Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Muzzle That Mutt

Why is it many Mexicans approach our dogs with caution? It's been a question perplexing me since we arrived in this beautiful land. Our beloved companions, Rickey and Mitzi, are 2 of the most gentle and loving creatures around. Why do they invoke such trepidation?

Local: "Will they bite me?"
Me: "Will they bite you? If you're Mexican they might" I respond in jest. "Actually they don't bite. They just kiss."

The answer to my quandary came in the shape of a four legged terror - my neighbor's dog - the one that tries to kill us whenever we walk by. The dogs here are SCARY.

It's got to be pretty bad when I prefer getting plowed down by a crazy driver by walking down the middle of the street rather than strolling down the sidewalk and having some terror jump from behind a fence fangs showing, hair standing up and growling. Seriously, I'd rather take my chances in the street.

People have guard dogs because crime is a real problem here. Fences have been constructed to keep people out and then barking dogs have been placed behind the fences as a deterrence. My neighbor's German Shepard literally tries to jump over the fence and attack. I don't care, I'm not walking anywhere near that fence! I mean, really - can't I just walk down the sidewalk in peace?

We haven't experienced crime here personally, but we know it exists. Friends have been robbed more than once. Coming from Boston, Allan and I take all the necessary precautions (lock our doors, keep valuables in our car and home out of sight), but generally feel very safe here. Those perpetrating such inexcusable acts are a very small minority of the population. However, I don't think anyone is free from the risk of being the victim of crime, including us. It's just a fact of life in Mexico as it is the US and around the globe. Granted some places are more safe than others.

People in Playa feel they need mean dogs to keep out the unsavory section of the population. Finding a scary four legged security system can be a lot cheaper than a sophisticated electronic one. I just wish people managed their mutts with just a little more respect for their neighbors. It's got to be pretty bad when I'd rather risk getting hit by some maniac driver than being bitten!

Playa del Carmen Condo and Villa Vacation Rentals

Working diligently at the Coffee Cafe, our neighborhood hang out. The service is great, the coffee savory and the wireless is free.

I can never get tired of the beach.

Rickey and Mitzi pose below the palapa in the entrance to our complex.

My mother arrives today - I'm so excited!! This photo is of her wedding day.


K.W. Michigan said...

Why would anyone approach Mitzi and Rickey with caution? They are so adorable. I send them hugs and more hugs.

Beth said...

Try walking around with a 86 pound German Shepherd and a 96 pound greyhound. :) You get all sorts of interesting looks!!!

Islagringo said...

What gives? Almost a month with no entries! C'mon you guys. We want to know how it's going. Your views on what we all take for granted now are always a welcome read!

Nancy said...

Hey Guys!

Are you still in Playa? What's going on???


Matt and Allan said...

Thanks for your patience! Just a little busy and distracted. :)