That puppy is going to bite and scratch anyone it can get its teeth on for a while. Might as well say you shouldn't get a puppy or be around a puppy unless you get rabies shots. The behavior is normal for a puppy and it's not like the dog bites the OP and runs off. The puppy can be observed and watched. That little dog would show serious signs of rabies well before the OP would have and could have treated it then.
Did you not see the part where the extremely deadly disease is fairly common where he is?
Doesn't matter if he was pretty sure it wasn't acting at all like it had rabies, he still should have gotten the shots as a precaution.
Like I said before, once a person starts showing symptoms, it's likely too late and they are going to die. Get shots if there's even a slight possibility.
OP can have fun with the shots though and this is an entertaining thread.