The Tale of the Baku Glove Thief
Sadly, stray dogs are not a new phenomenon to our crews working on-site across the world.
Often arriving for months of extensive fit-ups in new, sometimes even unfinished stadia, these sites and their surrounding hinterlands are often a chaotic mix of disparate contractors undertaking all manner of schedule-chasing building work.
Street dogs are part of this mix and although usually regarded as pests by the local authorities, they become part of every day life for crew. The combination of certain canine personalities in particular and hard working crew, far from home lead to some strong bonds and rather touching photos.
The following story has come to us from Project Manager Dan Bell in Baku.
“Meet chewy the Baku site dog. He turned up a week after we arrived on site looking hungry, tired and scruffy. Shy and timid, it took a few days for him to gain our trust as you could see in his eyes he did not trust people or want to come near us. Covered in oil and tar we can only presume he was dumped in the lake nearby. Once he knew we were a safe bunch and obviously soft as anything, he became part of the team wanting love and attention and we became part of his wolf pack.
He was now known as the Stage One Dog by everyone on site and even the locals. As the weeks went on, his personality started to show. Every morning he would come running over to