After spending some time in a city, I always come to associate it with certain things that particularly stick out in my mind. Like Montevideo is all about the doors. Buenos Aires was all about the pastries and cakes. And Santiago? Well it was all about the mote con huesillos, jugo naturales, coffee shops, pisco sours… (hmmm.. I’m starting to see a drink theme going on). But it was also all about the stray dogs.
You’ll see them everywhere, in both the poorer areas and the affluent areas. It can be a bit jarring at first, but you’ll quickly warm up to it. And now that’s something I even miss about Santiago (neither Buenos Aires nor Montevideo really have any strays). I guess I really really miss not having pets anymore, so it helped to still be able to get a daily dose of puppy loving.
I also delighted in snapping pictures of them. Sometimes, D wouldn’t let me, because he said we were in a bad part of town and I shouldn’t stop to crouch on the ground to take pictures. And sometimes, he was walking fast to get to the coffee house and I knew he’d be mad if I stopped and held us up. You don’t want to make him mad before he’s had his espresso.
“Can we stop for 5 seconds? There’s a pod of puppies over there.” I’d ask.
“No. No pictures.”
“But there are FOUR of them all together! Really cute ones! We’re missing SO MANY puppies!”
“NO! What are you going to do with all those pictures anyway?!”
Well friends. Since I have gathered quite a collection, and have nothing to do with them, I’m going to share them with you.
One thing about all the strays: they’re all really sleepy. It must be such a hard life to be a puppy and have the world at your fingertips (or the city of Santiago, at least)!
Just the slightest hint of a tongue. Adorable!
I’m so tired, I could sleep anywhere! Like on a planter…
…. or in a box!
This is the resident stray who hangs out at Plaza del Armas. Most of the time, you can find him sitting by the street artists. And a lot of the time, a crowd of people will be around him, giggling at his chubbiness. We affectionately named him El Gordo.
But he’s actually not the fattest stray in the area! This one really takes the cake!
Seriously though, Santiago had some of the nicest looking, and apparently very well fed, strays. I want to adopt them all if I could!
And yes, this shall be filed under the new category of “completely pointless”. Because sometimes, I just have to share content that’s of absolutely no use to anyone but me. :)
I hope this brightened up your day!