Nearly every home we visited had a dog, sometimes several, who stayed close to their owners.
At Angkor Thom I spotted these dogs sleeping in the shade – they’re strays, but they were very well looked after and fed by the Buddhist monks…
And this beautiful boy.
Even their working cattle were treated as part of the family – the villagers rested on hammocks right next to their cows, who were very calm and relaxed.
It’s often said you can tell a lot about a country from the way its animals area treated. The Cambodian people have been through so much, they don’t have much, and yet they treat their animals with respect. Says it all, really. (I loved this cow, who was very happy to have her forehead rubbed.)
*This is my entry for The Gallery and the theme this week is ‘pets’.