My name is Falko Duwe. I have been living in Thailand for over 17 years. I have been working here for many years and retired recently. I have been looking after homeless dogs on the streets of Pattaya since 2008. In spring 2015 I moved to a house with a large garden outside of town. Here I accommodate about 35 foster dogs. My work focuses on sterilization, rescuing dogs, providing medical treatment and finding homes for the foster dogs. In Pattaya there is no official body treating dogs in a proper way and therefore individual effort is necessary to mitigate the suffering of strays in some way.
Apart from providing a home for foster dogs, I look after dogs at a Buddhist temple area very close to a beach, a forty minutes drive from where I live. Currently I’m keeping about 15 dogs there. They came from several different areas in Pattaya and had to learn to live together. All dogs there are spayed or neutered. Some of them I know for more than three years and I look after a couple of them since they were born.
There are around 20 more other dogs I monitor at several locations on Pattayas streets and waste ground areas. Several helpers feed them with food which I provide. Of the 70+ dogs I look after, all bitches are sterilized and almost all males are neutered. I check all these dogs living on the streets regularly for health issues and try to keep them in good shape, in which they basically are except a few who are suffering from demodex mange which is very difficult to cure in some cases.
My financial resources are limited, but what I have to spend I use to look after the dogs under my care. One of my greatest concerns is the rescue of dogs who are in danger of being rounded up to be sent to the city’s detention camp in Plutaluang, 40 km away from Pattaya. A couple of dogs that I have been looking after were already caught by City Hall’s dog catchers, but I was able to rescue them from that place. Three more dogs I took home since they needed acute treatment which they wouldn’t have got there.
Since I receive only a small pension I currently have to rely on my life savings and donations to keep my activities up. Anyone who is interested in my work and requires more information to support my cause please contact Derek. I’ll be more than happy to provide any additional information that may be considered helpful.
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|Unfortunately, Thai people regularly abandon puppies on the beach or next to the temple and I have to take care of these poor babies as well. Some do survive, some disappear after a while, some I lose to diseases. The ones who survive and live on the beach I have sterilized as well.This temple project is only one of my activities. Altogether I am looking after more than sixty dogs in and around Pattaya. My main expenses are for veterinary care, spaying and neutering since I’m trying to stop the breeding as best as I can. There are still many dogs in my neighborhood who need to be sterilized or treated, but all that requires not only a fair amount of time and effort but money as well. I’m willing to spend time, energy and money to mitigate the suffering of these gentle creatures and if you would help me to cover some of my expenses I would be most grateful.|
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The appeal against the eviction order had been dismissed. The sub-district administration was giving me time to remove the dogs until end of the month. All my attempts to find a suitable place for the dogs failed. By the end of the month I applied for more time to find some piece of land for the dogs. The administration allowed me to keep the dogs just one week longer.
Finally, my foundation partner Som and I were allowed to place one hundred dogs at the municipality shelter Bang Saray. A one Rai piece of land was assigned to us, which we had to fence in and build shelters for all the dogs.
To keep the numbers of dogs there as low as possible, the ones that could go back to the streets had to go during the month. Kenji was the first one. His wounds had been healed, and I made a last attempt to keep him staying at the Mabprachan 7/11. Panya, who had been treated for a wound on her face, went back to Wat Amparahm; as did Asa, whose skin conditions improved and who was not limping anymore. Toby went back to the temple as well. His skin condition improved. I brought Jorie back to the guards at Thepprasit Road and Josie took back Kylie and Lina Song.
Felix, Anna, Mum and Mae, dogs who currently live in House Mabprachan, have been sterilized, as well as Shima and Nana who just recently appeared at Mabprachan 7/11. Mika, a dog staying at a parking lot, has also been spayed. Also spayed were Dam, one of the bitches in Prajuab’s care and Dia, a dog from a market place.
I had to take Lilly in, a dog from Wat Amparahm beach. Lilly was severely anemic. After two weeks of treatment her condition improved remarkably. By the end of the month, I had to take in Kenji again. He was suffering from multiple bite wounds and needed daily wound dressing. He obviously cannot go back to his place at Mabprachan 7/11. Zola also suffered from a bite wound which had to be stitched up.
It turned out that Al, the dog with the broken hip, had been infected with distemper before he suffered the accident, and he did not survive that horrible disease.
Kenji’s neck wound is nasty and required a daily wound dressing. The TVT bitch, who I call Iang, is being treated for anemia. Rocky’s chemo therapy treatment has been completed. He is suffering from a large burn on his neck, which is healing without treatment.
A bitch from a resort in Jomtien, a bitch from Naklua slum, a bitch living at a bus parking lot in Central Pattaya, a bitch staying at Amari Hotel, and another one from a village near Highway 36, have been spayed.
I took Asa in to treat her skin problems and to give her time to recover from a leg injury. I had to take Dina back. The new owner could not cope with her energy level.
The six cats that have been sterilized a couple of weeks ago have been vaccinated for the first time.
A puppy named Yuri has been hit by a car and suffered from a spine injury. I took him in to give him a chance to recover, and he is doing quite well. Another dog, Al—a big male who is already quite old—has been hit by a car. The x-ray revealed a complicated hip fracture. Surgery was not an option, so I took Al in. He will hopefully recover in a couple of weeks, if not months.
I received an eviction order from the sub-district administration, to which I lodged an objection against. If the majority of the dogs have to be removed, they are doomed and all my effort was in vain.
Rudi developed a swelling at his rip cage. I took him in and treated him for a week. Rudi is now back to his place at Best Supermarket. Samlee and Kenny are also back to their places. Samlee’s hip fracture healed up and she can move freely again. Kenny completed a Doxycycline treatment. He can also move freely on his three legs.
Toby is now being treated for his skin problems after a one month with Doxycycline treatment. His condition improved. Zhenya’s condition also improved. He is suffering from Demodex mange and receives a treatment with Ivermectin and Malaseb. Nina developed a cherry eye which requires regular cleaning. Yana recovered fully from a bowel inflammation and gained back her full weight.
Unfortunately, Yoshi passed away. His condition deteriorated and he died after suffering a seizure.
Dia, Daen und Boonma, three of Prajuab’s dogs, have been spayed. Now are all bitches under his care spayed. It goes without saying that will change very soon since dogs are being dumped at the reservoir frequently. Sally and Hudiao, two dogs from different 7/11 stores, have been spayed as well as two other dogs from the streets and one dog from a waste ground. A tourist made me aware of a TVT bitch. She has been treated and another bitch staying with her has been spayed. Kenji, a dog from a 7/11, whom I treated already three times for bite wounds, was severely bitten again. This time he needed surgery to close the wounds. Kenji stays now at House Mabprachan for the time being.
Dae has been released from his ordeal being caged for six weeks. His huge wound healed well and he is now back to his place to recover. He is doing well. Coco, one of Prajuab’s puppies, has been adopted joining Lulu who was adopted two months ago. Danny and Dina, Mae’s two pups from the Pinnacle Hotel, found a new home too. Mae remains in House Mabprachan for the time being.
Hop’s chemotherapy treatment has been completed and Hop recovered well. Kenny’s amputation wound healed well and he recovers in House Mabprachan, currently being treated against blood parasites. Samlee’s recovery also made good progress. She is still limping but can move around quite freely. We finally found an antibiotic that is obviously tackling Yana’s bowel inflammation well. She is now gaining weight again.
Jade, a dog from the street has, been spayed. Roscoe, a male dog from the temple beach, has been treated for TVT and recovered fully. I found Yoshi in the big temple area limping. He was diagnosed with a ligament rupture which had to be surgically fixed. Yoshi recovers now in House Mabprachan. Toby is also back to House Mabprachan. His skin problems are still persisting. I’m treating him for blood parasites and will consult a Bangkok dermatologist to get a treatment plan.
Three owners‘ dogs have been dumped at the temple beach. Dana and Rani have been spayed already and Rani has been successfully adopted. We were able to catch Jule, the third one, a week after her sister Dana. Fishermen asked me to take in Johnny, a two months old puppy. Dana, Jule and Johnny are currently staying at House in Mabprachan.
Patty, who has been adopted together with Lulu, is back. She became aggressive to visitors of her new owners since she obviously missed the pack at House Mabprachan. Also, Felix adopted for a week, is back. He became aggressive against another dog in his new home. Patty and Felix are happy to be re-united with the dogs they are used to living with.
Tommy, Ilya, Yuri, Sasha and Zhenya have been neutered; and Toya and Zola have been spayed. All seven dogs live at House Mabprachan. Yana seems to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Even though she eats quite normally, she is becoming increasingly emaciated. Several food changes didn’t help. Exploratory surgery must be considered if the condition cannot be treated conservatively.
All eight kittens that are in one of my helpers care have been sterilized. Unfortunately, they became infected by distemper and three of them already died. Khaofang’s pup, who was hit by a car and suffered from traumatic brain injury, recovered quite nicely. Samlee is also recovering from a broken hipbone. But she is still limping quite badly.
Kenny’s left front leg has been amputated. He dragged his broken with every step. This resulted in a constantly inflamed paw. Kenny recovers now at House Mabprachan.
Hop, a street dog being looked after by a friend, has been treated for TVT. Since surgery was not necessary, three chemotherapy treatments were sufficient to eradicate the tumor. Randy, a dog with severe TVT who required surgery two times and several chemotherapy treatments to overcome the cancer, was unfortunately bitten to death in House Mabprachan while I was away.
Mae, a dog living on a hotel ground and whose puppies Toya and Zola are already at House Mabprachan, gave birth again to two puppies. Since Mae belongs to our extended family, I took in her and her two puppies, Danny and Dina.
Dae, the dog who became wedged under a running car, is still in intensive care. His recovery process is ongoing and will take another two weeks before he can be discharged.
Emma’s tibia crack has been healed. Rocky’s TVT treatment has been completed and he is back to the beach. Randy’s TVT treatment is ongoing. He had to undergo a second surgical procedure to remove remainders of the tumor which did not recede after four chemotherapeutical treatments. I took him in to give him a chance of full recovery.
Fritzi’s TVT treatment is complete as well. Silver’s mange treatment is also complete and she is back to her place at Thepprasit Road. I also took Toby back to the beach. He has been attacked by a couple of dogs and is better off teaming up with his brother Rocky. I’ll take him back as soon as I have a treatment plan for him.
A friend asked me to take three dogs into South Pattaya Clinic. A male dog had been hit by a motorbike and two bitches had to be spayed. It turned out that the male dog could be released after a couple of days since he just suffered from bruises and road burns. The bitches are also back to their places.
Nina is suffering from an injury of her right eye ball caused by fighting. Her eye have to be cleaned several times a day. Namtarn fitted in very well although she prefers to stay on her own. The tick problem has been solved owed to a generous donation of Bravecto.
Samlee, a bitch which had been spayed recently had been hit by a car. The x-ray showed a hipbone fracture. Since surgery is not an option I took her in to give her time for recovery in a safe environment. The healing process can take weeks if not months.
Maisha died. She obviously came into contact with a poisonous toad. Maisha’s condition deteriorated and she succumbed after three days of clinic treatment. Snowy was bitten by a snake into her tail. The snake was not poisonous though and the wound healed after one week of treatment at home.
One of Khaofang’s pups had been hit by a motorbike. He suffered from a traumatic brain injury. After a week long treatment he had been reunited with Khaofang and siblings. Whether he will recover completely remains to be seen.
Sammy and Lulu, the two owner’s dogs I found dumped at Wat Amparahm have been adopted by friends. Candy could not stay at a construction site any longer so I took her in. She has been at House Mabprachan before for treatment after an accident and fitted in well.
I found another owner’s dog dumped at Wat Amparahm and took him in. I was told that Tommy’s owner died and the bereaved left him in the temple. I’ll try to find a new home for Tommy.
At Highway 36 we found a dog with a maimed and severely infected front paw. We took Kenny to Silverlake clinic. Dr. Kwanchai is going to amputate his leg as soon as Kenny’s general condition has been improved.
Zhenya’s condition deteriorated. In addition to Ivermectin I also treat him with Cephalexin and Itraconazole against bacterial and fungal infection. Yaya is on Cephalexin and Itraconazole as well. His skin condition improved slightly.
Dae, a dog being looked after by the maid of a friend was hit by a car. Dae obviously got wedged under the car and dragged along for a few meters. The accident left Dae with a huge road burn on his left hint leg. Dae is in intensive care. For how long the healing process will take remains to be seen.
The Danish woman who asked me to keep Simba for a while did not respond to my messages anymore. Simba will now stay with me and I have to find another home for him. Simba has already been neutered and has been treated for blood parasites.
The re-location of Neung, Song, Sahm and Lucky has been a success. All four of them settled in nicely. A new dog was dumped at the temple; we called her Betty. Betty has been already spayed and seemed to settle in as well.
Dam 19, a dog in Em‘s care, has been hit by a car and broke his spine. The vet couldn’t save his life. It turned out that Fritzi, who has been adopted last month, is suffering from TVT. He has been treated and is recovering.A flight date for Sammy and Lulu has been fixed for next month. All their export preparations are complete. They have been treated with Doxycycline, are de-sexed, vaccinated and mico-chipped. A blood test including a heart worm snap test has been performed as well.
Jakalen Song, Laura and Jiang, three bitches from the streets, have been spayed. Khaofang, one of Prajuab’s dogs has been treated for TVT. Her treatment is complete. Her four puppies have been vaccinated. Dina, Daen and Duen, another three of Prajuab’s dogs, have been spayed as well. Bok Luk unfortunately died on the beach. The reason is unknown.
Although my house is more than full with fifty dogs, I took Namtarn in. She was run over by a car and found by a young woman who could not keep her any longer. Namtarn couldn’t go back to the streets since her right hind leg had to be amputated. She can walk again and fitted in very well.
Randy, a male dog staying next to Highway 36, and Rocky from Wat Amparahm, are suffering from TVT. Both dogs underwent surgery and are being treated with chemotherapy. Yana lost weight; it turned out that she is suffering from an infection. She is being treated with Cephalexin.
Since Emma was limping for a couple of days, her right front leg has been x-rayed. She is suffering from a crack of the tibia. The crack is supposed to heal itself within two weeks.
Ting‘s and Sido‘s TVT treatment is complete. Sido has to be re-examined after a couple of weeks since his recovery prospect is only moderate. The fourteen day treatment of Chuki’s and Jaha’s skin condition did not produce the desired effect. Their affected skin parts were later on treated with young coconut oil.
I took Simba in. He has been found and raised by a long term Danish tourist. This Danish woman asked me to accommodate Simba until he can be exported to Denmark.
Snowy, Torro, Emma, Nousha and Binda have been de-sexed. Zola has been bitten by a non-poisonous small snake and recovered well. Toya recovered from an ear infection. Silver has been cured of mange. The spread of mange on Zhenya has been stopped. After Shana became weaker each day, and finally refused any food, she died while I was with her.
Lucky, a dog nursed back to health by Louise, a Swedish rescuer, could be relocated to Wat Amparahm. Three new dogs have been dumped at the temple. Since they are not street dogs, I took them in and called them Lulu, Sammy and Fritzi. Fritzi has been already adopted a few days after I took him in.
Neung, Song and Sahm, raised for four years on the streets by an English resident, had to be relocated. We tried to find a place at a waste ground for them but they returned three times to the village in which they lived all their life. Since they always returned to the village where they no longer were allowed to stay, I re-located them finally to Wat Amparahm. Such relocation has its risks as several dogs I put there disappeared, but I was encouraged by the successful integration of Lucky there. Also, there was actually no better place for the dogs to stay for being fed and looked after.
Lulu and Sammy will be going to the U.S.A. in October. At the end of the month, I took Bok Luk back to Wat Amparahm.
For the first two weeks of this month, I left the two young puppies in the hands of a friend who bottle fed them until they could eat themselves.Then I took Anna and Felix in and they are striving.
The suture at Alex’ neck had to be redone because the wound opened partly. The healing process took the whole month. Zola and Toya, the two Pinnacle puppies, are now permanently outside and stay together with Shana and Biaow on the small terrace. Shana receives fluid every second day. Her condition is stable. Silver’s condition improved since I changed the Ivermectin brand. At the end of the month I replaced the daily oral administration in favor of a weekly injection.
Diana’s treatment is complete, and I took her back to her place. She and her buddy Bobby are being fed by a resident. My helper in Naklua made me aware of two dogs who were obviously sick or injured. I took both of them to Silverlake clinic. One of them died five hours after surgery; the other one died after five days of liver failure. Gat, the paralyzed dog, also died in the clinic after three weeks of treatment.
Bok Luk developed a huge abscess at her flank which had to be surgically removed. After getting back from the clinic, she suffered hair loss. I treated her for bacterial and fungal infection but to no avail.
Khao, a dog my helper Ba Baet is looking after, has been spayed. Alex and Lena have been desexed as well. Sinin, the cat my helper Wan Song has taken in together with its eight kittens, has been spayed as well. Samlee, a stray a friend is looking after, has also been spayed. Princess, a dog abandoned by someone who homed her for more than a year, has been spayed too and is being looked after. Lesley, another stray that is being looked after by another friend has been spayed as well.
Chuki and Jaha, two of my five dogs with refractory skin conditions, have been admitted to Silverlake clinic for an intensive fourteen day treatment. On the way to Wat Amparahm, where I’m sheltering dogs, I discovered a tiny dog suffering from TVT. She got treated together with a male dog I found in the temple. He also suffers from TVT. Ting and Sido, that’s their names underwent surgery and are still being treated with chemo.
Shana, one of the dogs who is staying at Wat Amparahm for two years now, showed signs of kidney impairment. The test revealed that her creatinine level is way too high; additionally, her red blood cell count and the number of platelets are too low. She is now already the sixth dog with this condition. Rashid, Lizzy, Arnie and Jimbo died of kidney failure.
Nema survived and hopefully Shana is going to survive as well. She received fluid for a couple of weeks and Doxycycline against anemia. Her blood conditions improved considerably, but not her kidney condition. Diana’s kidney conditions improved to almost a normal level after one month of fluid treatment.
I treated Kenji, a dog who stays at a 7/11, for severe bite wounds. His conditions improved markedly. Anna, one of the seven motherless puppies at House Mabprachan, has been adopted and fitted in well into her new family. A poor woman from the neighborhood asked me to sterilize two dogs, Khao and Dam, whom she is looking after. Both dogs are back at Hom’s place.
A cat from one of my helper’s neighbor has also been spayed. A resident asked me to look at a dog who could not stand up. I took Gat to Silverlake Clinic where Dr. Kwanchai is treating her conservatively. Gat‘s condition is slowly improving and she can already stand up for a while. The three Pinnacle puppies have been removed from the hotel complex. With the help of the assistant manager, I found two of them in a nearby temple. According to the monks there, the third one had been adopted. I took Zola and Toya in and they are striving. Amal and Hakim, two of the six eight months old puppies, have been neutered.
Rocco recovered from a broken front leg and has learned to run on four legs again. I created a compound at the rear side of the premises to keep several dogs apart from the main pack. Most of the dogs in that newly created enclosure had been bullied, but are now safe from being harassed.
Zhenya, one of the now six motherless puppies, is a bit mangy and is being treated. His brother, Alex, developed a dermoid cyst which has been removed surgically. He is on his way to recovery. Long and Sida, two of Prajuab dogs, are in the Silverlake Clinic. Both dogs have to be sterilized. Long has an infected eye as well. Wan, one of my helpers, asked me to take in two 15 days old puppies whose mother died together with two other puppies. Fortunately, a friend agreed to take the two survivors for the next couple of weeks.
In order to determine the condition of the new puppies, a blood test was conducted with the result that all of them suffered from light anemia. They have been treated the whole month and their condititon improved markedly. Diana has been treated for anemia as well, and received fluid every three days to bring the creatinine level down (elevated creatinine level signifies impaired kidney function). Jakalen, one of Prajuab’s dogs, suffered from a colon prolapse. Dr. Kwanchai’s surgical intervention was successful and Jakelen is back to Prajuab’s place. Mom, another of Prajuab’s dogs, has been desexed and Dang has been treated for TVT (Transmissible Venereal Tumor). Both dogs are back at Prajuab’s place. Bok Luk has been diagnosed with cornea inflammation and has been treated for three weeks. She recovered completely.
Kylie fitted in very well. Josie bathed her several times and Kylie’s skin condition improved. Kylie also gained weight and can enjoy her life again. Chuki’s skin condition deteriorated. Dr. Kwanchai diagnosed MRSA (Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus) and asked me to bath Chuki with Amitraz Shampoo since other treatments didn’t show any improvement of her condition. I’m treating her sister Jaha the same way.
Leila, the only cat in House Mabprachan, has been accidentally poisoned by my cleaning woman and died despite three weeks of treatment. Four dogs from the neighborhood, Coffee, Khao, Dam and Ying, have been de-sexed. Another four dogs, Milo, Pipa, Coco and Sprite have been spayed as well.
A tourist made me aware of a mother dog with three puppies on a hotel complex. The puppies have been examined, bathed, vaccinated, and monitored during the whole month. Jimbo, who stayed at Wat Amparahm, had been poisoned; he died in a clinic. He is already the fifth dog that was poisoned at the temple. I took Toby from the beach into House Mabprachan to treat skin conditions. Rocco sustained a fracture of his right front leg and has to wear a bandage for three weeks.
Rambo, the puppy that was cured of parvovirus had been later diagnosed with distemper and did not survive. Bag, another puppy who stayed with Rambo also died from distemper. I provided Khun Prajuab with vaccines for him to inoculate as many puppies as possible. Another of Prajuab’s dogs needed reconstructive surgery on a wound that wouldn’t heal. Nuan had been admitted for almost three weeks and is back to Prajuab’s place. The wound healed very well. Another two of Prajuab’s dogs have been spayed.
I took Bobby and Diana for a follow up vaccination and a blood check up. They are two dogs that I have known for years, that are now staying with a resident. Bobby’s results were normal but Diana’s test showed an increased creatinine level. Bobby went back to the resident’s place and I took Diana in to give her saline solution to bring the creatinine level down. Samlee, Khao and Nuan are back to Baan Amphur beach. Their doxycycline treatment showed results. Kylie was taken in for treatment. She suffered from severe skin irritations and has been treated. Her condition improved remarkably. Four puppies from a village that are looked after by a friend have been tested positive for parvovirus and have been treated. One of them died, the remaining three survived and have been adopted. Arnie who had been poisoned and suffered from kidney failure and went blind, suffered a relapse and died despite our greatest efforts to save his life. Chock Di and Mi Chock, two new dogs from Baan Amphur beach have been spayed.
A Russian woman asked me to look at seven six weeks old puppies whose mother was poisoned. Since I don’t take in any puppies that are not cleared from parvovirus and distemper, we put them into quarantine for ten days. They are now staying in House Mabprachan for the time being. Bok Luk, one of the beach dogs developed cornea inflammation. I also took her in to continue her treatment.
Dan completed her cancer treatment and is back to Prajuab’s place. Anton has been picked up and found a new home with a nice family in Germany. Samlee developed a growth at her throat and recovered after treatment. Rudi’s liver support treatment has been extended for three weeks since a blood test result did not show a satisfying improvement of his ailment and is now back to his place.
I received a Bravecto donation with which I could treat 18 dogs. After a couple of days only a few ticks could be found. All the other dogs benefited from the treatment as well since ticks in the garden were almost all wiped out. Rhonda is still helping me to remove remaining ticks out of paws and ears.I took Lina Song in. She has been looked after by a friend and is now about to be adopted by a German couple who visited Pattaya recently. Maria, a mangy dog who is being looked after by another friend, developed a large haematoma on her ribcage.
She was operated by Dr. Kwanchai and recovered. I had to take in Silver again because her conditions deteriorated. I also took Nacho, Jira and Chuki from the temple to treat them with Cephalexin and showers twice a week. Silver, Jaha and Rudi received regular showers as well.
Rambo, one of Prajuab’s puppies fell sick and was tested positive for Parvo. He has been treated by Dr. Kwanchai and recovered fully after ten days. He is now back to Prajuab’s place. When I picked up Rambo I saw Daeng, a TVT dog. I also took her to Dr. Kwanchai’s clinic and she has been operated and receives chemo therapy for three weeks.
Samlee, Khao and Nuan, the three beach pups, have been spayed and are back to House Mabprachan to recover. Nuan’s liver levels were on the upper limit. She got an isotonic saline solution subcutaneously for five days. Amporn, my cleaning lady asked me to take one of the dogs she looks after at her working place to a clinic for sterilisation. The dog is back into Amporn’s care. Nina, one of my Parvo survivors, has been sterilized as well.
The temple dogs are fed by Ba Baet daily and looked after by me twice a week.They are doing well. Gatee, a mangy dog at Tongklom, is making good progress after weeks of treatment. I took Nick back to Thepprasit Road. His growth on his neck healed completely and his Doxycyclin cure was also complete. All the other dogs at House Mabprachan, except Lina Song, Skinny and Chuki who started later with the treatment, completed the cure as well.
Flake, one of the dogs from the Tuk.com parking lot that I had sterilized a couple of months ago disappeared for weeks, and when I found her back at a different location I decided to take her to Mabprachan. Nura and Lina, Bieow’s two puppies who are still with me, have been sterilized. Juma and Patty were also sterilized a week later. Carla, the last bitch from Wat Amparahm beach has also been sterilized and stayed ten days at Mabprachan. Some people asked me to take Kami, a beautiful bitch, that was raised by an old lady who got very sick and had to go back to England.
Sadly, Maya, the mother of Bunnie and Buffy, who stay with me, died before I could catch her for to take her to a clinic. Patty and Coco could be re-homed. The Thepprasit security guards told me about Jori, who had an accident and couldn’t use her left front leg. It turned out that she suffered from a severe nerve damage. Her leg had to be amputated. Jori is recovering well at Mabprachan. Amy is a new arrival. She is a five months old puppy who tried t
o survive on the streets. All her siblings had been adopted, so I took her home. Kimba and Sparky came from a shelter in Chantaburi prepared to be adopted abroad or locally. Kimba found a new home quickly, Sparky still stays with us. Four more dogs have been sterilized: Pong and Tara from two different slums and two bitches from a not yet developed area in Jomtien, a part of Pattaya. Pong, who suffered from pyometra, is still in Mabprachan, the other three dogs are back to their places being after cared. Chuki is back to Wat Amparahm. Skinny seems to be fully recovered. She is still extremly cautious but joins the pack every day, playing with some of the dogs and enjoys life again.
I took Jira from Wat Amparahm, who had a badly infected throat, to my house at Mabprachan. Jira is recovering well while staying in the house together with Selina and Coco. Selina is also recovering quite well from pelvis fracture and can now already move freely. Coco is thriving and full of energy. She is well accepted among the pack. Later this month I took Yoshi from the temple as well. He is now being treated for a fungal infection on the bridge of his nose. I decided to take Blanca back to her place since she could not assimilate into the pack and I wasn’t able to get close to her. Rudi came for mange treatment and went again. Candy, a bitch from Pattaya Bazaar has been treated for a nonspecific leg injury and recovered within ten days. Chuki came also to Mabprachan to treat her against a fungal infection. Nacho developed an infection of the airways and kept coughing, despite treatment. Since an allergy could not ruled out, I took him back to Pattaya Bazaar and later back again to Mabprachan. Two out of seven puppies at Thepprasit Road died. The reason is unclear. Three of the remaining puppies developed a mild mange around their eyes which I’m treating with Ivermectin.
The dogs that remain at the temple are still fed with rice food and dry food. I still go to see them twice a week. The other days they are fed by the market woman. The dogs at Pattaya Bazaar are fed by Wan, and the Naklua dogs by Wan Song. The Thepprasit dogs are looked after by several security guards. I provide all these dedicated people with dry food.
First of all I have good news to report: Skinny’s biopsy result showed that the tissue is not malignant. However, her prognosis is still not good since she is suffering from a chronic infection of the intestines. But she is eating well and gained a lot of weight during the course of this month.
Pranee’s four puppies all survived the parvo virus infection and could be re-homed. Pranee, after being sterilized, was called back by her owner and is now being closely monitored by a friend. Luna, who stayed with Lennard and Blanca at the construction site, was caught and has been sterilized as well.
Silver was taken in for treating a bad demodex mange. Her recovery is making good progress. Selina and Nadia are two other new intakes. Selina stayed with Boss and Alana on the beach and was hit by a car. An xray revealed a broken pelvis. She is also recovering quite well without having had surgery. Nadia stayed on her own in the bush with no shelter from the rain.
Two puppies from Thepprasit and Said, the puppy from the Tuk.com parking lot could be rehomed. Mike, a student of animal science, accompanied me for a couple of days conducting a field study of street dogs. Our last new intake this month is Coco. Some tourists found this two months old puppy wandering all alone on a street and they asked me to take her in. Jaha completed her treatment and is back again to Wat Amparahm. None of the dogs there are missing, all are in good shape, enjoying their life on the beach. The dogs at Naklua, at Pattaya Bazaar, in Tungklom and at Thepprasit Road, are looked after by residents, security guards, and two women who are helping me to distribute the food that I provide.
The main topic of this month is the move from our house in Naklua to a new house at Mabprachan Lake. First to move were Lucy, Aya, Bieow, Lina, Prana und Juma, and a couple of days later Darya, Maisha, Said, Nura and Jaha. I also collected Yaya and Nacho from Pattaya Bazaar and took them to Mabprachan. Nora’s chemo therapy was finished so I brought her back to the woman who rescued her. She is now reunited with her offspring Mudita and Nicky at theslum near the beach. After another couple of days later we loaded Leila the cat together with my belongings into my car and bid farewell to the Naklua house; a new adventure began. Ui agreed to follow me to take a fulltime job and our flock grew day by day.
Bunnie, Buffy and Nadia joined us out of the bushes; I took in Silver and Rudi for mange treatment; Patty was given to me by a homeless man who could not feed her any more; Lady had been taken from the city shelter forTVT treatment and she needed a place to stay for her recovery; and Jira needed further treatment for her skin problems. They all joined me at my new home. Yobo, Yota and Yana, three two month old all brown puppies who could not remain at the construction site; and finally Blanca and Lennard from the same construction site also joined me. We blow darted the mother of the puppies, but she ran away and we couldn’t find her any more. Lennard and Blanca had to be blow darted to be neutered since they always kept their distance. They keep themselves now also separated from the flock but established contacts to some of the dogs who know each other for some time.
Süa and Songsi, two siblings who were living near a restaurant, have been spayed as well. I found them accidentally and could catch them easily. They are back to their old place where people feed them. Mid month we had parvo alarm. Louise, a Swedish dog lover who lives in Pattaya, found a mother with her four puppies on the beach. The puppies were in a deplorable condition and since Louise lives in a small house she asked me to accommodate the dogs for a month. When Dr. Sumade visited us two days later he was very concerned about the puppies’ condition, took them and tested them for parvo. Unfortunately the tests were positive so Louise had to take the puppies back. The mother, Pranee, was tested negative and could therefore remain with us. We had to disinfect the area where Pranee and the puppies were staying, my car and the cages several times since parvo is highly contagious. Fortunately, all dogs of the flock had already been vaccinated twice. We hope, we can leave this incident behind us without any further dramas.
The dogs in Wat Amparahm are well and enjoying their lives on the beach. However, Rashid, the big male who joined us from the beach and became part of the pack is dead. I can only imagine that he was poisoned since he was in good health when I saw him the last time. There are some mean people squatting near the temple and I suspect it was one of them who poisened him. All the dogs, except Toby and Asa, whom I could not catch, received their second rabies vaccination. During one of our unsuccessful attempts to blow dart dogs for spaying we found Skinny. She was absolutely emaciated so we brought her to Dr. Sumade. A blood test and an initial examination did not reveal any abnormalities; so I took her to my home to recover. Since her condition did not change an abdominal surgical exploration was performed and revealed a blockage in the small intestines close to the rectum. Some blockages were removed but we are still waiting on a lab test to show whether the tissue is malignant.
This month had a few dramas with a big threat by my neighbor who gave me one week to remove my dogs from the area I live in. He verbally threatened me and said, “he would take care of them and put them where they belong”. I can understand a little of my neighbour’s unhappiness because 15 to 18 dogs can bark loudly and sometimes are noisy at night. Thailand is a hierarchical and community based system and fortunately, I have the backing of the local village manager who is always helpful and cooperative. In addition Thailand has laws in place to protect animals so his ignorant tirade will be in vain. A possible solution to this situation could be to move to a house outside town, about 30 minutes away from my current place. Derek Doyle, who used to run a shelter on that property, kindly offered to rent his house which sits on a walled large land area. This will provide enough space for the dogs to live comfortably. There are some reservations as It is also located in a residential area and I do not want to jump from the frying pan into a fire. My May summary will have the latest news so please stay tuned.
Last month I went to Dr. Samuel’s clinic many times. Buffy who was hit by a vehicle and her hip dislocated had surgery and recovered in the clinic for almost two weeks. I took her back to her mother and sister and she is doing quite well. The good news is surgery for Nora’s broken leg was not necessary although she was diagnosed with TVT and is still receiving chemo therapy. Yaya developed some inflammatory swelling of his scrotum after neutering and is now back at Pattaya Bazaar, with Nacho and Jira. I took Jira from the temple to treat her skin problems at Dr. Samued’s clinic. She was treated for more than a week and showered every 3 or 4 days. Toby recovered quite well from his skin problems and is back at the beach after three weeks of care. Of the 7 puppies at the parking lot 3 have disappeared. The remaining 4 went to Dr. Samued’s, where they were treated, bathed and vaccinated. After 1 week only 3 of them were left. The smallest one I took in, because he had mange. He is still with me. Unfortunately, both his remaining siblings disappeared after a couple of days from the parking lot.
Three of Bieow’s puppies and another puppy a tourist found and was given to Dr. Samued who asked me to take him in were adopted. Of the 4 orphans 1 has already been adopted as well. All these puppies were vaccinated twice and are in good condition. Some of them were treated with VibraVet for blood parasites but their gums is showing a normal ‘rosy colour’ again and they are brimming with energy. Even Said, the little survivor from the parking lot, is now thriving after being treated against mange. Right now I have Lucy, Aya, Prana, Bieow, Lina, Nura, Nora, Darya, Juma, Maisha and Said, the only male, with me. The dogs at Wat Amparahm are doing well and are currently happy living by the sea. I drive out to see them twice a week. They are still being fed by a market woman whom I support. I am also supporting a few dog carers elsewhere in Pattaya who are feeding local dogs in their area. Dried food and rice and occasional vet visits are provided to these kind people.
It is heart warming to see ordinary people trying to make a difference in their local ‘soi dogs’ life’. When there are people like these the dog’s will have a chance. Although I maybe living outside the town area next month, I come to Pattaya daily to work to make ends meet. Caring and feeding the street dogs
My house is still full of puppies; another four 4 week old ones arrived. They have been probably taken from their mother or their mother died and they were left at a place where I’m regularly feeding dogs. The new puppies are in a fairly good condition but need to be protected, special fed and medically looked after.
After a couple of days they settled in well and the older puppies, Bieow, Lucy and Aya, who are still with me, welcomed the new arrivals. I decided to bring Yaya back to the place where Nacho and Jira are currently staying and Boss back to the beach to be reunited with Alana. Boss and Yaya were always playing roughly, disturbing the little ones and Boss used to bark whenever someone passed the house, so that neighbors were complaining. I live in a residential area and have to be very careful not to upset my neighbors or the village management. To find another house with a big yard, where dogs are accepted and that I can afford to rent would be very difficult.
I was informed by a resident and a woman who is feeding dogs that both of them found a dog who was hit by a car. The two dogs were severely injured. Surgery on both of them was necessary. Nora, a dog I knew, broke both of her hind legs. One leg had to be amputated because the tissue was already necrotic. Prana suffered multiple fractures in the hip area and broke one hind leg. Nora could be released from the clinic after one week; Prana had to be admitted for 16 days and had to endure several surgical procedures. After being released from the clinic she stayed with me for a couple of days but I had to admit her again for another intervention. Nora also stayed with me for a couple of days and then with the woman who asked me to rescue her. Later on I took her back since she was too adventurous there.
Nora has to undergo another surgical intervention since the bones in her leg did not heal well. A metal plate has to be placed at the point of fracture to immobilize and align the broken bone. Bieow and her six puppies are still with me. Bieow recovered from the accident quite well and can run without much restriction. She got recently spayed together with Yaya, Aya and Lucy, who are all still staying with me. All of Bieow’s six puppies are thriving. From the five remaining puppies out of the bush are only two left. One puppy was hit by a motorbike and died, one had already been adopted but could not fit into the new home and I had to take him back. He was later stolen together with his brother. Of the two remaining puppies one was also hit by a car or a motorcycle and is now waiting for surgery in a clinic. The last puppy is now straying with me.
The seven puppies in the parking lot are also thriving. The mother, like the other dogs living in the parking lot, is being daily fed with rice food by a kind woman. Jack, the male dog that I found with a huge cancer wound could be completely cured from TVT and is back to the place where I found him. He is being looked after well by a woman who runs a food stall. Out of the 21 dogs that are staying at Wat Amparahm I took Bonnie and Toby for a skin check-up to the Eastern Pet Hospital and they are now also temporarily staying at my house since daily medication is necessary.
Eastern Pet Hospital has only recently opened and its owner Dr. Samued, who underwent advanced training in the US, is now my favourite vet. He has lots of experience, performs surgery, informs me well and gives me discounts. He also offers free sterilizations for street dogs until for 6 weeks. Dr. Sam already spayed Bieow and neutered Yaya charging me just a small admittance fee and I hope I can bring him some more street dogs within the next month.
My house became a refuge for several dogs, some of them stayed and some had to go back to the places where they stayed before they came to me. Bieow and her puppies settled in nicely. The puppies are striving; Bieow is gaining weight and can use her broken leg quite well. Yayas abscesses disappeared completely and he developed to a strong and healthy dog full of energy. Since a second scrape test didn’t show any parasites on Lucy’s skin I suspended the weekly Ivermectin injections. She and Aya also developed very well. Boss skinned the paw of his paralyzed leg; therefore I decided to amputate it. Boss recovered well from the surgery and is still with me. He could have already gone back to the beach staying with Alana but since City Hall is planning a roundup of all street dogs, I’ll keep him for the time being.
Some women in my neighborhood are accommodating a bunch of street dogs. For two of them I provided sterilization. Two more bitches from the parking lot have been spayed as well. Unfortunately one of the remaining dogs had puppies again. Another dog which I failed to catch before she got pregnant had her puppies in a bush area. Out of seven she had, two were taken by someone, one died and one has been adopted. The remaining three are regularly with me in order to keep them free from ticks and fleas. They are striving well. I continued the treatment of several mangy dogs and fed dogs in my neighborhood if necessary, provided dry food to residents and security guards who are looking after dogs. I picked up a TVT male dog with a huge open wound on his back side who is responding to chemo therapy well. I continued to look after the dogs in Wat Amparahm.
The market woman that I employed feeds the dogs with rice food and I feed them with dry food. I took one of the dogs with persistent skin problems to a save place in Pattaya where I provide her with medicine on a daily basis. I took several dogs and who live in bushes and grasslands for a shower and treated them against ticks and fleas. Fortunately, I found two of the dogs who disappeared last month. They had been taken by some residents. But unfortunately, a young bitch disappeared who I has been recently spayed. I hope that she just changed territory.
Summary of my January activities
I settled down in “my” new house and had already several guests there, some are still staying which are Yaya, Lucy and Aya. Boss is back to the beach where he stays with his girlfriend Alana. For a couple of days I had Jake with me. He is from Wat Amparahm. Jake had a nasty bite wound which I could treat myself. He is already back to the temple. I also had Flake with me. She stays in a parking lot and had been spayed. After her recovery I brought her back to the parking lot. As a long time guest I have now Bieow. She was hit by a car and broke her leg.
Bieow was pregnant and gave birth at my friend’s house. Since Karin is now treating several new TVT dogs of which one of them I asked her to take, she asked me to take Bieow and her six three weeks old puppies.Besides Flake, I also have Figo, Fanta and Farah sterilized. They also live in that parking lot and stayed only a few days in my house. Two more dogs, Bliss and Bessie have been sterilized. Bliss lives in a slum and Bessie at a bar. The expenses for all of these dogs were covered by donations. In Wat Amparahm I also organized the sterilization of four dogs. The expenses were also covered by a donation. All in Wat Amparahm are now sterilized, except one bitch that is pregnant and one male dog which we could not catch. I have been to clinics many times, Yaya developed abscesses, Lucy needed injections to treat demodex, Bieow needed to be treated every week and then in and out for all the sterilizations at three different clinics.
Five times a week I provide dry food for the Naklua dogs, residents and security guards got a bag of 15 kg each; I provided 60 kg rice to feed the dogs in Wat Amparahm and Tongklom; I supported Nuan, the poor woman with her cats and now another woman as well who is giving food to street dogs near my house. She is now also helping me looking after Bieow and her puppies when I’m working.
I still drive three times a week down to Wat Amparahm looking after the dogs that stay there close to the beach. This bunch of dogs is very much attached to me and we are always enjoying our walks on the beach. All in all, the January was a very satisfying month but also a bit sad because three of my dogs disappeared. I searched for them two times at the Pattaya dog camp but couldn’t find them. Fortunately I found a dog which I was not missing recently. He carried a collar with my mobile number on it. I took him back to the place where the dog catcher took him. Those dogs that might be taken away from the City Hall dog catchers and end up in that horrible camp are one of my concerns. I’m always happy to see them after a few days and worry when I don’t see them staying at their usual spots.
Short description of my work and my December activities
Currently I’m looking after more than 80 dogs in and around Pattaya. 39 of them are living in Naklua area which is the oldest part of Pattaya. I have been staying there in an apartment foralmost three years and moved recently into a traditional Thai house not far away from that apartment house. Boss, whose story has been featured on the website, is now staying with me. From the parking lot of the apartment house I also took Leila with me, a street cat who I’m looking after for almost three years.
The dogs in the Naklua are living on several sois (alleys), on a scrapyard, in a slum, in a residential area and some of them on their own at different places. I regularly provide dry food for the scrapyard dogs, the slum dogs and a couple of dogs at one of the sois. This food goes to residents or security guards at these places who are feeding the dogs with rice food as well. The other Naklua dogs are getting fed by other residents or restaurants. I go to see all of these dogs at least two, three times a week providing those with dry food who are not regularly fed by residents. The Naklua dogs are pretty well fed and except a few in fairly good health since Imonitor them regularly. All except two female dogs have been already spayed. The two unsprayed ones I couldn’t catch yet despite several attempts but they are the next on my list. Several of the male dogs are neutered as well. However, I discovered recently four more dogs, two males and two females. They are not sterilized as far as I know and two of them are mangy, so I started treating them as well.
There are dogs on several different places in the Naklua area that I’m treating for demodex mange. This is an on-going treatment since demodex is very difficult to cure. Actually, I can only try keeping this kind of mange at bay. At Pattaya Bazaar, where my working place is, I’m looking after 7 adult dogs and two puppies. Three females are spayed and one male dog is neutered. I managed to spay the remaining fourth female just recently after several unsuccessful attempts. The two puppies are staying with their mother. This dog was successful treated for TVT and is now spayed as well. I’m currently trying to find new homes for the puppies. Two puppies from that place have already been adopted recently. All dogs are daily fed with dry food in the morning and rice food in the evening. The
rice food is distributed by Wan, a dedicated dog lover from Myanmar whom I work together with for more than two years.
At three days a week I go to see dogs in a Buddhist temple located 20 km outside of Pattaya. Currently I’m looking there after 21 dogs. They are all rescue dogs from different places in Pattaya where they have been chased away. The abbot of the temple was so kind to offer me a part of the temple which borders directly to the beach. I know some of these dogs for more than three years, a few of them I raised since they were born. For more than a year I fed the dogs only with dry food since they were not fed by the temple. Two months ago I found a market woman who is now feeding the dogs four days a week with rice food. All dogs are well fed and in fairly good condition. They are all spayed or neutered. I also provide food and monitor three female dogs in a village near Pattaya. One of these dogs recovered fully from mange and the second one from TVT. All three dogs are now spayed as well. Finally, there are 12 dogs in South Pattaya which are looked after by security guards. I provide dry food for them and I’m regularly treating two of them for demodex mange. All female dogs are spayed.
Besides my daily routine I got two female dogs and six female cats spayed this month. Five of these cats belong to an old woman who is looking after about 20 cats in her house. This woman goes out every night to feed cats and dogs in the Naklua area. She has very little money and therefore I support her. The sixth cat I found near the house I moved in recently. One of the spayed dogs is the dog from Pattaya Bazaar and the other one I am treating for demodex mange. After some sort of recovery she became in heat. Therefore urgent action was necessary.
Bieow, one of the dogs Wan is looking after at another place was hit by a car two weeks ago. Bieow suffered a fracture to her left hind leg and is now in foster care. She received another two treatments recently. Her treatment has to be continued for a couple of weeks. Bieow is pregnant. Right now we don’t know what to do with her after have giving birth. Yaya, one of other three Pattaya Bazaar puppies ate some toxic substance and suffered kidney damage. He was admitted for a couple of days receiving intensive treatment and is now staying with me at my house. Yaya is recovering but requires ongoing treatment against blood parasites. Lucy, another puppy from Pattaya Bazaar developed a huge abscess at her right front leg. She needed daily care at a clinic but recovered well. Since Yaya and Lucy require daily care I took them with me together with her remaining sibling Aya.
My monthly personal expenses are 18,000 Baht on average. The rest of the expenses are covered by donations which I receive on a non-regular basis. In the year 2014 my whole expenses were 415,000 Baht which is about 15,500 AUD. 200,000 Baht of these expenses have been covered by donations.
Derek and Cindy were so kind to include this info page into K9Aid website to help me getting donations on a more regular basis. Starting with this description of my work I’ll provide a monthly record of my activities. I hope I can hereby motivate you to support my daily work mitigating the plight of Pattaya’s street dogs on a more regular basis. Every single donation will be greatly appreciated and put to good use. At request I would be happy to provide a record of my expenses including copies of receipts.
For the ones of you who can read German, here is the link to my blog in which I describe my daily activities in detail: http://falko-duwe.blogspot.com. If you wish to take a more detailed look at expenses and donations please go to http://falko-duwe.blogspot.com/p/test.html.
Thank you for now!