Monday, August 29, 2011
Roof Dogs - A Dying Breed
They've always ben there. Many of them. Up there in the sun and rain and cold of night. Guarding their homes and masters. In the past, in almost every city and village I've traveled to, a roof dog was part of the landscape. What always makes me laugh is when it is a pack of tiny dogs with big barks. The one in this photo is a big dog with a big bark.
Not so much anymore. I wonder. Is it too expensive now to feed them? Is it socially unacceptable to some to keep animals up there? Or do people feel more secure or have alarm systems on their homes?
Whatever the difference is, there are fewer and fewer roof dogs to be seen in San Miguel at least.
When I'm walking down the hill and through town I always like to look up. The roof terraces, the amount of living that goes on on roofs in Mexico is a delight. Different views from on high. It reminds me of the balconies and roof terraces that I grew up with and saw when I visited New Orleans as a young teenager. It seem exotic and interesting to me then. It still does.
Has anyone else noticed fewer roof dogs? Or is it just me?