It’s not uncommon for stray dogs to elicit large waves of sympathy, but none had ever become a landmark on Google Maps. Then came Watermelon.
Watermelon is a little dog who lives on the streets of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Or rather: rather than “on the streets”, she mainly lives in a specific street – via Amagleba Street, in the historic part of the city.
Its presence there is so fixed that it has prompted tourists and residents to add the coordinates of its position on Google Maps, where it is now marked as a historical monument.
And like any self-respecting historical monument, there are also visitor reviews next to the coordinates. Many gave her five stars, calling her “the best dog in the world”.
It is probable that someone has also searched for her – in vain – on TripAdvisor, given that the dog flaunts a green label that recalls the symbol of that site (the label is used to indicate a stray but harmless dog).
So named because of its rounded shape, Watermelon spends most of the day in a cardboard doghouse built by a lady who took care of it during the lockdown. She lives across from a bank and a liquor store.
It shouldn’t move much. The area is quite busy and there is always someone ready to give her something to eat. Indeed, even too much: the recommendation of a shopkeeper who now deals with watermelon is in fact not to overdo it with snacks, because when he eats he doesn’t know how to stop himself.
In short, the fame of the dog is equal to her hunger.