Memorable Experience in Cafayate

Went for my 14 mile run, which later turned into a 12 mile run, on our last day in Cafayate.  The experience left a lasting memory for me of that place.  Shortly after starting our run outside the hotel, a German Sheppard stray decided to join us on the run.  At first I thought it was chasing after us, but noticed that it was keeping pace.  I thought, “oh, it will stop running after a few more paces”, but the dog kept running along side us!  There was another dog that joined the fun 1-2 mile into the run, but J tried to shoo both of them away at mile 2.5.

The German Sheppard remided me of Mocha, because she was always by my side, while the other stray reminded me of Truffalo, as she kept to herself and was doing a lot more investigating along the way.
J was concerned that the dogs would get too hot, tired, and dehydrated.  Deep down, I had wanted the dogs to continue with us, but realized that J was right.  Each time J shooed them away, the dogs stayed further and further away.
We were running in La Estancia de Cafayate property, hoping to check out the lot we had on reserve.  As we reached our lot, J dropped out of the run to take pictures and survey the area.
Our lot, F15
View of the Andes from our lot.
Grapes on the vine.
I kept going towards the end of the property, which was another 2 miles, and as I turned around at the cul-de-sac, I was surprised to see the German Sheppard standing 10 feet away looking at me.  She had apparently been trailing me from a distance without my knowledge.  The other dog had stopped following, but I was so happy to see the dog for some reason.  It was hot that morning, and I was worried about the dog getting dehydrated.  I tried giving her some of my water, but she was very skittish, especially after J had shooed them away 3-4 times previously, and never took up on my offer.  As I was doing loops on the property, I came upon a small creek at mile 7, and thought it was perfect for the dog to jump in to cool off.  It took some coaxing, but she eventually did jump in very briefly, and once she was done we resumed the run.  At mile 11, I noticed that she was trailing significantly and knew it was too much for her, so I decided to pare down the run from 14 to 12 miles.  Plus, I was getting too tired as well (from the combination of the high altitude, heat, and altered running mechanics due to my bum knee).  At the end, she even built up the courage and trust to take up on my offer of water I had poured onto my Clif Shot foil.  
The 3 of us walked back to the hotel.  Since the dog could not enter the hotel, she ended up waiting for us outside as we were packing up to leave Cafayate.  It was sad to leave her behind, because I would have loved to adopt her.  What an endearing dog with such great temperament (even more so than Mocha, I hate to say).  I was later told by the hotel manager that a lot of the strays used to be pets, but irresponsible owners would eventually abandon them to the streets.  What an awful thing to do to such beautiful animals.  I really hope that this dog will be OK, and maybe someone will open his/her heart and home to her.
I had wanted to give her something to eat after the run, so I asked J to get her a banana from the breakfast table, but she was not even remotely interested in the peice of banana J had tossed at her.
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7 Responses to Memorable Experience in Cafayate

  1. what do you mean your lot?

  2. L.Y. says:

    There may be a possibility of us moving to Cafayate. This will be where we´ll be if we do move. Currently we´ve reserved this particular parcel of land, but we haven´t made a final decision (we have until this coming saturday).

  3. how big is "particular parcel"? are you going to make wine?! hahahaha

  4. L.Y. says:

    It's a little under half an acre, but the community has a vineyard, and the plan is for all property owners to get 100 bottles a year. Your bro is hoping that the quality of the wine will be like Lafite Rothchild 🙂

  5. Juin says:

    The story about the dogs is so sad. I hope they find homes soon.

  6. hahahahahahahahaah. he is so stupid! tell him in his dreams! are you guys going to share the 100 bottles? how long are you guys there for? are you guys back yet?

  7. L.Y. says:

    Juin: Unfortunately, there's no such thing as animal welfare outside of the US. These dogs seem to do OK on the streets. We've witnessed tourists throwing pieces of steak at the dogs, so they're fed in one way or another. We just felt that this particular dog wanted some companionship at the time.Ang: We're hoping that people will come visit and share the bottles of wine. We're leaving for the States tomorrow night.

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