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The Soul Survivors: Stray Dogs Of The Moscow Subway

By Serge Bielanko |

Riders on the Moscow Metro.

Most of us know our dogs to be pretty crafty creatures.

They know how to use a certain look to get you to give them a treat or a hug or a plate to lick.  And sometimes, we see lightning bolts of amazing intelligence shoot out of them for a moment or two, in between all the eating and the sleeping and the snoring in our laps while we scratch behind their ears and watch another episode of House Hunters International.

They are our friends, our comrades: they’re our trusted shipmates on this voyage called life.

But they are ours.

We take care of them and they survive on our dime, by our hand.  And without us, they’d be pretty lost.

My two guys, two labs with big big hearts and brains the size of a mosquito’s butt, they’d probably be okay on their own out in the world for maybe two hours or so. But then, like most dogs raised right alongside people who love them, they’d be back at the damn backdoor before long, their goofy tongues hanging out because they’re really hot and tired and thirsty from walking around the block two or three times.

So, this story of the stray dogs of Moscow, Russia resonates for anyone really, but especially for those of us who share our lives with a dog or two every single day. Because it’s a reminder that behind those big goofy dog-grins, there is something distantly wild and wildly brilliant, way back in.

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Cool Dogs Who Live On The Subway

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Moscow is home to 12 million people and is the fifth largest city on Earth. Yet a lot of people don't know that it is also host to an incredible population of free-roaming homeless dogs. The exact numbers are debatable but most agree that there are somewhere between 40,000 up to a 100,000 independent dogs roaming the streets of the city today.
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Serge Bielanko

Serge Bielanko writes about fatherhood for Babble Dad and about marriage stuff for Babble Voices at He Said/She Said. His writing has appeared in Esquire and The Huffington Post, as well as on his personal blog, Thunder Pie. He lives with his wife and two kids in central Pennsylvania. Read bio and latest posts → Read Serge's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “The Soul Survivors: Stray Dogs Of The Moscow Subway

  1. Damien says:

    You gotta love them dogs. It’s a shame they’re out there on their own, but I suspect they are surviving much better than most modern people who suddenly find themselves without 24/7 access to reality tv shows and computer games would do!

  2. cassandra says:

    This was fascinating. I love animal stories. Thank you for putting all the info. together. It was a good read.

  3. Laura B says:

    Great job on this Serge. I had no idea about this and love that I’ve learned something new!

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