Volunteering at Care for Dogs shelter in Chiang Mai - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

It’s been more than a week since we took our first step into volunteering and spent four great days with the adorable rogues & cute fuzzy friends that come in-and-out of the Care For Dogs shelter located just out of Chiang Mai, Thailand. So what gives with the total lack of internet chattering on our Facebook & Twitter, etc? Well, allow us to explain…

Volunteering at the dog shelter Care for dogs in Chiang Mai - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

One Day Recovery

It was Sunday morning and we’re arriving back into Chiang Mai from the shelter to decide where to go from there. Back to guest house, unpack, netbook out & write-interact-rewrite.

Before embarking on any of our homework of backing up pictures, going over emails and correspondence & catching up with all of you beautiful people; Franca took at moment to fill out an application for yet another opportunity care of our new idols friends, Mindful Wanderlust (don’t tell them we said that).

A few hours later, a response back & we’re welcome to start the day after next, Tuesday.

We couldn’t have been happier.

Dale volunteering at Elephant Nature Park dog shelter, Chiang - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

You see, we’d applied & been accepted to volunteer for a week (with a option for a second) at another shelter for dogs no less than a half an hour’s drive out of where we be catching up with the world in Chiang Mai.

As I type this now we’ve a rare few minutes of WiFi time to let you all know that we’re still alive and – hate us as I would in your shoes – having the greatest time with some incredible kiss & lick giving puppies with an abundance of adorable adults that we’d loving spending our time with.

But Just Where Are We exactly?

One of the dog at the shelter at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

Where Are We Now?

The answer is Elephant Nature Park Dogs.

Elephant Nature Park Dogs arose out of the call for assistance in Bangkok during the 2011 floods that brought the capital to a standstill. When the flood waters receded, those dogs lucky enough to find themselves saved were in need of new homes rather than a return to the streets most of them had been found in. Elephant Nature Park Dogs was there, and remain there helping to re-house the more than 230 rescued dogs from the streets together with a further 100 thankfully saved from the illegal dog meat trade, whilst also providing the care, spraying & neutering required for all.

Another dog at the shelter at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

After completion of our first week, there’s just so much to tell you all about, so much to share. We’ve more pictures that we can count with many more on the way. Stories of strays & rescued dogs and tales of dog meat trade survivors.

Dale whilst volunteering at Elephant Nature Park dog shelter, Chiang Mai - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

As soon as we can we’ll type up & share with you our goings on, but be prepared for just the shortest wait as our volunteering eventually and sadfully comes to an end; we promise it won’t disappoint.

Oh, and as an added bonus to the help we can give, the walks, cuddles & care that we’re exceedingly happy to provide; this is the view from our window…

Dogs Volunteers accommodation at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

…and this is the view from where I’m typing to you now.

Taking a break from volunteering at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai - UPDATE - The Soft Silent Type *woof*

But amazing as these elephants are, we’re keen as hell to get straight back to the shelter any minute now & take the next batch of four-legged friends on a adventurous roam.

– Dale, Franca & all the pups