My Friend

Every morning I see dogs happily trotting beside their owners. Many responsible dog owners spend so much of their precious time to walk their pet, and it’s quite wonderful to see that.

This always reminds me of my first visit to Bangalore. I was so amazed to find different varieties of animals on the road, but I was truly shocked to find dogs of good breeds on the streets. I still have a vivid memory of two very huge German Shepherds roaming around the area where I was staying. They had neither any leash nor any caretaker with them. Had they been abandoned? It’s very unlikely that those two were let off their leash to take a casual walk down the street.

Mr. Lonely

This was years back.

Now, after settling down in Bangalore, I was terribly upset to find out that so many pets are shut out of their homes. Innumerable dogs are getting abandoned on the streets.

People who thought they were a bit humane left their pets tied to some street posts for days together. If that can be called humane, although its surely better than assaulting them. I cannot imagine how many pets are being left to die.

Why does it happen?

It happens when pets become a burden. It happens when people move out of the city or the country. It happens when they want to go on vacation. It happens when they have failed to train their pets and then fail to manage them. It happens when pets become old. It happens when pets get sick. It happens when people do not want to spend resources on them. In short, it happens because humans are selfish.

Humans are, after all social ‘ANIMALS’. We are expected to behave like savage animals.

In certain instances, when fates don’t favour, the pets had to be left back. Instances where the owner had passed away, or the owner or the family is sick, or the family goes into deep debt and had to move away, or the owner is helpless to take decisions, and it is done by others. The reasons are many but comprehensible. What about people who are crueller than savages?

The-runaway-dog

Getting a pup is easy. There are thousands of dogs in shelter homes and pet shops, and of course, the countless dog owners selling their pet’s offspring. But planning for adoption is something that has to be done carefully and responsibly. And planning must be done.

Alright, this is not a high-funded global project, but if a little planning does avoid misery for these simple creatures, then we ought to do it.

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Picture source:
Dogvacay.com
Canadapetgrooming.com

Love Me Please (Part 1)

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I love dogs, so I planned to get a pup when I move into my new home in Bangalore. This was about two years back. Unfortunately, after the distressing house hunt, I dropped the idea of a house and a dog and moved into an apartment.

Seeing a lot of abandoned pets, I thought it would be a good idea to list down a few reminders for every dog lovers and pointers for weird people who just “simply” want a dog.

Run with me!

FYI, pup’s will not be pint-sized all the time! Just like all living creatures, it will grow into an adult…a large dog unless it’s of a small dog breed. Obviously, how big it can get will depend upon its lineage. One of the most basic and important thing for a dog is its physical fitness. Everyone agrees on that, but the question here is, where to take them for a walk?

Those who live in Bangalore or other such cities know that free space is very limited. The little space there is will be either filled with people, stray cows and dogs, goats or at times chickens. How to keep the pets from going all crazy over the chickens I don’t know. Didn’t find many cats here…Small mercies!

Although this is a bit of a stretch, I wouldn’t deny the fact that the city has very less public space for people to take a stroll, let alone to walk the pets.
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Understand me!

Living in a pricey city, employing a housekeeper (who likes dogs) or even a dog walker is a challenge. I would say pets who have their own poop-cleaners are very fortunate.

It’s great to have household help, but if they are to do everything from feeding to training, that is, practically taking care of the pets, then in reality, who owns them? If we are unable to spend at least some time with them, then clearly we are not fit to own pets.

Hug Me!

We may or may not have large well-furnished apartments. Riches don’t matter here. If we decide to keep our pets inside the house or apartment 24×7, what difference does it make from an ordinary kennel? Do they enjoy antique vases and 52-inch televisions? Of course not! Maybe they will enjoy exquisite hand made floor rugs or designer shoes…oops! It’s understood they need human affection.

Look at Me!

Leaving our pets in apartments or kennels until we get back home late night (Remember…with minimal human interaction)…isn’t that too cruel?

Certainly, life is jam-packed with tight-schedules. If we can’t make time for our family and friends, then how are we going to make time for our pets. For some people, it’s the other way around. It’s an awful truth, but if we are terrible in managing our time, then its a Problem!

Looking after a pup, mostly in the initial stages, is just like looking after a child. It’s not a consumer product where you buy it and throw it after use. It’s a living thing where you need to specifically invest ‘Time’.

It’s absurd, but people do tend to miss out such simple things. This may be because some people tend to be selfish (“Oh! dogs are so cute, I too want one!”) or they think a dog is just an animal (Duh!) to serve them (“Dogs are just wild and uncontrollable animals, they used to live in the jungle..they don’t need any of the comforts. They should be chained!”). Really? What are they? Plastic?

Some think dogs to be…delicious? (Ugh! no comments!). I should particularly mention about another category of people who love their dogs to death…literally! Feeding too much, no exercise…ring a bell?