An unleashed, fearsome and â€˜well-dressedâ€™ dog growled at a person who was on his way to a shopping mall. While trying to evade a possible attack by the dog, he stared at the owner of the dog. But, instead of apologizing to that person, the owner shouted at him, â€œhe is a babyâ€¦get lostâ€. In India, we are quite used to stray dogs, stray cats etc. but here in Vancouver dogs and cats are like pampered kids [The kids, of course, do not get that much attention!] It seems they humanize these animals right from their childhoodâ€”they seem to spend a lot on clothes for dogs. Naturally, they are not brought up as â€˜watch dogsâ€™ as we do in India. They do bark but sounds like the cries of the babies to the owners and immediately they are hugged and kissed! Quite often we see papers carrying the picture of a dog or a cat stuck on pillars or electric posts. The purpose is to inform the public about a lost cat or a dog and also to request them to contact the said owners if they happen to find the lost animal!
Author: P U Krishnan
First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Naduâ€”I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first. View all posts by P U Krishnan