Thursday, November 20, 2014

Moscow Metro Dogs

I may be more fond of cats but I'm a huge dog lover too! Since I'm recycling this post, here's what I had to say two years ago when I used to stay in Bombay - There are five stray dogs who live right outside my house and the leader of the pack - an adorable affectionate and  hyperactive mongrel I call Jumpy, really makes my day. Every morning he follows me to the main gate which I must open and wait for him to cross over, only then does he give me permission to walk out and head to work. And the evenings are the opposite where he sits behind the gate waiting for me to open it, while he waits for me to enter, squealing, whining and jumping on me a million times till I don't pet him and he doesn't calm down. Thus, the name Jumpy. Its really nice to come home to a happy and excited animal. The funny thing with him is when he whines and cries and I mimic him, he keeps going on and on carrying out a conversation in doggie language with me. Nevertheless, I have had a long affectionate one sided conversation with him in English after too much wine.


Anyway, this is something I've known for a while but I though I should share with you. Moscow has a huge number of stray dogs, but a small number of them have figured out how to navigate the subway system.

Biologists say these dogs have figured out that taking the subway is a fast and convenient way to get from place to place. They also have a good sense of time which helps them not to miss their destination. Also, they often choose the last or the first metro car as those are usually less crowded. If they’re traveling in pairs or groups, one dog generally stays awake if the others are snoozing, and wakes them up when they reach their station.


ABC News found a female stray in the Kievskaya station, and followed her as she zipped between the legs of the bustling travelers around her to catch a ride on the Koltsevaya Line. Once aboard, she settled down on the floor among the feet and legs, even dozed a bit, and occasionally got up to mingle with friendly humans. 


These metro dogs have not only mastered getting into or out for trains, but, as observed by Ecologists,  they have also started playing games like jumping into the train just seconds before the doors shut for fun.  
Another skill they have developed is that they cross the road on the green traffic light. “They don’t react on color, but on the picture they see on the traffic light”, a Moscow scientist said. 


There is also a touching story about a stray mongrel called Malchik who lived at the Mendeleyevskaya station on the Moscow Metro for about three years. Malchick was a popular station ‘resident’ among rail employees and commuters, and territorially protected the station from drunks and other dogs. He was killed when a 21-year-old woman Yulia Romanova stabbed him with a kitchen knife. Later it was revealed that Romanova has a long history of cruelty to animals and psychiatric treatment. The incident sparked a wave of public outrage regarding the treatment of animals, and, in 2007, a monument was erected in Malchik’s honour at Mendeleyevskaya station. Passersby now rub the Malchik's shiny bronze nose for good luck. More on the monument HERE and HERE.

Malchik's statue
Are you a dog lover too? Aren't the Moscow Metro Dogs so cool?

63 comments:

  1. Awe too sweet!

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  2. aww that is so awful about Malchik :( so sad.
    Great post, i'd love to see a dog catching a train or bus! xx

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  3. Oh I love dogs!But the story about Malchik is really sad..
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  4. Poor Malchik.. :(

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  5. ohhhh it´s soooo cute!!! =)
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  6. They are truely amazing even though they can't speak our language we can completely understand them. Truely amazing... I hope that girl was jailed for stabbing the dog! :(

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  7. well that's really sad that in Moscow there're so many abandoned animals includin' dogs. Everytime I see 'em, I feel so sorry for it. I would deffo help them bcoz most of these dogs're dying bcoz of the too cold weather in russian winters.

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  8. I'm a huge dog lover too! I would feel sorry for the abandoned animals in Russia too :(

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  9. Such an interesting story, June. Thanks so much for sharing it. I am amazed at at those smart dogs. Hopefully, they get some love and a little food on the trains as well :). Sad to hear about Malchick.

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  10. This post touched me! I have a HUGE heart for dogs. Loved learning about this - just fascinating that they know navigation!

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  11. Wow that is really interesting - I never would've thought of a dog using the subway! I'm a total dog lover, too :)


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  12. That's a cute dog!

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  13. oh wow! extremely interesting post hun!
    i definitely am gonna try rub Malchick's shiny nose :) what a wonderful story.
    xx
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  14. I love dogs and am the proud owner of a sweet rescue pup. Loved this post:D

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  15. What a touching story! :(( I love dogs so much and HATE animal cruelty! How can people do that??
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  16. ooohhhh, they are adorable! is so funny how they move and know the system!

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  17. High Five dog lover!YAY!

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  18. omg this is so CUTE!!! i've never seen dogs ride a subway system like this before. they're so smart!

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  19. they are so cute!!!!Thanks for your comment...I'm following you now, hope you follow me back!
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  20. those dogs are so cutee !
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  21. AwWWWW, I want to adopt all the homeless dogs! I would if I could! -Jessica

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  22. What a sweet post!! I'm such an animal lover

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  23. very interesting writing, Thank you so much for sharing this story.
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  24. how cute are those pups? I know exactly what you mean about them carrying on when you mock them its so funny lol. .

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  25. Ok...couldn't make it through all the post without tearing is very heart breaking and makes me want to go and find all the dogs and take them home with me.


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  26. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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  27. Definitely I'm a dog lover!!!! They are so cute!!!!!!
    xx

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  28. Interesting story even if a little bit sad!
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  29. So cute those dogs! :)

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  30. Dogs are so cute :)
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  31. This is a great story and I a big animal lover who do not tolerate animal abuser in my neck of the woods. I will love to see this but I do wonder if they looking for home and realize so many people do get on metro we will never know.

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  33. This post just made my day, June. Thank you for sharing it. This is the first time I've heard of these dogs.

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  34. Incredible story! Many people dismiss the minds of non-humans, but our animal friends are intelligent beings. The story of Malchik is so sad, and such a shame on that horrid woman. I'm so happy the dogs mastered the subway for a little easier life. Stay in touch June! x

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  35. ….cute but very sad :(

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  36. Super interesting and amazing story! It reminds me of "Hachiko: A Dog's Story"!

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  37. Oh my god I'm so upset that the poor dog got stabbed. I thought this was going to be a happy ending but now my hearts broken. :(

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  38. I can't believe someone would stab a dog, what a horrible person! Is it too much to say I hope she gets stabbed? Poor dog. It's so cool how adaptable all these dogs are, but I find it sad that they've not got homes to go to. I have a rescue dog who looks like that alsation, I'd be so sad if she was back on the streets!

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  39. I have never even imagined it.... thx for sharing, great post!
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  40. love this! i'm such a dog lover and owner :)
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  41. Amazing! Loving the dogs so muchhhhh
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  42. I am not a dog lover probably because i am afraid of them..the dogs in Moscow are so damn cool to board the train and follow the rules better then humans.. sad the lady stabbed the dog. What an interesting post june

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  43. I love this story! I LOVE dogs, so much that my own pups' names are inked on my wrist :D This is such a beautiful story of the intelligence of dogs...That's incredible that they've learned to navigate the metro, so.dang.smart! If you really love this story, you have to watch Hachi on Netflix babe! It's about a Japanese Akita and his beloved master....sooooo sweet!

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  44. Ahhh...these are adorable :) I love dogs, so sweet, loved this story :) xx

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  45. i don't like dos but this looks adorable
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  46. These Moscow's dogs are so cute! I'm more cat lover, but I like dogs as well ;)

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  47. I am a big dog lover !! This story is magical <3

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  49. Oh very interesting post, I´m not a dog or a cat lover just me~
    Very interesting!
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  50. This is an adorable story... I enjoyed it very much!

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  51. Great post, I loved to read it. :)
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  52. Dogs are so smart! Who would've thought and what a fabulous story!
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  53. God! I had no idea... But this is so cool! I am stunned on how smart they can be :) This definitely deserves some sharing!

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xx June

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