Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Feeding time at the shelter

Daniel, who works at the shelter daily caring for the dogs, has quite an amazing ritual when it comes to feeding. Every day, he builds a fire and cooks rice, vegetables and some sort of meat with water that is brought in (no running water at the shelter) in a large cauldron. The dogs do not bother him while he is cooking - they smell it, but seem to understand that it takes a while to prepare. Only near the end of the process when he is putting the food into different containers for the dogs do they start to surround him. Even at this point though, it is amazing how they wait their turn. The dogs KNOW which order they eat in - it is not all at once! The first couple come forward who know they are first and eat from the dishes, then the next few who know they are next come forward and eat, and so forth. The other dogs simply wait until it is their turn to eat and do not bother those eating before them. Unbelievable - I have never seen anything like it. And, in case you were wondering, yes, all 40-some dogs have names and Daniel knows them all. This is Matt, one of the co-founders of the Perros Project, helping Daniel with the meal.

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