Stray pets.

Recently, in some of my travels at the fringes of the European continent or in the Middle East, I stumbled upon many stray domestic animals. Even though I’ve always seen cats happily going about, minding their own business, the sight of stray dogs and of felines that clearly don’t have an owner anymore is pretty new to me. Sure, there are worse things – human poverty, hunger and disease just to name a few – but I always feel quite sad to see these animals, discarded by their human masters like the rubbish in which they rummage through, looking for the day’s meal.
Muscat, Oman.

Muscat, Oman.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Two stray dogs following a dustman in Tbilisi, Georgia

Two stray dogs following a dustman in Tbilisi, Georgia

Narikala fortress, Tbilisi, Georgia

Narikala fortress, Tbilisi, Georgia

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4 Responses to Stray pets.

  1. richandalice says:

    Love the shot of the cat in Istanbul. It reminds me of one of my own favorite shots: https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaacman/12863619423/in/set-72157641718088263

    The whole stray dog/cat gestalt varies tremendously from place to place. As you already discovered, Istanbul has stray cats but no dogs (which are unclean in Islam, of course). Conversely, Santiago (Chile) has many street dogs who are technically stray but whom people “adopt” and feed without ever actually taking them off the streets.

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    • awtytravels says:

      Hi Rich, thanks for stopping by. I like your photo, looks like my Istanbullu cat decided to do a trip to the sunshine for a change!
      I have to say, though, that I’ve seen many stray dogs in Istanbul last year and last week; not nearly as many as cats, but in Sultanahmet there are a few of them, all quite big, tagged on the ear with the sort of barcode-provided tag that I’m used to see on cows’ ears in Italy.
      I guess that, sure, Muhammad was more a cat person than a dog lover, but in Turkey dogs are useful to guide the sheep after all!

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  2. Yes, there are indeed quite a lot of stray cats and dogs all over Istanbul. Your article reminded me of my friend’s Facebook album where he compiled various photographs of strays sleeping in Istanbul! Great shots!

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