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This was a friend I made at Bandhavgarh.

I was relaxing outside near my room at the resort in the afternoon while this female stray was hanging out nearby. She had settled near a crowd of people who seemed to have tolerated her presence. While I was reading a book the dog was suddenly attacked by another female, presumably out of fear for pups she was raising nearby. This poor dog was cornered and attacked, bitten in the leg. She made her way over to me and when the attacker followed I stepped in its way, preventing it from getting to the other dog. The attacker attempted numerous times to circumvent me, but she eventually saw it as a lost cause. She slowly walked away, occasionally checking to see if I was still there while the dog that was attacked was whimpering behind me.

It was probably unwise to come between two dogs in this way, but I often let emotion get the better of me. I checked on the dog that had been attacked and she was shaking. She didn't appear to be bleeding, but was quite frightened. She had laid down and was watching to see if the other female was going to come back. I pulled up a chair next to her and helped to keep watch as well. I read a book next to her and occasionally whispered words of reassurance while she slept. We spent a few hours together.

When the sun had set, I made my way back to my room. The dog I was with was clearly worried the other was going to come back and attack her again. I wanted to show her that things were okay so I walked in 20 ft increments to allow the dog to follow slowly and overcome her apprehension. When I got to my room, I stayed with her to make sure the other female was not around. When she was confident enough, she left and I went inside.

I hope I made her feel safe and cared for, if only for a few hours.

This was just one of the many stray dogs that are out there. One of the most heartbreaking parts of visiting India was seeing the astonishing number of strays – I must have seen 5 in my journeys that had died on the road after being hit by cars. It’s really difficult to fathom at such a scale...with such rampant poverty, animals suffer the injustices of inequality as well. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but often I doubt how much that means to them.

I would recommend anyone who is thinking of getting a pet to adopt from an animal shelter that takes in the animals that don’t have homes. There are so many creatures out there that need a kind soul and a forever home. Even though you might only be able to help one, that decision would mean the world to a dog like this one. For those with pets, please have them spayed or neutered to prevent unnecessary breeding.
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Xylothor Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm sure you were the hero of the day for this dog. Thank you for the inspiration to help more. :)
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VampiresBleedToo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I adopted my bunnies because I couldn't bare the idea of them being left to die on the streets after Easter as so many rabbits are. I love your inspiring story. Thank you so much for posting it here.:)
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome stuff. Good on you.
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VampiresBleedToo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
:floating::floating::floating:
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Prideiseverything Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, you are my hero for the day..
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw, thanks, but really...I'm no hero.
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Prideiseverything Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, you are. To me you are a hero. Many people this days don't give a shit for animals. Special not if there is a risk the human may get hurt. You helped that dog and I think it was a brave thing to do.

By the way, I look true your gallery and you are a amezing photografpher! I don't get, how can you take så good close up pictures?? :O Do you live in a tiger cage? :P

And that poem Bagh Sevak was really good. :) Like you pictures, I loved it xD
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animallover1990 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
shes pritty. nowing me i would have done the same thing but i would have probably taken her home as well
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
As a traveler, it would be pretty much impossible...unless you are both very rich and very influential.
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animallover1990 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
being rich i can understand but influentual
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
There's a lot of red tape and bureaucracy in terms of transporting animals (especially animals with no documented medical history) overseas. In this case it isn't what you know, but who you know. Hell...Steve Irwin's (Croc Hunter) wife couldn't even get her favourite cougar into Australia from America despite having taken care of it all her life in an animal sanctuary. It's very tough.
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animallover1990 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
oh. well i now a few people who was able to do that and suceeded
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you for your bravery! :hug:
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Not bravery...a sudden lack of judgement coupled with a strong emotional response.
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Well... Honestly, and sadly, you're right... Still you were brave and heroic to do it; hopefully those two dogs will not fight anymore. :pray:
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ShiverZPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
A wonderful story, I had the same experience when visiting Morocco when I was very young.

I give credit that you managed to come between the two dogs without fear, I'm sure this fellow canine was very grateful for your kindness, if just for a few hours :)

A beautiful photo, love the subtle lighting.
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KlomZy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
She's beautiful!
I'll probably adopt from a shelter too.
I'd probably do the same as you did..
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You'll be a hero to some lucky animal, that's for sure.
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KlomZy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww^^
Its just plain and simple:
If you get an animal, you should care for it properly..
Here it's not many shelters tho.. Probably too few..
So it's not very many to adopt..
But we'll see..
Its enough with two gorgeous rats for now=)
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lilgryphon23 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Awe, what a cutie! It's so sad the state of animals worldwide. Most of our pets are rescues, all three dogs, a cat, and our cockatoo. It amazes me how many end up in shelters, including purebreeds. Two of our dogs are, an american eskimo and jack russell terrier. People don't know what they are getting themselves into when they don't research a breed.

Me, I adore the mutts! This is my cutie - [link]
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww...
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Wolf-limit Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
What a story! I'm sure that dog will never forget you. You should have kept her =)
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I wanted to...though I really wouldn't have been able to given my traveling all over south and southeast Asia. I saw her before I left and she looked alright.
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Wolf-limit Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Oh well that's good then.
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Squash514 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
For you: lovely lovely shot! They light is wonderful and she has such a beautiful gaze. It's so hard to get a black dog's eyes to stand out that nicely!


For the dog: what a beautiful dog! I'd love to take her if I could...
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Meh, I never really intended it to be a good shot. I just wanted to get a photo of her to remember her by and post here to tell her story. However, if you think it looks good, that's fantastic!
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Azynia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
She's a beautiful dog. I hope someone takes her in so she doesn't have to wander anymore. It's just so sad how many strays there are; animals need homes too. I'm glad that you encourage animal adoption and spaying/neutering them too.

Take care!
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to read her story.
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Azynia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Anytime!
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diazmafe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
we have lots of strays here too.... I already adopted one (a black female with 2 pups), but I wish I could do more
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww...it may not seem luck much compared to the bigger problem, but you made a life-saving difference for them.
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MGMags Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Aww, she's so cute. Breaks my heart to see stuff like that... I would have done the same. Thank you for encouraging people to adopt shelter pets and to spay/neuter their pets. All of ours have been strays/rescues and they are always grateful to find a loving home.
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank YOU for making a difference in the lives of those animals.
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FeuerspeiendWolf Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student General Artist
I would have done the exact same thing as you.
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LLAMAS-EAT-PIE Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
She's so cute!
She reminds me of another dog I know...
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Tasnima10 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I went to Bangladesh last summer, and there were so many stray dogs and cats. It was really heartbreaking to see so many animals suffering, but I guess in country with people suffering just as well, animals were not their priority. When I got back home, I thought to myself, my cat is one lucky girl, to have all of this compared to the cats of bangladesh.
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Go give her a hug for me. I miss my cat. =(
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Tasnima10 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww i'm huggin her right now ^.^
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TheRaptor-Wolfy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student General Artist
Poor girl. :( That is very sad. :no: But, I realize that it does happen.

I adopt my animals most of the time, or I take the ones that I know will eventually be there. :) My pup Thor is a wonderful dog, but I don't know how his brothers and sisters are doing, they were an unexpected litter and they were all free.
So ... I took a little chubby puppy home with me that day and have had a best friend ever since. :aww: Sad thing is though, because he's [and siblings] are Pit Bull and Wolf ... no one wants them. :( Too sad. They were brilliant animals. :nod:

My first dog was adopted from a Human Society however, a beautiful pure breed Cocker Spaniel. :aww: Sadly he died this last year due to a serious case of cancer, but he had a great life. :D

If he hadn't died though ... I guess I wouldn't be lucky enough to save the one I have now.
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are a hero to them.
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TheRaptor-Wolfy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student General Artist
^^; Thank you. :aww: That makes me feel as though I'm doing something good. :)
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are. Just imagine how they would feel...if not for you, god knows where they would have ended up. You are their source of comfort and love, something they might never had known. You are everything to them.
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TheRaptor-Wolfy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student General Artist
:blushes: Wow. In that perspective, ... I sound great! :D But I completely understand. :nod: Thanks. :hug:
I hope that more people decide to adopt animals. :nod:
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Fwa-tair Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And she's so adorable, by the way 8) she totally is basking in your attention
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Fwa-tair Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I would have done something of the same thing, but since I'm a wussy the other dog would have sensed it and kicked MY ass instead. 8) That's so sad about the strays, though, and I always wanted to adopt a dog because there are so many perfectly good and loving dogs that need homes. Thanks for making a difference in at least one poor dog's life.
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I was lucky in that the dog was never interested in me. I think it helps that I've played with tiger cubs as they always try to test you. I just gave the dog a cold stare that let her know I both taller and meaner. =P
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Fwa-tair Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha ha awesome!
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa, I'd have to say that you're so brave...too brave, almost reckless.

I'd never be able to pull that off. If I was in your place, I'd be, like, frozen in fear.

yup, there are many strays around my home, too. I really want to take one in because he's my best dog-friend and all. However my family won't accept it, so I have no choice but to take care of him from far away.
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HeWhoWalksWithTigers Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No, not brave, just emotional. As soon as I intervened I thought, "Well, crap...this was dumb". =P

I know what you mean... the people that the dog was hanging out with all bolted when it happened. Truth be told, I was a little pissed about it, but they were just afraid due to the ruckus.

Anything you do to make even a small difference can mean the world to a stray. People will often tell you its a lost cause or tell you to stop, but its because they're afraid. If you have some good in you, its never wrong to let it out.
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gee, thanks! that means a lot to me. :)
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