Dogs in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — an incredibly mysterious town — don’t seem to be your typical happy-go-lucky pets. You know, the ones that get excited when you come home from work, or smother you with kisses when you cuddle in bed, or even the ones that bark until you take them out to pee. These dogs live on roofs and bark almost nonstop.
“These roof dogs spend much of their lives up there, surveying their territory from an advantageous perch,” writes photographer Russell Monk. “But great as the views are and as much as their height adds to their sense of superiority, they are not there by choice.”
Covering Mexican news in the past few years has become a difficult job, particularly if you love this amazing country but are also aware of the many socioeconomic problems, crime and overall struggle that the United States’ southern neighbour has faced in recent decades due to drug cartels, corrupt governments and pressure from global markets. So every once in a while our hearts receive an apapacho with stories that reveal how solidarity and plain old human awesomeness are also part of the Mexican psyche. And of course a touch of creativity also leads to memorable moments in which kindness, often among the most vulnerable sections of the population, shines even more.
Look at this doggie, all warm in this traditional dress from Yucatan. But the story behind the cute photo will get you thinking.
So the story goes like this: a street dog in the southern state of Yucatan was suffering from the dropping temperatures, shaking as its bones were visible in her super thin fur coat. The dog’s name is Polita and she was given a traditional dress called huipil by the artisans of the town of Ticul.
As reported by Mexico News Daily, a local resident posted a photo on Facebook and since then the image has gone viral. “So that she doesn’t suffer from the cold, the little dog with her huipil. It’s worth sharing and making her go viral”, read the caption in the now famous photo. Ticul is located around 100 km south of the state capital city of Mérida. The majority of the population is of Maya heritage. It is such a heartwarming photo, even more so if we consider how vulnerable indigenous Mexicans, such as the huipil-making saints, still are in contemporary Mexico.
But you might now that there is actually a day in which some Catholic Mexicans get their pets dressed in all sorts of amazing traditional costumes.
Every January 17 Mexican Catholics celebrate San Antonio Abad, the patron saint of animals. And every year large numbers of the faithful take their pets to church to get a blessing from the local padrecito. But of course the occasion needs to be solemn, so owners get their pets dressed in what passes as haute couture, all for the sake of cuteness…. and faith.
Some costumes are more traditional than others, but they are all dolled up!
We wonder that is going through their canine minds while being showered in holy water…
And just look at those chicken dresses in the town of Taxco.
We love the Zoolander duck face on this chicken. It knows it got swag and it flaunts it!
And for some there is never a lost opportunity to show their devotion for a soccer team.
We can just imagine this dude watching soccer on a Sunday afternoon and cheleando with his two chihuahuas on his lap, wearing those cute tiny jerseys. Ternuritas.
Is that a rastafari dog in Guerrero?
This is actually like an animal cosplay contest celebrated on San Antonio Abad day in Guerrero, Mexico. We don’t know if a Jamaican rastafari costume qualifies as traditional in Mexico, but the little fur ball sure looks cute, right? And look at the elegant little black dog to the right, with his royal attire, all ready to rule the world.
A little Mexican kitsch nunca viene de sobra
We love the sarape and the hat on this tiny fella. And that hat must sure cover him from the scalding Guerrero sun.
Is this princesa peluda about to celebrate her XV?
OMG, just look at her, al regal and ready to dance a smooth waltz. And look, she has got a chambelan and everything. And look at the surprise in the faces of those passersby.
Si Adelita se fuera con otro…
We love this little model in the style of the Mexican Revolution and its legendary female fighters, called Adelitas or soldaderas. Fierceness and cuteness in a cute little package. This photo is also from one of the contests organized in the town of Taxco (by the way, this town is a must for anyone visiting the country).
How on Earth did they get those tiny chicks in those dresses?
We just hope that the little ones are OK. The craft needed for that tiny church is just admirable. Wow.
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Halloween is meant to be celebrated by all: adults, kids, babies, and, yes, pets. In our house, we give out doggy treats to all those little dogs that come by in costume — it’s only fair. We have no idea if dogs like to get dressed up on Halloween, but they are such good sports about it. And they look so cute!
With Halloween just around the corner, you may be freaking out about what sort of costume you should pick out for your little family member, well, we’re to help. Here’s a roundup of the best (and cutest) costumes for your dog.
Special delivery from the UPS dog.
Your neighbors will love this costume! Buy it for less than $15. Please handle this package with care.
Taco Tuesday is for dogs (and cats) too.
Just make sure you don’t include real food or take a bite. This cute costume is only $15.
The holy furry ghost
You cannot go wrong with a white bed sheet. Hopefully, your pup doesn’t shake it off. Also, don’t walk near a mirror, you don’t want to scare your dog.
May the Ewok be with you.
Every dog deserves to be a Star Wars hero. You can be Princess Laia or Prince Luke!
Harry Potter would have loved to have a dog, don’t you think? Now he has one. All you need for this costume is a baby scarf and a pair of gag glasses, and you’re set.
Welcome to Jurassic (dog) Park
This costume comes in all sizes and is just $25. Be sure to have the Jurassic Park theme music playing wherever you go.
Your best sidekick
If you’re Batman for Halloween, you’re going to need a sidekick, so naturally, it should be Robin. This costume is just $13!
A martini straight up.
Work with what you got and dress up your doggy in a way that will make you and them feel good. You cannot go wrong with this DIY look. Just don’t drink and walk your dog.
Snoop doggy dog, but the original.
Your dog might not be able to rap, but that doesn’t mean they can’t bark like a rap star. Also, be sure you don’t overstep on the cultural appropriation.
Two’s a charm over the rainbow.
If you dress up as the Wicked Witch of the East you’re all set to take a walk down the yellow brick road.
Your wonder dog to the rescue!
If you got a plastic bag and a Wonder Bread logo from your own load of bread, then you got yourself a great costume. It’ll be the best thing since sliced bread.
Half ninja turtle/half dog
All you need is a turkey foil tin, tie it to its back, and you got a crime fighter on your hands.
Sure you can get this costume for just $16, but all you really need is a yellow shirt and a little backpack.
Old town road, but for dogs
There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s all bite and no bark, so you better lookout.
A magical one-of-a-kind costume.
Have you seen anything cuter than yarn as hair? Mark our own words, the unicorn costume will be the biggest hit this Halloween season. Click here for the DIY directions.
Your own Beanie Babies!
This might be the easiest costume yet, and the cutest too, just don’t try and sell them. They’re not actually stuffed animals.
Create your own rodeo.
No one will get hurt with this costume as long as you use a dummy for a person. Also, it’s just $16!
A bite-size kiss.
If you love chocolate as much as your dog, this costume is for you.
Pooping is optional.
If your dog poops while walk down the street on Halloween night, no one will blame you for it. You did give them a warning.
Cha Cha Chia – pet
We hope your dog is not one of those that eats plants, but if they are, then they might return home naked.
This Coke is for you.
The costume also comes with zero calories and caffeine-free.