Ki Ki was a sweetheart.
For the last 10 months:
- she kept me company during my meal times when I was eating alone
- she sat next to me quietly as I watch TV on my iPad in the hammock
- she never gets jealous when our other dog wants my attention
- she always look for my face and depending on what I do next, she would stop or come closer
- she would wait patiently for her when I give them special treats from Phnom Penh
She was such a quiet and gentle dog. Even visitors and family members say she was "sophiep" or "sloat" (both meaning gentle in Khmer).
When I came home from Phnom Penh today, I was unloading my bags in the living room. As I was turning to go back outside again, I see a car hit Ki Ki right in front of my eyes. I screamed so loudly. I don't remember ever screaming like that before. The car didn't stop. None of the neighbors out and about reacted. My host grandma saw it happened, and she couldn't get up (leg issues) so she yelled for her son, my host dad. He came out to drag Ki Ki by her legs and put her next to the gate. As he picked her up, he confirmed that she was dead. He made a call and 2 of his staff showed up a few minutes later. They bagged Ki Ki in a rice sack and took her away. My host mom arrived home at the time, and she began to cut her vegetables as she was asking what happened to Ki Ki. Other people resumed their activities after exchanging a few sentences about the situation. It was like talking about the weather!
I was so surprised of how casual and normal this whole situation was. I was the only one who felt like the wind was knocked out of me. The only person who reacted more than me was our other dog. This is his wife, and she was carrying his babies. She was about to give birth in a week or two.
This is the reality here. People are wonderful, but house pets don't really get special treatments. While some city dwellers might treat their pets better, most villagers usually don't get attached to animals that much. This is part of the culture, and there is nothing we can do about it. I understand that nothing I say or do will change the reckless drivers or how society treats animals. However, days like today are just really hard to deal with, and it just really really really sucks!