Homeless Dogs in Bulgaria


IMG_7537 IMG_7710IMG_7774IMG_7834 IMG_7778 IMG_7753 IMG_7730IMG_7711IMG_7822   IMG_7708IMG_7755   IMG_7727IMG_7825IMG_7826 - Version 2    IMG_7136IMG_7559 IMG_7551  IMG_7535 IMG_7533 IMG_7311IMG_7448 IMG_7387 IMG_7382 IMG_7378  IMG_7265 IMG_7263 IMG_7262 IMG_7257 IMG_7232 IMG_7229 IMG_7213 IMG_7212 IMG_7175 IMG_7174  IMG_6734 IMG_6732


I usually try to sneak a bulb or clipping into the US from wherever it is that I am visiting. From Bulgaria, however, I am much more tempted to import a dog. Bulgaria has tons of homeless dogs everywhere in their cities and villages and if it had not been for Brigitte Bardot -yes, the actress – they wouldn’t even be alive. You might have heard about it in the news a while ago, several celebrities got all involved in saving post-socialist animals, especially dogs. Brigitte Bardot effected that the dogs be sterilized and not killed, but the running joke here is that since Bulgarians are not trying to have sex with the dogs but rather are trying to not be killed by them it would have been better to invest in pulling their teeth. The dogs I have seen – and met – certainly wouldn’t bite anybody though. They are very friendly, real survivors. Everyday I walk to the university, one of them meets me by the alley entrance and trots behind me until I get to the entrance area. I wish I could bring him home. But colleagues here tell me that tourists want to do so all the time and that it is almost impossible because of the red tape.

And then I realized that they also have a very vivid social life after 6 pm. They can get a little testy at that point. Peer pressure.

 IMG_7397  IMG_7393 - Version 2IMG_7398 IMG_7400 - Version 2

Then.. I saw her.. but she’s a little different from the others..



Shared homelessness.


5 thoughts on “Homeless Dogs in Bulgaria

  1. So many dogs; the ones asleep look rather at peace with the world, taken care of?

    I forget where I was traveling last year– Singapore? Hong Kong? where the friends I visited told me that dog ownership was not allowed privately, but they were taken care of communally by the society.

    I think they were pulling my paw.


    1. yes, many dogs are being fed by the people in the neighborhood they live in. They are very friendly and sweet. They like being around humans and stay close. I must say though, that there are some dogs who look really rough, very dirty and sick. These also tend to be a bit aggressive, so I am more careful getting close and taking pictures of these.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s