The Land of the Strays could be the title of a low-budget horror movie, but the reality could not be further from the truth. Otherwise known as Territorio de Zaguates, The Land of the Strays is in fact a paradise, at least for dogs and dog-lovers.
It’s a privately funded, volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter in Costa Rica. So far, so conventional. What makes this shelter unique however is it’s message. Territorio de Zaguates, whose advertising campaign carries the message “when you adopt a mutt, you adopt a unique breed”, wants people to think differently about mix-breed dogs.
Mongrels are often deemed inferior to pure breeds, but the shelter believes that championing their mixed status is the key to helping them find homes. Each dog for example is given its own unique breed, so instead of being nondescript mutts, the animals become exotically-named rarities. Ever wanted an Alaskan Collie Fluffyterrier? How about a Fire-Tailed Border Cocker or a Chubby-Tailed German Dobernauzer? If so then you know where to go! Continue reading
Dogs are some of the most nosy animals we have the pleasure of owning as pets. And the following shots of doggies remind us of this quality one more time — they all want to say hello. And we’re more than happy to get acquainted!
Tell us the password first, then we’ll let you in…
I’m picking up the scent of a new friend!
Please, don’t board up the fence. I love staring at you every day.
We saw the hole and we thought — well, why not see who’s on the other side?
I expect you to come by here every morning to have a chat with me.
Woah, you’ve got a huge back yard! Can I dig a hole and come play?
I can’t see you, but I know we’re going to be best friends!
Open the gate, open the gate, open the gate, and let me in!
We love you!
I think I’m stuck…Little help here…
I spent two weeks digging this hole so I could see what you look like…
I just wanted you to know how much I love you.
Come over here and give me a kiss, neighbour!
One day we’ll break down this wall and be together forever!
I’ve been waiting here all day for you to come home.
It’s time to get rid of this fence. It’s a barrier to our friendship!
I’ll wait here until you come back. I couldn’t bear to miss your return!
Well hello there! I say, you’re beautiful and I’m rather charming myself…Let’s be friends!
At last, the world beyond the garden fence! Fascinating!
More than a year ago we made a post about homeless people and their dogs. Amazed by their four-legged friends’ unconditional love, we decided to turn the post into an open list so you could contribute as well.
Once a dog forms a close relationship with a caring owner, their loyalty can be unbreakable, and they will stick with their owner through thick and thin. And unlike us, dogs don’t pass judgment on people who are down on their luck or homeless. This post is a tribute to homeless dogs, who love and stick with their homeless owners no matter what. Continue reading
Meet Luca, the Alaskan Malamute that loves to destroy her toys! Karissa Lerch, from Durham in North Carolina, always wanted a dog, but couldn’t afford one while in college. She got a toy dog from Toys-R-Us instead, and when she could finally afford a dog, gifted the toy to Luca. The two became inseparable.
“I passed the stuffed animal down to her and she has kept it by her side at all times ever since,” said Lerch online. “It’s her baby 🙂 She carries it around everywhere and always has it with her when she goes to bed.” Continue reading
The 17-year-old photographer Jessica Trinh shot her dog Chuppy. This lovely golden retriever is very likable.In addition to great photography, I think it is very harmonious relationship of Jessica and Chuppy, otherwise it is very difficult to shoot such a warm photo. Continue reading