Disco Bella Saggytits pretty much sucked as a Mum. Perhaps it was her lack of motherly instincts that endeared me to Bella from the get go, as I certainly don’t have them either – for human babies anyway. As soon as Bella was within a 5 metre radius of the puppies (a scenario she seemed to avoid), the 9 puppies would launch themselves at her to start feeding. Bella would get bored within 1.6 seconds and keep on walking, stepping on the puppies as they were forced to unlatch, leaving a clumsy and noisy entourage in her wake.
Project “fatten up Bella” started very soon after arriving in Ubud, Bali, as she was ribs sticking out skinny. But it turned out it was a group project without any of us knowing it. You see, Bella has a lovely way about her. You give her a scratch behind the ear and as soon as you stop she will step in closer for more while staring up at you with her big brown eyes. Calm and placid during the day, but would be playful as a puppy at night jumping up and down in greeting as if she had known you forever and running to our accommodation ahead of us. It would seem that she had us all wrapped around her little claw. She was being feed chicken and rice by the staff at the accommodation, left overs by everyone staying at the houses and dog food by the local charity for Bali dogs. Her ability to stay so skinny with so much food is a secret that certain humans would die to know. Fingers crossed there is no sinister reason behind it, because despite being so skinny she seemed to be a happy and healthy street dog.
But back to the puppies, waking up to their cuteness is better then coffee, and you soon forget (mostly) how they kept you up a lot of the night calling out for Bella. But those 9 puppies, soon became 8, then 7 then 6, until they were all gone. The gradual dwindling numbers was due to a local aid agency finding homes for them, as if it was up to Bella they would of been out on their own within weeks.
Excuse the phone pictures, I was on holiday after all 😉
So if you are ever in Bali, especially Ubud, drop in to BAWA. If it wasn’t for them then the survival rate for these cute (and noisey!) balls of happiness would of been dismal. They do wonderful things not only for Bali dogs but all animals in Bali. You can also make donations on-line via their website