Thursday was the second day of the festival of Tihar (Nepal's version of Diwali). The Nepali honour dogs with garlands, food, and special attention on this day.
The second day of Tihar marks a celebration that is called Kukur Pooja or Kukur Tihar. The forehead of dogs are marked with the Hindu powder of blessing known as the tika.
Nepal is primarily a Hindu country and the honour bestowed on dogs is in keeping with the great religious epic, The Mahabharat. Dogs are said to journey with Dharmaraj Yudhisthir to heaven and to act as guards of the underworld.
I also remember seeing dogs honoured in Kathmandu outside of the festival of Tihar. It made me happy and also made me miss the family mutts in South Africa even more.
The sleeping Chihauhau is Cindy. She visited me in my dreams last night to remind me of the pleasures of summer in Kimberley and long walks on the beaches of Saldanha. She also gave me a spiritual map to get home.
Thank God for dogs, for without them we would not even know what it means to be human.