Tuesday, December 2, 2014

We have a Winner!!

There are more dogs here than you can shake a stick at, and believe me we have done so.  The streets are full of them, almost all without owners, surviving on scrounging through the trash.
One of the Sister missionaries, speaking with a Peruvian member of the Church, told her that in the U.S., there aren't dogs roaming around like this, to which the nice lady said sincerely "No dogs?! How sad!"
This would all be fun and games, but many/most of the dogs are not friendly.  With some regularity, we have to take care of missionaries bitten by them.
When Sister Henderson goes out with the Sisters, she has learned to carry rocks in her pockets, and she is getting pretty good at throwing them.
(Note:  This is not actually a picture of Sister Henderson.  Her hair is longer.)
There is a particularly unusual breed of dog here, apparently bred and prized by the ancient Incas, though for what purpose other than hilarity I am not sure.  It is called the Peruvian Inca Orchid, and no, I am not making this up.  
These lovely creatures are distinguished by their lack of hair except for a mohawk and a scroungy tuft at the end of the tail.
It used to be said of our Langley High School football team, "They may be small, but they're slow." In similar fashion, it can be said of the Peruvian Inca Orchid (again, actual name), "They may be ugly, but they're mean." This particular specimen tried to bite my ankle, apparently ticked off because I wouldn't give him the 2 soles that are commonly requested for the privilege of taking a picture of something interesting down here.
We hope that your dog takes the prize for something other than Pure Ugliness.  Or Meanness.
Dave & Paula


Patti said...

Wow. I usually love dogs of all sizes and varieties, but that is really an ugly dog. And mean as well? So sad.

Liz said...

Our son Nate wrote about the dogs. We are grateful that his prayers have been answered concerning one dog in particular! I love your blog and getting to see more picture and learn more about your mission. Thanks for sharing!