I love both cats and dogs, although if I had to choose, I’d probably opt for dogs; not small dogs that are easy to fall over, but medium-sized ones and large ones. The dog in the photo above was in a poor state when we took her from Corinth to Athens. Her people had abandoned her outside a fish taverna – my favourite. We thought about it for a while and then my friend picked her up and put, or rather thew her in the back of the car. Later he took her to the vet and as you can see, she’s looking much healthier now. The object in her mouth is a traditional Greek biscuit. She will eat anything, although bones and meat are her favourite things.
The dog above now lives with another one. Both are similar colours and luckily they get along well together, except when food is around. he is an even-tempered dog, although if she doesn’t like someone she gives a low, throaty growl, just in case… She came from an animal rescue centre in the Peloponnese and had been badly abused by her previous owner. It took her present carer a lot of patience and love to have her an almost normal dog as she is now.
Much as I like these two dogs, they are not my favourite. Argos, a Greek mountain shepherd dog, holds that special accolade. He is a gentle giant and it is really wonderful to be greeted so well by him when we go to his home in the Peloponnese, the Faris Hotel. We were there recently and saw two of his siblings from a new litter. I’d like to have one, but they are to big for a flat in Athens. Here they are – fluffy hair balls.
And then of course, there are the many cats that miraculously (or perhaps not) find there ways to fish tavernas! If a fish taverna is not frequented by cats, it probably isn’t worth going to. This cat was a resident of the taverna/ouzeri in Scala Loutron, owned by Apostolis and Rena. They have 23 of them I am reliably informed by Apostolis.
We couldn’t get the cats to pose – they were too interested in the fishy bits we gave them, but below are two more kittens.
And finally a typical cat pose!