By Deborah Taylor-French Dog Leader Mysteries
Dogs catching rides on subway trains?
I kid you not.
I watched a half a dozen of videos on free roaming dogs in Russia. In the news recording, you will see not one but two trained animal behavior specialists. They believe the free roaming dogs show a lifestyle build on watching human behavior. The huge numbers of dogs that live shelterless and without a family, have formed groups giving each other mutual help.
These dogs have figured out how to ride trains. Trains to the heart of Moscow where food is more plentiful.
Most of these dogs travel in groups. They appear well-fed. These free roaming dogs show with little or no conflict. They do not show aggression to each other nor with people. The smartest dogs know where and when to catch trains.
In the YouTube video below, dogs work in teams. They board trains together, ride trains to the city center then awaken any napping members in time to exit the underground metro at their usual time and stop.
By their behavior, these dogs go begging together. What’s more, they have watched that tourists, work commuters and city dwellers enjoy feeding small cute dogs. Somehow, the group knows to hang back and send out a smaller dog to beg for larger dogs (who do not receive as many gifts of food).
Russians, Tourists & Scientists Note Smart Thinking in Roaming Dogs
Even riding on crowded trains, the dogs avoid conflict. One has been video recorded letting a woman rest her feet on the resting dog’s ribs. They do not show the worry dogs exhibit as strangers move around the tiny moving train car.
Many pet dogs like our Sydney jump or growl if any of us rest our feet on him. In the car, he won’t let anyone touch his paws.
Free Roaming Dogs Rarely Go Free in the USA
In most of the USA animal control officers hunt stray dogs, put them in shelters, where most wait on death row.
A huge number of volunteers in American rescue as many as they can. The lucky rescued ones receive gentle baths, veterinarian checkups and loving care.
I love this short video of a German Shepherd dog called Barney.
His rescue from death in a shelter by the Westside German Shepherd Rescue lifts my heart. Barney, and other great dogs, wait in foster care. Another reason to adopt, don’t shop. Foster care givers, volunteers and donations welcome.
Thanks to people performing loving acts for homeless hounds.