每日英語跟讀 Ep.K348: About dogs - In Peru, dogs ’marry’ on Valentine’s Day
Cynthia Ceballos’ celebration of Valentine’s Day in Peru’s capital Lima was not about her own love life: it was about the marriage of two of her small fluffy white dogs.
Dressed in Andean-inspired clothing, Ceballos’ dogs were the winners of Lima’s MatriCan - a play on the Spanish words for "wedding" and "dog" - a local competition that celebrates Valentine’s Day by dressing dogs as if they were about to get married.
Mass weddings are common in Peru, especially on Valentine’s Day. It is a way for Peruvians who cannot afford a wedding of their own to celebrate and also ensure their union is legally recognized. Mass dog weddings are just a twist on the tradition.
The owners helped their dogs sign their marriage papers, by lifting their paws and pressing them on paper. In the end, the dogs and the owners all took a picture together.
Astrology helps dogs find new owners 星座幫助狗狗找到新主人
Wags and Walks adoption center, an animal shelter in Los Angeles, teamed up with website building company Squarespace to create the website wagsandwalksfoster.com, which shows dogs and their star signs to help get better foster matches.
"Compatibility is a huge factor when it comes to pairing a pet with a foster owner and what better way to showcase compatibility than with astrological signs?" said Ashley Camale, head of consumer, product and international communications at Squarespace Inc.
Workers at Wags and Walks keep records of personality traits and likes and dislikes of each dog in their care.
Ariana Howell, the center’s volunteer coordinator, said, "Though for the most part we don’t know their actual birthdays, we assign them a star sign based on their personalities as we get to know them."
Since the website launched in mid-October, foster applications submitted to the shelter have increased by 20 percent.
網站10月中旬上線後，提出領養申請的數量增加20％。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1501581 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1504874