My little fellow has fallen in love with dogs. He wants to see them all over the place all the time. As soon as you lift him, he says ‘Bow bow’ indicating that “take me out so that I can have the pleasure of seeing a dog.” And there are plenty on our street. Some stray and some pet dogs. Some are ferocious. Some are atrocious.
A lot of cars, school vans and buses, Call-centre vehicles (usually a Sumo) comes to my street and all the stray canines just chase these out. But when the same happens to a 2 wheeler, it is very dangerous. It also happens to those walking. These dogs are posing problems for residents and 2-wheeler riders in parts of Malleswaram and Rajajinagar. It may be a problem faced by any Bangalorean, for that matter. These dogs bark at every vehicle or residents passing making life in the night an absolute nuisance. Especially, when driving in the dead of the night, one of things that most of us fear is being chased by a stray dog. The risk of meeting with an accident for a 2-wheeler rider is too high as you tend to accelerate to get the stray dog off your back. There have been number of such accidents in the past.
Jurisdictionally stray dogs are the responsibility of local corporations or CMCs. Till a few years back, stray dogs being put to death in large numbers were not unheard of in the State. But given the awareness about animal rights and a 1994 SC ruling, killing stray dogs is not a solution to the problem. And when the corporation van does come to pick them up, they go underground!
These dogs are fed by the residents on the pretext of being compassionate to animals. But when it comes to taking ownership for their road side pets, well the answer is best left unsaid. Like wise, inconsiderate neighbours house a few dogs which bark through out the night. It’s a wonder how the owner sleeps.
The laws of India don’t protect the common man, from such inconsiderate neighbours. Thus we are left with the option of tucking our heads under our pillows to catch some peace… “Bangalore a Pensioner’s Paradise” is a dream of the past, with such nice unstoppable music playing through the night.
It seems the great dramatist TP Kailasam went to a friend’s house who had a dog. Kailasam stood outside the gate as the dog kept barking. His friend told Kailasam, “Come in Kailasam, don’t you know that barking dogs never bite” for which TPK said,”You and I know that. Does the dog know about it?”
Got to go on a stroll now, my little fellow is saying ‘Bow bow’.