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17 Latin Dog Breeds You Should Beg Your Mom To Let You Have

When we think of Latinx culture, we don’t typically think of pets as the first thing central to our household lifestyle. With thousands of dogs in need of a home, here are some Latin American dog breeds for you and your mom to aww over and who knows, maybe she would even cave in and be up to adopt.

1. Peruvian Hairless Dog

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Known for being loyal and loving, the Peruvian Hairless dog will surely the best part of your day. Fun fact: perceived as an Incan dog, they were also kept as pets during Pre-Inca cultures.

2. Uruguayan Cimarrón

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As the only native dog of Uruguay, people take great pride when having the Cimarrón as a pet. They make excellent candidates in dog competitions as well as for hunting and guarding.

3. Argentine Dogo

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Strong and smart, the Dogo Argentino is one reliable breed where it is willing to protect its human companion and show off a brave attitude.

4. Chihuahua

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Tiny but mighty, Chihuahuas tend to put up on heck of a fight, whether when playing with other dogs or chasing off humans. If you have a spunky personality, then this breed may be for you.

5. Brazilian Mastiff

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The Brazilian Mastiff has great tracking abilities and is very good at being a guard dog. They will always have you feeling safe while making a great cuddle buddy.

6. Chilean Fox Terrier

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It takes a while for this breed to warm to you but once it does, it is non-stop loving. They are growing popular in South America too so they might be even easier to spot out.

7. Havanese

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Add on extra cheer to your life with a Cuban native Havanese dog. They can adapt to their surroundings so they are the perfect companion no matter where you are.

8. Brazilian Terrier

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Smart and playful, the Brazilian Terrier is a dog that is always on the go. Definitely one you take for a run or some exercise.

9. Xoloitzcuintle

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Also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, this is a rare breed that has been around for a long time. Known for its hyper personality, they are quite fun for the outgoing.

10. Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound

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Double the nose, double the pros. First, by having the Double Nosed Andean Tiger Hound, you would have a rare breed from Bolivia. Second, their nose is what makes them special as no other breed is like them.

11. Mucuchí

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This breed is well known for its white coat and for always being alert. They don’t call them the Venezuelan Sheepdog for nothing.

12. Guatemalan Dogo

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Guatemala’s national dog, they are not only for companionship but also to serve and guard their families. They are also open to the friends of families bring your loved ones to meet this furry friend.

13. Ecuadorian Hairless Dog

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Coming from the Peruvian Hairless Dog, it is now one of the rarest breeds of dogs. Its body proportions allow it to be considered an elegant animal, and perhaps can reflect its shine on its owner.

14. Mexican Pitbull

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Also known as Chamuco, the origin gives the meaning “devil” to represent its fierce personality. A fighting dog, it can remain friendly and confident around humans.

15. Magellan Sheepdog

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The Magellan Sheepdog can handle a lot of outdoor activities, such as snow temperatures, traveling long distance, and, as noted in its name, is able to herd sheep.

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16. Argentine Pila Dog

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Due to its small size, Argentine Pila Dog is able to adapt into the apartment life quite easily. This makes the dog breed very easy to train.

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17. Rastreador Brasileiro

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Not usually kept as a pet, the Rastreador Brasileiro is a hunting dog that should not be near children and the elderly. However, with enough patience, they can be trained.


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Sephora Announced It’s Finally Taking Mink False Eyelashes Off Of Its Shelves

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Sephora Announced It’s Finally Taking Mink False Eyelashes Off Of Its Shelves

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When it comes to buying products we all have a responsibility to know where our dollars go.

And while in the world of beauty it might seem a bit tricky to be conscientious of animal rights and our planet… it’s so essential. Fortunately, Sephora agrees and their latest announcement confirms it!

Recently, Sephora announced that it would no longer sell mink-based lashes online or in-store in an effort to combat animal cruelty.

Speaking to Allure this week, the big-box beauty store announced that they had started 2020 with efforts to phase mink lashes out of its stock. This week, after animal rights activist organization PETA launched a campaign demanding that the brand do so, the retailer confirmed that when it comes to false eyelashes they are going completely mink-free.

“Following a PETA campaign and emails from more than 280,000 concerned shoppers, Sephora has confirmed that it has banned mink-fur eyelashes and will purchase only synthetic or faux-fur lashes going forward,” PETA shared in a statement about the decision.

In a graphic video about the trading and selling of mink fur which is often used for coats and fake eyelashes, the organization urged Sephora to stop selling the beauty product.

*Warning this video is graphic*

The organization lambasted fur farms in its statement saying “As PETA pointed out in its letters to Sephora, mink fur typically comes from fur farms, where stressed minks frantically pace and circle endlessly inside cramped wire cages and many languish from infections or broken or malformed limbs. Some minks even self-mutilate as a result of the intensive confinement, chewing into their own limbs or tails. At the end of their miserable lives, they’re gassed or electrocuted or their necks are broken.”

Confirming their decision to take mink off of its shelves, Sephora wrote in a statement that they “have always been committed to upholding the highest standards of beauty, and we take our responsibility to communicate transparently and honestly with our clients about the products we carry seriously.”

The brand went on to say that they shared with PETA “earlier this year we had already decided to begin phasing mink products out of our assortment in 2020. We have only ever offered products our clients can trust and we stand by the people and partners who have made the Sephora experience what it is today.”

With Humans Indoors Because Of The Pandemic, Animals Are Going Wild Around The Globe

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With Humans Indoors Because Of The Pandemic, Animals Are Going Wild Around The Globe

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As many of us struggle with the new reality of staying indoors to stay safe, the Earth seems to be enjoying this new found human-free existence. Most of us are connecting with friends and family online; those of us lucky enough to work from home aren’t stuck in traffic anymore; and often overcrowded tourist destinations are free from crowds.

These empty streets, parks, and beaches have resulted in decreased air pollution around the world and animals are returning to habitats they abandoned long ago. Despite the ongoing health crisis and uncertainty we all face, the idea that the Earth is getting a chance to heal itself a bit during all this craziness is a small sliver of hope.

Air pollution is down by record numbers across the globe.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the global environment. Satellite images from regions across the world show a dramatic decrease in pollution. For the first time in more than 30 years, towns and villages across India have a panoramic view of the Himalaya Mountains.

The last time that cities in the state of Punjab, like Jalandhar, saw the Himalayan Mountains was about 30 years ago.

National Public Radio (NPR) reported that the concentration of fine particulate matter in the air had dramatically dropped since Modi first imposed the countrywide lockdown in March. The Air Quality Index fell as low as 45 late in the month, when a normal value in late March is around 160. India’s central pollution control board reported that a total of 85 cities in India showed improvement just one week after the lockdown.

In China, lockdowns and other measures resulted in a 25 percent reduction in carbon emissions, which one Earth systems scientist estimated may have saved at least 77,000 lives over two months.

Even LA, a city notorious for air pollution, has benefited from the state’s stay-at-home order.

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The mental image many people have of the Los Angeles skyline is one obscured by smog, with thick air pollution hanging over its downtown buildings. But with the city – and the entire state of California – under stay-at-home orders to stem the deadly outbreak of coronavirus, something dramatic has happened to the air in LA.

On Tuesday, LA saw some of the cleanest air of any major city in the world, according to IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company which also monitors pollution levels in cities around the globe. And beginning in early March of this year, EPA air quality data shows that the city of Angels experienced its longest stretch of “good” air quality since at least 1995.

Meanwhile, wild animals are starting to take advantage of the lack of humans overcrowding their habitats.

Mexico’s Oaxacan coastline is home to La Ventanilla Beach, a popular tourist spot. The ecotourism destination is home to a lagoon in which the crocodiles normally spend most of their time, avoiding visitors who come from nearby Mazunte, Zipolite, Puerto Escondido and other destinations to snap photos of them from tour boats.

But when the tourists are away, the crocs will play, and a photo of five large reptiles enjoying the otherwise empty beach made the rounds on social media.

Mexico’s federal government closed all beaches in early April to prevent people from gathering in groups and further spreading the coronavirus. Since then there have been a number of observations of wildlife reclaiming spaces they previously avoided due to human presence.

There have also been reports of jaguars and leatherback sea turtles re-entering spaces in Cancún from which human activity had kept them away for decades.

Videos have captured the animals in Quintana Roo, where the popular resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya are located. One video, which has been watched 120,000 times on Facebook, shows a huge crocodile swimming along a canal between balconies. The people filming express their shock at the animal as he swims past without stopping for the people watching him.

Another video captured a jaguar roaming the streets of Tulum. According to local media, the big cat was spotted near the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa.

A leatherback sea turtle was even caught laying 112 eggs on the beach in front of a luxury hotel in Cancun. Alfredo Arellano, secretary of ecology and environment of the state of Quintana Roo, said the turtle sighting was “very unusual”.

He explained: “On an average, we only have one leatherback turtle nesting per year in the entire state and the nesting season doesn’t start until May.”

Meanwhile, in California, wild animals are being seen in record numbers across the state’s national parks.

According to SFGate, an employee from Yosemite National Park claims that since the park closed to the public in late March, the sightings of large animals including bears, bobcats, and coyotes have gone up fourfold. 

“It’s not like [bears] aren’t usually here,” Yosemite employee Dane Peterson tells SFGate, “it’s that they usually hang back at the edges, or move in the shadows.”

Meanwhile, in the UK, the Washington Post reports that a tribe of goats overtook the streets of Wales. Video taken by resident Andrew Stuart shows the animals nonchalantly roaming the empty streets and helping themselves to a meal of hedges and flower gardens.