Thursday, August 16, 2012


It's Alphabe-Thursday time again over at Mrs. Jenny's and this week marks the marvelous letter M.

In Patagonian Chile (and other Spanish speaking places), M is for Mascota, the Spanish word for pet. The Chileans love their dogs, in particular, and other animals, as well. Here are some mammalian mugshots from Patagonia.

Cattle are not generally considered pets, but I thought this youngster was kinda cute...

Some people have guard dogs; this family had a guard ram. We walked out into the middle of the street to pass, as he was occupying most of the sidewalk. I decided not to find out if he was friendly or ferocious.

One blue eye, one brown eye. 

It's not uncommon to see ranch dogs riding on top of the cargo or on top of the truck. 

Goats make great pets..and you never need to mow the lawn.

This sad little guy had clearly been mistreated. He wouldn't even look at me. It made me so sad. 

Hello, friend. You are my friend, right?

This cute guy made friends with the hubs while we were waiting for the oil to be changed in our truck. Malamute bassett hound mix? What do you think?
Cat on a hot tin roof? No, just on a slippery hood. Caught him as he was sliding off.
This sweet little puppy was hanging out in some flowers on a grave in the cemetery at Punta Arenas. He had huge feet and was clearly going to be a BIG dog. 

Well, if you're done here, march on over to Mrs. Jenny's and see the magical musings of the other Alphabetarians.


Naperville Now said...

the sad one got me -- how people can mistreat children and animals is beyond me. great M post.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely photos ~ Sad too about mistreatment of animals and humans ~ No has the right to 'abuse' anyone or anything or animal ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Susan Anderson said...

Such cute pictures, and one very sad one.


PS. Love the guard ram!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful photos! The animals all had such wonderful expressive faces but the sad dog was heartbreaking.

The Poet said...

My dear Anita,
Thank you for the photos. Sadly, both humans and animals will have days like that poor and sad little guy. You always do a such a GREAT job by sharing a little piece of history with us during your travels. Thank you my friend.

Leovi said...

Nice pictures, yes, I like the pets, the horse is my favorite, really spectacular beauty.

Sue McPeak said...

What a great letter M post with a lesson in differences and sameness in another culture. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing your travels, thoughts and commentary.

Jim said...
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Jim said...

Hi Anita, you did find a wealth of Mascotas there in Chile. The sad dog reminds me of a lot of animal mistreatment. We have laws in Texas but seldom do we hear of them being enforced. Only in the really terrible cases. Jail isn't good enough for these abusers.

Another form of abuse is to let an unsecured dog ride in the back of pickups. We have a lot of that in Texas and about once a week we see a dead dog on the road. I suppose many of them fell out of their trucks.
We have laws to keep the kids from doing that but not pets.

Splendid Little Stars said...

You captured some wonderful shots!
The cattle is so cute! The sliding cat is great!
It goes without saying that it's very sad that animals are mistreated.
I learned a new word--how cool!

storybeader said...

I love dogs. Feel so bad about that one. Too sad... sigh... The goat is so cute. I live in town and don't get to see a lot of farm animals too often. {:-D

Gattina said...

Cute pet pictures, even the cow,lol !

Unknown said...

That was entertaining and fun. Thanks for sharing. -- Bill

Wanda said...

I don't think I would have ventured an introduction to the ram either, but you did get a great photo!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Beautiful critters to see! It is sad to see people mistreated animals, or even neglecting them.

Jenny said...

Sweet little mascotas.

some of them look so sad. And one looks quite scary.

I don't think I would have taken on the guard ram either! ha!

Thanks for an aMusing link for the letter M!


Catherine said...

These are great photos - you caught so many interesting moments, and neat animals! The dog made me sad, and the cat made me laugh! (I think my husband might also like a goat to help with the yardwork!)