Dogs are not always welcome everywhere. Some establishments ban them. Fortunately, there are also a lot of establishments that are friendly to animals. One example is this temple in South Korea, where two dogs are pampered by monks.
As a monk is performing Buddhist services, two dogs are beside her. They are Bori and Banya, who are Jindos. The dogs do not interrupt the service but instead just lay close to the monk.
The dogs get treats in the form of dried fish. Sometimes they also play fetch games using socks. At first glance, it looks like they are living quite a simple life. This is in comparison to other pampered dogs in urban areas of the country.
The monk revealed a few things that painted a clearer picture of the dogs’ situation. First, she revealed winter and summer clothing for the dogs. She also has a journal with their medical records. It seems like the monks care deeply about their dogs.
The monks also keep the dogs tied up because of special reasons. Some might disagree with such methods, but the monks know what they’re doing. Bori and Banya were once mountain dogs, so they might run off if not tied.
There is also the case of the dogs running after a cat and getting hit by a car. The road is nearby, so the monks don’t want them to get into any accidents. The monks also move every four years, so they have to keep the dogs nearby at all times.
One day the monks took Bori and Banya to a playground. The dogs never had the chance to play in an open field, so it was an exciting day. However, during the scheduled activity, something happened that made the two dogs upset. The rest of the story has a continuation on SBS TV’s YouTube channel, as linked below.
Video courtesy of SBS TV Animals via YouTube.