TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE
The Dogs of Argentina
Heather Markel, Writer, Speaker, Photographer, Traveler, Business Strategist
Every country seems to have its own dog culture.
As I travel the world I’ve noticed that dogs are treated very differently in each country. I started out in Central America and was dismayed, in certain parts, to see that dogs are mostly street dogs and hungry. I’m a dog lover. Back in the US if someone has a dog, a puppy, any kind of dog really, I’m going to bend down and pet that dog. Unless the dog is not friendly and growling. But usually I just indulge and pet every single dog I possibly can. In fact if you’re in midsentence with me you’ll probably lose me if a puppy comes along.
Dogs conversing in El Calafate
Photograph by Heather Markel, copyright 2019
“It’s like the streets are full of companionship.”
Some dogs will, literally, lie at your feet if you pet them. By the way, those are my feet, under that dog.
Photograph by Heather Markel, Copyright 2019
In some places, however, the dogs do create problems. There are signs in just about every public park to NOT take your dogs inside. They will hunt the wildlife. Most of the dogs are male, but if there is a female, well, nature happens. Despite these concerns, it’s a joy to be in a place where dogs are loved, nurtured, but like the local wildlife, free to roam. The result is amazing affection from just about every dog you meet.