Street dogs, they can be everywhere here in Peru. You can find them hanging out at the beach under the umbrellas by themselves, you can find them trotting along the streets in the city center, and you can see them right outside your door when you step out on to the street. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are loners while sometimes you see packs of dogs running the street trotting along in a hurry to get somewhere. Some are fierce and scary while some can be timid and friendly. But most importantly, don’t touch them. Do not try to befriend them. They are not like dogs in the states. These guys have grown up independent, and most of the time they shy away from humans. The thing I found most interesting about the street dogs when I first arrived to Peru was the night time.
As a kid, I grew up being able to hear crickets at night, and it was a soothing sound. But here in Peru, I haven’t heard one cricket; I have heard street dogs at night though. They howl, bark and growl all through the night. It’s kind of frightening at first, but eventually you get accustomed to the noise. The photo above doesn’t do street dogs justice in how grungy some can be. They have dread locks and crazy, matted hair. Some are extremely emaciated and sickly. The photo above is one image of a beautiful husky sitting on the corner.