I’ve long been fascinated by the relationship between face and place, the ways a particular location impacts the people we become and how we share those images of ourselves with the world around us.
However, in response to a WordPress Photo Challenge (one that focuses on street life), I’ve decided, over the next couple of weeks, to do a two-part series that will feature creatures rather than people, to highlight the critters that make the streets of Ecuador so special. Part 1 will share a series of canine photos, while Part 2 will offer images of the many other animals seen on the streets of this Fido-friendly country.
Sometimes I’m still amazed to see farm animals roaming the roads of my own neighborhood—one that is decidedly suburban. And I relish the canines my Cuencano friends costume in human clothing. In fact, this practice of doggy dress-up seems even more common here than in the US.
So–sit back, relax, and enjoy Part 1, today’s journey in puppy pics.
Our dogs Ralph and Lucy are both blonde, but there seems to be an inordinate number of white dogs in Ecuador. In the next photo, Lucy gets a great view of Cuenca, spread out below.
During our first week in Ecuador, Ralph waits with me to move into our short-term rental in the heart of El Centro, the colonial core of the city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
But below are two more blonde dogs who are out and about.
But not all dogs are white. Some are almost auburn.
This next guy is going places, while the following two definitely aren’t!
Others are in between.
Kids and Canines
But children, the world over, love dogs. I think this boy with his black puppy is especially sweet.
Canines are as common in urban Ecuador as the street art I’ve come to adore. Below are “dog tags,” if you will.
For some it’s all about the group.
Though others, I’m afraid, are packed in cages.
Get a load of the canine costumes. And, I swear, it’s not just a Christmas phenomenon.
Maybe these canines are meant to dissuade trespassers, but when we pass, at least, they seem out-going and happy to greet the “Gringos.”
And like the neighbor dogs, our Ralph never met a stranger. He wags a happy greeting.
Remember, next week’s post will feature photos of the many other animals I’ve also seen on the streets of Ecuador. It’ll be called “Street Life in Ecuador (Part 2): The Critter Edition.” Stay tuned!
So do dogs roam the streets where you live? Do pet-lovers in your town dress up their pups in doggy drag?
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