i had once a conversation on this forum about mainland chinese bad habbit etc... and my personnal conclusion was that is was due to a lack of education as we know it in our ''birth'' countries.
well i guess it is the same -
it is not because you have some good grade at school that you have good manners-
it is not because you have a glass of wine in your hand and you stick your nose in it that you really understand and enjoy the beverage.
it is not because you are in a chic restaurant and burp out loud that you are great-
it is not because you flush the toilet paper at home and drop it in the floor in public wc that you have some kind of education-
etc... etc... etc...
what i mean, it is not because she has a dog that she know how to take care of a pet.
i had my first dog at the age of 7 ( a brittany one - aka epagneul breton) - and i had to read a couple of book on how to welcome it home, train it, etc... even if my elder sister and parent are the ones who did the main training-
i just want to say that people on the island give more credit to the tendency of appearing than being- (= paraitre en opposition a etre) - which lead to people having pets without having ever study the animal or made some basic research--- just to say: '' i have a pet too''
it is just not in the culture i guess or it just take more time-
personally, i always try my best not to compare my country vs taiwan ( as i am here and i love it here) - maybe that is a problem too - bringing everything in comparison to ''my'' , ''ours'' standard-
I can't excuse this little girl, but i will blame her parents for failing to correct her ( even if i am sure that they just dont consider the dog ad a pet, but more as a cool thing to have especially if one of their friends have one)
From my experience here, i have 3 friends who have dogs:
1) a poodle - who never go out from home
2) a huge dog, attached in the garden- my friend is explaining me that he didnt go for a walk for more than 5 years because he can be dangerous ( ) i offered him to try to train his dog but he decline my offer - saying - no need - he is happy here-
3) a couple ( man and woman) living in a studio ( = 1 big room) with 2 Dachshund (= sausage dog) - these 2 dogs went for a walk one time with me and the guys didnt understand why they were quiet and calm while generally they are excited ( solution = patience)- they never been out since that day ( 2 years ago) and because of their small size, they cant even have a look behind the window - same couple which are planning to have a baby and leave it to their parents so that the kid can grow while they work - the plan is to visit him once a week, etc....
Having a pet is a luxury thing which requier loads of time, effort, money, tears and HAPPINESS - but here it is more as a cool thing to have
ps: i dont know if you remember the huge boom in adoption of the tibetin mastiff just a couple of years ago --- well guess where the main part of this dogs are NOW???