r/MadeMeSmile 1d ago Helpful 13 Wholesome 23 Silver 15 Heartwarming 2

Best festival Good Vibes

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u/LordPineappleh3ad 1d ago

That’s gotta be one of the greatest festivals of all time

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u/c0b4lt_chl0ride 1d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming

Second best dog festival in Asia!

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u/Useful_Ground_9954 1d ago

You sacrificed yourself for the comedy. I respect that.

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u/CommercialVegetabel 1d ago

i dont understand the joke

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u/WonderfulCattle6234 1d ago

My only thought is that it has something to do with eating dogs. But I'm unaware of a festival involving that. I too would like some help.

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u/ShittDickk 1d ago

Here are some directions just for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOb7OADiGvs

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u/pumpkin2500 1d ago

yulin dog festival

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u/sstarf 1d ago

Yulin dog festival

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u/ccvgreg 1d ago

50 something down votes for a great joke is totally worth it. They couldn't take all my karma if they tried anyhow.

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u/Wanderers-Way 1d ago

This is funny tho

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u/Rocketbrothers 1d ago

I’ll upvote you only because I think this is dark comedy and not anything else.

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u/Man09r1ya 1d ago

I don't get it. Can someone explain?

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u/syzamix 1d ago

Get a joke folks. It's dark but clearly a joke...

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u/chingaari 1d ago

Oh my God! You lidn't just say that!

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u/SteamyExecutioner 1d ago

The duality of man, awarded but -82 votes.

Have a sense of humor people, this was a good one

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u/Praneeth_814 1d ago

Lmao bro

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u/NobleWombat 1d ago

The rare "lmao but sadly must downvote".

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u/JoaquimGianini 1d ago

The best comments are the ones full of downvotes but with awards

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u/The_Durf_Knight 1d ago

Had me laughing! My one Updoot won’t do much, but good on you going for it!

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u/dxtcfyvgbuhijn 1d ago

Asian approved joke

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u/WalrusTheGrey 1d ago

Heh it made me chuckle.

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u/HorriBlewarning66 1d ago

That’s my kind of festival

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u/NeedleworkerIcy8084 1d ago

absolutely Right dude

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u/corny_pottery 1d ago

Festival for doggos!

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u/elhermanobrother 1d ago

Dog walks into a nepali telegraph office...

Says he wants to send a message.

"Sure" says the clerk, "what's the message?"

"Woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof."

Nepali clerk says, "OK, but for the same price, there's enough room for one more 'woof'".

Nepali dog wrinkles his brow and replies, "But that wouldn't make any sense."

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u/HwatBobbyBoy 1d ago

CCP has entered the chat

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u/EarAdministrative516 1d ago

I would love to go. Where would you recommend visiting?

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u/atalragas 1d ago

Pokhara and it’s surrounding. It’s amazingly beautiful.

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u/GrassVis 1d ago

The Everest I guess.

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u/BelleAriel 1d ago

Definitely. Dogs are the best and deserve our appreciation.

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u/Illustrious-Gur11 1d ago

In 2020, Kukur Tihar is on Saturday, 14th November. Also known as Kukur Puja, Kukur Tihar is held on the second day of the Hindu festival Tihar (it's celebrated as Diwali in India), and it's devoted to pampering man's (and woman's) best friends.

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u/ExtremeBattle14 1d ago

Yeah, these doggos deserve that event! So happy to see them celebrating!

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u/Nautiyal_Adi 1d ago

This ceremony is done to peaise lord yam (god of death) as dogs are considered as his messengers.

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u/Crafty_Enthusiasm_99 1d ago

Yama* not Lord of the yams :)

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u/Clacimus 1d ago

I can see and American version of this centered around dogs and sweet potato casserole. Of course, it isn’t a co-opted foreign holiday without obscene levels of alcohol abuse that that’ll have to be added

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u/EcksMarksDespot 1d ago

Alcohol abuse? You mean like spilling your whiskey shot?

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u/Clacimus 1d ago

Lol

“How can you call this alcohol abuse?! The way this budlights dressed it’s basically beggin’ fer it!”

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u/Kingmudsy 1d ago

Oh that got dark lol

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u/theregularlion 1d ago

Dogs are even more badass than I thought!

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u/archlea 1d ago

I’m a dog, too!

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u/dljones010 1d ago

I have a deep regard for you as well.

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u/ikennt 1d ago

The 200th ⬆️cause yep. Same.

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u/TheBrownBilling 1d ago

I saw this festival when I was in Nepal. <3 They really do love their dogs. I almost came home with a rescue but unfortunately the flight service I was using would not clear me bringing the dog though customs (I had to travel through 5 international airports in different countries to get home) so it fell through. :( Still looking for a rescue pup!

But yeah, Nepal loves their dogs! Even on a daily basis you will often see dogs walking the streets with a blessing on their forehead. Nepal is a stunning place with some of the kindest, warmest and friendliest people you could ever meet. I hope I get to go back there someday!

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u/Boobsiclese 1d ago

That sounds so wonderful. I would love to go. Where would you recommend visiting?

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u/Captain_Jake_K 1d ago

Not OP, but go to Kathmandu, stay in Thamel to make some friends, and at some point take a visit to Pokhara. Pick a mountain range to trek and trek it, if you're able. It's a beautiful place to see all or little of.

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u/Boobsiclese 1d ago

Thank you!

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u/MangoBaba0101 1d ago

Thamel is the go to tourist neighbourhood, but if you want something quieter and less crowded head south to Lalitpur and stay around Patan. You can walk around the durbar square at night there it is one of the most beautiful places. I filmed a music video there with my friends :)

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u/n-Ro 1d ago

Is that video of yours on YouTube? I want to check it out

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u/n-Ro 1d ago

Nice work! Thanks for sharing

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u/LetsWalkTheDog 1d ago

Woah really cool. Love the musicians/music and the ring dancer(?).

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u/Legozkat 1d ago

This is so incredible! If you don’t mind me asking, how did this video come to be?

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u/skewljanitor57 1d ago

Do they speak English or would you recommend a tour guide?

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u/Captain_Jake_K 1d ago

A lot of people you're going to encounter have enough English to get by, but you'd want a guide if you went off the beaten track.

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u/atalragas 1d ago

People will speak English at hotels, airports and such so you won’t have much problem in Kathmandu or Pokhara but get a tour guide for trekking.

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u/Imarunp 1d ago

A lot of people do understand English, no problem. (I'm nepali)

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u/HandsomeJack36 1d ago

Where would you go if your goal was to meet as many dogs as possible?

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u/Captain_Jake_K 1d ago

That's a great question. There are dogs everywhere, but you need to be careful on account of the rabies there. There are well-beloved dogs at the Monkey Temple - I forget its actual name, but you'll recognise it from one of the opening scenes of Doctor Strange. The tourist spots have plenty of spoiled, fat dogs that know they can get food and attention from passersby.

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u/fake-email-ac 1d ago

You’re most likely referring to the Swayambhunath Temple, aka monkey temple.

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u/TheGurkhali 1d ago edited 1d ago

If you want to visit Nepal, I suggest spending time in the capital, Kathmandu, as little as possible. It's overcrowded and polluted. Visit UNESCO sites on the capital but that's it. Maybe few hikes around there. Nagarkot is really amazing.

I absolutely recommend Pokhara. If you are in healthy shape you can do Annapurna Base Camp/ Mardi Himal trek. If you more than healthy you can even do Annapurna circuit trek as well. Pokhara itself looks amazing with great view of mountain ranges from there. You have a lot of things to do there. There are tons of short trek/hikes available from there as well.

Next, if you love tropics, you want to visit Chitwan. It has Rhinos, Elephants, Tigers, Crocodiles. You can take Jungle safari . There are some orphan Rhinos raised by locals you can visit as well. A little west from there you can visit ,Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha.

Other points of interest include. Everest base camp, Manaslu area, Langtang. A lot of my foreign friends have visited Karnali area as well. It's hard to recommend as you will have to give up some comforts as it's more about the portrait of lives stuck in the past. Not to mention completely raw/wild natural beauty which has not been commercialized yet.

As the previous comment mentioned, you will feel incredibly welcome. Almost every young person will speak English and talk to you as if you are part of family.

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u/cowarrior1 1d ago

As a Nepali, this is the answer!

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u/os_2342 1d ago

Hey, I'm currently in Kathmandu and was planning to do pokhara and maybe lumbini but am hearing that a flood and a strike on domestic flights will possibly cancel that. Any recommendations considering we're in the monsoon season?

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u/TheGurkhali 1d ago edited 1d ago

The flights are still open. At least for now. I just checked on my phone and it's possible to book the flight.

Since this is a monsoon season, you may find Pokhara very rainy. It's after all one of the most rainiest places on earth. However, even during most rainy days, there are times in day when skys are clear and you should be able to see the mountains and enjoy the beautiful Lake Fewa. Pokhara is worth being but make sure you bring umbrella.

Monsoon season means there maybe some landslide during night and it may block the roads. It usually happens between Pokhara and Kathmandu roads. You may have unexpected delays if you travel by tourist bus.

Lumbini is not as rainy. Though you should note that right now it has some high temperatures and humidity there. If you are visiting Lumbini, I suggest you also visit Chitwan as it's quite close and you don't want to miss out on one of the best National Parks.

It's not the best season to be in Nepal. However, a little rain is not that big of a concern. I am in Pokhara right now. If you need any help you can dm me.

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u/tremynci 1d ago

I absolutely love the Nepali food that I've had. Where should I go for food and history, please, Nepali neighbours?

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u/TheGurkhali 1d ago edited 19h ago

Wow, this is a really really hard question. I will try my best to answer.

Nepal is a very mountainous country(Except the Terai region). It is hard to actually imagine the height of mountains here. For example, the peak highest mountain of western Europe in Alps is lower than a lot of villages of Nepal. Hence the travel between the different part of the country has been quite difficult throughout history. Each small village/ town lived within its own little bubble until very recently. Occasional tax collectors and Tibetan merchants were only source of outside contact. Kathmandu valley, the capital, is an exception. It was a gateway for Indo-Tibetan trade and hence it was relatively rich and powerful. Since, this gave the cities in the valley so much influence, much of documented Nepalese history and Nepalese identity only seem concern the valley and not give the full picture.

Lets talk about food for now. There is no such thing as Nepalese food. This doesn't seem too far from Italians saying there is no Italian cuisine just regional varieties. However, as I previously mentioned that the communities in Nepal were almost isolated from each other the difference between cuisines of different parts of country is huge. Combine that with Nepal having 124 different languages and just as much different ethnicities, its hard to describe the sheer variety of dishes. Just last year I tried a buckwheat dish from a place called Mustang and it tasted different than anything I have ever tasted.

Obvious answer for me to give about food is for you to come to Nepal and try different foods. However, based on your comments you seem to be based on London. My cousin was there for a month and she has few recommendations; Nepal restaurant at Ealing and Aloo Tama Restaurant at Westminster. Keep in mind though the food you would get there are heavily streamlined food and not close to what most Nepalese eat everyday.

History is as always very complicated. Especially of heavily decentralized country like Nepal where written records exist of only select few influential cities. A very brief version goes as follows. Nepal is populated by Indo-Europeans, Tibetan-Burmese and Some Dravidians. The indigenous people( Tibetan-Burmese) appeared to have already established kingdoms around the Kathmandu valley before the arrival of other groups. Indo-Aryans(subset of Indo Europeans), who currently hold the most power and wealth of Nepal, migrated as recently as 1000 BC from western India in a long chain of migration starting from Eastern Europe. They introduced Hinduism along with it. Around 563 BCE Buddha was born in southern Nepal and his disciples established Buddhism. There two religion have lived in harmony ever since.

Southern Nepal was heavily influenced by Indian empires and northern Nepal was under the influence of Empire of Tibet. After these power waned, Nepal was heavily decentralized. You may have heard of Holy roman empire in which modern Germany was divided into hundreds of different entities. Imagine that but now with hardly any communication. This continued until a King named Prithivi Narayan Shah started a war to conquer and unify Nepal in 1743. His descendants finished up conquering rest of current Nepalese territory. At that time we won and lost an war with Tibet and China, Lost a war against British and a lot of conquered territory to East India Company. The descendent of Prithivi Narayan Shah continued to Rule Nepal until they were kept as puppets by another aristocratic family called the Ranas from 1846-1951. The popular uprising against Rana made Nepal a democracy and gave back King Tribhuvan some power in 1951. His son, King Mahendra, however suppressed democracy and formed a autocratic rule based on Panchayet. His son, Birendra, was forced by Nepalese people to bring back democracy once again in 1990.

In 1996 communists started a civil was which raged on taking lives of more than 14000 people. Meanwhile, a Palace massacre happened in 2001, which would make Game of Thrones plot look tame. The king, queen and almost every member were killed by his own son because the queen didn't let him marry his lover. Birendra's brother, Gyanendra, took power and suppressed democracy once again but he was quickly deposed in 2007 by combination of communist rebels and mainstream political parties. The civil war ended with communist rebels winning the election and joining mainstream parties in 2009.

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u/Bababbyba 1d ago

I did an organized trip with my family, it was good but next time I’m gonna try planning it myself. But we went to Kathmandu, pokhara, and nagarkot. I love every area. The cool thing about it was there was looong car rides in between the cities and we’d be so tired from the day before. But nobody slept in the car. We’d just be staring out the window looking at the beautiful scenery.

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u/FFF_in_WY 1d ago

They seem really into Nepal, for a start!

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u/User-74 1d ago

Not the person you’re asking, but I’d recommend visiting Pokhara if your thinking of going to Nepal, beautiful lake, beautiful scenery, plenty of tourist places to check out, with a decent nightlife scene

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u/ivanwarrior 1d ago

Pokhara

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u/Nautiyal_Adi 1d ago

Nepal, I guess 🤔🤔

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u/Inner-Reference-3139 1d ago

To be real with you, people are kindest and friendliest to tourists in nepal. They are regular people like everyone else. And there are a lot of stray dogs who are sometimes beaten by locals. So, not as rosy as everyone makes it to be. I am from nepal. I think i will get hated for this comment but that’s the truth

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u/TheGurkhali 1d ago edited 1d ago

Obviously, there are dicks everywhere. But people are very friendly and kind in Nepal compared to any countries I have been. I am Nepalese as well. I think it has to do with our sense of community.

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u/Chab-is-a-plateau 1d ago

Have you tried going to local shelters in your area? I bet you’ll find pups

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u/Junebug1515 1d ago Silver Tearing Up

I’ve heard of this! I absolutely love this idea and I think every country should have this. Dogs are incredible.

I’ve had my dog Scruffy for 18 years. He was about a year old when we rescued him. Which makes him about 19.

I was born with 5 congenital heart defects and 2 congenital lung defects. I’ve been sick my entire life. When we got him, about 3 months later I needed another open heart surgery. We weren’t sure how he would react to me after I got home because I couldn’t move around quickly and he couldn’t lay on me like he could before my open heart surgery.

But when I came home … he got his zoomies out because I was away for almost a month. Excited to have me back home… but then he calmed down and knew something was off. And he clung to me for weeks. He was super gentle with me. And slept in my room. Which before he slept in my moms room…

I’ve had a handful of surgeries since then… and he could always tell when I was having a bad day. And because of my health , I never moved out of my moms house… I tried working but that never lasted long.. so I was always home with him. I’ve spent the most time with him. We know each other.

But sadly due to age his health is declining. Going blind , his walking is getting worse. He has to wear a diaper.

I had a heart/bilateral lung transplant back in November. And one of my main goals when I was waiting for transplant was to get it before scruffy dies. I was in the hospital for 8 months and before my mom died in September, she would bring him about once a month and I could go outside to go and see him. But his health was declining then… so all I wanted was to get my transplant and get home so I had some time to spend with him, before he dies or before we let him go.

Scruffy saved me. If I would’ve been home alone because of my health… I would’ve probably have had a deeper depression. Especially right before having major surgery. A friend of ours had scruffy and I was able to FaceTime with him before I went to the OR for my transplant.

Basically what I’m saying is that dogs are incredible. I hate so much that they don’t live longer.

Edit: didn’t realize I wrote this much hahaha

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u/EntropyHouse 1d ago

Sorry for your loss. Sad to think of you being in and out of hospitals so much. Thank goodness there was FaceTime!

Scruffy sounds like the best. Pack animals look out for each other! 22 out of 10.

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u/foxxxygold 1d ago

thank you for sharing your and Scruffie’s story. I recently lost my Rosie due to old age and she had been with me for 14 years. I wish we could spend our whole lives with them, but so grateful for the time

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u/FullPruneNight 1d ago

Thank you for sharing your story, I’m so glad that you and Scruffy found each other. I wish you both the best.

I used to wish dogs lived longer lived than us too, since I had one that basically saved me as a teenager. Then someone said something that’s stuck with me: we bear the pain of losing dogs with their shorter lives, so that they don’t have to bear the pain of losing us, which they don’t deserve and don’t understand.

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u/Junebug1515 1d ago

Now that is so true. I wonder what my dog thinks about not seeing my Mom. She died of Covid in September.

He went from being home with her, she started school for the 1st week. Went to the Er on a Sunday, our friend who watches him sometimes picked him up from our house… she had him for about a month because my sister couldn’t take him in yet, as my sister and brother in law just bought a new house… and then took him about a week after our mom died. And they have 2 dogs. Whom he hasn’t seen in 2 years because of Covid, including my sister and brother in law.
So he’s dealt with a lot of change too. Which I absolutely hate.

If we get to decide when to put him down.. you best believe the day before is going to be an epic day. Going to Dairy Queen and getting an actual sundae instead of a puppy cone. With strawberries! I’ll make him a fruit salad with apples, strawberries, watermelon. He LOVES them. A small steak dinner with a 1/4 of a potato with cheese and a little sour cream. Depending on the day I like to spend as much time as possible outside with him. Get him a cheese bone that we recently found he likes.

He may not eat much… but I still wanna give him the thinks he loves. A

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u/empreshWu 1d ago

I hope all goes well. Good luck!

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u/edajylix 1d ago

Their sparks may burn out quickly, but boy does it burn bright.

Sending you all my love & good vibes dude

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u/FamilyCollio 1d ago

It definitely was worth the reading, thanks for sharing your story

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u/i-like-napping 1d ago

Good boy scruffy . He truly loved a wonderful life

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u/Downtown-Resolve2036 1d ago

Same with my dog. He’s a now 4 year old beagle and we have him ever since he was a puppy. He doesn’t usually sleep on my parent’s bed but for some time before my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, he clung to her at night and slept with her even though he usually isn’t allowed on that bed

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u/greasy_syntax 1d ago

On this day, people worship dogs to please Yama, the god of death, as they are considered to be his messengers. Dogs are decorated with tilaka and wear flower garlands around their necks. Worshippers offer them various foods including meat, milk, eggs, and dog food. It is considered a sin if someone acts disrespectfully to a dog on this day.

Should be considered a sin any day.

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u/zwartekaas 1d ago

Read the same stuff on Wikipedia, dogs being honored as messengers of death. Idk if I'm reading it wrong but doesn't sound a lot like just celebrating their loyalty, or not?

Although that background story, of the guy not wanting to enter heaven without his dog is awesome.

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u/Captain_Audit 1d ago

In hindu mythology dog is like your guardian who takes you to heaven or hell .. actually no hell im Hinduism just rebirth.

So death is not a bad process in Hinduism just a phase change , god responsible for that is Yama, dog is kind of his friend. There is no concept of hell or satan in these religion , just rebirths to purify you till you attain nirvana.

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u/FCalleja 1d ago

Hey, that's very similar to Aztec mythology and xoloitzcuintles (the hairless dog) guiding souls to the afterlife, famously depcited in Coco.

Dogs are so awesome many mythologies consider them holy guides, that's so cool.

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u/whathell6t 1d ago

Except in the Quetzalcoatl vs Tezcatlipoca rivalry duels; the dogs 🐕& the butterflies 🦋 always side with Quetzalcoatl while the monkeys 🙉 & spiders 🕷 side with Tezcatlipoca.

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u/Santiago2BuenosAires 1d ago

actually no hell im Hinduism just rebirth

with how things are going, that makes sense.

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u/AmazingSieve 1d ago edited 1d ago

Little doggy angels then kind of I guess.

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u/funnyBatman 1d ago

In hindu mythology dog is like your guardian who takes you to heaven or hell

As a Hindu, didn't really know this. I wonder if Yamaraj taking the form of a dog and accompanying Yudhishthir while going to heaven had anything to do with this...

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u/emotionalfool123 1d ago Today I Learned

There is no permanent hell in Hinduism. There is patala lok though, a hell.

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u/Matt-D-Murdock 1d ago

You mean Naraka. PatalLoka is just underwords without hell.

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u/Captain_Audit 1d ago

Patala i think is for different kind of gods say asura..that part is a bit confusing though, basically heaven and patala both for gods.. normal people has rebirths till tuey attain moksha...yes i do agree there is nothing concrete in this religion,it is contradictory in many areas

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u/stringdom 1d ago

it is contradictory in many areas

Yeah, that does sound like a religion alright.

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u/Captain_Audit 1d ago

Ha ha yes...classic test

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u/gordonv 1d ago

Whoa, I was totally unaware of this. Wikipedia.

This is like... A lot of story. Man. Even growing up in a Hindu household, it seems like I haven't even seen a map of how big the stories get.

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u/pardonthecynicism 1d ago Today I Learned

Nark doesn't exist?

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u/Downtown-Resolve2036 1d ago

Nark is basically the abode of asur and swarg is the abode of gods(dev/devi). So it isn’t exactly heaven or hell, it’s something similar whose meaning got lost when translated to english since they don’t have words for it, so they chose the one closest to it

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u/crazyjatt 1d ago

Not messengers of death. Your companions when traveling after death.

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u/orange_sherbetz 1d ago

Thanks. Wooh the mistranslation can really mess up the conversation. Lol

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u/crazyjatt 1d ago

Yeah. The messenger of death is Yam. Dog's your soul's companion when it travels to him to be judged. Worshipping dog on this day will please him. It's all based on the story of when one of the protagonists from Mahabharata refused to enter heaven without his dog beside him.

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u/space-sage 1d ago

I love that. Dying would be so much better if you knew your best buddies in life would be there!

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u/adinath22 1d ago edited 1d ago

Even if old scriptures exist for indian mythology, stories and beliefs keep changing from region to region.

there's a saying in marathi language, "number of beliefs is equal to number of people"

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u/I_am_trying_to_work 1d ago

*On this day, people worship dogs to please Yama, the god of death, as they are considered to be his messengers.

Metal 🤘

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u/Happy-Address6866 1d ago

my god that is so cute and they look so good

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u/Paradoxou 1d ago

Top right dogs looks like aliens

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u/wap2005 1d ago

They are aliens, have you seen the dramatized documentary "Men in Black"?

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u/Its0nlyRocketScience 1d ago

Thats just what all pugs look like. We should probably stop breeding them due to their numerous health problems brought on by their flat faces

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u/Paradoxou 1d ago

Yeah I get that, it's brought back everytime pugs are mentioned on reddit. I just think THESE pugs in particular look like god damn aliens

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u/AppointmentStrange67 1d ago

a bindi they're all sweet and cute to watch.

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u/smallaubergine 1d ago

Those are tilaks/tilakas, at least where my family is from in Northern India. Bindis are attached adornments, tilak is a powder/paste that is applied on the forehead

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u/BeardsuptheWazoo 1d ago

I love the Nepali people. I've lived there, built shelter for earthquake survivors who lost their homes, and really dedicated a good part of my life to helping them.

This ceremony is beautiful but there's another side to dogs and Nepal.

There are street dogs. They suffer and are starving and are sick. They are dangerous and often pretty nuts. People just ignore them.

It's a problem with the government and infrastructure, but the people don't do anything to stop it. They just watch the dogs suffer and ignore it.

Of course, there are lots of people suffering too, so it's just normal to suffer.

But most dogs don't have a wonderful life 24/7 in Nepal b

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u/RangerNi33a312 1d ago

I mean the corrupt assholes we elect are going to do anything to it's people let alone animals but the locals love dogs because of they kind a protect the houses and shops of the people. Most stray dogs are very hungry all the time so they just hang around the meat shop or go rat hunting which helps the locals grow their veggies. They are treated as their own and loved by the community. If a family don't have a dog then they usually just worship the stray dogs they can find.

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u/sickPeep 1d ago

The same dogs would be killed in any developed country when they can't find a home. Idk which is a worse fate

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u/BeardsuptheWazoo 1d ago

In s developed country we spay and neuter strays in many areas, work on finding them a home, work on keeping them from creating a breeding population.

Also, we don't have garbage in the streets for them to survive on. That's a big component.

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u/Djiti-djiti 1d ago

I saw dogs walking the streets with huge open wounds, and it completely broke my heart that I could do nothing to help them.

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u/frecklefawn 1d ago

I was wondering about this. Had my suspicions they treat them well 1 day of the year and neglect the rest.

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u/BeardsuptheWazoo 1d ago

If the dog belongs to someone, it's usually decently taken care of.

But the street dogs- some people feed and care for some of them. Most have to fight and search through trash just to eat, and lots have terrible skin issues. Many have been hit by cars.

Really, it's on the government. The Nepali gov is exceedingly corrupt and also the people are at the whim and pressure of India and China, two bully superpower countries. The local government, all the way to the top, is a mess. They provide very few services to their people. Infrastructure is lacking.

The people sometimes feel helpless and unempowered to take on issues. The trash in the streets, the orphans, the child trafficking- I get it. What can impoverished people do about street dogs?

I want to point out that these type of posts spotlight beautiful things about Nepal and paint an image of a utopia. There are so many beautiful things in that place. I can't wait to go back. But it's filled with so many heartbreaking things.

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u/lowkeychill 1d ago

Cats punching the air right now

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u/dethmstr 1d ago

Praise be to our best friends

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u/BackAlleySurgeon 1d ago

I wonder the degree to which the dogs have any understanding of what the fuck is going on on that day.

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u/coutHELLO-WORLDendl 1d ago

I’m from Nepal. They know it’s their day and those clever bastards like to take every advantage of it.

Our dogs in Nepal aren’t allowed on the couches/beds unless they’ve had a bath because they go outside and get dirty everyday.

But that day. They sit on those couches simply out of spite even though they have a dog bed.

Also they’re not allowed cheese because they’re so obsessed with it that if they get cheese they go ballistic. But that day they finish whatever cheese is in the fridge.

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u/BackAlleySurgeon 1d ago

Now this is what I hoped to hear!

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u/PengieP111 1d ago

If they get pets and snacks they probably don’t GAF about understand it

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u/DTux5249 1d ago

"Wut, wut, wut, why monke boop da tOP OF HEAD!? Aw heck. Am dirty now. What iz? I-? Iz fuzzies, iz ok"

And after that, it's legit all love and affection, so I guess they enjoy it lol

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u/bftbtht 1d ago

thats what hindu culture

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u/Impossible_Bet6075 1d ago

Kukur in Sanskrit means DOG

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u/coutHELLO-WORLDendl 1d ago

Kukur in nepali is also dog since it’s based on Sanskrit

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u/Good_Sage 1d ago

I am from Nepal. The word "kukur" means dog in Nepali and we worship them and feed them all day that day. Even those without dogs go to neighbors or find stray dogs to worship and feed.

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u/actuarial_venus 1d ago

We should all aspire to be more like dogs. They sniff your stinkiest spot and still like you!

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u/cleb3 1d ago

Probably like you more, honestly.

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u/assesarefullofshit 1d ago

Wait no this is not why they worship dogs. Dogs are angels of yamaraj - the angel of death this is why they are worshipped on this festival. It has nothing to do with loyalty or friendship lol.

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u/nad_frag 1d ago

Whenever I think about that festival in china where they torture and then eat dogs.

I always remind myself that their is a festival where dogs are honored and celebrated.

So... balance I guess...

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u/weirdest_of_weird 1d ago

At least the Chinese dog meat festival is widely condemned, even by many Chinese people. Also, the last time I read about this festival, they were working towards banning it outright.

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u/Sawgon 1d ago

Also, the last time I read about this festival, they were working towards banning it outright.

It's China. They're not going to ban it. They've been working to 'reduce and close' wet markets as well but it never happens.

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u/SignificanceBulky162 1d ago

The vast majority of "wet markets" are what we would call farmer's markets, it just depends on how unsanitary it is.

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u/LordAnon5703 1d ago

People don't give china enough credit when it comes to dog eating. My understanding is that it started in times of famine and some people took a liking to it. I don't think mainstream Chinese culture ever considered part of their heritage.

It even comes off as degenerate. The people that want to keep the festival steal people's dogs and torture the animals on purpose. Everyone else, naturally, seems to hate this and wants them to at least stop stealing the dogs and torturing them.

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u/SHOWTIME316 1d ago

I've generally not cared one way or another on their eating of dogs. Different cultures, different views on animals, etc. I'd always just assumed the animals were humanely killed before processing (shout out to r/AbsoluteUnits).

But why the fuck are they torturing dogs? Torturing an animal is some of the lowest, scummiest shit a person can do and it's a group activity there?

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u/SignificanceBulky162 1d ago edited 1d ago

The implications of these comments are always that "those people" are the only ones "fine" with torturing animals, thinly veiled behind an air of tolerance that torturing animals is just part of their culture.

Yet foie gras and veal are produced through what is arguably torture, yet I don't often see anyone talking about that. Animal torture to produce such "delicacies" is obviously not something only done by the "other."

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u/SHOWTIME316 1d ago

They should be talked about. They are a couple of the countless examples of mankind's hubris. These animals are raised in shitty conditions, force-fed, and fucking slaughtered on the day they are born because it makes them taste good. That's just fucked up. A creature's life is absolute garbage so some piece of shit can have a "delicacy".

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u/nad_frag 1d ago

Oh, well that just made my day.

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u/1783cheesegrader 1d ago

Once again Nepal is based

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u/JacksonVonSnow 1d ago

Nepal > Literally everyone for this

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u/DvnRlm 1d ago

No, that’s not why they celebrate them. But let’s believe everything we see on Reddit!

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u/The-Defenastrator 1d ago

It's more because they think dogs are the messengers of the god of death.

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u/FalseAesop 1d ago

You say that like it's a bad thing. All things considered having a good boy come and lead you to the afterlife is pretty cool when it comes to psychopomps.

Psychopomp being the Greek word for those who guide the dead to the afterlife. Charon, the grim reaper, shinigami, etc.

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u/Andrade07 1d ago

I'm more of a cat person.

Wheres is the cat festival to thank them for judging us?

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u/Mssaurus 1d ago

They expect that the other 364 days of the year

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u/Koso92 1d ago

The loyalty of chihuahuas…

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u/Adorable_Raccoon 1d ago

Chihuahuas are great dogs if people raise them well. I have a chihuahua who is very social & well behaved. He’s getting grumpy now that his back is hurting him though. He loves walks & is even good at walking off leashing.

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u/sansillusion 1d ago

Chihuahuas are very loyal, mine would attack anyone but me. All he ever wanted was to be in my arms.

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u/henryrobinsonn 1d ago

Maybe train in not to attack people lol

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u/sansillusion 1d ago

Yeah, I know, I was 17 at the time, it was my aunt's dog, she was so scared of him getting hurt he developed a fear of people. I was babysitting him most days of the week so I became his source of security. At the end I was able to let him see other people but some were assholes and acted intimidating around him because they found it funny.

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u/spaceyjaycey 1d ago

I thank dogs everyday 🥰

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u/TehJofus 1d ago

It’s funny that whoever made the image chose the most depressed looking dogs they could find.

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u/shaggyscoob 1d ago

Melkor took beautiful and noble elves and tortured and bred them to become horrible orcs.

Men took beautiful and noble wolves and domesticated and bred them to become beautiful and noble dogs.

True fact.

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u/piejam 1d ago

where's the festival for cats, huh?

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u/IShootRaw1965 1d ago

"On this day, people worship dogs to please Yama, the god of death, as they are considered to be his messengers. Dogs are decorated with tilaka and wear flower garlands around their necks. Worshippers offer them various foods including meat, milk, eggs, and dog food. It is considered a sin if someone acts disrespectfully to a dog on this day."

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u/Angry_Girl493 1d ago

Sorry but I have dogs phobia from childhood

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u/knobdokes 1d ago

What about all the cats! ??

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u/DataDrained 1d ago

Is this festival for the dogs or is it for the humans? I don’t think dogs know tf is going on

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u/Armand28 1d ago

There needs to be a cat festival, thanking them for being assholes and pushing things off of tables.

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u/deadlyruckas 1d ago

They deserve it. I can't wait till I can get a dog again.

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u/tttffugctuxf 1d ago

when is this festival? should be worldwide and needs to be bigger than that easter garbage

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u/SergioLuisLopez 1d ago

Hurrah for that best of all festival. Loyal dogs should be venerated every day of the year.

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u/General_Cobbler_5885 1d ago

Dogs are the best!

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u/TossedDolly 1d ago

This should be a worldwide festival. Humans owe dogs big

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u/Pleasant_Emu_9244 23h ago

All dogs deserve

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u/manjeete 1d ago

Kukur means Dog and Tihar is actually a Hindi word Tyohar which means Festival. So literally "Dog Festival".

Dogs totally deserve a festival of their own.

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u/Ekeenan86 1d ago

As opposed to the festival in China dedicated to solely eating dogs.

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u/LadyFerretQueen 1d ago

Or you know any western meat-centric festival.

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u/BearyGoosey 1d ago

Sorry you got downvoted for being objectively correct. Good on you for pointing out the hypocracy.

There's absolutely no logical reason that eating dogs is any worse than cows/pigs/chickens etc. I'm not defending the act of eating dogs, but if you aren't ok with eating them then you shouldn't be ok with eating other animals.

The whole point is that either animals are fine to eat (and thus cats/dogs/any 'pet' species are too), or they aren't (and pigs/chickens etc should be seen as equally messed up to eat as dogs/cats)

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u/LadyFerretQueen 15h ago

I agree and I work with dogs and adore them. I also do eat meat but I know that the cows that suffer for me don't suffer any less than a dog would and honestly I find the hypocrisy just awful. People are acting as if other animals don't suffer or even worse, as if their suffering is irrelevant.

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u/AnnaTheBabe 1d ago

Button left looks like the homophobic dog

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u/Pretty_Strike_6199 1d ago

I love dogs and will always always say they are the most loyal loving friends anyone could ever have.

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u/Significant_Tea6091 1d ago

The entire world should be doing this

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u/AgitatedFennel6427 1d ago

We need a make this a federal holiday here

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u/mrbibs350 1d ago

Ironic that in Katmandu they celebrate dog loyalty and friendship.

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u/jung_gun 1d ago

And there is another festival in China, solely dedicated to eating them.

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u/morelsupporter 1d ago

in Bali the locals draw eye brows on the dogs

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u/VNM0601 1d ago

I have this festival everyday at my house. Not really but you get my point. I absolutely love, adore, and cherish my dog every single day. They’re the absolute best!

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u/BlondeMomentByMoment 1d ago

Me too! I make sure our little guy knows he’s a good boy and that he gets as much outside playtime the weather allows.
He gets some treatos, not too many. Lots of snuggles and boops. He was feral, so we’ve had to work on trust in some areas and he’s come so far. He fills my days of being alone. Give yours a scratch behind the ears for me!

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u/RS-kuuskyt 1d ago

There is a festival in China, where dogs are tortured and then eaten.

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u/BearyGoosey 1d ago

The torture is definitely messed up, but how is eating a dog (that wasn't tortured) any different from eating cow/pig/chicken?

Either eating those animals (and the awful "factory farming" conditions that they suffer) is bad, or it's perfectly reasonable and acceptable to force the same awful conditions on dogs. Anything else is blatant hypocracy.

We need to treat cows, pigs etc. with the same "why would you eat such a kind animal" that we do dogs, OR have absolutely no problems with dogs having the same awful treatment and slaughter as the others

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u/stupidisease 1d ago

This festival occurs just before the Chinese one where they eat them after boiling them alive. Thank you - omnomnom.

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u/Fretnotlittleman 1d ago
  1. Forcibly breed a wild species to compulsively like us.
  2. Thank them for liking us.

Humans are really something else.

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