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The Commuting dogs in Moscow

The Commuting dogs in Moscow

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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 ..

Scientists believe the phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.

Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”


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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.”


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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.

Dr Poiarkov added: “Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists.”

The Moscow mutts are not the first animals to use public transport. In 2006 a Jack Russell in Dunnington, North Yorks , began taking the bus to his local pub in search of sausages.

And two years ago passengers in Wolverhampton were stunned when a cat called Macavity started catching the 331 bus to a fish and chip shop.

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Even those of us who dearly love them underestimate their abilities.

It just makes me said to think how terrible people treat their pets, including keeping them in crates while they are gone all day or over night to make their own lives easier, etc etc.; let alone the ones who are abused or used for scientific studies. There was a study completed recently (see below) where they determined pets had the intelligence of about a 2.5 year old, but I’d say this shows they are even smarter and more aware than that!

‘Dogs Have The Intelligence of a Human Toddler’

November 15, 2009 - Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Just One More Pet, Pets, Unusual Stories | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. […] to reason and have no conception of time. Although when you read an article like the one about the Commuting Dogs in Moscow, you gotta wonder!  And, dogs and other animals do have other abilities and intelligence or […]

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  2. […] even clear across the world, who pine away from loneliness for their owners, who figure out that riding the subway (like in Moscow to find food and to keep them out of the cold in the winter) and who sit and wait […]

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