Stray dogs are commonplace in Delhi – across all my visits, I’ve probably seen hundreds. Surprisingly, most seem quite calm, but as a precaution I never get too close, as I have no desire to visit an emergency room in a foreign country.
I spent most of today visiting a college campus, participating in student presentations and meeting with various staff and faculty. However, at one point this afternoon I found myself with about half an hour of free-time, so I wandered outside to check email.
No sooner than I settled in, the dog pictured above decided to join me. Seemingly self-conscious not to venture too close for my comfort, she sat quietly by my side until I retreated back indoors.
It pains me to see so many stray dogs wandering the streets here. The dog owner/lover in me wants to bring them all back on the plane with me and give them a better life.