The big fat brown dog is a long time resident of the neighborhood. She lives a couple of blocks away from my house in a communal setting–a number of closely grouped dwellings where people are likely related to one another by blood. She seems well liked and cared for there, and can often be seen sitting in the midst of the group.
Every day, Big Fat Brown Dog (BFBD) makes a slow, leisurely tour of the neighborhood. She is a fairly old dog, as one can see by the worn patches on her elbows and haunches, and she has learned the wisdom of the street through the years. Look both ways before crossing. Trust no one at first sight. Visit the most reliable garbage cans.
Therefore, BFDB was very careful when she first started to come around to my house. She would pass the gate no further than to check out the garbage can, and would turn and move on if I approached her.
So I would talk to her each time that I saw her, and began to toss her a treat on each visit. Before too very long, she was coming to the porch to accept the treat from my hand. The next step was to actually enter the house, which she finally gathered the nerve to do.
Now, she will enter any time she finds the door unlocked, either to ask for a treat or just to flop down for a nap. She has deemed it a “safe” abode.
The BFBD does not like to play. She usually doesn’t much like to be petted, although she will allow my wife to pick fleas and ticks out of her fur as long as she will. For a big, fat dog, she moves with amazing stealth and silence, such that one will often find her sleeping on the floor, her entry having gone unnoticed. She will usually show up at the house first thing in the morning, then again in the afternoon, and once at night.
She is a calm, non-troublesome, peace loving dog. She does not steal or destroy or rampage. And we appreciate that.
She is still with us, and I never really worry about her. She has a lot of friends, is well known throughout the neighborhood, and is much too careful, too big and too heavy to be stolen. It seems, for her, an unusually good life, as the lives of Bali dogs go. Something to be said for being big, fat, old, and careful!