Moscow Dogs: Forwarded by Sandra

Dogs are allowed on public transport  in all  of  Europe, but  generally with their master.  This is even more interesting.

Canine  commuter  … wild  dog  waits on the platform!!

STRAY  dogs are  commuting to and from a city centre on underground trains in   search of food scraps.

The  clever canines  board the Tube each morning.  After a hard day  scavenging  and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and   return to the suburbs where they spend the  night.

Experts  studying the dogs say they even work  together to make sure they get off  at the right stop after  learning to judge the length of time they need  to spend on the  train…

The dogs choose the  quietest carriages  at the front and back of the train.  They have  also  developed tactics to hustle humans into giving them more food   on the streets of  Moscow .

Scientists believe the   phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the  1990s,  and  Russia ‘s new capitalists moved industrial  complexes from the city  centre to the suburbs.  Dr.  Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology  and Evolution  Institute, said: These complexes were used by homeless  dogs as  shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their   houses.

Because the best scavenging for food is in the  city  centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway  to get to the  centre in the morning, then back home in the  evening, just like  people.

An experienced dog  enjoying a nap on the underground.
Dr. Poiarkov  told how the  dogs like to play during their daily  commute.

He  said: They jump on  the train seconds before the doors shut, risking  their  tails getting jammed.  They do it for fun.  And   sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong  stop.

Dog tired …  mutt naps on tube seat in  Moscow .

The  dogs have learned  to use traffic lights to cross the road safely, said   Dr. Poiarkov.  And they use cunning tactics to  obtain tasty  morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular  in  Moscow .  They  sneak up behind people eating shawarmas  then bark loudly to shock them  into dropping their  food.

With  children, the  dogs play cute by putting their heads on youngsters’   knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win  sympathy and  scraps.  Dr. Poiarkov added: Dogs are  surprisingly good  psychologists.

The  Moscow mutts are  not the first animals to use public transport.  In  2006 a Jack Russell in Dunnington,  North Yorks , began taking the bus   to his local pub in search of sausages.  And two  years ago,  passengers in  Wolverhampton were stunned when a cat  called Macavity  started catching the 331 bus to a fish and chips shop.


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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5 Responses to Moscow Dogs: Forwarded by Sandra

  1. stevehollier says:

    I think dogs have always done this sort of thing. My mother had a pomeranian called Tony when she was a child. It used to catch the tram that ran from North Kensington to her school in South Kensington and wait for her to emerge from the school gates at the end of the day.

  2. Brilliant, Steve. Thank you for another really interesting post. I like the benign, amused interest of the Muscovite commuters in the pictures too.

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  5. Bobbah says:

    Beautiful story !

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