And then the celebration began! It was the day of the dog!! (for lack of a better explanation) The three dogs (who all happen to be pregnant) were given rice, a cookie and some roti in the festival handmade bowls and Jaya’s leis were put on their necks. Since the dogs are really more of dogs then pets, they were a bit confused as to what was going on. One of the dogs is friendlier (and happily ran up to me upon my arrival the day before!). She sat quietly while Nishan placed the lei on her neck and then greedily started to gobble up the treat prepared especially for her.
The other two dogs were not so sure what exactly was happening and kept walking away from Nishan. He persisted, though and was able to put the leis on their necks, but they would not come to the area to eat the food, so once again, Nishan went to them, following one of them around the corner of the prayer room, and then to the other in the rice field.
After eating their fill, the dogs wandered over to relax in the sun.
The friendly one, feeling very special, joined Eli and Nishan for a rest.
That night as we sat up on the roof deck watching the amazing stars the dogs would bark occasionally. We figured they were shouting out every hour “Hey, it’s still my day” or “2 more hours left of my day”. Since the “Day of the Cow” is tomorrow, there may have been an argument between the cows and the dogs…such as