The concerned authorities issue notices from time to time, reminding dog owners to keep their pets on leashes, and at home. This is thought by the ignoramuses,to prevent their dogs from biting people.Of course,dogs do take friendly nips at unsuspecting victims every once in a while, even as the RULE is on, thanks to the good dog lovers who believe in full freedom for their dogs.
One remembers an incident some years back when the KMC started shooting stray dogs and one bitter dog owner complained, in the local dailies, that his dog that got shot was on the street only to clear its bowels. Of course, the Prime Ministers’ ‘Swachh Bharat’ had not been invented then. A few months back the concerned Government Agency again notified against dogs being let loose. However, our streets and lanes are as dirty as ever. Now, the question is why, and by whom? The larger filth is created by us, the Ultimate of Creation. However, a smaller but deadlier part (ooh … the odour .. the aroma .. the stench .. the fumes … ugh!) is contributed by dogs; their excreta (doo-doo) to be more specific.
Of course, this is not to be generalised, as I personally know some people who have many dogs but their homes and neighbourhood are clean. This also holds good for the vast majority of animal lovers who keep their pets under controlled conditions for the benefit of a clean society. But there is this lot, including seemingly educated people who think it is cool to park their dogs (some even on leashes) in the middle of our narrow streets to clear out their bowels. I am not a faecal expert but I guess everybody, except those involved in the trade, would attest to the fact that dog faeces are as filthy as that of humans. Then why should the human race alone use the toilet?
I would not like to dwell on the matter any longer; this subject is a proven appetite killer. Oh Government, please also include man’s best friend in the Swachh Bharat program! The colony councils too have to tone up and ensure your colonies/wards are cleaner without the … you-know-what!
A Personal Note:
Dear Dog Lovers (the ones without Civic Sense in their dictionaries),ensure your doggie doos (deliberate attempt at providing the Oxford Dictionary with a new word) it is within the confines of your own homes, away from public sight,or transfer them out of civilisation for our appetite-sake.
Prof. G.T. Thong
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