Brian Cassey: The Dogs of Sai Kung
Images and Text © Brian Cassey 2012
The Chinese - and by obvious association the Hong Kongese - have long been accused of devouring 'anything that moves' including meals of our beloved canines.
However, the fishing village of Sai Kung in the New Territories of Hong Kong has embraced the dog as members of the family with a passion bordering on obsessive.
In the 1970s Hong Kong government policy was to actively dissuade the population from having too many children. It worked ... and the human birth rate in Hong Kong is now one of the World's lowest at 1.10 per woman of child bearing age (2010), far below the replacement rate of 2.1. To compensate the locals have taken to treating their pet woofers as an integral and substitute part of the family.
Sundays sees the locals parading their pooches in prams along the pretty waterfront where they join their human 'parents' for exercise and lunch at the tables in the seafood restaurants.
The town is awash with dog boutiques and even a doggy bakery where you can buy your precious pooch individual doggy pies and other fresh baked treats.
Lavish attention is paid to the grooming of the creatures and competition is fierce ... just like comparing human babies.
© Brian Cassey 2012