The day i left my parents home after my marriage and entered a new house,the very first thing that made me cry is the distance from my pet dog Tuffey. My day used to always start with a Good morning kiss from him on my nose and his warmth he showed through his wagging tail.
Vineet knows my lover for pets and showered me with stuff toys to console me as we could not afford to have a pet in the II floor house we lived in.With a shift in the job, I started using my bike to commute. Since i was a newbie to that locality, stray dogs always chased me, even when on bike.There was this dog by name "Tiny" (named by few kids and it no where matched in size to its name!!) which was a friendly one who didn't do any harm when on walk but never stopped chasing me while on bike.I thought of making friendship with him and offered biscuits, but somehow, he still was not able to recognize me when on bike.And there was a day when I screamed out of fear and that was the day he realized it was the same friend who offered him food.And ever since then, he follows me back to my home and sits there in a corner.I trained him to give him hand shake and rewarded him with food whenever he was successful. And now, this handshake has become a signal for him to say that he is hungry!!!
He has now shifted his base from road to our building and initially had taken our door mat to ward from cold. But after teaching him that it was wrong and on providing new blanket, he now drags his blanket where ever he sleeps.He now knows all our friends, strangers and doesn't let anyone whom he doubts.The whole building residents love him and he has lived up to it.I have observed that he loves playing with kids in the building and never harms any kid even though they keep teasing him.He smells me as soon as I come from mom's place and feels anxious after that as I would have Tuffey's fur all over my dress.
There are days, I act as if I have not seen him at all and close the door after coming home. He makes sure to let me know of his presence either by pushing the door through his nose and peeping in or by knocking on the window.
Well I have fallen in love with him and get worried when I have to go on a long trip. However, I am sure the neighbors do take care of him. I am telling this tale of Tiny as a representation of all stray dogs. My request to all of you is to just take care of at least one stray dog in your locality and see how much happiness you get with someone loving you so unconditionally.Also, I have heard and it is true that the local breeds/ stray dogs are more immune than the other breeds.What I learnt is that with proper guidance, some food and shelter, these are much better than the pets we have at home (No offence intended to you Tuffey and Co). If each of these dogs get an owner, they too will learn all the things you expect of him, guard you and your home for free.
I have seen one elderly man carry a big bag full of milk bowls, milk, biscuits and come to a regular point and feed some stray dogs. I can see these dogs wait eagerly for his visit to feel the love which they have been denied by all of us.All they as is for a bit of love and a bowl of food which i am sure, most of us throw into dustbin on regular basis.There is this Government and some so called intellectual people who support to put an end to the menace caused by stray dogs. I agree, but bring it on in the positive way, where they too get a right to live their life.We endanger every species for our greed to conquer the world and then once things go out of control, start campaigns to save them.I hope the same doesn't happen to our very own desi dogs which truly are very good breeds.
My appeal or request to all of you is :
- Try and adopt one dog/ puppy. Trust me you don't have to run behind the pedegree, these dogs will adjust with the regular food we have.
- Train the puppies from early stage , they are quick learners.
- Make use of these dogs in Office Campuses, for apartment security. Of course vaccinate them and keep.
- Keep them in your farms, farm houses
- Keeps away the thieves
I am standing for them because I have experienced so much love and miss my Tiny when I don't see him for a day. I cannot imagine how I feel if he is taken away by BBMP(not always) someday and hence this article is dedicated to him and all his friends who come along with him as my gaurds during my morning walk.
I left for a trip early morning by 3 am and no one but my Tiny came around the car to say good bye and I am eagerly waiting to go back and give my love to him.