Dogs of the South
The dog types in the Mediterranean countries. From bell dogs to guard dogs, hunting dog breeds, herd dogs to barrel dogs, strays and street dogs. In the south all dogs had in the past and most still today a task. A dog that does not do its ‘job’ well is...
Chelsea and the ‘Bomber of Elounda’
The incredible story of the little terrier Chelsea as a serial sheep killer and the ‘Bomber of Elounda’. There was once a local of Elounda, which was telling all people which visit him in his retail store or elsewhere meet, that the little white dog Chelsea would kill sheep. This...
Chain dogs legal ?
Is the keeping of chain dogs legal in Greece ? Information about the ‘barrel dogs’, the legal situation, measures against the owners, warning, reporting to the police and penalties. Barrel dogs Chaindogs are called ‘Barrel Dogs’ in Greece. The name is a kind of program, because it defines exactly the...
Best Dogs are Rescue Dogs
To adopt dogs from Crete or from southern Mediterranean countries is similar to adopting an orphan from a distant Third World country. This concerns the feelings as well as the everyday life with them. There are lively discussions whether dogs from the Mediterranean region or Eastern Europe should be placed in Central Europe, where there are proponents and opponents. Due to lack of local experience the latter often misjudge how much worse the dogs are doing here in the Mediterranean than their comrades in Western and Northern Europe.
The dogs are often the mirror image of humans and their society. Therefore, the dogs from Crete are also a reflection of the society of Greece. Central and Western Europe are more densely populated and there is another tradition of living with dogs. Therefore, there are differences, so that the dogs from the south have a clearer body language and a greater desire for freedom. Many of them are anxious, but at the same time very self-confident and independent.
Wolf and human entered into a symbiosis about 20,000 years ago, but the basic behavior of a species together with its genetics takes about one hundred thousand years to change from wolf to dog. Therefore, the correct and successful education of a dog is only possible on the basis of its species behavior and the knowledge of its origin. However, the dog learns its whole life long and adapts also to changed conditions. Therefore, even the wildest stray dog can become a problem-free city dog over time, depending on what his master does for it or not.
Therefore, it is the task of Best Dogs to help with the adoption, mediation, education and training of dogs - and in particular of their fellow dogs - from the south and at the same time to engage ourselves for the animal protection and against cruelty to animals, poisonings or keeping of barrel dogs, in order to improve the lot of their fellow sufferers locally bit by bit.