Millie – You Can Help

One late night in May 2019, I heard a dog in front of our home screaming. I ran outside. I saw a street dog viciously attacking this poor little pooch (Millie) that I’ve never seen before.

I shooed the larger attacking dog away. The dog that was being attacked was small with a black coat and lying in the gutter shaking. She smelled–her odor was unbearable, and I saw what I thought was her intestines exposed. I was terrified that this poor soul’s life was going to end in this miserable way.

Millie found in a gutter after being attacked 10 May 2019.

Later that night at the vet’s office, we found out she had a severe case of canine TVT. It was a cancerous tumor coming from her vagina that I thought were her intestines (when I rescued her). Needless to say, these things don’t grow over night. Most likely, who ever had her before didn’t treat her cancer.

Released From the Hospital

Fast-forward to September, Millie was cleared to leave the vet’s office (where she was staying since 10 May). I was visiting her 3-4 times a week. Every time I visited her she would growl and bark at me. I wasn’t able to get close enough to her to pet her. We brought her to our home on 23 September. We opened her crate, but she wouldn’t leave it until we were gone. She growled every time we came close–even when we fed her.

Then, about three days later, she came up to me. She sniffed me. Then she stood there waiting to be pet. I couldn’t believe it. Finally, she trusted me. This is after rescuing her, visiting her for months, and staying three days at our home. Ah, what a relief.


On 26 October, Millie was back in the hospital. During a checkup a couple days before, two new tumors were found. This time Millie’s doctor recommends that Millie undergo doxorubicin chemo once every three weeks.

Millie was a bit of a mess on some days following her first doxorubicin round. Below is a photo from four days after on a good day. So beautiful.

Millie after her fourteenth round of chemo. First round of doxorubicin.
Millie after her fourteenth round of chemo. First round of doxorubicin.

Now, we need your help–to help Millie fight her cancer. And, to find her a forever home.

You Can Help by

  1. Referring people to
  2. Telling people about Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud tours, if they are going to Ubud or living in Bali.
  3. Donating what ever amount of money you can on Millie’s donation page.
  4. Sharing this post on your social media feeds.
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Just after being rescued.
Millie enjoying life. Finally being able to be a dog. A brief and rare moment while her cancer was in remission.

Thank you!

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Bali Dogs Gallery Published

I Love Bali Dogs

Hopefully, this gallery is the most comprehensive curated collection of Bali Dog images. Here is my long overdue and humble tribute to Bali’s beloved street dogs.

Visit the gallery here.

#ilovebalidogs #adoptdontshop

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Hope for A Bali Dog Rescue

Update: As of 30 August 2018, my wife & I adopted little Hopey.

Sweet Petit, Curly-Q, Cantik Banget. These are some of the nicknames I have for Hope. Hope, is a rescue babe in Ubud, Bali and she needs a forever family & home.

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Hope – waiting for a forever family and home about a couple weeks after being rescued.

When I’m not doing a photo tour around Pasar Ubud or exploring the streets with camera in tow, I’m helping Mission Pawsible Dog Rescue, Adoption, & Rehome. I help Mission Pawsible (one of our tour donation partners) when they need fostering or photographs. Making before-and-after photos of rescued dogs is my all-time favourite assignment.  I’m honoured every time Mission Pawsible calls on me. It’s my humble way of giving back.

And, did I mention that these photo gigs give my wife and I an opportunity to foster beautiful creatures such as Hope when we can.

Miracle transformations (rescue, recovery, & fostering)

Let me tell you, witnessing the transformation of these special dogs from being tossed out and rejected to being rescued and loved can’t be described in words. These rescue stories are nothing short of a miracle.

Hope’s before and after photos

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Left: Hope when she was found. Right: Hope today!


The things about Hope that tug on my heart strings are:

  1. Playful – She loves to play with humans and all dogs (a huge plus). Her playful energy is contagious–fair warning that you’ll find yourself playing more than you do now if you adopt this babe 😉.
  2. Agile – Hope is incredibly fast and agile, despite how her eyes look. She has visible ulcers on her corneas which are being treated with eye drops and they don’t impact her sight. She’ll run laps around the house inside and out at top speed never missing a step.
  3. Affectionate – At first, Hope was uncomfortable about being picked up. Now she’ll cuddle and melt in your lap (and on your pillow too).


If you are in Bali and you are a “hopeless” dog lover, please consider giving Hope a forever home. Here’s a link to Hope’s details on Mission Pawsible’s Facebook page.

If adopting Hope isn’t feasible for you, but you want to help, please think about donating your time or money to Mission Pawsible. I promise to give you the best photo tour of Ubud, if you do.

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Villa Kitty – Caring for the lives of Bali’s cats

Big welcome to a new donation partner, Villa Kitty Foundation of Ubud Bali.


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Caring for the lives of Bali’s cats

The Villa Kitty team works hard to save the lives of Bali’s abandoned cats and kittens. In addition to offering them safe and comfortable shelter we provide quality veterinary care and advice, sterilisation programs, responsible cat adoption services, education programs to promote responsible cat ownership, love and rehabilitation.

Donate to Villa Kitty today.

Villa Kitty on Facebook.

Visit our donation partners page.

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