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Moscow Mutts Ride The Chewbilee Line

In Moscow homeless dogs are banding together to survive. They roam the streets, and underground, watching out for each other. The bond between these dogs...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jun 8th 2009


In Moscow homeless dogs are banding together to survive. They roam the streets, and underground, watching out for each other.

The bond between these dogs who live and work together is incredible. Yes, they do work together.

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 mutts 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.

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.”

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.

Due to restrictions I can’t post the video, but if you go to The Sun you can see these amazing dogs in action.

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