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A dog life in Indonesia


Sam Roggeveen


17 March 2009 11:42

Via Andrew Sullivan, here's a clever advertisement found on the ground floor of a Jakarta shopping mall. (The people are the fleas — geddit?)

I had no idea that owning pet dogs was so mainstream in Indonesia as to even warrant this kind of marketing. Can someone who knows Indonesia write in to tell our readers a little more about this? Is it a recent phenomenon related to the growth of the middle class? What does it say about the state of older Indonesian cultural norms (I'd always assumed the idea of keeping dogs as pets was alien to Indonesians and to Islam, but please correct me if I'm wrong)?