Sporting tiny traditional outfits and carrying pint-sized backpacks, about 300 dogs of varying sizes took part in a dog race in Mexico City on Sunday.
The “Perritos en fuga” race, which means “doggies on the run”, saw pet owners and their four-legged friends brave the early morning chill to celebrate the city’s canine community.
After making their mark at the start line, the dogs took off in all directions – with some scuffles with their rivals – accompanied by a soundtrack of traditional Mexican music.
“The dog culture is lacking a lot and that helps to encourage it,” Ricardo Cabrera, 29, who participated with his dog in the race, told AFP.
“That’s great because sometimes there are no public activities to do with your pets other than going to the park.”
There was no winner in the 2.5 km (1.5 mile) race, but all participants received gifts, including bowls of dog food.
The event “makes the dog a member of the family,” 45-year-old veterinarian Monica Aguilar told AFP.
“It’s very important because it prevents so many abandonments – you’re not going to abandon your family.”