Pet ownership in China once seemed isolated to song birds, but today more and more people have dogs. In fashionable Shanghai and other eastern cities, it’s not uncommon to see a poodle wearing a sequined sweater and booties. But there are many municipal restrictions on canine companions, who aren’t supposed to be on streets during business hours and are banned from most public parks. Large breeds are also frowned upon, and fluffy white pups are de rigueur. So I was surprised by the prevalence of dogs in Shangri-la, running around at all hours, hanging out of windows and trotting across roofs. The animal love didn’t end there. An equal number of cats were in residence, and one overly friendly feline even fell asleep on my lap during afternoon tea. We also had a family of pigs cross our path – literally – as well as chickens, horses and yaks! Oh, and did I mention the boars? I’d only seen those before on Animal Planet so I might have let slip a squeal or three when we turned a corner to find them in the middle of the street. Warning: cuteness ahead!
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It looks like you’ve interrupted that last yak mid-snack!
This scene was hilarious! We were walking down the street and heard a bell jangling. I said to hubby, “I hope that’s a cow bell!” Sure enough, we found that yak munching on a box. Priceless!
Too cute for words. I can hear you squealing all the way here 🙂
Dan @ A Cruising Couple says
I never realized the diversity! Cute little lap dogs are the norm here in Taiwan. I don’t think I have any friends with boars or yaks tho :-p Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
JR Riel says
Those yaks look awesome! And I hate to say it, but the boars and piglets look rather tasty…nom nom nom…
Heather Hall says
The yaks were scary at first, but by the end of the trip I thought of them more like cows.