitively knew we were trying to help him and he didn’t show any aggression. He wandered around shaking his head in frustration, meandering in and out of the traffic. It was awful to watch.
Meanwhile a guy watching from across the busy road approached us and we established that he owned the dog. He explained that the dog known as Ronny was quite deaf, no doubt from the untreated ear infections. We later learned Ronny was known to the locals as quite a street character stealing rugs from the homewares store across the road. It was common for him to be amongst the traffic jam near his home. I communicated that he should continue with the drops but somehow knew it was unlikely that he would. So I offered to come back the following day and apply it myself.
The next day turned into a week of going back and forth until I was satisfied he would have some relief. Over that week I washed him, treated his fleas, gave him a collar and organised better feed. I tried to educate his family to improve their care and keep him off the street. Whenever he saw us he would try to follow us home and it was apparent that he had enjoyed the contact and love he was shown.
I left him more hopeful that his family would consider him more in the future, but I also knew in my heart that his relief from his ear condition and his experience over two weeks was unlikely to continue. Throughout my stay in Bali I became familiar with some of the welfare agencies like Bawa, Barc and Bali Pet Crusaders commitment to help the Bali dogs by educating the local people. I urge you to learn more about their wonderful work .