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A monthly roundup featuring stray dogs I’ve seen around Istanbul, per my sister’s request.

 

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Curled up on the steps outside of the bar.

 

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The new guy on our block, I call him “Lion”.

 

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The prime spot to sit is across from the butcher!

 

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One of my favorite things I’ve found in Istanbul to date is a vending machine that feeds stray dogs and cats in return for recycling your bottles. When the bottle is returned, food is dispensed at the bottom for animals to enjoy. A genius idea to promote recycling and to help the local animals – plus it’s run on solar power. I’ve only seen a few of these and hope it’s something that becomes more widespread.