On this day, 9 October 2014 the Greek ‘riot dog’ Λουκάνικος (Loukanikos: “sausage”) died peacefully in his sleep. Loukanikos was the most famous of the Athens stray dogs who joined demonstrations and riots against the police murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos and later against austerity measures. Inhaling police tear gas and other chemicals during the many riots in which he participated, led to a deterioration of his health, he was adopted and retired out of the city in 2012. He died at the approximate age of 10.
It is said that the name "Λουκάνικος =Sausage" was given to him by patrons of the center, finding that out of all the food they gave him, sausages were his favorite. Here is a tribute film about Loukanikos https://youtu.be/bvsPR46G9jE also here is the link for the song of the American musician Davis Rovics' "Big Red Sessions"-album about Loukanikos https://youtu.be/bR_97V59LbE