Cultural Variations in Canine Possession


Final month, my sister-in-law and my almost-13-year-old niece, Ava, spent two weeks in France, visiting my sister-in-law’s mom and stepfather, who stay in Paris. Ava has been a canine lover since earlier than she may stroll, so I gave her an project, to take pictures of canines in Paris.

I’ve at all times been within the cultural variations between how canines are dealt with and handled in several nations and I mentioned this together with her a bit; she and her mother stopped at my home on their technique to the airport, as a result of I dog-sat their little canine, Alice, whereas they have been gone. However, in fact, I wasn’t really involved with the pictures that Ava would possibly get for me; I had an ulterior motive. Largely I used to be making an attempt to provide Ava a pictures job that may (I hoped) preserve her engaged with the residing surroundings when touring, to maintain her eyes open. Ava has a creative eye, and as somebody who studied photojournalism, I do know that being given an project to take footage can sharpen and focus your consciousness in your environment.

Ava did take and ship me some footage of canines and canine homeowners. We’re going to be them and discussing her journey to France on the finish of this week, when our household will get collectively once more to have fun her 13th birthday. However right here’s the humorous factor: Ava should have instructed her grandmother that she was taking pictures of canines for me. This morning I obtained a photograph and e mail from her grandmother, Olivia.

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“I heard you want footage of canines in France,” Olivia defined. Properly, I assume my covert mission wanted to be uncovered, and I’ve written again to Olivia to recuse her from the project and sharing the precise goal of my project for Ava together with her.

However after writing the e-mail, I checked out Olivia’s snapshot once more. She had really captured a number of very fascinating issues. The longer I take a look at this photograph, which she captioned as “a canine walker in Paris,” the extra I see. Look: What do you see?

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A canine walker in Paris. ©Nancy Kerns | Complete Canine Journal

Listed below are the issues which can be most fascinating to me:

Of the seven canines seen within the photograph, just one (probably two) is leashed. Regardless of this, they’re all simply hanging out in a relaxed vogue, ready for his or her walker, who seems to be taking a snack break.

The 2 canines on the best might or might not be with the walker; they’re barely faraway from her, whereas the opposite canines are organized in a circle round her. So these two unleashed canines might merely be ready for his or her homeowners to return out of the shop or restaurant. They’re unleashed however completely protected and comfy ready on the sidewalk.

All however one of many canines resemble purebreds. The canine on the far proper is likely to be, too; I’m not acquainted sufficient with all of the bully-type breeds to know what she is or is likely to be.

All seven of the canines are in good weight and look match. Even French canines look extra slender than their American counterparts!

The white canine on the best seems to be a French Bulldog – however she or he has way more of a nostril than the French Bulldogs you see right here. I like that the canine’s face isn’t as smushed within the exaggerated method the canines right here typically seem.

How do canines turn into so habituated and well-behaved that they’ll safely be taken out with a dog-walker off leash in the midst of a busy metropolis? Are canines being misplaced and hit by vehicles at a charge we Individuals would discover unacceptable? I’m fascinated – and I simply might need to go to Paris to search out out! I’m fairly positive I may stick with Olivia…

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Olivia, Leslie, and Ava took a day journey to London. ©Complete Canine Journal

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