RU  UK  EN
Articles  >  Enjoy  >  Pet And The City

Pet And The City

Author: 01.01.1970 | Japan, nature, society, Poland
Germans have other pets besides German Shepherds and in Boston not just Boston Terriers can be seen. People choose dogs relying on own preferences. But sometimes locals are too prone to having a certain breed so it becomes a distinctive of a location. Natural conditions, fashion and even set of mind contribute to it.

Once upon a time, far back in 1554 a bishop from Wrocław came to the city on the banks of Vistula and had a four-legged pet with him. Locals were so charmed by the long-bodied doggy that they have carried love to the breed through the years till our times. By the way, Kraków is even called this way: the capital of dachshunds. ‘Jamnik’ – the way this breed is called in Polish – became a truly iconic and unofficial symbol of Poland’s second capital. It is convenient to have a stroll along narrow ancient streets together with it. Dachshunds respond to the Poles, whose love to these four-legged is overwhelming, with immense fidelity. Today in the streets of the city toy and souvenir dogs can be seen every step of the way, puppies will be staring at you from postcards and logos of means of transport. True dachshund lovers not just from Poland but from the whole world gather every year for Jamnik Parade that takes place in Krakow for over a decade now. During the fest dogs defile in fancy outfits, listen to anecdotes and stories about themselves, willingly sit for portraits and even admire them afterwards.

In the streets of London, the city that is in love with dogs, you will probably come across all dog breeds of the world, however, regardless of this diversity, patriotic Englishmen still prefer Britons. Among them Welsh corgi who are believed to be the oldest British breed. Legend has it that small corgis were given to people by fairies, which used to ride them. Steady fashion for these miniature herding dogs was brought in by the monarchs. Diggings in Wales proved the roots of Welsh corgi “in royal waiting” going back to 11th century. Queen Elizabeth II has been their devoted admirer since the age of 18. Since her father gave her her first pet, she has had about 30 dogs of this kind. Elizabeth II second also developed a breed that became a mix of corgi and dachshund and got to be called “dorgi”. Discreet citizens of London are mainly attracted to Welsh corgis due to the dogs’ refinement and manners; and thank to their small size owners can easily carry them during London’s frequent rains.

While in Krakow, London or any other city owners of small-scale doggies feel comfortable, in places where high mountains adjoin abysmal precipices they would have to be pretty worried about their pets. Therefore, say, in Switzerland, nearby the Alps, where strong fitful winds and avalanches can suddenly occur, dwellers prefer large dogs, unafraid of whims of nature. St. Bernard dogs have always been believed to be iconic breed here – the dogs that have saved far more than one person lost in the mountains. The Swiss and St. Bernard dogs are very much alike: similarly composed, calm, balanced, cozy and at the same time heroic, stanch and with a strong character. This breed has become a true symbol of Great St. Bernard Pass in the Alps. Inspired by heroic deeds of “our little friends”, in the vicinity of the city of Martigny on the Pass, the Swiss created a museum where they immortalized the breed’s bravery. Not only will you be told the history of St. Bernard dogs and their main line of work there, you will also be allowed to communicate with honorable dogs that live there.

Japanese metropolises almost totally lack suitability for keeping dogs. Apartments and houses there are small in size, number of parks is limited therefore only few citizens can afford having pets. But this has absolutely no affect on the love of the Japanese to animals. Akita is one of the most respected breeds in Tokyo and other cities. It became famous thank to its striking representative – Hachikō. This dog, which had been waiting for his owner to come home from work for 9 years after his death, touched hearts around the globe. Hachikō was immortalized in a monument on his waiting place – near Tokyo Railway Station. Goods and souvenirs that symbolize Akita can be seen in both large and small cities of the state every step of the way. Akita in Japan is considered to be the symbol of fidelity. This is the feature that wins hearts of the Japanese for whom family, loyalty and respect are sacred. It is probably the peak of happiness for them: to have a strong family and a reliable fluffy friend.

People of Turkmenistan treat their national traditions with care, trying to maintain unity. Therefore Central Asian shepherds, bred in the territory of Turkmenistan with their areal limited, respectively, to Central Asia, are nation-wide favorites there. It is almost impossible to take these dogs out of there because they are believed to be a true pride of the nation. Central Asian shepherd is one of the world’s oldest dog species. Wolf dogs – so they are sometimes referred to – serve as shepherds for sheep, goats and horses that locals breed. They also protect livestock from predators. Untiring Turkmens, who are accustomed to working, appreciate wolf dogs’ power and endurance. Lovers of these dogs annually hold dog fights to check their dogs’ preparedness to self-protection.

It will be interesting:
In the rhythm of heart. Japanese drums taiko
Its sounds penetrate the heart, stop the flow of thoughts and cause the blood to move in some kind of magical rhythm. It's a roll of thunder. It gives the shivers. It's a secret. Japanese drums in their homeland are elevated to the rank of cult. Without them, not a single official event is possible, their melodies delight the hearing during joy and help to experience sadness.
ART OF TOPIARY
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Issyk-Kul: Main Treasure of Kyrgyzstan
Good tourist is not just someone who is always quick off the mark and ready to embark on a journey any minute. It is the one who is also known for an ability to carefully plan holidays six months in advance. If you are one of them and already think where to go in summer - our next story about gigantic Issyk-Kul Lake and kinds of recreation there is for you.
Kintsugi. Japanese art of restoration
The Japanese are one of those peoples who zealously respect the ancient traditions. They respect old age, being interested in ancestors and often know the family ancestry by heart. With such a worldview, it is not surprising that a unique technique for the restoration of kintsugi appeared exactly there. Read about it in Outlook.
THE GHOST BRUSH OF MISS HOKUSAI
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
Departure: Satoyama
In Japan there is a city with the citizens who trust each other. It seems that they drink water from one source that flows along their houses. As well, they wash hands after the meals in the same places. Satoyama in translation means an ideal place for life in harmony with the nature. It is situated in Northern prefecture Gifu that is isolated from the rest of the world with the mountain tops and rice fields.
GRAB YOUR SUN UMBRELLA AND COCKTAIL: THE MOST AMAZING BEACHES OF THE WORLD
With the onset of summer, many of us ever and again cast a glance at the calendar, waiting for annual leave. And since summer vacation to a greater extent is linked to the relaxation by the water, we usually associate it with beaches – desirable destinations that can be very different. Even if you already chosen your cherished gateway, and tickets burn your pocket, our collection of epic and unusual beaches is sure to amaze you.
Not Just Oil and Tourism: Safari from African Employers
In almost every large Ukrainian city – especially if it is “spoiled” with number of educational institutions – there is a small district called “campus” among locals. Dormitories, dining halls, libraries, university buildings here and there and… dark-skinned guys that exchange currency. This is the way students of Ukrainian high educational institutions earn a bit on the side and manage to obtain aspired degree at the same time. After that some of them stay and others go back home – to Africa. Now, what do people on the sunniest continent do, including those who return to native shores as “bankers” with dimplomas?
MOST STUNNING FLOWER FIELDS IN THE WORLD
Flower fields and valleys are impressive and attract attention of the most discerning connoisseurs of beauty. Multi-coloured deposits of fragrant plants adorn vast valleys of almost every country! We offer several floral destinations to suit every taste.
Ankara is the capital of…
Because of different reasons, mainly due to its travel population and size, Istanbul is perceived by the majority of tourists, even by those who had been to Turkey, as the capital of this country even though it is verily Ankara. We are going to talk about this city that is so Turkish and international simultaneously.
THORNY PATH OF FLOWER
Traditional Japanese kabuki theatre has always been a mystery to the European mentality: only an expert on the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun can understand a play without guide’s tips.
Between Heaven And... Water: World’s 5 Smallest Inhabited Islands
Each of us wants to escape rush of a city from time to time and lie low somewhere far from everything and anything. And it better be a place where one can listen to whisper of waves, feel light breeze and forever make friends with inimitably loud silence that muffles every disturbing thought…
The magnificent world of land-art: Patrick Dougherti
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti with his unbelievable works.
LIFE ON WATER: 7 LITTLE-KNOWN VENICE COMPETITORS
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
NATIONAL WINGED SYMBOLS
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below. To register the people's love by document, in 1960 in Tokyo at the International Conference on the Protection of Birds was created the concept of "national bird".
Tasty Japan: Give the Country a Try
Ice cream with a taste of horse meat, pickled insects, fish with deadly venom, etc – Japanese cuisine has things to surprise, amaze and shock you with. And truth be told, enumeration of these dishes doesn’t help my appetite at all. But we are not after exotic stuff. True culinary tourism is an attempt to comprehend mindset and feel national distinctive color through traditional cuisine – not try most exotic dishes. Parts of people’s souls, its history and culture are actually concentrated in national dainties.
Ghost cities: Detroit, Oradour-sur-Glane, Pripyat, Chenggong
American Detroit was until recently known as the automotive capital. But nowadays it is more often than not mentioned in the context of decline and population outflow. Outlook decided to figure out why ghost cities emerge.
TURKEY: THREE NATURAL WONDERS
A jewel-case of Turkey is full of pure wonders provoking an inspiration for fairy tale writer. When people first see blindingly white mountains in the midst of warm country, they experience various desires: someone wants to fall into white drifts and make a snow angel, as some people imagine that white cliffs taste sweet just like cotton candy...
Interesting Facts about Amazon River
Amazon River – the river that not only South America but our entire planet cannot be imagined without – seems to have been explored length and breadth. But somehow every year scientists find out something about it they’ve never thought of before. We tried to gather most interesting and least-known facts about it in our feature.
Interesting not Only in City Centers. Residential Districts of the World
There are hardly many travelers who would go somewhere further than city centre where their hotel is situated when on a short-term journey. And if location is a metropolis on top of everything else, such “outside” trips are sure to be put on hold till better occasions. And vainly so because it is in residential districts where one can have a look at a foreign country with the eyes of its citizens which is far more educative than hurry-scurry tours around castles and squares.
Close
Outlook facebook page