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Saturday, May 31, 2014

White Dog Village

Fourth generation decendent of the island's most famous "white dog", Baekgu, and Lee-Ki-seo, the son of Baekgu' owner. Photo by Jean Chung for The New York Times

Jindo, a tiny South Korean island just southwest of the Korean Peninsula (close to where the recent ferry disaster occurred), is thankfully famous for something more pleasant: its dogs. This NY Times article gives us the fascinating background of this tiny island, and describes how the island's history is intertwined with the famous white "Jindo dog". The dog breed who put a tiny village called Donji-ri on the map.

The white dogs, with characteristic perky tails and ears, and known for their extreme loyalty and homing instincts, are bred by the thousands and "provide a livelihood for many [of the island's] residents." But thanks to one Baekgu, or "white dog" in particular, these dogs have become legendary- at least among the South Korean people. There's even a bronze statue and stone monument at the gateway to the town, engraved with the words "Growing children should learn from the loyal white dog."

We think this motto can extend to all dogs! Can't we all learn from our loyal canine companions?


Sheltie Times said...

What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

We have never heard of that breed before but we so agree with you with regards the motto. Have a super Saturday.
best wishes Molly

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