UNLIKE MOST OTHER PARTS of the archipelago where they
are either reviled or stewed, here dogs are kept as pets. Bali
dogs, a distinct breed whose closest relative is the Australian
dingo, are renowned for their intelligence and independence.
Their place in Balinese hearts is
further secured by a tale from the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
in which Yudhisthira’s faithful mutt reveals itself to be the god