Many people in our neighbourhood have been pointing our attention to this dog. I really thought it belonged to someone, he has been seen running up & down the street seeking shelter during the rains. In fact many people mistook her for Mia & have come & rung our door bell; asking is Mia safe ? Whereas many others have pointed out the owners saying they have abandoned the dog & urged me to do something. For a while i thought i had friends who have the best Saluki’s & we can do something, however in reality, really i’ve my hands full vis-a-vis time & resources, so i couldn’t do anything about this dog, i genuinely feel sorry.
He has been starving, he has been seeking some human comfort & he is dirty & flea infested….. basically he is in a pathetic state. One day partner gets a call…
We’ve come to take your dog ?
which dog ?
the one you’ve abandoned on the road
sorry, it’s not ours
ok, I’m from the Animal Welfare Board I will not tolerate to see a royal breed like a Saluki abandoned on the road.
I believe the officer went into the lane & made inquiries about who owns the dog, everyone pointed to one house, she went into the house to ask….. the residents claimed that they’ve nothing to do with this dog, so she took him away & to her shocking surprise she also saw a St Bernard & a Rottweiler pup inside the house. Not surprising that both were in bad shape due to lack of nutrition & lack of exercise. The last i heard about this saluki is that he is vaccinated, de-wormed etc & is put up for adoption. Lets hope for the best.
Mahatma Gandhi, the father our nation had once said the “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” He may have said this in a completely different context to highlight his vegetarianism etc. However the saying does make a lot of sense. Take a look at a beautiful 70-year-old woman in our neighbourhood who looks after most of the stray dogs here. We also give part of our rice harvest from our farm to her because she needs about 30kgs a month to feed all the dogs. She is a unique & very special woman not only because she feeds the dogs, but she also has a beautiful relationship with them, which is reflected in the personality of the dogs. Instead of supporting her initiative there are some members in the neighbourhood who have gone & tried to file police cases against her, saying that the stray dogs come into the residential complex & litter etc.
As of now the animal haters are having their way & they are getting more & more intolerant. This context when compared to what Mahatma Gandhi had said about the health of the nation is really so true & is reflected in the intolerance levels of the homo-sapiens who inhabit this country.
peace, love & lets hope for the best !!