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Pet Aggravations


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Pet AggravationsOur dog Shyama was with us for fourteen years, before falling ill for a single day and passing away. The most dignified and endearing pet, she never failed to win the hearts of anyone who came to our home to stay or visit. My children grew up always accustomed to her black and beige shape somewhere in the vicinity – now and then coming forward for a pat.

But life with Shyama was not all roses and wine, as anyone who has kept a pet will know first hand. There were many aggravating moments, when strangling her seemed a sweet prospect…

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Dogs and the City


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Dogs and the CityIs it even possible to imagine an Indian city, or town, or village without dogs? The brown dog sleeping on the side of the road, rooting among the garbage, wagging his or her tail at tea-drinkers at a roadside stall – all this is completely natural – something we take for granted. But all through this summer there have been reports of children being mauled and killed by stray dogs at different places, Bangalore, Belgaum, Hyderabad and others.

Even incidences of dog bites seem to be on the rise. For instance, around a 100 cases of dog bites per day is considered ‘normal’ for a town like Salem in Tamil Nadu. But on a single day in May 2007, the Corporation there recorded 212 cases at different Government hospitals. A friend of my son’s was bitten by a dog suspected to be rabid as he walked down a street in Dehradun. The summer heat, and the unchecked rise in the dog population seemed to be creating these more than ordinary incidences.

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Cats vs. Dogs


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Cats vs. DogsIn ‘The Cat Who Walked By Himself’, probably the most thrilling piece of prose he ever wrote, Rudyard Kipling tells the story of the primeval family, when Man and Woman set up home in a cave. Soon after putting up the horse-hide curtain that will be the entrance to the home, Woman succeeds in domesticating the Horse, the Dog and the Cow, and making them play by her rules. But although the Cat looks in and sees the tempting meat she is cooking, the comfortable fire that she has made to keep away the cold, he never goes in or submits to her conditions.

It is after a baby is born to Man and Woman that Cat makes his presence secure in the home – without being bound by its rules! He makes the baby laugh and gurgle, calms it to sleep, and kills a mouse who threatens the Woman’s serenity. The Woman then has to accept that he is free to come and go as he likes, and stay within the house when he chooses. Anyone who has had an adult tom cat will tell you that this is pretty much what cats do! However domesticated cats are, they never lose that wild streak that sets them apart from other ‘pets’.

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Pets and Moods


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Pets and MoodsThis may be an experience many are familiar with. You’re feeling blue and listless, convinced your life is going nowhere. A particularly sad memory makes you begin to silently cry. Suddenly, your dog, who may have been sleeping unobtrusively in a corner of the room, pads up to you and puts his or her chin on your knee, or comes and wags a tail till you oblige with a pat on the head. With this encouragement, the dog may put paws on your knee, finally reaching up to try and lick the tears off your face. Before you know it, you are both involved in a hug, or a playful tussle, or even a chase around the house. Your dog has banished the sad memory that triggered your tears.

Pets are most precious when they become sensitive to our moods - able to tune in to our thoughts and feelings. In the case of dogs, this happens quite soon. Your little puppy is already very sensitive to the sound of your voice when he has made a puddle on the floor, or chewed up a slipper or done some other not-so-seemly thing. As you raise your voice and ask, ‘Who did this?’, the dog will attempt to crawl under the bed, where he or she will try to pretend that it is invisible.

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