We were invited by our hosts in Pucon to attend a local BBQ for an American who has lived in Pucon and is returning back to the states for awhile. It was a fun experience – both in the place it was held, the people we met and the things we were able to experience. The man who is moving back to the states is a huge supporter of the street dog movement here in Pucon – and he gave a very moving speech about people supporting street dogs. You see, rich people from Santiago come here during the summer, hang out and play. They also might grab a puppy from the street for their kids to play with – aw how cute… The problem is that upon leaving back to Santiago, almost all these dogs are left here in Pucon at a spot on the way out of town. It’s a shame because dogs here are not like our dogs in the states – here as a dog you live on the street, or outside 100% of the time – even if you have an owner. Chilean’s don’t really believe in spay/neuter as well – so you get all these dogs out on the streets at night – and lots of puppies follow… He gave a very moving speech which hopefully will get people to support what he cares about.
The party was awesome. There is a building that another guy owns that is basically a ‘party/bbq’ room. This is where the American folks have a huge Thanksgiving party (120+ people) every year. There is a covered BBQ pit outdoors, that leads into this great space – covered with signs, hats, and older nostalgic things. At the end of feasting, a soccer (futbal) game ensued – Gavin went out and played. Most of the younger adults here at the party are from other countries – including the US – Australia, New Zeland, England, etc. So everyone knows/loves soccer. The nice thing was that the older guys (20+ yrs old) went easy on the younger guys (10+ years old) so everyone had a good time. During the game the mom of one of the guys came over and started talking to us – her son (who was playing) is also a professional soccer coach – and her other son is a professional goalie in Santiago – guess they like the sport!
Anyway – a great time was had by all.