Friday, October 24, 2008


This is something I wrote on the spur of the moment. If you can identify with it please leave a comment :)

Mad about dogs!

A cute little pug or a friendly lab, an intimidating Doberman or an adorable mongrel, dogs can just make anyone’s day. Nothing beats the affection they harbor for you. Their evident joy upon seeing you return home after a long day chases away all your tiredness and frustration. Owning a dog is complete bliss, so why doesn’t everyone in the world hurry to the nearby pet shop to get one of these delightful furry companions for themselves?
The answer is simple. It’s because they know better than to believe everything a dog adoption pamphlet says. Let me clear up all confusions on this issue. Owning a dog is nothing but WORK. Caring for a dog is even more traumatic than caring for a new born baby. At least with babies there are chances that it will grow up and cease to be a burden, but dogs are a pain their whole life. They need constant care, are the most shameless attention seekers, and consider any moment of your time not spent doing a hundred and one things for them as wasted. Their ‘potty training’ can last from months to years, and they will still adorn your house with their oh so endearing faeces every once in a while for the express purpose of keeping you on your toes. Dirtying the house’s front entrance just when you are about to entertain special guests happens to be their forte. The number of medicines they need to be fed outnumber those had by the whole family put together, and each visit to the vet is fraught with peril for anyone in the vicinity. They happen to be the most ungrateful creatures on the planet, giving you the dirtiest of looks every time you force a pill down their throats or make them take a bath- ruining your own clothes in the process. You take great pains to teach them a clever trick but when you take them around to show off to your friends they mysteriously forget all that they had learned, leaving you looking considerably sillier than before. You have to brush their coat, file their nails, groom their skin, use particular shampoos, conditioners and perfumes until your bathroom cupboard gets completely filled with your dog’s cosmetic necessities leaving you no space for your small bar of soap. The family budget is clearly defined the moment you get a dog. Half the income must be reserved for your dog’s expenses and the other half can be used for less pressing needs such as the rent and the groceries and the college fees.
Our flea-bitten, tick-ridden lords and masters need us humble servants to do all in our power to keep them happy and contented. We must scratch their ears for long hours irrespective of our aching arms. If they demand to go out for a walk we must drop all other things at hand and rush to take them. Our requirement for sleep is less important than theirs, so while we are not allowed to disturb their precious napping hours, they may come and wake us up as and when they please. Our beds, pillows and blankets are there for their express use, even if it means shoving us off the bed to use them. They must not be expected to sleep in their own separate corner. They can and will take the best couch in the living room.
Yes, owning a dog means all of these hardships and much much more. So why are we so ready to embrace a life of servitude when we decide to adopt a dog? Are all dog-owners masochists to revel in such a life? Why do my eyes well with tears at the thought of losing my dog? You see, there is one thing that atones for all of this suffering, one irrational habit we develop which makes us look upon these demons through rose tinted glasses. Because...believe it or not...We LOVE ’em!


Rumbling Ranter said...

Okay. I thought I was sick of my life. But seriously, if you really love your dog, you're not supposed to grumble so much! Must say, your dog must be having one hell of a time. =P

random thoughts from a random person said...

hehe...believe me she does!!!

Vds_Clarity_Denied said...

aaawwww...Pragya ur article was awesum.... =)) ....just my style of wrtng!!!! luvd it..
also made me miss my doggy more... =(

kola lover said...

made me miss kola :(((

gaf85 said...

You know what dog spelled backwards is? I think dogs tend to bring out the best in us.

random thoughts from a random person said...

GOD! :P yeah i know- read d last line- ilove dogs- all animals in fact! inspite of all i said- I can't help but be crazy abt them ^^ =)

Rae Rae said...

Wow! I could not have said it better myself; (Well, actually, I probably could of;......but.....).
Anyway, I know EXACTLY what you are saying. There is only one difference between our situations; that being:
1. I have two dog-
2. (The Momma) chose
me; and
3. well, technicaly,
there are no # three. Supposedly, it is just better to start with (@ least) "three" when using a semi-colon. (Right?) ANY-WHO!!!......

the [R]etard said...

cola is cute. tell her i said hi! and bogus says hi!

blurgh... the next time i'm in delhi you HAVE to come stay at my place n meet the dogs. no excuses man. or i'll have to cut your nose off.

that should be happening soon, coz adite is trying to get me an internship at a production company there... so maybe i'll spend all of summer in delhi. in which case i'm camping at your place.

but this is not the right place to be discussing this.

ok. now go read mine you lazy bum.