28 Feb

Puppy, originally uploaded by catlitten.

Most Muslim jurists considered dogs to be ritualistically impure (there is a notable exception with the Sunni Maliki, but they are far from the majority). As such, practicing Muslims rarely keep dogs as pets. Throughout the Middle East there are tons of stray dogs (and cats, different post).

At a small inn in the plateaus above Azrou we had lunch outside. This dog and another would approach us, wanting our scrapes, which we readily gave. But when we tried to approach them, they would skitter away – too afraid to allow human interaction. Rather sad, but that is how life is here.


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