A journalist travelling in Nepal caught the adorable moment when a dog and its owner walked paw-in-hand across a busy street.
By, 8 Mar 2019
Natalie Compton had travelled to Nepal to hike up to Everest base camp. But before beginning her trip to one of the worlds most iconic destinations, she decided to spend a few days in Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu.
Speaking to the Dodo, Natalie said, "I had a few days in Kathmandu before the hiking started. I had found a local gym to keep up my training for the trek, and was sitting outside of the gym building resting after my workout. The streets of Kathmandu are mesmerizing to watch."
As a self-confessed dog lover, Natalie began recording short videos of the city's large canine population. She said, "I’d seen a million cute dogs since I’d gotten to town, some wearing sweaters, most very friendly and curious. I started taking a video of the dog just because that’s just something I do as a good dog-loving millennial."
Why did the man and his dog cross the road?
But what she next was pretty amazing. "Suddenly his owner summoned his paw," said Natalie.
Then, paw-in-hand, the dog and its owner safely make their way across the busy street.
Despite travelling all over the world, Natalie admitted that she'd never seen anything quite like it before: "I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when they walked across the street like that... [it was] the most surprising 15 seconds of my life by far."
Every dog has its day
Nepal is well-known for being a pooch-loving country. Every year it celebrates the 5-day-long Hindu festival of Tihar, which includes Kukur Tihar or "day of the dogs."
Dogs are offered food and dressed with garlands as part of the festival. They're also blessed with the tika, a sacred red mark applied to the forehead.
The most surprising 15 seconds of my life by far pic.twitter.com/5nukg2RxvW— Natalie B. Compton (@NatBCo) March 1, 2019