Some call him “Kanellos”, named after the Greek god of Independence Kanellos Deligiannis. Others know him as “Riot Dog”, the canine companion of the people, by the people, and for the people.
The story is quite mysterious, people aren’t very sure as to why, or from where, but a yellowish dog (or dogs) have been showing up for over a decade at protests and riots, and always sides with the people.
“Kanellos”, although now having passed away, has his own Facebook fan page, his own song (check Youtube), and many other stray dogs who are now currently filling in for his paws. But these dogs have some big paws to fill, because reports are that “Kanellos” the original riot dog made a consistent appearance at almost every protest or riot in Greece for over a decade.
There are pictures of Kanellos baring his teeth, standing at the front lines, and even attacking and barking at policemen.
Long live Kanellos, the riot dog, and the Dogs of Independence who still fight today!
Psychology Today, Political Animals:Why some stray dogs have joined Greek riots
examiner.com, Kanellos the Greek Riot Dog Inspires Protesters