Where I live, the people are quite camera shy, especially around a foreigner. Since arriving in China almost 15 months ago, there have been only three times when people have asked me to take their picture. Each of the times, the people requested that I email them the photos. Such was the case with this photo of a woman and her dog.
I met the woman in the photo while taking pictures of a cultural history statue in Anyang, the city where I am living. She approached me and asked where I was from. A shot and halting conversation ensued in which I told her that I was a teacher working at a local university. She eventually got around to asking me to snap photos of her and her dog. We then exchanged contact information, and I promised to email her a few of the photos.
I’ve been told that the type of dog in the photo is called a Teddy Bear dog. Teddy bear dogs are wildly poplar in the city where I live. They are by far the most poplar breed of dog. Considering their soft fur, overall cuteness and small size, I can understand their popularity. Virtually everyone in Anyang lives in an apartment, so having a large dog isn’t practical. A Teddy Bear dog’s size makes it well-suited for apartment life. Also, they are usually well-mannered and highly intelligent.