When we lived in the highlands of central Mexico for five years, I became intruigued by the Mexican Xoloitzcuintli, a rare breed of dog that was sometimes seen in our area, between Guadalajara and Colima.
I remember one time I went on a pottery tour with a group of other expat women and we stopped outside a small town near Guadalajara where clay was collected. While everyone else looked at the clay pits, I had spotted a Xoloitzcuintli mother with her litter of pups and I stayed watching them.
Another time, I went to to city of Colima with friends, and while we were there I got some reproductions of clay sculptures of what were called “Colima dogs,” similar to this one:
And I also was lucky enough to get a copy of this rare book, for a much lower price than it’s offered for now. I’d sell it now but I took it apart to put illustrations all over my walls!
One night while we lived in Mexico, I had a vivid dream of a Xoloitzcuintli. Hmm, I thought when I woke up and remembered the dream. Is it getting to be time to add another dog? We didn’t but I still wonder about them.Hairless as they are, they were and probably still are widely used in Mexico to sleep with. Their body temperature is a little higher than ours, so they were living hot water bottles! The heat was helpful in easing the pain of many conditions.
Xoloitzcuintli is pronounced, roughly, show-low-eets-queent-lee, which explains why this rare breed of dog is often just called a Xolo. You might know it as a Mexican Hairless.
I’ve been interested in these dogs for years, hearing that they have spiritual healing qualities. (Well, arguably, all dogs do…) They were believed to be helpful to humans in the afterlife.
I’ve acted on dreams before… In the mentime, here is a very informative book:
Here’s a video of one: