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How did they become ‘Man’s Best Friend’?

June 12, 2011

Walking the streets of Huanchaco and Trujillo there are dogs everywhere.  Literally, everywhere.

They sit in doorways, run on beaches, follow you around, lay in the middle of the road.  Coming out of a building on a hot day has often made me think–perhaps it was raining cats and dogs, or perhaps just dogs–because dogs seem to be scattered along roads and sidewalks like puddles, laying flat to the ground, resting in shallow depressions and bits of shade.

I grew up with dogs and miss their playful ways.  But the prevelance of rabies in feral dog populations puts a stay to my hand for even the sweetest looking pups.  Some others in my group have developed fondness for particular dogs.  They save bones and other food scraps to leave for them.  The dogs in the more touristy Huanchaco seem much more well fed than those wandering most of Trujillo…although I think my compadres are owed only a marginal fraction of that credit.  I think everyone has a soft spot for the sweet pooches, even the old men of Trujillo.  Above is one man I saw walking companionably with a stray dog.

Makes me wonder though, how did dogs become “man’s best friend” ?  When did that original shift occur?


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Emma permalink
    June 13, 2011 1:13 pm

    The dogs in Santiago crossed the streets on the green lights at crosswalks. Typically, they stayed close to their territory: park dogs, residential dogs, cemetery dogs. But there was one dog, a white husky-mutt with one blue eye and one brown eye, who was the king of dogs. I saw him all over the city, even trotting up a mountain on day. He wore a dark green fleece scarf in the winter months, probably given to him by another Santiaguino who recognized that this dog was king.

  2. Emma permalink
    June 13, 2011 1:19 pm

    by the way, great photo!

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