I saw today this dog in a piece of tv news about Greece and he did look professional. At first I thought it is just a lost or stray dog, which got caught between the police line and the crowd, but then I noticed the dog was behaving like one of the the demonstrators....
In any children's story it would more likely be a cat. Ry Cooder gave us a whole album about a Wobbly-supporting red cat, like Tom (cat) Joad. In our political life, you always see dogs on the end of policemen. Maybe you do get canine deserters, I'm sure an Alsatian or two left the police in pursuit of chi-chi poodles during the events of May 68 in Paris.
You've outed me, J. One of our two sleeps on the bed all night to protect me from bad dreams about dogs. As a kid, I was chased by a dog in the park, which turned me into a canophobe. It was a bulldog, the national symbol, so it affected me politically too.
Gotta go - have to crack with the wise over on the Election threads.
I also saw an interesting discussion about various dogs, who apparently are considered fighting comrades by the Greek anarchists, I'm trying to locate the link. This dog, Kanellos, seems to have been a legend:
Who knows? I'd like to believe it's true:) Living in Moscow, I can see the kind of social human-animal (stray dogs, stray cats) network or relationships which could form a background for such a phenomenon.