Home Sweet Tabanan Home

The trip to Tabanan to see how Lana and Messy, two BAWA – Bali Animal Welfare Association – puppies, were enjoying their new home had been planned for the previous weekend. For one reason or another I couldn’t make it and moped around all week feeling less than on top of the world until I […]

An Aussie Model for Bali

CALOUNDRA ~ My trip home coincided with my son’s flying visit to arrange his US visa. He was in town for just five days and I blinked and he was back in New York. How time flies when you are having a good time. I dropped him at the airport and sobbed during the hour-long […]

Of Dogs and Cats, Classic Tales

By Elizabeth Henzell For The Bali Times UBUD ~ With the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival less than three weeks away I thought this would be a good time to remind you that once again BAWA – Bali Animal Welfare Association – is sponsoring a writing workshop for children and what better way to introduce […]

A Gentle, Attendant Soul

By Elizabeth Henzell For The Bali Times UBUD ~ The voice of a dog should be easy, right? Writers do it all the time with great effect. And a Bali street dog should be a breeze, right? Aren’t they all loud, unfriendly and ready to bite at the heels of every unsuspecting tourist? Even those […]

Good Ubud Samaritans

By Elizabeth Henzell For The Bali Times UBUD ~ The Doorman looks at me with bemusement, then asks: “How about a coffee, old son?” The voice of the dog in Markus Zusak’s latest novel, The Messenger, is a real treat. Zusak, the author of the international bestseller The Book Thief has this stinky, coffee-drinking dog, […]

Castaways, on a New Life Journey

By Elizabeth Henzell For The Bali Times UBUD ~ The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. – Ashley Montagu (1905-1999) Sometimes in the worst of times something really beautiful happens that you will take into your heart and hold it […]

Walk on the Mild Side

By Elizabeth Henzell For The Bali Times UBUD ~ Have you been goosed? This is an expression I thought was common amongst Australians but when I said “Jagawa must be part German Shepherd” the other morning, my friend and walking partner Janet De Neefe asked “Why?” “Because he is a gooser!” I replied, but she […]

With Kind Hearts, Saving Lives

By Elizabeth Henzell For The Bali Times Rome wasn’t built in a day, and changing people’s attitudes towards Bali’s dogs and cats is a long-term endeavour. However, if two stories from the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) this week are any indication of change, then I believe the future is looking better. Two separate incidents […]