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Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole. Week 8 on Life with Saang Chai.

Woof I’m back……no laptop last week it was kaput….only an i-pad and I was not allowed as my paws would scratch it! What did they want me to do ? Wear gloves?

My masters laptop and that was a definite No, No as he doesn’t like me licking and sniffing it….isn’t that what dogs do? So no post….But my faithful fans….Did you miss me??????  woof..

Today because I now have a forever home I am going to talk to you about my life before I  came to live here woof…..I lived on the streets and relied on scraps from bins and whatever any nice people gave me..but I was only a little puppy and sometimes the big dogs took the food off me and my sister……We often got kicked out the way if someone just felt like kicking us or if they thought we were in their way. Sometimes we made a friend and then they disappeared like our mum did..one day we would be cuddling up to her and then she was gone….we could hear the humans talking about nasty men who stole the dogs  for meat…… who would want to eat us?

This is an excerpt from Soi Dogs Page:  Found, in a jungle clearing, a small cage containing another 3 dogs. It emerged that the area was a make-shift holding place, where dogs were kept until sufficient numbers were accumulated.

From there, they would be smuggled over the border and on to Vietnam, where they would be cruelly tortured and slaughtered for their meat.

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I think I am lucky that I was helped by a kind lady who used bring us food when she walked her dogs, one day she was told by one of the other ladies that the man who kept kicking us said he was going to drown us as we wasn’t big enough to eat……..she was a lovely kind lady and she phoned   ” Soi Dogs ” , a nice man came and picked  us up  in his van and took us to Soi Dogs. There are lots of dogs there and lots of barking..but happy barks and so many people came and made a fuss of us … woof…we got lots of cuddles and we got food, baths….and needles stuck in us.. I didn’t like  that much. But the nice people said it was so we didn’t get nasty diseases..they were very kind us and then we got put in a big run with lots of other puppies …It was fun….we could run and play…

Lots of people came to look at us and my sister was taken away to a forever home..woof….I miss my sister…..

One day a boy came with some grownups and played with me and I heard him tell his grownups that he liked me….I thought he liked the little black and brown dog who he was running about with……I didn’t run about with them as they were smaller than me and people always pick the little ones…awwwww so cute you hear them saying……but my forever mum she was saying she loved my frown and my little master just said “I want him”….there is something about him..please nanny can I have him..he looks sad……woof…… I wasn’t really sad…I just wanted a forever home and as I got bigger I wasn’t as cute as the smaller ones….but they liked me …and came back to see me the next day…..I wasn’t very friendly to them, I just stood and watched………..I didn’t want to get too excited in case they changed their mind…woof

But they didn’t…they came back with a nice new blue harness for me…….. I was put in their truck and before I knew it we arrived at my forever home ..it had a big garden..lots to smell and it smelt nice…. Then they took me shopping and bought me a new bed…my first …very own…new…bed… toys..balls  that  squeaked…..a brush all of my own……….funny tasting chewy things..I didn’t like them much…so my mistress kept buying different ones until I found one I liked…she is kind ….my master says she spoils me…… What do you think?

Thank you for reading about the good work Soi Dogs do and if you can….. please help either with a donation or a forever home like I have ….I’m sure it is only nice people like my mistress who read this..woof

Woof… before I go if my mistress writes her blog and tells you that I chewed another pair of my master shoes..his best ones and one of her silk slips…it really  just fell in front of me ….. I was just sniffing and licking it…….I really was….woof…….


Things to do today: 1. Get Up… 2. Survive…..3……. Go to bed!

Well that’s my day sorted!

So I stretched, opened my eyes….sun shining through the window…reached for my little silky number that I put on in the morning…must have slipped to the floor…..picked it up, put it on…and it slipped slowly straight off……no straps….and there they were beautifully displayed on the floor.!

Saang Chai!  I got this sleepy one-eyed look and then it dawned on him..he crept to my feet, literally doing that slidey movement dogs do when they know they shouldn’t have and gave me the baby browns…morning mum..love you….I wonder methinks that on Monday whether he will tell the whole truth and nothing but?…..Just licked it my arsss……..

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Pretending to be asleep with one ear cocked

He is now snoozing at my feet now without a care in the world..

Today I am sorting out my e-mail and my media …and of course WP reader…

Because guys I do read your blogs, well most of them ..like everyone the odd blog is not for you..but I do read most and they are great…I have met some wonderful people….and some not so ……I like happy blogs..blogs that help me, blogs that teach me something I didn’t know…blogs that make me laugh, blogs that make me cry and realise how lucky I am……

So why am I lucky?? I have wonderful children and grand children who I love with a passion….I live in Paradise……except for the ANTS who are the bane of my life ..I have had pest control who are probably wishing I had never signed that contract..the odd scorpion..Scary the daughter in law just wacked it…HARD…

Spiders galore…..gekos and lizards..they are ok….beautiful butterflies and birds and fish and the pesky termites who were eating my kitchen cupboards…ha ha but not any more..thanks to pest control..they got that bit right..but to be fair we do have lots of ants…oh and the odd Cobra or two….and it’s warm..we get spectacular storms……and POWER CUTS……The electric is the worst..cables everywhere..and just a drop of rain and of it goes…tomorrow it’s  off 9-4..

How do I know that as all the announcements are in Thai……but this one ..they must have listened to me was in the paper!

So tomorrow….sun allowing, it will have to be the beach folks …. That OF COURSE was  10521879_10152472184109865_5630515386234439606_nSAM_6522SAM_5120.

Then and this is now I have swapped the beach for rural Thailand so it is lakes and waterfalls… and water buffaloes…

Water Buffalo- Red Lotus Lake

But today…I am also pickling onions……

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Home made pickled Onions

Pickled Onions:


  • 2 lb Pickling Onions, peeled.
  • 11/2 pints pickling vinegar…I use white vinegar or a mix of apple cider and white vinegar.
  • 2tbsp Pickling spices or your mix…again I mix black, white peppercorns, coriander seeds.

2 days before mix 2pts water with 4 oz salt pour over onions, cover and keep in cool place. I keep in the fridge due to the heat here.

Let’s get Pickled:

Firstly drain the onions and pat dry. Pack into sterilised jars layering pickling spices as you go then pour vinegar over the onions making sure they are completely covered. Store for 4-6 weeks and they ready…They are the crispest onions I have eaten, far better than shop bought and generally don’t get to 4 weeks let alone 6 weeks as they get dipped into …men!


Well  that’s me…. done the first two…bit early for bed…well maybe a siesta…….and then a sundowner x

I hope you enjoyed this revamped earlier post..One of my first…Sorting my media out …Headache and all my fault…

Until next time have a lovely day xxx

About Carol:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I cook with have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole Week 3 of life with Saang Chai.

It’s been a mixed week this week… we love our not so little “Soi Dog” puppy will he tell you it’s been all sweetness and light or will he tell it ….warts and all?

Woof,woof hello there…. I like this blogging bit I get to tell my story and yes in reply to my mistress I always am truthful …….well mostly…

I have been quite naughty this week ….woof…well I like my forever home, I have not had my own bed and yummy bones before…ever.. woof… so a puppy’s got to do what he’s got to do..hasn’t he? Ok then paws up ..woof… well it was more of a growl…I don’t want you coming in MY house..go away..my mistress is just for me, I don’t want to share….she stroked me and patted me and told me it was ok they were her friends..not mine..woof so I kept growling but they still came in….

WOOF..GROWL  not on my watch… you move …just move… growl..they just wouldn’t go so I reminded them every so often that it’s my house and my mistress. Oh Yehhhh..

She kept saying she was really sorry and she didn’t know why I was doing it…WHY?  woof woof it’s my house….

Well next day my mistress was talking to one of her doggy friends….  Uh oh… am I in the dog house…sounds like it…yikes think I’ll go and chew my bone…….nice bone woof….

Yeh we going for a walk..on goes the harness.. I am so excited that it takes awhile and my big master keeps telling me to stand still…but I’m going for a walk.

Ok out the door..uh oh..woof..Oh No! Not in truck it makes me sick…I tried to dig my paws in but I got picked up and put in……Oh No!

It was a quick ride and we were there..woof..it had lots of water and grass so me and Aston we just run and run.

SAM_7059We met some dogs but they were ok and I wasn’t bothered I had lots to sniff……Then my mum unclipped my lead and wey hey I could sniff and run all on my own it was fun..the water was nice but I only sat on the edge and dipped my paws in, is very big… that water goes a long way out.SAM_7067 SAM_7068 SAM_7070……..then it was time to go…my little master called me but I was having too much fun…..so my mistress said to him ” Come on Aston let’s go” and they walked off….woof…..Not having that! I soon run after them …woof..getting tired anyway…….then my mum..she is quite clever for a human said to my little master ” never run towards a dog if you are trying to catch them, walk away and they will follow”

How did she know that? she is one clever human.

I was sick  again on the way home, I don’t like going in that truck it makes me sick…..

Home…and bath time with Aston..that was fun…now sleep….

Woof..growl..who’s that!


Woof uh oh…she sound fierce..

Lets try again..grrrrrrrrrr NO!

Woof my mistress is not happy…..everytime I even gave a little grrrrr she said ” NO! “

Oh dear… I think she doesn’t want me to do that and I think she means it…she always pats me and talks to me and tells me they won’t hurt me those people who come in my house…..but not any more …woof she is just saying NO! in that you will do as you are told voice…best go lay down and sleep……..But I still like it here…woof woof see you next monday woof woof .

Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole…….Week 2 in the life of Saang Chai.

Well we have had our forever puppy nearly 2 weeks now I wonder will he tell the truth and the whole truth about his exploits this week????

Woof,woof hello there…. I like this blogging bit I get to tell my story and yes in reply to my mistress I always am truthful I was only licking that door post and it just crumbled.

SAM_7043But my forever mummy she told my master off for not watching me but he was busy in the garden so he sort of was…..  he now has another job woof( ooops).But my mummy said it’s an old house and it had to be done, so don’t worry …but she also told me not to do  it again and went and bought me a big bone to chew…was I in doggy heaven or was I in doggy heaven…woof woof……and she said I was a really good boy because I let her take the bone away from me while I was chewing it , she told my little master to do the same ….but that was okay because I got it back and lots of pats…mmmmmmmmm lovely bone.SAM_7054Time for a snooze after this I think.

I did get sent to my bed though  I just walked past another corner and thought I would lick it and the paint…well it just fell off…woof but my young master he sat and cuddled me..woof woof he stops me getting told off lots of times but don’t tell my mum or she will tell him off and that’s not really fair is it?…but I love my little mate he plays with me and runs about…… we went for a lovely walk yesterday up to the waterfall …lots of lovely places to sniff.

When we got back I had a lovely bath and we played in the water, he is good fun that boy……..they call him Aston..I like him woof……

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Woof woof a good week and I think I will stay here, everyone is saying I am a clever boy and I go outside now to do my wee wees and poops …… only because I get pats and cuddles but they think I am really good because I am a street puppy( soi dog) I have always just gone where and when I want  so I suppose they are right when they say I am a clever boy.

Did I tell the truth mum?……..” Yes sweetie you did”

Woof see you all next Monday I hope You enjoy my Monday blog If you do please Like and follow me 🙂

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole.

Day 6 of the life of a Soi Dog called Saang chai who is now our forever friend and companion.

Well the first few days were ok we were just doing a lot of sniffing around and getting to know every nook and cranny. It was strange as I had never lived in a house.I spent my first 4 months on the streets and the man who I belonged to said he would do something nasty to me if somone didn’t take me and my sister away……. so a nice lady took us to Soi Dogs who were very kind to us and we lived with other street puppies in a big run …….but they fed us, gave us injections and an operation..woof not sure about that…lots of people came to see us and my sister went with 1 of them which made me sad but…..then one day a boy and some grownups came to see us….I liked the boy and he liked me so they came back and took me to their forever home.

My first night I was a bit sad so my mum put my new bed in her room, it was lovely I got spoken too and stroked and felt very safe and I was soon asleep and dreaming about a forever home with lots of love.

After breakfast the next morning……woof

My mum took me shopping for a new bed and a collar and some toys.


It was very nice of her but I much prefer the little humans toys in the box for when she visits.. I mean who wants the latest squeaky ” Kong”

The gates my new master made for me are very nice and even nicer to chew…..I can even put my paws on the ledge and if I really tried I could even get over.

But my mistress..clever lady..she reads my mind and they came home from shopping with this silver stuff which made a funny noise and it’s now too high for me…at the moment..woof…do you think she knows that? I heard them talking and they reckon that by the time I can do that …I will be allowed out there anyway and I will come back and not run away..mmmmm now that’s a thought…just look at all that nice room I have to run and play in…so maybe , just maybe… what do you reckon.?


I get lots of nice food , treats , lots of pats and cuddles and the boy they call Aston he runs around and plays with me a lot…I quite like him and he stops me from getting told off sometimes too…now that’s a good friend…woof.. But when they took me  in the truck to the playing field that was scary  I didn’t like it, so they bought me  home but when my master took me for a walk up the road in my ” New Harness” yes I have a new collar and harness it is a pretty blue colour…. I liked that and I was joined by a mummy dog and her 2 puppies so we had fun.


My forever family keep telling everyone what a lovely boy I am and that I am sooooo good….well it is a nice house but I have now found some labels at the bottom of the sofa that I can chew…my mistress didn’t tell me I was  good boy for taking them off she told to go to my bed.Now that’s not fair is it?..she thought when I had taken the label of that I would then chew the sofa…now would I ? She didn’t give a boy a chance ..woof….

And this morning one of her pots just fell of the top and she sent me to my bed  again! I was just lucky that it didn’t have a plant in that one cos she keeps calling them her babies and saying how well they are growing…strange these humans…talking to plants…


Well that bin in the corner of the  lounge looked as if it might be worth a sniff..nothing in that ….she had emptied it! But she caught me nose in bin and  quite nicely said no you must NOT do that..so before she toldme, I thought quick get in the bed….but my paw caught the fan lead


…woof ..did I scoot…. it made a loud noise when it crashed  to the floor and I think it’s broken woof…..but my nice mistress did say it was her fault and I didn’t get sent to bed.

I did hear her saying that it was only 10am and I was just looking for something to do….. so I thought….. I know…… join the master in the garden……..Lets keep out of her way for a while and then she came and gave me a big cuddle woof, woof ……..I think I will like it here….

I’ll be back next Monday to give you an update on my week  with the humans and let you know how they behave…Woof

One Puppy or more?

Wow…what a week!

Where to start…..Well rain and thunder in copious amounts, severe weather warnings for all of Phuket.

Lovely green grass though so that’s a bonus.The pool is overflowing but still as clear as a bell…….We also decided to get a puppy..with a little help from said grandson.

Tuesday( Monday we were just rained in)  Soi Dogs here we come…. They are a local organization who do a fabulous job in rescuing and rehoming doggies. Thailand has lots of street dogs so they run a spaying and vaccination project, they work tirelessly to help the dogs and also to stop the meat trade in dogs.

We did the tour and spent time in the puppy house…awwwww so many………I sat on the edge of one of their play slides and was joined by two of them, a lovely little black and tan puppy and one who was a tad older who just put his head on my lap and what a frown he had on his face . I was a goner.

The grandson is running around ducking and diving with the puppies having a grand time..who to choose so many”?  ” Well Nannie do you mean a little one or a big one?”

“What little one is your favorite?”

“That little black one” ( the one that sat by me) we might agree on this….yehhhh

“And if it’s a big one?” ..

“The one that frowns….


…..”Just something about him nannie…I don’t what what…. just something”

Is that not a good enough reason? I think so…..

So we form filled, answered questions..not letting this dog  go to anyone..but that’s good.

Now for the garden……Oh Dear!

Well we have a lovely garden…lots of trees and bushes and room to run……but you wouldn’t need to be Houdini to escape……so two gates later either side of our patio..he won’t get out …..yesterday a trip to the local we have everything shop……we need to put something at the bottom of the big gates at the end of the drive ….a 5 inch gapSAM_7000 and apparently if his head gets through the bod will follow…… you see we have to send pictures of the garden from every angle before we can bring him home ….so every last gap has to be closed…..Now the little paws that you see the other side of the gates are the street dogs from next door… which made us think he wouldn’t get through…..well the lovely little mummy of two gorgeous puppies who has suddenly adopted me, oh yes…. because she couldn’t get in the gate she trotted next door and through the gap and voila she was in!  Puppies close behind….I only wanted one!….I think this may be another story……

.Oh dear ……..because originally these houses were built for a couple of families ……so in one corner there are lovely little steps into the next garden and further down the other little house well a gap because we don’t go out of our gate and up their drive  we go through the said gap…..get the picture..It’s a lovely country garden ………..well we have gated the patio and reasoned that he can have the run of that and the house and we can take him for walks which will give the every suffering Mr…….time to scour the garden ……check with the neighbours  whether they want a little gate or a fence? before we let him loose in the garden.

For one little dog a lot of work…lol……