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You can hate the Disney sequels all you like

But I will defend the sequel characters with my life.

“My dog Angel died in August, after 13 years of being named after Angel from Lady and the Tramp 2. We recently got a new puppy, and while I love the name we gave him (Digby, after the dog in Animal Crossing New Leaf), I now regret not calling him Scamp, to match with my late Angel. I feel like it would have been the perfect tribute to her, seeing I think they’re so similar and would have been really close friends, had they gotten a chance to meet. Maybe one day.”

Today, there are around 35,000 strays roaming Moscow, as dog catching fell behind when the Soviet Union collapsed. Over several generations of breeding, those dogs have gotten very, very smart. If Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure taught us anything, besides some sweet-ass songs, it’s that street dogs have to rely on their wits to get vittles. And since only 3 percent of Moscow’s strays survive long enough to breed, only the toughest and more importantly, the smartest, end up procreating.

Among these Einstein strays, hundreds have taken up residence in the underground metro stations and have freaking learned how to travel their territories via subway train. They’ll stand and wait for the train, just like everyone else, then sneak on, go to sleep, and get off at their stops. Day after day. Scientists figure they use smell and the recorded names of stations to navigate.

And that’s not all they’ve figured out. Roving gangs of begging dogs have learned how to send out the smallest and cutest among them to do their begging. And big dogs have learned the bark and grab: jumping and barking at on a person eating a snack, making them drop it, then pouncing on the dropped food.

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