Riot Dog has become an Athens Institution. You’ll no doubt have seen negative press about
your news, and witnessed people rioting (*sigh* I stress once again, it is NOT
a daily occurrence here – view my "I" entry.). Still, it can happen and when it does, Riot Dog can
always been seen and seems to be respected by the rioters. Athens
There were actually 2 Riot Dogs in
: Kanellos (meaning “Cinnamon” in
Greek) and Loukaniko (“Sausage” in Greek).
Since 2008, both dogs were present in any riot taking place – although
Kanellos passed away in 2008. Apparently
he developed arthritis and an Athenian college student donated money to allow
him to live with a ‘doggy’ wheelchair inside until he drifted peacefully away. Athens
Loukaniko is still going strong though and has a popular journalistic following – hell, he’s even got his own Facebook Page!
|Asleep in the stairwell of McDonalds - after |
a successful day's rioting?
Square turn a blind eye to Loukaniko sleeping in
the stairwell, as you can see from my pic (I popped in for a quick cheeseburger
– not an every day occurrence, living amongst delicious Greek food!)
Here, in pictures with a great soundtrack, is a video & tribute to Riot Dog by my good friend at Athens Living. Enjoy it and turn it up LOUD! And for more info, just Google “Riot Dog” - there’s WAY too many for me to list here.
Long Live Loukaniko!