The Dogs of Democracy

“Humans would do well to study the character of dogs” – Diogenes

This quotation is the opening slide of the documentary Dogs of Democracy, by Mary Zournazi, which was released in 2016. I’ve just watched the film on Doc Play, the app where it is available in New Zealand.

The film portrays the many stray dogs who live in Athens and the people who take care of them. It’s set at a time when citizens of Greece had been protesting against years of austerity measures that depressed the economy and its people.

One dog, Loukanikos, participated in many of the anti-austerity marches and his story is told posthumously by the people who knew him best. I particularly liked when Loukanikos is described a symbol of revolt and purity.

If you like dogs, you’ll like this 57-minute film. And if you follow news about economies and world economics as well as being a dog lover, you’ll have an even better appreciation for the timing and subject matter of the film.

For me, well – I’d like to go to Athens when this pandemic is over and give every one of those strays a good massage while visiting the birthplace of democracy.

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

One response to “The Dogs of Democracy

  1. One of my favourite things to do is slouch on the sofa pretending I’m asleep or watching TV and just watch the dogs go about their normal nonsense routine.

    Fascinating how they’re really mindful and know each other’s limits and sore spots, how the youngest (male) won’t push or keep persevering if the older dog (female) is doing her moody grumpy thing.

    Not bothered or upset just “OK” and trots off to find a toy and play with that instead. In almost typical “Desperate Housewives” style it’ll really annoy her that he’s just gone off and decided to do his own thing and she’s all smarmy and sucking up trying to coax him into playing.. God love him he’s such a gent.

    Could write about the dynamics of dogs and horses forever a day but I saved that documentary will watch it later 😀

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