Dogs in Chile sometimes seem to function as "greeters." Maybe they just want some human companionship? Here's one at the artisan fair I went to in Quinta Vergara park early in my stay. Another walked with us in Valpo one day for about 10 blocks, from the Metro to a park.
But none of the greeter dogs was more memorable then the one that met us on the platform of El Salto metro station, then walked with us to the Botanical garden.
This was a little over 3 kilometers (see map below), and took us about an hour. What a dedicated dog!
And then there was that walk with Uncle Rick, when we had an entire entourage with us down the length of Alvarez, all the way to the beach.
Joel and Steve's first Street dog, on their first day in Santiago. Ah, it was nice and warm then!
Of course, not all dogs (or cats) that we encountered roamed the street. Many people keep dogs for guard duty, or simply because they love their pets. This friendly puppy wanted us to give it some attention, so Joel obliged.
The art of begging.
Right outside our building, the bus stop dogs on a sunny day, soaking up some rays.
Joel and friend.
How to stay dry in the rain? Hang out on a bus stop bench. People waiting that morning for the bus just left this one alone.
Dogs really DO use the crosswalks here. I'd heard about it, read about it, and saw it on multiple occasions: