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It’s a dog’s life

…”I don’t think its name was meant to be used with a condescending connotation, but rather an endearing undertone – probably for the fact that it is hairless (or has very little hair) just like a China man. “

So while I was taking photos for the “Many Faces of Peru” blogpost, a friend said to me: “Hey Henry, we had the exact same idea but we were going to take photos of all the dogs we saw in Peru…”

I thought that was a great idea, so I started taking photos of dogs. Unfortunately, I didn’t start early enough so there were plenty of missed opportunities. The great thing about¬†photographing these lone, nomadic, street vagabonds, is that they are happy to pose for free. Well, I am not sure if an angry growl and the showing of teeth can be labelled as free, but nonetheless, I was over the moon taking these photos.

I have to say that the dog that really grabbed my attention by a long mile was the Peruvian “Perro Chino” (Chinese Dog). I don’t think its name was meant to be used with a¬†condescending connotation, but rather an endearing undertone – probably for the fact that it is hairless (or has very little hair) just like a China man. In English, it is politically correct to call this canine the Peruvian Hairless Dog.