animals

Visitors/Επισκέπτες

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‘Hi, can we come for a visit?’

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‘Oops you caught me!’

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This one is on a mission.

These little kittens payed a visit to my backyard. They’re cute, but I can’t feed them all. Luckily, their mother didn’t neglect them and she collected them later.

Αυτά τα μικρά γατάκια επισκέφτηκαν το κατώφλι μου. Είναι χαριτωμένα, αλλά δεν μπορώ να τα ταΐσω όλα. Ευτυχώς, η μητέρα τους δεν τα εγκατέλειψε και τα συνέλεξε αργότερα.

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A Dogs’ Life/Η ζωή ενός σκύλου

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dogtext2Unfortunately, stray cats and dogs are common sight all over Greece. These photographs were taken on a mountain just west of Athens. During the drive through the mountain I noticed many dogs, some like the ones pictured above, that didn’t look like they really belonged there; they were most likely abandoned by their owners.  These strays seemed so foreign to this environment in comparison to the other dogs there that were a lot more wild than these friendlier ones. On the positive side, there have been some changes made in the past few years by Greeks. The mentality is a lot different, as people have become more sensitive towards animals and there are more cat and dog owners than ever. However, the financial crisis has been a major set back for those who want to help the animals and the government isn’t doing enough as other issues take precedent over the stray animal population.

Click here to see the people who are taking action and you can adopt a pet if you want 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/Greek-strays-up-for-adoption-217166981719549/timeline/

Turtle Power!/Η Δύναμη της Χελώνας

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turtletext2‘Slow but steady wins the race.’ A quote from my favourite childhood fable ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ by ancient Greek storyteller Aesop. In the fable, the humble slow-moving tortoise wins the race when the arrogant fast-moving hare seemed like he was sure to win. This is a great moral lesson in humility, something that is missing in our modern times.

May Day!/Πρωτομαγιά!

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A  lady that I met on the street was kind enough to let me take a photograph of her dog, who was surrounded by a wreath full of poppies that his owner had made. Making flower wreaths on the 1st of May is a tradition in Greece.  The roots of the flower wreaths lie in Northern Europe and it is a pagan tradition. May day coincides with labour day a national holiday that is observed in 80 countries. There were many demonstrations in downtown Athens today and most businesses were closed.

Μια Κυρια που γνώρισα στο δρόμο είχε την καλοσύνη να με αφήσει να τραβηξω μια φωτογραφία του σκύλου της, ο οποίος περιβάλλωταν από ένα στεφάνι γεμάτο παπαρούνες που ο ιδιοκτήτης του είχε φτιαξει. Τα στεφάνια λουλουδιών που φτιαχνουμε για την 1η Μαΐου εχει ρίζες  στη Βόρεια Ευρώπη και είναι μια παγανιστικη παράδοση. Η Πρωτομαγιά συμπίπτει με την Παγκόσμια Μέρα των Εργατών, μια εθνική εορτή που παρατηρείται σε 80 χώρες. Υπήρχαν πολλές διαδηλώσεις στο κέντρο της Αθήνας σήμερα και τα περισσοτερα καταστήματα ήταν κλειστά.