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Photo Friday: Hungry and hoping in rural Guatemala

July 29, 2011

A hungry dog holds onto hope outside a butcher in Santa Catarina, Guatemala

The second morning of my hike from Xela to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala with Quetzaltrekkers we ate breakfast at a local comedor in the village of Santa Catarina, next door to this butcher shop.

A pack of local dogs were out and about waiting for their own breakfast, hanging around just in case the butcher should decide to literally throw them a bone.

This dog reminded me of my own in Sydney – at the slightest chance of food, it refused to give up hope.

It’s beautiful staring eyes clearly got too much for the butcher because he was soon throwing scraps into the square. 

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  • Reply Naomi July 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Aw….so cute đŸ™‚ I think the ubiquitous packs of wild dogs was one of the strangest things I saw while in Peru and Chile….they were always such ecclectic groups, but thankfully all pretty docile!

    • Reply MeganRTW July 30, 2011 at 5:30 am

      There are always wild dogs….everywhere! At least here they seem better looked after than the ones I came across in India, where dogs are pretty much on the same level as rats. Actually, thinking about the rat temple – they’re probably lower!

  • Reply Danielle July 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to resist throwing scraps to that pup either! Great photo đŸ™‚

  • Reply Marina K. Villatoro July 30, 2011 at 1:38 am

    This is the story of every dog’s life on the streets of Guatemala. And now becoming more and more of the people’s too. Hunger!

    Yet they still have smiles on their faces.

  • Reply Kris Koeller July 31, 2011 at 12:42 am

    That’s some pretty epic concentration…

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