The exceptional connectivity, trust, love and romance of lovers is mostly the highlight of the movies, whether Hollywood or Bollywood. Writers have been writing love poetries, novels and songs since centuries. Everyone seems to be gripped with it. Undoubtedly, love is beautiful and it’s hard to imagine life without a partner. However, other relationships too play an important role. Life would be very difficult without a mother’s warmth, a father’s care, the secrets-sharing with siblings; morning walks with grandpa, and grandma’s treasure of fantasy tales.
Beyond the ties we have with people, there is a bond which is indescribable in words. And you realize this only when you have one. This is the special connection shared by humans with their pets. Among all pets, dogs are the most amiable, loyal and co-operative. Many might have expected the article to talk of something new between humans. But I’m sure that those who like animals and have experienced the essence of this love; would surely hook to this article till the end.
So, let’s begin by first knowing them a little bit. They would wag their tail back and forth, indicating happiness and liking for someone or something. Generally, the wagging of the tail to the right expresses positive emotions while the same to the left shows negative emotions. Also from the sound of barking, one can make out the emotional state of a dog. Like a child, they are filled with curiosity, want attention and love to cuddle. It is believed that dogs often quit life, if a family member (very close to them), dies. In fact, losing them also is like losing a dear one.
In terms of loyalty, they are better than humans. You may doubt your lover’s affection turning away from you but this is not in the case of dogs. They never ‘break up’ or ‘divorce’ their masters. You see, they don’t have commitment issues. 😛 Even if they flee off (due to obvious reasons) you know that they would return home soon.
People may adopt them for security purpose, or for an adorable company to evade loneliness and even for the sake of showing high status. Nevertheless, they really don’t bother how their owners look like or how wealthy they are. As I mentioned before, they just want your affection and attention. And in return, they will serve you with unconditional love and faithfulness. They can even sacrifice their lives for humans, and this is quite evident from these following incidents.
- In September 2013, Dave Furakawa was walking his four- year- old son Will, to school when a red Chrysler was speeding towards them. But Furakawa’s boxer guide dog, Simon, rose up from the pavement and pushed the little boy out of the way. Will was saved. Furakawa though injured still survived, but Simon died before any medical help could reach. The dog had been with Furakawas for four years and was devoted to the child. After the sacrifice made by Simon, can we doubt the possibility of an extraordinary relationship with the animals?
(Story courtesy: Change Organization)
- Four years ago, in Uttar Pradesh, two children of a farmer adopted a street dog and named him ‘Jacky’. In October 2016, one night when the farmer, Gurdev Singh was fast asleep, a tiger from the nearby Dudhwa National Park approached him. Jacky sensed the presence of the tiger and tried to wake up his master, but in vain. When the animal moved forward to the attack the man, Jacky flung himself at the big cat which woke up the farmer. It gave him enough time to look for a stick and raise alarm. The farmer could escape but the dog was dragged by the tiger and his body was later found by the villagers some distance away. The statement given by Gurdev, seems to be a great message to the entire human race. He stated, “Jacky returned the favour of a few chapattis a day by giving up its life. I wish humans could learn from it how to love others and show devotion. “
(Story courtesy: Change Organization)
Now let’s look at the real and pitiless side of people. In October, this year, there was mass killing of 40 stray dogs in Kerala, only because according to the angry mob, street dogs were responsible for the killing of 10 natives. So, this is how people tackle such issues. In return they killed even those dogs that were gullible. The major factor distinguishing humans from animals is their ability to use intelligence and think. But do they really use their brains? And of course, we all are well aware of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. Thousands of dogs are killed every year only for the delight of some humans. Despite the steps taken against this practice, it has still not come to an end. All such incidents make me ponder what the so called humanity actually is. It’s a shame for all of us. Certainly, not everyone is the same but the majority of us really don’t think before inflicting such cruelty on innocent animals.
Besides the darker side of humanity, here’s something that I would love to share with everyone about a female street dog in my society, much loved and admired by everyone, though obviously you do come across some residents disliking the presence of an animal in a society. She’s not a pet to anyone yet she shows considerable love to all. She’s most of the time calm and does not bark unnecessarily at every passerby. My family and few others, daily give her bread or a chapatti, dipped in milk. A few weeks back, I acknowledged her trouble of rigorous itching. Because of this she was incessantly scratching and as a result, there were many injuries and considerable loss of hair on her body. Looking at her infuriation and miserable state, I decided to get her the right treatment. So, I called up People for Animals’ branch in my city from where I got the contact number of SPCA (organization curing animals). Soon, the vaccination was given and finally she was relieved of the irritation. Although it wasn’t easy to hold her at one place, still it was managed somehow. I was glad that I could be of any help to the dog. This brought a great deal of satisfaction to me and that’s what also inspired me to write this article.
Even if we cannot keep pets at home, that’s how each of us can help a street dog or any animal in need. It’s always better to have the contact number of any organization working for the same. One can also google up for the number or address whenever required. In this way, we all can serve the true purpose of humanity.
Must share this article with all animal lovers 🙂
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