During the last few days I have been reading quite a number
of mails expressing concern on the stray dogs. I have however to
speak on the privileged pedigreed pet dogs owned
and kept by citizens.
It has been my experience that these so-called
respectable citizens do not have any civic sense and
they do not follow any civic rules when it comes to their
dogs . In our area (Pestom Sagar, Chembur) we have engaged
private sweepers who clean the roads twice a day. But it often
pains me to see that minutes after they have cleaned the
roads, owners of pet dogs or their servants come to the roads
and the dogs are made to defecate on the clean roads. With
great persuasion and education, we have succeeded in
totally eliminating human defecation on the roads but now have
to suffer the dog defecation .When some one points out this
to the dog owners, they become more ferocious than their dogs
and abuse... sometimes even threatening to let their dogs loose!
Shri.M.N.Singh, the previous Commissioner of Police had
countered this menace in Worli area by asking the Police to take
action against such errant dog owners.He succeeeded to a certian
extent. But he was the Pollice Commissioner.Where and how can
ordinary mortals meet this menace?
Even our President Abdul Kalam has touched upon this subject in
one of his talks- how NRIs behave when out of India and how
they behave once back in India and he has cited the example of
I have been telling the dog owners to train their dogs to use
their own toilets within their flats- but they are averse to the
dogs using the man's toilets!!
I tell them to use refuse bags and train their
dogs to use them .There are in fact, many dog trainers
who train the dogs in this matter; but the dog owners just
refuse to co-operate and are belligerent.
One idea which strikes me is that while the dog owners take
their licence from BMC for keeping it as a pet, they should be
asked to give a declaration that they shall not use roads and
public spaces for easing their dogs.They should also be
asked to report about their dogs details to the nearest
Police Chowky with a copy of the declaration.
I would like to have views of the members to encounter this
Dec 3, 2005
Just wanted to say that not just my pet dogs, but even my pet
cats are always toilet trained, successfully, excepting the
rare times when they had the occasional diarrhoea. They use
the family toilets but no visitor has ever complained of any
stench in my house.
My last dog ,who was handicapped all her life and could not
walk a couple of steps before stumbling, would crawl to the
toilet to relieve herself, even to her last day when she was
passing gallons of blood due to renal failure.
The point is, pet owners need to be responsible and if they
treat their pets as one of the family, they should take the
trouble of toilet training them too. It takes a couple of days
and a little patience, but works.
Just think how many months we wait to have our own kids to get
toilet trained !!!
Dec 6, 2005