The Melbourne Dog Lovers Show was on a few weekends ago and I was fortunate enough to have been gifted two tickets. I had attended an animal charity event the previous day and happened to be sitting next to a couple, who along with me and many others in the room, entered a raffle.
On my first day in Tulum I dumped my pack, got changed and made the 30 second walk across the small paved road to the Caribbean sea to take a long walk along the beach. I hadn’t got far when I saw a man in the distance sun-baking with a small chihuahua. Is there anything but a ‘small’ Chihuahua?
When I travel to foreign countries and see the relationship that people have with the dogs of their nations, it instills and reaffirms in me, just how similar we humans are. Somehow our connection with and our love of dogs manages to connect people, regardless of where we come from and our apparent differences.
Colombia; Utter the word Colombia and many people immediately conjure up thoughts of three things; coffee, cocaine and kidnapping! But to make this assumption or to go down this path is doing the country, its people and its dogs a huge injustice!
Dogs of Our World, Melbourne, Australia. It was AFL grand final day and there were six people and four greyhounds having a picnic. The greyhounds started politely by the side of the main affair and food. Half way through they were in amongst us and by the end of it, us 'people' struggled for a space on the picnic rugs! They had very conveniently sprawled themselves comfortably in the centre of us all. #ilovegreyhounds #greyhound #dogsofourworld #dogsoftheworld #doglovers #melbournedogs #dogstories #dogtales
Dogs of Our World, Viñales Cuba. In the main street of Viñales, you'll find the hub of fairly low key tourist-geared establishments sprinkled with local amenities and infrastructure: schools, churches, houses, horse equipment and other simple features. In amongst it all are dozens of stray street dogs. Far more often than not, these dogs are large so I was taken by great surprise to see what resembled part dachshund being sized up by counterparts double its size. I stood for a long time making sure nothing untoward kicked off, which thankfully it didn't. After the obligatory sniffs they got back to business and got on with their days; seeking out food from kindly tourists and locals alike! #streetphotography #dogpack #dogsofourworld #dogsofinstgram #backpackinglife #vinales #cuba #doglovers #dachshund
Dogs of Our World, Popayan, Colombia. Plazas are the hub of activity in the centre of cities and towns all over Latin America. Popayan is particularly beautiful with its completely white washed facades, large cathedrals, parks, street vendors and dogs. A street off the main block I saw this little boy playing with his puppy in the yard of his father's mechanic business. Initially a little shy, after a little Spanish from this foreigner, he was more than happy to pose. And who doesn't love a picture of a child with a puppy! #puppylove #popayan #dogsofourworld #dogstories #colombia #backpacker #backpackinglife #streetphotography #dogsofinstgram #puppy #spaniel
Dogs of Our World, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. The Cubans have this naturally beautiful way of simply 'hanging out'; with neighbours, family, friends, their dogs and even strangers. On more than one occasion I was invited in to people's homes. They are on balconies, footpaths, streets, corner stores and you'll often find them very purposely placing chairs outside their houses to engage in one of the most social of cultures I've experienced. Life and energy on their streets is a given, regardless of how chilled and laid back the vibe might be. Dogs feed off their environment and this picture aptly shows how much dogs too enjoy hanging out and checking out the happenings especially when they have a great vantage point like this one! #dogsoftheworld #dogoftheday #backpackinglife #dogstories #dogsofourworld #santiagodecuba #cuban #vantagepoint #doglover
Dogs of Our World, Sunshine Coast, Australia. After meandering around the iconic Eumundi markets in the hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, we wandered back to the car park and discovered this little beauty. He was with his travelling grey nomad owners and companions, who'd set up camp (aka caravan et al) before heading on to the next place. They travelled at their leisure and with he wind. You can always see a contented dog, especially one that has the freedom to travel with its owners. #lifeontheroad #dogstories #dogsofourworld #kelpie #backpackinglife #sunshinecoast #eumundi #dogoftheday #dogsoftheworld
Dogs of Our World, Santa Clara, Cuba. They say a picture tells a thousands words but this one needs just one, in my opinion anyway, "chilling". Walking the back streets in Santa Clara central Cuba, this resident dog was happily chilling outside his home with this little girl (and family member) equally happy chilling nearby. They kind of looked like two peas in a pod to me, both equally beautiful. #backpackerstory #doglover #dogoftheday #dogsofourworld #mansbestfriend #cuba #santaclara #kidsanddogs #sausagedog #dachshund
Dogs of Our World, Villa de Leyva/Leiva , Colombia. A rustic colonial town in central Colombia only a few short hours north of Bogota, Villa de Leiva attracts mostly locals with a splattering of backpackers. It's quaint shops, cobblestone roads and wide open plazas are surrounded by green lush fields and low lying hills. Like most places in this country it has lots of street dogs; this one waiting expectantly for attention and potentially some good! #dogoftheday #dogstories #dogsofourworld #streetphotography #villadeleyva #colombia #perro #doglover #backpackerstory #villadeleiva
Dogs of Our World, Melbourne Australia. Sausage dog antics at the inaugural Dachshund Races to celebrate Octoberfest. It was a sell out and everywhere you looked people had their dogs dressed up. The dogs seemed to embrace it! #dogslife #dogsofourworld #doglovers #dachshund #sausagedog #melbournedogs #dogstories #dogoftheday
Dogs of Our World, Sale, Victoria Australia. On a road trip during a weekend away at 90 Mile Beach. Spotted some street art so my girls and I decided to amble down the lane way to stretch out legs and check it out. #dogoftheday #roadtrip #dogsofourworld #mygirls #womansbestfriend #dogsofinstagram #streetphotography #streetart
Dogs of Our World, Montañita Ecuador. On the far northern coast of Ecuador, Montañita is a small beachside town where backpackers and locals alike come. It has a rustic party vibe and for a few select months you rarely see the sun; instead you're surrounded by a somewhat mystical mist. I found myself avoiding the parties and instead opting to hang out with the very many local street dogs on stretches of deserted beach. This one followed me from the streets where we walked for hours, playing, interacting with other dogs and taking photos. He was the perfect model! #dogsofourworld #montanita #beachlife #mansbestfriend #backpackerstory #dogoftheday #ecuador #streetdog