Squaring the Dog Circle

Woah! Sometimes you almost give up hope on some enduring problems in Romania but this story is amazing: Stray dogs could be used in pet therapy programmes for children with disabilities. This is the ambitious idea from Vier Pfoten, a non-profit association that has recently opened a service centre for its unique care in Bucharest….

Wild Dogs Kill Romanian Bison

Here’s an interesting story if you don’t mind a bit of hyperbole: Huge financial efforts, determination and manpower dedicated to protecting a species that was close to extinction in Europe 100 years ago went down the drain in Romania, after a pack of feral stray digs attacked and killed some of the very few bison…

Let Slip the Dogs of Protest

Word Count: 1346 A couple of days ago, Romania made a huge splash across the world as news reports filtered in about the good hitting police of Bucharest taking a break from their usual activities of robbing foreigners to discharge tear gas and deploy riot gear against some unarmed shepherds: More than 1,000 shepherds have…

Lay on, Macduff!

I have to admit that yesterday my curiosity was greatly piqued by the way certain information was transmitted. The big “super immunity” story, by which the Romanian Parliament re-classified themselves as private sector employees in order to escape jurisdiction by the anti-corruption agencies, was a hot topic all over Romanian media yesterday. What surprised me…

Sowing the Wind

What else can I say except that I told you it was going to happen? Mattanza di cani in Romania #romania #dogs #massacre LA CIVILTÀ NON RISOLVE COSÌ I PROBLEMI pic.twitter.com/VCeFbRaiCw — Federica Chirico (@FedericaChirico) September 25, 2013 https://twitter.com/o_dogan_b/status/382860019316047872 #SHAMEONYOUROMANIA #STOPKILLINGDOGS #romaniastopanimalabuse — Sarah Johnson (@binnie12000) September 25, 2013 Romanian court: Stray dogs can be…

Told Ya

After writing The Perfect Dog Storm and following it up with my Rebuttal, I knew that eventually I would be proven right. I knew it even though I’m sitting here behind my desk and more than 300 kilometers away from what happened down in Bucharest, because unlike the lazy and incompetent police, I’ve actually worked…

Rebuttal

A few weeks (months?) ago I had to adjust the comment settings on this blog because we were getting inundated with a ton of spam, including “comments” written entirely in Chinese (I know, WTF?) so I made it so that I personally had to approve a person’s ability to comment (after which, the person can…

The Book of Revelation 9:10

I’ve been busy as hell lately, celebrating birthdays, taking more homeless people to the doctor, nursing a cat with a broken leg (she’s okay now, thank goodness) and doing a ton of writing for my new book but I’ve still had time to keep an eye on the news and it’s been a doozy here…

The Perfect Dog Storm

Earlier this week, a 4-year-old boy was killed by stray dogs while playing near a park in Bucharest. That right there is the only uncontested fact but the Romanian (and to a lesser degree, the foreign) press has gone absolutely batshit crazy over the incident and it’s the biggest story in this country with up…

All Hail the Great Alliance

Today I stumbled out of bed, bleary-eyed on a rather cool, rainy day. But two days ago the weather was quite sunny and warm and The Woman and I went down to see something billed as the “Hyper Parade of Animals”. You can see the poster for it here. The “hyper” part comes from the…

Word of the Day: Hingher

On Saturday I wrote a lengthy piece about the current state of government policy on the stray dog issue here in Romania and in that article I mentioned the word hingher. The problem with this word is that it doesn’t really translate properly into English. If you type it into an online dictionary it invariable…