Maggie rides in a water taxi
Two dogs and a band

Venice's hardworking dog population

In earlier posts, we've suggested that many of Venice's dogs are pampered, and we aren't ready to change our tune. Still, there's no doubt that some dogs in Venice earn their keep, as we show in this photo essay on Venetian canine occupations.

1. Providing security for snack bars:

Dog by Zattere snack bar 

2. Testing pet products:

Dog on bed in Venice
 3. Protecting local shops from shoplifters (and customers):

Dog in Venice shop doorway
4. Sniffing suspicious bottle caps for explosives:

Venice plastic-sniffing dog 

5. Posing as still-life models for artists:

Dog artist model in Venice 

6. Keeping empty chairs empty:
Chair security dog in Venice 

7. Acting as fashion accessories during Carnival:

Dogs at Venice Carnival 

8. Serving as superheroes and superheroines:

Venice dog superheroine 

9. Imitating superheroes and superheroines, like the erzatz Batmen and Wonder Women on Hollywood Boulevard:

Imitation dog superhero in Venice


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