Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

The Birds

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Birds by Luna McCarthy

It’s funny how the little children always want to chase the birds in Parque Central…you can see the boy pulling his mother towards them. I think its also a little comical how the little girl in the photo seems to strike the same pose as her father, as they watch the birds flutter about.

Window Dog

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Window Dog by Sergio Dominguez

Personally, I think guest contributor Sergio Dominguez gets the best shots of dogs being dogs around the city. If you have seen Dog Day Afternoon or Chillin in the Sun, I am sure you’ll agree.

Here we see the special breed, Guatemalan Window Dog, a cousin to the Guatemalan Roof Dog, referenced in Domestic Animals (photo also by Sergio). A dog’s life in Xela can be rough, but thanks to Sergio for capturing some of the kinder aspects of our canine friends’ lives!

This Little Piggie

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This Little Piggie by Sergio Dominguez

This (not so) little piggy is likely on his way somewhere that will not give him such a happy ending. There is something very profound to be said for not only knowing where your food comes from, but being closely connected to it, to the land and to the animals which provide sustenance. Living here, I personally have such a different appreciation for those who work the land, whether with crops, flowers or animals, not only for the work they do and how difficult it is, but for the outcome it produces.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez; text by Luna McCarthy


Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Too Many Birds by Luna McCarthy

So many people like to hang out in the park to see and feed the birds; little children chase them around and for the most part that’s all okay. Unless you have a bird phobia, like I do. When I first came to Xela, I loved sitting in the park (still do), but the constant group-swooping of the birds freaked me out a little (still does). They fly in huge flocks from the park to the Casa Noj’ building…aaaand circle around the park and do it all again and again and again. I do love watching the children chase them and I enjoy seeing the elderly throw their breadcrumbs to them…I just won’t be sitting nearby when it happens.

Dog Day Afternoon

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Three Dogs by Sergio Dominguez

Great shot of some dogs just chilling out in Parque Central by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.


Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Loner by Arturo Godoy

A lone street dog meanders down 4 Calle on a busy Xela afternoon.

Photo by guest contributor Arturo Godoy; text by Luna McCarthy.

Chillin’ in the Sun

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Chillin' in the Sun by Sergio Dominguez

Sometimes that’s all you need…a good rest in the sun, especially on a sunny, Saturday afternoon.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Lawn Mowers of the Past – Reader Photo!!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Lawn Mower of the Past by Nora Berens

Another great shot sent in from reader Nora Berens. It is so common to see cows on the country sideroads just outside of Xela. They very efficiently eat the grass on the sides of the narrow roads, which is a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of deal. The cows need a place to graze and the roads don’t get too overgrown with grass and bushes.

***Editor’s note – Don’t forget to send in YOUR photos of Xela, click on this link for more details!! The deadline for photos is now Jan. 30, not Jan. 15th as indicated by the link.

Domestic Animals

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Fluffy Guard by Sergio Dominguez

There are so many dogs in the streets of Xela (as in many parts of the world), sometimes it is a bit of a surprise to see them as domestic pets. It is not uncommon for people to have dogs or cats as pets in their house, although the care might seem different than in North America. I know of many people who have dogs in their homes, but the pets are more used for guarding the house and often do not get walked or are confined to the roofs (terrazas) of the houses, which has lead to a (generally tourist spoken) coined phrase “Guatemalan roof-dog”.

Cats often have homes of their own, but the upside for them is that they also utilize an intricate transport system, which runs all along the tops of the houses and allows them to be much more mobile than the house dogs. There is a definite “class system” within the domestic animals here, the dogs stick to the terrazas and the streets, while the cats are “above” it all, swiftly playing and dodging between rooftops.

Of course, there are many people who also have pets in their homes and love them like their children, walking and washing them and taking posed Facebook pictures of them, just like anywhere else in the world. The little fellow in the picture above is one of those lucky doggies who has a doggie companero in the house and the two of them can often be seen wearing puppy sweatshirts on cool mornings.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez, text by Luna McCarthy.


Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Grrrr... By Jose Moreno

Not far from Xela, the fabulous theme park Xetalul (mentioned in Gametime Anyone?) also has animals on display. The shot of this beautiful tiger was captured there by Jose Moreno.

Ride ‘Em Cowboy!

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Ride 'Em Cowboy! by Jose Moreno

About 15 minutes from Xela in a town called Chiquilajá, this week (mainly this Sunday) there is a village fair with rides, carnival games, and as we see in this picture, there is also something extra…horses that you can “ride” for only 5Q! As well, you can find nice places to eat and relax.

Photo and text by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

The Birds of (Casa) Argentina

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Birds by Jose Moreno

The two lively parrots that live in the Casa Argentina Hostel are fairly talkative, although if you stick your finger in their cage, you are likely to get it bitten, so be careful!

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno. Text by Luna McCarthy.

Where Was I Going?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Where Was I Going? by Luna McCarthy

Hmmm, was it for the corner where all the good garbage is? Or was I going to catch up with my friends? Or perhaps to the Terminal, at the back where that nice lady always gives me the leftover tamales? So many choices…

Sitting on the Roof…

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Sitting on the Roof by Luna McCarthy

Years ago there was a television show in the United States called, Funniest Home Videos and the host would narrate videos of animals doing funny things. There was a video of a dog in the yard of his house, pushing a rock…and the voice on the television said, “Pushing a rock, pushing a rock, pushing a rock…” I thought something similar with this picture. “Sitting on a roof, sitting on a roof, sitting on a roof.” Then again, perhaps he is planning what to do when the end of the world comes in 2012.

Day of Rest

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Taking a Rest by Luna McCarthy

After all the festivities of yesterday and last night, it seems that everyone needs a rest today; even the birds in the park need somewhere to rest their tired little bird bodies.