Travel in the developing world means you are going to a see a lot of street dogs. This is due to the fact that spaying and neutering aren’t always done, litters of puppies aren’t always able to be taken care of and found homes, and even worse, dogs are often cast out by their owners. In Latin America dogs roam the streets because the streets are in fact their homes. I don’t own any pets but but I love seeing animals and it still breaks my heart when I notice emaciated dogs on the street or ones with an eye condition that most likely could be cleared up if they had an owner to take care of them.
In Peru I saw a ton of dogs-in the town of Ollantaytambo, at Inca ruins, and especially in the bustling city of Cusco. For something different, I decided to take photos of these perros whenever I saw them. I didn’t pet them because yes, I do have more sense than that, but I did admire them and almost all were beautiful and just completely friendly looking animals. You think “street dog” and think the worst, but honestly, these were more behaved dogs than a lot of American (spoiled) ones-they didn’t obnoxiously bark for the sake of barking. I found the Peruvian people to be extremely friendly and so were its perros.
I didn’t see as many cats but I still couldn’t forget them…
Okay, which one is your favorite?