|Cat sleeping in front of a restaurant. Or waiting for a taxi?|
Here in Buenos Aires people seem to have an interesting relationship with cats and dogs. This is a big city with about 3 million people in the city proper, and closer to 13 million in the greater city. People are packed in tight, with most living in apartment buildings. It is much like New York or Chicago. The traffic is busy, loud and fast. Most people walk and take mass transit because the streets are so congested. You'd think in these circumstances that people would shy away from keeping pets. But this is not the case in Buenos Aires. They love their pets! People bring their pets everywhere and let them roam freely, as if they lived in small towns with dirt roads.
|People bring their dogs everywhere|
You can see people walking dogs of all sizes. Often the dogs are on leashes, but not always. Many dogs walk somewhere near their owners, although not always.
|Joyful puppy chases pigeons in the park|
|This dog was hanging out at a hospital. I couldn't tell if it was stray or just roaming around its owners.|
In the swanky downtown neighborhoods it is very common to see professional dog walkers with big groups of dogs. They attach the leashes to a harness on their waist and walk. I'm always impressed at how well behaved the groups of dogs are.
|Dog Food and Vet!|
|Working Dog--I don't think this is the photo pose they were hoping for|
|Smart cat--this store sells meat|
Many people are conscientious about their pets, but many are not. Despite the occasional sign reminding people to clean up, there is poop all over the sidewalks.
|It's Prohibited to Abandon Animals, but...|
|Another Cat Feeder, 2 hours later|
|Pasta, Milk and Cat Food|
|Cat Lady at the Park|
|Smart Dog at Half-Way Point of Intersection|
|Dogs just like to be around people|
|My Lunch Friend|
|Lunch Friend chases off interloper|