One of the more relaxed of the many shop cats in Hong Kong
One of the cutest boat dogs I've seen in Hong Kong :)
Not where I expect to see a (wild) bird sheltering!
One wintry evening some years back, a couple of friends and I went to have dinner at a traditional Cantonese restaurant whose seasonal menu items included something which was translated into English as "dog style stew". Seeing the horrified looks of some people at our table, the waiter -- with the help of the most senior native Hong Konger seated among us -- rushed to reassure us and point out that the meat in the dish we would be having was actually mutton rather than of a canine nature.
Put another way: we were going to be served a dish which was traditionally prepared with dog meat but while the other ingredients remain the same, it was recognized that eating dog is no longer all that popular -- and, more importantly, legal -- in Hong Kong! Indeed, I'd even go so far as to say that these days, many owners here in the Big Lychee are more likely to look upon their pet dogs as surrogate children -- and treat them accordingly, to the point of transporting them in prams as well as handcarrying them, and giving them clothes and even shoes to wear! -- than regular animals, never mind the kind of animals whose meat and such people are willing to consume.
And not only do many people enjoy taking their pet dogs for walks but more than once now, I've seen dogs hanging out in the workplace with their owners; with at least one former colleague having brought her dog with her to the office and my having spied dogs on boats, including the strangely named walla-walla that can be seen puttering about typhoon shelters and other places where there is a need for people to take them to get between the shore and their boats!
But while there are indeed dog cafes as well as cat cafes in the Big Lychee along with dog-friendly eateries where dogs are allowed to hang out near or at the table that their human owners are eating, shop dogs are a far rarer sight than shop cats and their restaurant cousins here in Hong Kong. And while there is a tradition of keeping birds as pets in Chinese culture, it's the rare restaurant these days where pet birds are welcome, and I don't see that many shop birds about either.
Indeed, I'd say that one is more likely to see birds in the wild than in cages in Hong Kong; not least because this part of the world plays host to many migratory birds, some of whom fly here for the winter from as far away as Siberia! And as far as these avian creatures go: one of the places I least expected to see a wild bird is actually inside a boat anchored in a typhoon shelter. So imagine my surprise when I caught one gazing unblinkingly out at me from a small vessel at the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter where it looked to have sought to shelter for a time! ;b