Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How to Create a Dogs Life: For Everyone!!!

First: Here's my sincere apologies to dogs for the title I chose for this post. I neither want to hurt your feelings nor do I want to offend you. Its just that most people understand what I am trying to convey through this topic.
My Apartment Complex is debating whether Pets should be allowed in the complex:

Let me first put forth the arguments against pets as listed by people:
They can be dangerous. Hullo, since when only they are selectively dangerous. What about all those I-care-two-hoots psycopaths who inhabit the planet.

They can attack Old People and Children on the elevators (Lifts) . Of course, I think they selectively target this group. I do notice a lot of Children carrying puppies with the scruff of their necks. I have yet to see a puppy carry a human child like that.

They create a nuisance at night by continuously barking. Read about other Nuisances at Night below.

They Drop poop. I thought it was people challenged in civic sense who did that!
Children are scared of large animals. Are they now? I haven't noticed.

Now let me put forth my views on the subject.

Even I don't want any Old people, Children, or perfectly capable young people to suffer any harm at the paws of "deranged" pet animals. But extremes of anything are never good.

I completely support that Dogs or other should not be left unattended anywhere: Not even within the confines of one's own flat. Not because they are a nuisance, only because It's not good for them.

I support that Old People, Young People, Children, everyone needs to be protected.

I support that Owners should be cleaning up after their pets.

I support that there should be rules governing pets, just like there should be rules governing everything else.

However, I do not agree that there should be blanket bans enforced.

This world after all belongs as much to Dog-Cat-Parrot lovers as to people who think otherwise. At least we are having pets in a controlled environment, is anyone safe in an uncontrolled environment outside.

Are Pet Dogs - mark the word Pet here, I am not talking about some street animal - necessarily deranged creatures that go about attacking people? Not really!

Yes. Sometimes they are a nuisance.


Sometimes even children are a nuisance (Ever heard a baby scream at the top of her lungs in the middle of the night? Or two boys fighting or when they break something like the Pool Table cue?). Let us ban children as well shall we? In case you think I am joking, let me tell you that to a lot of people, their pets are like children. They don't keep pets to show off!

Sometimes youngsters are a nuisance (Ever heard music blasting late into the night?).

Sometimes Old people are a nuisance.

Yes sir. No disrespect meant, but I do know a Grandfather in our Complex who goes home only after checking on the welfare of me and my family, in the middle of the night, every single night!

Here we are, struggling with two laptops, a sack full of groceries, a fidgety toddler, two lunch boxes, and whatever else that’s weighing us down at 10 PM in the night, straight back from office, minus a cup of tea, thinking about what junk to eat for dinner tonight, and he says "been to your native?" one day or "very Beesy Man, Prabhash" the next all followed by his snigger- Please Ban him. I want to ban him! Better still punch him in the jaw and then ban him!

Hey! We will end up banning our lives.

But then again, not all Old People or Young People or Children or Pets are a Nuisance. In fact they are quite fun to be with. Let’s not go around banning them.

It’s a persons right to acquire a pet within applicable municipal laws and as long as he is a responsible owner and citizen. There are more stray dogs and other animals on the streets likely to cause harm than a well trained, properly inoculated pet under a responsible owner.

Children should not be trained to be afraid of dogs or other pets, they should in fact learn the social skills of interacting with fairly sensitive animals - Under Adult Supervision, always – I am looking forward to help my child become a well rounded individual not someone inflicted with zoophobia.


Prabhash said...

now thats what you call a pet(ty) issue :-))

avdi said...

Keeping a large dog in a flat is nothing but cruelty to the animal. As long as you are able to take care of the space issues of the pet, and see to it that no harm is done to the animal, its ok to keep him.

Banning animals just to make your own life smooth is also a form of chauvinism.

*Aham* said...
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*Aham* said...

Dogs are like children to people who love them. My dog to me is my daughter, she has a veterinary certificate that states her name as Lisa Harish Iyer. I totally understand that people might choose to not like the fact that I like animals. They have the choice, as much as I do to love whomsoever I feel like.

And I opine that every school should be involved in inculcating feelings of empathy in young ignited minds, through animals.

Here, the counter argument by some myopic parents would be "Ok, I appreciate teh fact that you are trying to inculcate empathy and minimise zoophobia, but what if my ward gets some terrible zoonotic disease?" Id like to tell them that diseases that dogs and cats get from humans are multifold as compared to the ones we contract from them.

Infact research shows that the most heinous of crimes are done by people who have zilch or no empathy for animals. habitual animal abusers are a threat to HumanKind.

should they pass some rule against animals, we should contact NGO's.

here are some helpline details that could come handy.
contact: Crystal

Bangalore SPCA 91-(0)80-25540205

Krupa is an NGO in Bangalore
9845171495 (Vinay Moray),
9880194757 (Poornima Harish)

do make a call in case of an emergency,

Please note : the ngo's deal with such issues on a daily basis, so they might not give you a prompt "ohh my god, I will come rushing in " reaction... please hold none against them for that.