In modern Ukraine and Russia, when people get tired of their dogs or can't feed them, they simply turn them out to the street. There are no real municipal dog pounds, just the streets. Well, who cares? They are not people, they are dogs and homeless people need more care....at least that is what I hear.
However, as much as I love people, I love dogs just as much and it pains me to see packs of dogs roaming the streets in search of food, or a place to sleep. Through no fault of their own, homeless dogs like little homeless children are left to fend for themselves. Homeless people are in every country, but here in Ukraine and other former Soviet societies it is apparent that the capacity to take care of a simple loyal friend (a dog or cat) is beyond many people, which leads me to believe that they are in fact not capable of taking care of anything or anyone but themselves. This includes the total lack of Animal Control or Animal Shelters.
So as you visit Ukraine and see the dogs roaming the streets, or the poor roads or the rundown bus stops and broken buildings, look at it as a reflection of a society that chose to steal selfishly from even themselves the simple pleasures of beauty and companionship. Because here it all boils down to money, which Ukrainians have yet to discover is not everything. This is a country where they have abandoned hope for a better future due to their basic lack of understanding of the world outside. Their lack of financial planning and above all their ability to live in a corrupted society run by corrupted people, only on a larger scale the the common person, has crushed them to the point of apathy. They turn a blind eye to anything that does not benefit them TODAY.
Yesterday it did not benefit them to take care of their government, today it is their pets, tomorrow ... their fellow man.
Yet I still love Ukraine, I love the Ukrainians I have met. The ones I know are good hearted hard working people, but there are not enough of them. I am of the minority that at least has hope for a brighter and better future for Ukraine because I have always been a non-conformist. Why, when I have abandoned my own country after 57 years, do I have hope for a place I have only lived in for just over a year? Ukrainians say I am crazy, or I am stupid and don't understand corruption or poverty because I used to be an American, this proves how little they know of the outside world.
Why then? Because I have dreams ... and dreams DO come true.
End of social rant, back to taking pictures!
Don't forget March 5th Photo Walk and post on March 7!!!