Saigon & the four sisters

 
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Our travels take us all around, but Vietnam in particular has captured our hearts. Since traveling back and forth between Ho Chi Minh City, we’ve encountered many friends’ and neighborhood dogs, as well as the country’s native Phu Quoc ridgebacks. Originally from the Phu Qhoc Islands off the southwest coast of Vietnam, Phu quocs are one of only three ridgeback breeds in the world. They’re known for their pronounced mohawk like ridge on their backs, which grow in the opposite direction to the rest of their coat. When they’re excited, agitated, or on guard, this section of hair will stand straight up and become more noticeable. Natural runners, swimmers, and adventurers, they uniquely also have webbed feet, which some say is a sign of their island origins. One of our manufacturers hosts a family of four female Phu Quocs. They were all born in neighboring factories and the area, when the factory owner took them under his care.

There are misconceptions about the dog and pet culture in Southeast Asia, and understandably so, in a region where some tolerate and overlook abusive practices. However, I’ve also seen some of the most compassionate and devoted rescue efforts in Saigon. One shelter, A.R.C. Vietnam focuses on the rehabilitation and fostering of in-need animals. Some of their efforts include re-homing pets domestically and internationally, as well as finding flight volunteers to help transport these pets to their adopters' countries. A.R.C. works very closely with Saigon Pet Clinic, whose main veterinarian has made a huge difference in providing reduced cost care, spay/neuter services, and has worked tirelessly to rehabilitate abused and abandoned pets. To find out more about A.R.C. and how you can help internationally, please visit https://www.facebook.com/arcpetsvietnam/.


 
 
 
 You can walk to the start of the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon from the roadside
 
 
 
 
 Pirate lost her right eye in a car accident, but has rehabilitated since.

Pirate lost her right eye in a car accident, but has rehabilitated since.

 
 
 
 
 Phu Quocs are known for their sword-like ridgeback on the tops of their backs.

Phu Quocs are known for their sword-like ridgeback on the tops of their backs.

 
 
 
 
 Blue, named for her pale blue eyes when she was a puppy. 

Blue, named for her pale blue eyes when she was a puppy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 Silfra rift, a tectonic plate fissure
 
 
 
 beach cliffs
 
 
 
 views from Dyrhólaey pennisula
 
 
 
 
 southeast coastline
 
 
 
 
 
 
 extreme forces of nature: this is all that remains of a bridge from a volcanic eruption in 96
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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