The lucky dog in the Moscow Metro.
I was looking forward to using the Moscow Metro again. It is a work of art! Unfortunately, there is not much time for sightseeing as millions of people use it on a daily basis. Everybody is in a hurry and get upset if you are not moving quickly enough. However, things quiet down a little after a rush hour and then you can stop to admire the art.
This time around I was looking for something specific, something that I have missed in 2008. I was looking for the Metro with the lucky dog.
This Metro has bronze statues of soldiers with their K-9 friends. I am not sure how this ritual started but many say it started when students used to stop and rub the nose of the dog. It meant good luck. Later it spilled over to all people visiting the metro and now it is a ritual. You have to stop and rub the nose.
If you look at the photo you will see that it had been rubbed so many times it is shining! I also saw roosters in this Metro and people are starting to rub them too. I think it is such a nice gesture and I enjoyed seeing people smiling after they gave the nose a rub.
We used this metro late one evening and I had to take a picture of the soldier and his dog. I gave the nose a quick rub and then I hopped on the train. It didn`t bring me luck though, two days later we missed our flight!
Where to see the lucky dog in the Moscow Metro?
Where: Ploshchad Revolutsii station (Moscow Metro), Russia.
When: 19 May 2012