Goodbye Chiang Mai....
Chiang Mai Travel Blog› entry 24 of 42 › view all entries
With an extra 30 days in Thailand, we had to work out exactly how long we could reasonably stay in Chiang Mai and still see the parts of the country which we had wanted to see. We figured about 2 weeks.
So there began our countdown to leaving Chiang Mai. Realising we hadn't actually seen much of the city itself, we spent our days off wandering around, visiting the famed night bazaar and Sunday markets.
Still, our priority was very much Care For Dogs. With so little time left we decided to go in every day we could, and thanks to Gill we were able to get a lift in each day. We both had some time to immerse ourselves, assist with wound dressings and administer the daily medications. Kate, another volunteer had her last day just 4 days before ours, so we all went out to celebrate our time together.
On our last day we were greeted by 2 new puppies, barely 2 months old which had been dumped at the gate during the night and been found wandering around on the road just outside. Lisa has been building up her medical skils, and was able to give these new puppies their vaccines, along with another couple of dogs which arrived later that afternoon. It really is a never ending task to help the dogs of Thailand, but hopefully with the work that Care For Dogs and other centres are doing to provide sterilisations and medical care, the situation will one day come under control. Until then, I am glad that there are people out there that care enough to give their time and money to help. We have heard so many people on the street, in bars and on coaches moaning about the mangy, rabies infected vicious dogs of Thailand, saying you should carry a stick to hit them away, or stones in your pocket. It's just not true. As Lisa says, “never trust a person who animals don't like”.