Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Mexico is a time to stop working and spend time with family and friends. With a shortage of the former in México, we spent this day (Holy Thursday) with new friends! Seven of us in total hired a trajinera in Xochimilco — a popular activity for locals and visitors alike — for a fun, relaxing afternoon… Passing the time floating up and down the canals with delicious grilled meat and veggies to eat… a plethora of alcohol to drink… and observing one particular species that kept stealing my attention…
I’m a sucker for animals. Especially dogs. Be they puppies or mutts or strays, I like them all! And the dogs of Xochimilco were no exception.
Note: Most of these dogs did NOT appear to be strays. I could write a whole post about stray dogs in Mexico, but we’ll save that for another time…
It’d be easy to ignore the dogs here, with their quiet demeanor, and the fact that there’s a quite effective water barrier between them and the trajineras. I, however, made it my mission to get a photo of every one. These full-grown dogs pull off the puppy-dog face quite well, seeking food from the kind strangers as they slowly float by.
Have a look, and then tell me: Would you be able to resist these faces?
Most of the dogs of Xochimilco silently observe the humans on the trajineras, almost blending in with their surroundings on the shore. I almost missed this one entirely:
There’s two in this next photo. Can you spot both of them?
This next dog reminds me of my Tiger: obviously a mutt, perhaps part German shepherd, and with a persistent smile on his face.
Sleeping while standing up? This guy appears wary, perhaps after a long day of begging!
Some of the Xochimilco pups followed us for quite a distance, watching from a boat’s edge until we floated out of reach, and then running along to catch up and hop on the next nearby boat they could find. These two in the next photo followed us for a particularly long time.
After twenty minutes of persistent begging, we gave in and threw them whatever leftovers we had on board.
As I mentioned before, though the dogs beg for food, they don’t appear to be strays. Homes and farms line the trajinera canals, and most of these dogs seemed to belong to one of them. In fact, we saw one dog owner scooping up her pup to carry it home as a storm threatened to begin in the late afternoon.
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About the Author
- In March 2014, Diana called it quits on her traditional American working life and set out to explore the world with her partner in crime (and love of her life) Ian Norman. They now live a sustainable life of full time travel, working for themselves and seeking adventure at the same time. Here on North to South, Diana documents their journey in achieving and maintaining this "road less traveled" way of life.
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