Must love dogs

If you ever plan on visiting Chile, I hope that you’re not scared of, or even allergic to dogs, because there are a lot of stray dogs in the country. And when I say a lot, I really do mean A LOT!

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On our way to work, seeing a couple of dogs lounging in front of a Church

You’ll find them everywhere you go – on the streets, by the beach, or just napping by the sidewalk. They generally don’t bother you – Sam & I noticed that they only really bark at motorcycles and other vehicles.

I have encountered stray dogs in my travels before, but I have to say that the Chilean stray dogs are some of the sweetest ones that you’ll find. I know that may seem hard to believe, but its true.They like walking with people – strangers. They also like being petted (although you may want to refrain on doing that to some, as they unfortunately have fleas). Image

Last weekend, as I was working out by the beach, there was this dog who just sat near me and watched me quietly.

Even though they are technically stray dogs, I find that many of them are well taken care of. Chileans, in general, treat their stray dogs very well. Aside from fleas, the dogs seem to be healthy and well fed. And because it’s winter, many of them even have coats on!

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Churros as dog treats

Being (technically) surrounded by dogs, and being thousands of miles away from home is making me miss my dog, Gatsby. But for now, I’m glad to have the Chilean dogs to keep me company 🙂

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Gatsby, who will get spoiled with walks when I come home (less than two months away!)

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