Monday, July 08, 2013
Yes! there are both dogs and cats in Madagascar. Cats are kept for mousing, but I saw one man working in his garden with two cats, so that perhaps means they also provide a supervisory roll :-D
But I saw many more dogs. I don't know what they eat, but apparently not chickens, because there are chickens running around in the same yards. As to breeds, I asked about that, and the guide didn't even have a concept of what I might have meant. Its a dog. Dogs are dogs. Sometimes they have spots, sometimes they don't, kinda like zebu -- no one cares what color they are.
As to whether they eat dogs or not, I don't think so, though I think I understond they might eat cats on occasion. I might be wrong there.
The dogs are kept for protection. There are no such things as collars or leashes. They are short coated, thin, long legged, slightly flopped ear, relatively deep chested, and no I don't have a picture, and am not finding any on line, from where we were in any case.
We only met two dogs in person at one of the lodges we stayed in. They were bigger than the normal dogs, a bit shaggier, and also "fixed" so they were obviously more taken care of, and probably from another countery, belonging to an ex-pat perhaps. However, they were incredibly friendly and my son just loved them. Dogs always love my son. It is something in his earwax I think (shudder).