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Looking for tales of Greek history with majestic photos of the Akropolis? Then head on over to [livejournal.com profile] panookah's journal, where you will be regalled. I'm focusing my first entry on what captured a great deal of my attention in Athens, the animals.

Stray dogs are everywhere in Athens. At first we were confused to their status as the city seems to have collared most of them for some reason. We were wondering if they were house dogs just let out to roam the streets like cats. Unlikely though, considering their general health and appearance. They spend most of their days laying around in the street and squares, looking dead. We did encounter some livelier ones though.

I've already posted about Louk, the riot dog. He must have been in his glory on the 19th and 20th when riots broke out all through the city.
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This is troll dog, the keeper of the bridge in the Roman agora. he kindly let me pass but grumbled a bit when I got too close.

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My favourite of the dogs, Tour Dog, who attached himself to us when we were walking to the Akropolis. We followed him along and he led us to a back entrance, where no tour buses were unloading like at every other entrance. He also stopped to bury a bone along the way. Once he had delivered us safely, he ran off after receiving my thanks.

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The first 2 days I saw no cats and was starting to wonder if the dogs ate them all. Then we figured out the places they hung out. After that they were everywhere.

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They quickly learned we were suckers who would share our dinners with them.

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The problem was you fed one and a crowd would gather.

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Most were too timid or sickly looking to touch but I managed to pet a couple. Of course Pani would not let me touch him until I thoroughly washed my hands.

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The pigeons there were the fattest I've ever seen. Some were too fat to even fly I think. We saw one take the stairs in a park one day rather than fly to the top.

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I think he's going to eat those little birds.

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And of course, the rapey turtle. For those of you who have not seen this yet, we thought we'd stumbled across a turtle battle. We were wrong.





I hope you have all enjoyed this peek into animal life in Athens. Next time I promise to have some ruins and old rocks for you to look at.

Date: 2011-10-23 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] panookah.livejournal.com
Psh,who wants to see rocks when you have all this!?

Date: 2011-10-23 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
It truly is the best representation of Athens. Ruins vs. fat pigeons, no contest really.

Re: some ruins and old rocks for you to look at

Date: 2011-10-23 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
ha, there are lots of those! They're all blurry though because I suck at taking pictures.

Date: 2011-10-23 07:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cetacea.livejournal.com
All the cats! Amazing!

And that turtle video is fucking awesome.

Date: 2011-10-23 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
panookah took almost all the pictures on our trip. I took only a handful and more than half are of cats.

And the turtle thing was awesome. We were all "oooh, epic turtle battle...wait..."

Date: 2011-10-24 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Whoa, those are some bulimic pigeons!

Date: 2011-10-24 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
IKR? It must be all the cheese and olives. I know I gained a couple of pounds over there too.

Date: 2011-10-24 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abomvubuso.livejournal.com
So did you learn the Greek word for dog and cat? :)

Date: 2011-10-24 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
Actually, no. it's the first time I've gone to another country and not learned at least a bit of the language. It's not an easy one.

Date: 2011-10-24 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abomvubuso.livejournal.com
Say it with me.

Skuli. Dog. Skulia. Dogs. Skula. Bitch.

Gata. Cat. Gataki. Kitten. Psipsina. Pussy. :)

Date: 2011-10-24 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
Excellent, thank you! And we could have used your skills at the hospital.

Date: 2011-10-24 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abomvubuso.livejournal.com
I'm quite good with the scalpel! I can chop salad.

Date: 2011-10-24 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] panookah.livejournal.com
Don't let that butcher near me!

Date: 2011-10-24 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeitgeistic.livejournal.com
Awesome! I love the tour dog. And it's amazing how many cats were running around.

Date: 2011-10-25 09:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
Tour Dog was the best. We were able to get up to the top about 10 minutes ahead of a huge tour group because of him. The city should hire him. And the cats, I wish they would do something about population control but they know the tourists like them and make money off it. Cat themed touristy crap is everywhere.

Date: 2011-11-02 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stellicidio.livejournal.com
Animals!! It always makes me so sad seeing so many of them roaming the streets, it's the same in Italy :(

Date: 2011-11-02 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-mangos.livejournal.com
I know, I wish they'd do more to help population control. There were so many kittens. And so many of the animals were not in good health.
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