One thing that I couldn't get use to during my trip to Thailand was all the stray dogs. I saw them on the streets, on the beach, in the city, and even stray cats. Not to say all pets there didn't have an owner but you could tell the sun bleached flea infested ones from the ones with owners. It was sad for me to see them all without a home but it also got me to thinking how we care for our pets versus what our pets actually need.
At the end of the day, especially for those of us who consider our pets to be another human in our families, they are animals. They have natural instincts, can think for themselves, can protect themselves, and can hunt for themselves. Of course we have bred animals to better fit OUR needs, which is also a topic that is a grey area for me to weigh in on, but animals only use to breed among themselves in a natural setting. Before this post becomes a sex and "how babies are born" dialog, I am making the point that it was sad to see these dogs without owners but at the same time kind of natural to see them on their own. As a photographer I was drawn to every single one of them and I felt it my duty to document the things I am passionate about. This trip, that would be protecting the elephants and making note of all the strays.
Here are the kind faces I ran into! Stray and ones that have a home.