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Move Over Argos
Strays set the new standard for loyalty in Greece

Yellowish street dogs were an odd constant as all hell broke loose in Athens, Greece, in recent days. They trotted, charged, stood at attention, even lounged amid throngs of police in riot gear and anti-government protesters wearing gas masks, balaclavas and bandanas over their faces. They seemed undaunted by the rocks, tear gas and firebombs that filled the air. According to an AP report, the tradition of dogs at protests goes back a ways, and at least one stray, known as Kanellos, was a constant companion to rioters for more than a decade until he died in July 2008. Adopted by many as a symbol of the struggle, Kanellos and his fellow strays are celebrated on three Facebook pages—with 5,000 friends and counting. It’s no surprise to me protesters would be drawn to the dogs, but I do wonder why the dogs hang tough in such a dangerous environment.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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