|We met this guy while snorkeling on Cozumel, at a little shop on the side of the road. We weren't sure if he was owned, or just hanging out for the day, but he was beautiful!|
Of course, it makes us miss our pooches. Beyond that, though, it reminded me of India - where there are also an incredible number of strays - unfortunately not all of them were as well-fed as the few we've seen so far in Mexico. I was in India a few years ago, and probably took more photos of the dogs than I did the scenery. I bought dog treats that I carried around in my pocket for weeks - not a single dog would eat them, though. They must eat so much human scrap food, that they were unsure of the actual dog food I was trying to share with them. I was so bummed, but it also told me they weren't in such bad shape, if they could be choosy.
It made me wish for the ability and opportunity to start a spay/neuter organization in India.
The people there seem to care for these dogs, even dressing some of them in sweaters! I believe if provided the resources, they would care for the dogs properly. I was relieved to find out that such organizations exist, including Pet Project Rescue, which focuses on dog care and rescue in Mexico. Sarah Beth Photography (an amazing MN pet photographer) did some volunteer work with them recently, and posted her photo blog of the events. Here are a few links to her photos and story of her time in Mexico:
spay/neuter clinic :: cancun, mexico :: pet project rescue
far-reaching and a few more favorites
Here is part of my Dogs of India collection (taken with a point and shoot, and iphone, excuse the quality :)
|The first dog I met in India (in Delhi). He was sleeping there, but must get fed by strangers and popped up as soon as I approach.|
|This guy started doing tricks when I walked up to him. He showed me his belly, and broke my heart because I didn't have any treats. "Show me your belly" is Suvi's default trick when she wants something...|
|Sleeping in the ashes of a fire from the night before.|
|Fat and happy in Bangalore.|
|A common scene on the sidewalks in India.|