We need to pay more attention to animals that wander around. Thousands of them walk the streets right in front of our houses every day, and it’s safe to say they’re frequent. This is particularly in cities with a lot of traffic which is more so than in other locations around the globe.
But, occasionally, it is impossible to pay attention to these strays. This was the case with one particular wandering German shepherd whose behavior caught the attention and fascination of many.
Lost in the Crowd
A thick mist fell over the eastern side of Istanbul’s Istanbul, Turkiye. Many people gathered in a raging mass and walked the streets amid the packed crowds to finish their work for the day. Most people need to be aware of the things in their path or even notice the things right before them. Unsurprisingly, this tiny shape that was weaving and darting between their legs was not noticed as he meticulously moved through the streets as he walking past shops and carts opening for a day’s worth of work.
Although this might happen in major cities, residents will soon discover the shocking truth about their dog’s neighbor as this almost invisible German shepherd is sure to shock the world!
Invisible to Most
This German shepherd was seen strolling through the narrow alleyways and the broad stone pathways that run through the square. He stopped right in the middle of entrances to apartments and the sliding doors of supermarkets. He gave a friendly glance and waved his tail, hoping for the attention of people passing by and the kindness of the local salespeople to throw him a piece in their bread buns for breakfast or some ham pieces in their lunches.
For the average person or a tourist, the dog seemed to be just a stray wandering through the numerous maze-like streets found in the city, just like every other dog on the streets. But to Emil, the 35-year-old man from the area, the behavior of this particular dog was extremely unusual.
The Monday Routine
Emil has a small local Deli that he thoroughly tests every day before opening. It’s situated near one of the busy parts of the city’s cobblestone pathways close to the city’s heart. As a result, the signs he puts up in front of the store advertise specials of the day’s sales.
On a Monday morning, the man was going about his routine. However, when the streets were filled with tourists and commuters, He noticed the shape of a black and brown dog a few feet from the street. It wouldn’t have been anything unusual except that the dog appeared to be sitting strangely on one foot just on the sidewalk.
He was unaware that this enlightening observation would lead to an unforgettable experience.
Friendship at First Sight
The dog’s face was turned back, and his head was straight down as if asleep. Emil found this to be quite amusing and decided to go up. He not only saw the dog snoring and looking intently through the bars of steel of the gate to the drainage tunnel.
Although he was a street dog, He was extremely open to pet animals on the head and seemed to take pleasure in the attention. However, despite giving several licks and whines as he leaned his head against the dogs, he didn’t take his eyes off the grill at the center of the road. After an extended period, he then returned to watching it with his ears presumably giggling at the sound of a faint echo from the grate, which one could barely make out.
The incident captivated Emil, and he decided to take an image to post via social networks. The comments that poured into his account astonished Emil.
Hints and Theories
A few more savvy commenters looked over the photo carefully and noticed something fascinating about the dog’s appearance. The German shepherd was always sitting or standing on his right leg and carrying a white tag around one of his ears on the left. This is normal because street animals are usually identified to reduce the number of stray animals. But, it could be an indication of the ownership of the owner of the establishment or by an individual.
Emil received a recommendation to contact local shelters to find out more information and possibly even locate the owner. However, before doing so, he shared the photos in Facebook groups that were open to the public, asking if anyone was missing a pet or knew the name of the dog was belonging to.
Motivation for a Mystery
In the days following, Emil found himself a new target. In addition to managing his business for the majority of the time, He also spent most of his spare time phoning local shelters, scouring local forums, and the posts on social media forums in search of any reference to the German shepherd-wearing white markings.
While at tasks, making calls, and perusing hundreds of books, he often visited the dog across the street. He would pet him and offer pieces of smoked sausage or slices of ham sandwiches. They were devoured with awe, but Emil always observed that once the dog was finished eating, he immediately went back to looking down at the black area beneath the metal. He kept an eye out for sounds and sights.
Gathering Fame and Attention
Emil’s efforts were worthwhile. Though he has still waiting for a specific response, his searches on social media were a hit. “The dog who stares at the grill” became a cult local news story. Many called Emil to help him in locating the person who owned the dog of the dog. However, they made time to go to this special section of the town.
The dog quickly changed from being a shade, usually ignored and unnoticed, and suddenly attracting only a couple of visitors per day. The dogs would
The Adored Local Celebrity
The story’s news quickly spread across local social media organizations. In fact, in the nick of time, some people were gathering in the vicinity of the stray every hour throughout the day. People walking along the street, unaware of the happenings, were compelled to stop and inquire for information out of curiosity. They would wait in silence to catch an inkling of a response.
However, the dog watched in silence, staring at the grate as people chatted. What was the reason he was sitting in that way? What was the tag attached to his ears? Most importantly, why did he seem so determined to stare in silence down an empty hole day after day? And what were the sounds people claim to be hearing up as well down the street?
What happened next stunned not just the guests, however, but Emil and all those who were following the account.
Commotion in the Distance
At the close day of the week, when Emil was getting settled into his lunch break, he could hear a loud commotion coming in the direction of the pet.
The bustle and bustle of crowds at the beginning of the day wasn’t new, and he was used to it during his job. People laughing, shouting, and chatting loudly came from working on the busy streets. In the past week, he was gradually getting used to the increasing number of people who gathered near his Deli. But this time was distinct.
Then there was a loud, brutal shriek as well as continuous barking. Emil left his lunch and went out to investigate what had made everyone in such a state of dismay.
Panic Around the Corner
Emil ran to the scene, having the worst thoughts on his mind. Did the noise of the crowds bother the dog? Was the dog bit by somebody? He witnessed many leaving the scene, upset or discussing the incidents, which only fuelled his fear.
When he walked up to his destination, he made his way through the crowd, only to spot the dog angry due to one or the other reason. He was on his feet with his ears and tailed down and a savage smile on his face. The German dog was barking incessantly at the grate like there was a threat from below.
While looking for help, Emil found out that one woman tried to peer at the grate and even fell on her knees and hands, causing the dog’s fury.
The Dog Whisperer
While thinking about his shoes, Emil rushed back to his shop and grabbed small pieces of smoked sausage, the kind he was feeding his dog every day.
Returning towards the crowd, which was now gone, He moved the sausage before the shepherd. The stray stopped barking and snatched the sausage. He lay down with his meal between his paws. He sat peacefully eating, chewing, and licking his food.
This made Emil interested. In a state of the back of his mind, and keeping an eye, He slowly moved toward the grill. The attempt received a slight grunt. It was a warning, sure. He chose not to try his luck, but the question was. What is the grate triggered such a violent reaction from a normally calm dog?