My surprise

We were heading to Koh Lanta, our final stop in the South of Thailand, which by the way there is a blog post about our time in Thailand part 2 coming soon. Mats out pretty great at planning things/working out the logistics for our trip…I should definitely do it more but he’s just so good! He had done a bit of research into the area and things to do there but he hadn’t mentioned anything so I thought we would just be relaxing by a beach for a couple of days.

It’s a pretty sleepy town, but I really quite liked it. It’s nice to get away from the thousands upon thousands of tourists that there is everywhere else. When we got there we were absolutely taken back by the heat. Apparently it’s because we’re getting closer to the equator (yep, he’s the one that’s good at geography as well). It’s about 30 degrees but it feels about 40, but that wasn’t putting Mat off of the surprise he’d planned. It was just over a miles walk to the place, one mile? Easy. Wrong. What would usually be nothing to walk felt like eternity in the baking hot sun, honestly I don’t think I’ve ever perspired like it before in my life!

He told me to keep my eyes down for the last stretch of the journey when the signs started popping up. He said it was the #1 rated thing to do in Koh Lanta on trip advisor but I had absolutely no idea what it was going to be, but I secretly hoped it would be something to do with animals. As we got closer and closer I started to see some painted paw prints on the floor and I knew Mat had done a good job, anything to do with animals and I’m happy.

We arrived at the animal rescue centre (Koh Lanta Animal Welfare). The lobby was full of cats all sleeping, playing and being fussed over by visitors. I was personally chuffed with just the cats but Mat ushered me into the reception where we were told we’d be walking dogs! We signed our names and then we were soon taken into one of several enclosures, this particular enclosure was full of puppies and their mum!

I immediately connected with one particular pup who went by the name of frappe (poor thing didn’t get to choose his name). I knew that this would be the puppy I wanted to walk and nothing would get in my way, oh wow I sound absolutely bonkers don’t I. Everyone else got their harnessed up puppy, including Mat who decided he’d go for the four years old and incredibly needy dog Shiba and then Frappe was the last one and was given to me (yay!). Mats dog Shiba pretty much had to be held the whole time, which was funny because she really reminded me of myself, needs constant attention and affection…poor Mat. The sad thing about Shiba is that she’s probably like that because of her past, she wasn’t treated well and had cigarette burn scars on her, so she definitely deserves all the cuddles and affection (and I’m totally confident she gets it there).

We eventually left with our eager pups and we took them on a half an hour walk through the Forrest which was perfectly signposted and flagged so you couldn’t go wrong. Frappe would walk a certain distance and then stop, turn around and make sure his brother was trotting along behind. It was absolutely boiling so half an hour was enough for all of us, both us and the dogs were pooped!

It was such a lovely experience and literally a win win for all parties involved, the shelter gets free dog walkers, we get to interact with dogs and the dogs constantly get to see new faces and get oodles of love. If you’re ever in the Koh Lanta area it’s an absolute MUST!

May I add that all of the dogs there were up for adoption and Frappe was the only one out of his litter that had been adopted so far. But lots were due to be taken all over the world to join their new forever homes. One of the saddest parts for me was seeing two elderly dogs in an enclosure together. They were 10 and 13 and had been there for 8 and 10 years. It honestly breaks my heart that a dog hasn’t found their forever home and I really hope that one day I’ll be in a position to have a young dog of my own but also to continuously adopt older dogs nearer the end of their lives and make the time they have left special… it’s definitely something to think about next time you consider getting a dog.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was just too ridiculously hot to take my phone out, and I had my hands full with the excitable puppy I had attached to me! Thanks for my lovely surprise Mat, you da best.

Until next time,

Megan

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