Wednesday, February 25, 2009

coastal dogs in peru

what's the surf connection here? i met this dog on a northern peruvian beach called organos, near mancora. it's a peruvian hairless dog, but is considered especially rare because its skin is mottled, white and black, and the skin is bumpy, going up and down where it has pigment and where it doesn't. a hauntingly beautiful dog, in my opinion, with the personality of a scavenger who survived for centuries on the treeless dunes of the dry peruvian coast by eating whatever fish carcass washed ashore. nowadays, some people say they were well treated by the incas, but i don't believe it. i think they lived near human settlements on the coast, but doubt they received hugs and kisses. that's a 21st century thing.

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