Dogs in China
This past weekend was National Day in China, which starts on October 1st every year. To celebrate, I headed back with my girlfriend to her hometown. For the most part it was a decent time. There isn’t much to do there (although they do have the world’s largest collection of dinosaur eggs), so besides sitting around and listen to her relatives talk back and forth in one kind of Hakka (a Chinese “dialect”, read: language), we headed up to her father’s hometown, which is definitely rural China. There I saw something I wasn’t expecting, even in China.
Eating Baby Poop
The house belonged to my girlfriend’s uncle (her father’s brother, and the house was on the same plot where they both grew up), who raises lots of dogs. Maybe dogs in China are different than dogs back home (see Dogs Peeing on Cars in China), and maybe this would happen just as easily in rural America as it did in rural China, but what I saw was priceless. A baby, probably about one and a half years old, stood up and pooped through one her pant legs on the floor. Then one of the puppies in the house immediately ran over, scooped up the poop, and made a getaway (he had to contend with the other five puppies that might want the poop).
Needless to say, we all thought it was pretty funny, but it was also a little mortifying. I guess some things are hard to get used to no matter how long you have been in China, and perhaps dogs are different in China (I know any dogs I have had would be way too picky to do something like this). Whatever the case may be, I don’t think I will forget this incident any time soon.