Pets in China

You may have heard that the Chinese eat dogs, which has been true for some and a reason I’m vegetarian and don’t visit the meat sections of markets,  but the animals we’ve seen, especially the dogs in Shànghǎi, are very pampered.

We’ve seen many dogs in outfits, but this is the first one that has colorful fur!

China is full of  surprises

Well-fed Dalmatian

Some dogs’  feet seldom touch the ground

Sometimes the dogs and their owners don’t seem to match

The dogs we saw in China all had pedigrees

Fluffy dogs of all types are now very popular in China

Lucky Dog – groomers, veterinarians, and pet shops are popular businesses in China

Dog at a “dog park”

We found this dog park near the entrance of a big Shànghǎi high-rise shopping center

As happens in all dog parks, people and dogs socialize

Shih Tzu’s are very popular–and cute

Many dogs are carried

Some are siblings

People socialize with the dogs too

Everyone mingles

Her kids

Pet me

Some dogs need more control than others.

Dogs keep company with owners

Some are used as guard dogs:

She loves her dog

Happy dog and happy owner

Not all pets are dogs.

Crickets

Turtles for sale

Bunnies for sale

Well-cared-for animals are in the parks.

Well-fed ducks

Geese and ducks are in the parks

They are well-fed and free (in some parks)

A proud owner showing off his pet bird in a Chinese park

The caged birds get to enjoy the fresh air as their owners spend time in Chinese public parks

Packing up their birds after a morning in the park

Of course, cats are popular too.  But the most unusual pet, and one that is a great idea for   any city in the world, is jelly fish!  I don’t mean the deadly ones that Will Smith used so effectively in the movie Seven Pounds, but non-stinging ones.  Jane, one of my Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University students, worked last year for a Shanghai company that provides four non-poisonous jelly fish, a tank, lights, and food for about $100.   If you’ve ever gotten to see pulsating jelly fish, you will know how beautiful and hypnotizing they can be.  Perfect pets for high rise apartment buildings and busy people, jelly fish are absolutely quiet and take little care.   So the Chinese have many kinds of pets.

A rising middle class means well-cared-for (and spoiled) pets in China 🙂 .

Zài Jiàn, Renée

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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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