The Man’s best friend need not be always from his own country of origins. Yes this is about the most admired and the most faithful pet for humans. Calling them the best friend explains their name The Dogs. But for most of us they are not just an animal, many are a part of our family with all good names to call by.
I do not know whether we befriended them or they befriended us. Whoever made the first move, it does not matter but the Dogs really have become a part of our life. Not just for assisting in hunting and guarding homes like in old history, now dogs means more than that for us.
Now they are enjoying almost everything like we do, their lifestyle too got advanced. They hold no sense for dressing yet we beautify them for our satisfactions with designer clothings and accessories. The Dogs of the modern world have got many privileges. They participate in dog shows, beauty contest and even act more in movies.
We humans are so kind to them in some sense and we are offering them specialized foods and medicines. We have organizations to protect them and ensure no harm is done to them. This is the beautiful side of the story.
There is another side where still dogs are orphaned and killed without care on the streets. Along with the human population, dog population too increases. These humble creatures are being the part of evolution where they cannot live without our support. They cannot go back to an independent forest life and hunt their food. Even the jungles are getting compacted now, so forget that options never exist.
The real concern is this, now we are beyond a point having a pet in our home as an act of companionship. Now for many it has become an obsession or a show off stuff to have a pet dog. It is a luxury now to have a different breed of dog what your neighbors do not have. It has become a pride and a fake galmour.
There are various statistics presented along this writing you can see the trend in the dog population, economy that revolves around the dog market and the interest levels of the people in owning a dog. Though no. of dogs per person in India is on the lower side compared to the countries like US, Brazil etc. India now has the highest growth rate in the dog population and have become a high potential market for breeders / dog sellers. In future if the emerging trend continues, dogs will take a considerable cost of living of a normal middle class Indian family. Please do not get defensive about the points, I personally love dogs a lot and value them.
Yet I Just wanted to add some perspectives for you in this regard, which we might missed to watch for. If a dog has to be raised in an environment which does not suit the breed then it needs a lot of conditioning and preventive medications. Right from the food it eats, medicines, sterilizations, soaps, etc. They need to give additional caring. Well you can say that it is good.
No it is not. An illusion is being created by the global media and the dog economy (markets) that a specific breed of dogs holds a value to it. For instance during the 1980-2000 Pomeranians were so popular breed in India. Now the Pug, Golden retrievers is becoming so popular. When seen from outside it may show a sign like we are getting globalized and our acceptance level has increased, but there are many perspectives missed here.
1. We are ignoring the natural breed / the home breed of dogs which are well adapted to the climate and the lifestyle of our home. Just understand, for a dog breed from colder countries India would be a horrible place to live. The same will happen if we send our Indian breeds to somewhere in Russia. They struggle. There comes the additional dog grooming economy and the business people who capitalize this opportunity to take their stake from your money banks.
2. The orphaned dogs are mostly the home breeds which are neglected on the streets and left to die of starvation and killed as they are threats to our lives! Sad thing. They belong to us and they have no place to live. Every day blue cross of India is asking people to adopt dogs, which need homes. But our people always go for purchasing dogs from breeders, we only fancy about the foreign breed of dogs.
The argument is not against foreign breed dogs, but it is against falling prey to the illusionary dog marketing. We are further doing harm to the foreign breeds which struggle to live a normal life to our climate and environment.
3. What happens to the economy is even crazier. We have seen families who spend thousands of rupees per month for raising a dog, that money easily exceeds the average monthly salary of a government employee or an IT professional. This is not just happening in rich families but also creeping as a culture among various middle class families here in India.
They just wanted to show off by owning a special breed of dog and to play with. Seldom cares for the real happiness of the dogs. Most of the foreign breeds here live out their lives on medicines and injections. Normal style is something what they take out from the dogs.
What can we do?
1. Stop fancying about a breed which finds it hard to complete even its normal life span on host climate. Adopt more home breeds.
2. Home breeds need lesser cost of living, than just a few timely sterilization and vaccines for diseases.
3. They adapt to our food habits and do not expect a special dog food, except in cases they enjoy you can buy them some as you wish.
4. Stray dogs will go less and more dogs will find sweet homes.
5. We can stop cruel breeders who just see the dogs as breeding machines and harm them.
6. Last but not least we are making the dogs happier to live in the climate they are used to. They do not need air conditioned rooms.
Please think. There are millions of people who starve for a normal meal and millions who long for basic necessities like access to education, drinking water and a sanitatized dwelling. If we can save our money, it can be invested somewhere and indirectly or directly it will help the humans to get the life they dream in their lifetime.
You may earn more and think what you spend for your dogs are much lesser. But if compared to the life expenses of people at a lower level that money is so huge for them. Two families can survive with the amount that your family spends for a Dog. A poor kid can get educated for one year with the amount you spend for your luxury dog for a single month.
You may not step on the streets and help out anyone with the money you ought to spend on your dog, but that money will remain in the circulation and helps the economy. Thus indirectly you will help the poor. Think Please.
FOR ADOPTING DOGS IN INDIA : Check the Facebook page of Blue cross here, You get in touch there.