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Jakarta Post

Janice Girardi: Trusting in warrior dogs

  • Trisha Sertori


Jakarta   /   Mon, March 29 2010   /  08:32 am

JP/J.B. DJWANAt a fit 57 years of age, Bali-based jeweler and animal rights activist, Janice Girardi, speaks at a hundred miles an hour; she does everything at a break neck pace.

“People are always at me to slow  down, to calm down, but I am relaxed, it’s just if I am doing something I am doing it,” says Janice who spent 16 years in India studying the rigorous silent meditation of Vipasanna. “That was enough silence,” Girardi quips.“Friends say to take time for myself, which is what I am doing with dog welfare and the [jewelry] business,” says Girardi who several years ago founded the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), an animal protection and adoption center in Ubud, Bali. BAWA, with funding from the Bali Street Dogs Fund, Australia and other donators, has for many years nursed Bali’s street dogs, finding them seriously ill or injured, restoring them to ...