Dharma Dogs: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Connection of Sentience Between Humans and Canines

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Caldwell, Anna; Franklin & Marshall College
Animal Studies; Asian Studies; Community-Based Learning; Community-Based Research; Family, Life Course, and Society; Sociology of Religion
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India has the highest population of stray dogs in the world1. Dharamsala, a cross-cultural community in the north Indian Himalayan foothills, is home to a number of particularly overweight and happy canines. However, the street dogs of Dharamsala are not an accurate representation of the state of stay dogs across India. This paper explores why this may be through narrative stories about the day-to-day interactions between humans and dogs. The following research addresses religious motives as well as the lack thereof.