Moscow, the capital of Russia, has 35,000 stray dogs. The élite of those homeless dogs are about 500 who live in the Moscow Metro, for whom the subway is their home.
Among those subway dogs are an ingenious 50 who have learned to ride
the trains, commuting every day from quiet stations in the suburbs of
Moscow where they spend the night, to downtown where it’s easier to get
Each morning, like clockwork, the dogs board the subway to begin
their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city in search
of food scraps.
Then 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.
Once in the city, the dogs have their own special ways of getting
food. Some position themselves outside butcher shops and wait for dog
lovers coming out of the shop to toss them a bone. Others have refined a
technique of sneaking up behind people who are eating food and
surprising them with a loud bark that (hopefully) startles the person
into dropping whatever they’re eating. The dog then grabs the food and
The dogs also don’t leave their waste products lying around where
someone can step in them. Instead, they relieve themselves in
out-of-the-way spots away from the main traffic areas.
Bereft of human owners and companions, the subway dogs of Moscow
nevertheless have learned how to interact with and move among people in
order to survive.