Arthur Jeon, Global Animal
Times are tough the world over and nobody seems to know that more than Loukanikos, a stray dog in Greece that has joined rioters and protestors against the Greek government since 2008. But this stray has a bit more of Cerberus, the half-dog, half-lion, than your usual mutt.
Loukanikos is not afraid to put it all on the line, getting nose to club with riot police, and willing to brave tear gas for his beliefs. He hates Greece’s austerity measures, knows deep down that Goldman Sachs is responsible for the financial mess and sympathizes with the plight of working class Greeks.
Or maybe, Athen’s most famous stray dog just likes the camaraderie (and food) that the Greek protestors give him. Whatever the cause for his loyalty, Loukanikos (which translates to “Sausage” in English) has barked and marched alongside the protesters since demonstrations in December 2008.
And now, almost three years later, the riot dog with a penchant for protests was seen in action again at the latest rounds protests in Athens last week. Media reports over the past three years show that protesters – many of whom have camped out in Syntagma Square – have taken to petting and feeding the dog who they assumed is allied with their cause.
Check out the pics, which shows Loukanikos in the middle of Greece’s history of protest, and this cool video that shows him in action.