The Dogs of Peru-a photo essay

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. 

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I didn’t see as many cats but I still couldn’t forget them…

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Okay, which one is your favorite?

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    October 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Beautiful animals! If I haaaad to pick a favourite, I think it’d be the 6th down.
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      October 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I know, too hard to just pick one! For me, it was probably the second one down. He made you just want to give him a big old hug! But they were all adorable in their own way 🙂

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    October 8, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Oh my goodness I love this post! I just want to hug them all. I think my favorite would probably also be the second down. That face!
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      October 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Silvia! I was hoping the animal/dog lovers of the world would 🙂 With the exception of the fourth and fifth ones (well, the fourth one just wanted to check out what I was doing every time I tried to take his picture, he kept coming closer), they were all such chill dogs that yes, definitely made you just want to get on the ground with them and hug them 🙂

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    October 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Those are nice looking animals! I was expecting “hungrier” looking one’s. Such a great mix too. They need their own calendar!
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      October 11, 2014 at 9:10 am

      I know, they were all really beautiful looking animals. I guess it was just luck of the draw for the ones I saw 🙂 A calendar would be a perfect idea!

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