I guess this could apply to any street dogs anywhere but as I live in the Provadiya region.......
We had to go into town today, Provadiya. Once we'd finished our business there, Sue and I decided we'd have a beer outside one of the pavement bars before coming back home. sue had bought us a few potato cakes from the shop, which we were going to snack on, outside the bar. Not an uncommon experience for us.
There are numerous street dogs in Provadiya, 2 of which have been neutered and both have a lovely nature. They seem to exist quite happily in the town centre and previously, haven't really been a bother, other than entusiastically welcoming you when they see you and occaisionally trying to investigate your shopping bags. Recently, over the past few months, the dogs have grown in confidence with Brits and have tended to pester for longer and more insistently.
Today, both dogs were a pain in the butt and a complete nuisance.
Because we had food!
It's become common practice for some of the Provadiya Brit community to feed these dogs on a frequent and regular basis. They've become conditioned to Brits having food and that food being for them.
Bulgarians are generally nervous of dogs, especially street dogs. I have seen both of these dogs being harrassed by locals more than once and that's putting it mildly.
All the bars in Provadiya are for the use of all the community, indigenous and foreign.
I've heard it said by bar owners/managers that these dogs affect custom by deterring Bulgarians from using the bar when these dogs are present.
My dogs, 4 of them, 2 from UK and 2 from here, never harass us or our guests for food and indeed, should one of them pester when food's around, they get what for. I don't tolerate it.
Why should I turn a blind to these 2 dogs?
Why do Brits find it necessary to make a point of buying food for street dogs which were previously happy and healthy?
Obviously, we're now well into the tourist season so even more food is made available, by Brits, for these dogs but, it's not only tourists feeding them. It would probably be understandable if it were so.
I personally feel that by conditioning these dogs to welcome Brits and act aggressively to locals increases the danger of someone taking action against them.
Plus, I like potato cakes and I don't want a scavenger giving me grief when I'm eating one!!!