Not long ago we were gifted a bunch of these relatively inexpensive doggy chew treats that we now hand out at all the temples that we look after. Some of the dogs love them, others spit them out because they are finnicky eaters. The other dogs clean up for the ones that don't want them but I do enjoy taking photos of the dogs who are really happy to receive them.
When we first started going to our various temple projects the dogs were friendlier than their proper street dog counterparts because they are accustomed to human interaction by virtue of living in a temple. These days it seems as though some of them have come to recognize the distinct sound of our car engine and come to greet us as soon as we arrive. I know that they must recognize the sound of our engine because at many of these temples we have to park outside of the grounds on the other side of a wall. So there is very little chance that they see us coming.
For some of the more selective eaters, we will sometimes have a bit of fried chicken for them, and this is always appreciated.
Others are less discerning and even borderline impatient as they will greet us at the car doors and can barely contain their glee as they nearly jump into the car in order to get their little snack.
This handing out of snacks serves two purposes. It gives the dogs and cats some love and gets them more accustomed to being around people and it also gives us an opportunity to get a close up look at their health and if there is a problem, perhaps we will be able to sort it out before it becomes a much bigger problem. Checking for fleas, ticks, and mange is much easier when the dog is right in front of you and pre-occupied with a snack in its mouth than it is to try to corner them for an inspection.
Even if it wasn't for the medical checkup, I would still really enjoy seeing how happy all of these dogs are to get what I consider to be the minimum amount of love and attention into their lives.
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