I have however, for the past 4 to 5 years, learnt to keep my distance..I just stand absolutely still when a dog approaches me or if RD is around, grip his hands so tightly that his bones creak under the pressure, and he being the loving husband just grins and bears it..but I dont run..not any more!
Did I mention about my fear being transferred to R much to RD’s chagrin…
There were a couple of things infact that happened..something I have mentioned earlier in the blog..
There is this model who has two dogs..a Labrador and a Dalmatian…the Dalmatian is new..the Labrador was around since R has been born..
When she was about an year old, my Appa got a huge ball for her from Germany..Dont ask me how he got it in his suitcase..I think he just carried it in his hands and told the perplexed airport authority guys that ‘no no, I wont play with it, its for my grand daughter’ (Well, thats not true, between he and RD I am wondering who clocked more hours of play ;))
Anyways, so we took it down one day to play and the Labrador was let loose in the compound, literally pounced on R, snatched it from her hand and tore it into pieces…R was stunned, scared, and so scared that she refused to stop crying for 10 minutes..and I was equally scared.The dog obviously loves playing with ball and didnt know where to put a stop to it.then of course the model came in and offered money to buy a new ball which I refused..
The second time, RD dropped us at the gate and went in to park the car..the Labrador came so suddenly and pounced on R (I was stand still just waiting for RD) and R and I screamed so loudly that the watchmen and people of 3 floors came down..no I dont exaggerate here…RD was shaking like a leaf by the time he reached us because he heard our blood curling screams…again the dog just wanted to show his love towards little kids like R. and he was without a lease 😦
I dont blame the Lab..he is a very friendly dog and loves children…after that I must admit that whenever he sees me, he realises that I am scared and just looks at me coolly and walks away..same thing with R..even if other kids are playing with him, he avoids R because he has realised she is scared..and I respect him for that!
Some three-four Sundays ago, R and I were downstairs playing langdi in the lobby with the kids..It was my den and I was on one side of the lobby and R stood on the other side on slab higher up the ground. I was trying to catch of the kids and then I heard R scream…I turned and I saw the Dalmation near her without a lease..and just about to jump on the slab..one of the older girls we were playing with, quickly rushed to R and picked her up and R kept screaming ‘didi didi’ and then it happened
One lady came in and shouted at the maid who was with the dogs..both the dogs were without lease..I went to R and told her ‘kuch nahi karega kuch nahi karega’
this is what happened…the lady, her 8 year old son and her husband were going out of the building for a wedding and as soon as the lady turned, the dalmatian jumped on her..and the labrador ran to her..she is also scared of the dogs..and then when she screamed the dalmatian rushed to R who was inside..all this in front of the maid who wasnt the least bother to put a lease despite of there being a strict rule in the society that ALL DOGS HAVE TO BE LEASED!
then the husband lost his temper and I think R’s screaming aggravated it..and he started telling the maid first politely that you please take care of the dogs and she just turned back and shouted right back at him saying ‘the dogs didnt do anything’ and it snowballed into a fight..the maid tried to rush the dogs into the lift while he held the door of the lift asking her to apologise to his wife and ensure that the dogs will need to be leased in the future…the whole drama went for a while with the society helper and the watchmen also supporting the family..the maid remained defiant and her attitude worsened…she threatened the family and the guy got so bugged that he said get off the lift and take the stairs and I will ensure you dont stay here…etc etc
all the while, the kids were watching the fight..the younger maid who was playing langdi with us stood there..saying nothing…I tried to defuse the situation but the older maid’s attitude was so bad that I stopped after a while..I didnt want the kids to witness the whole thing but unfortunately it happened 😦
and then came an avalanche of complains
Apparently, the model and her maids NEVER lease the dogs despite requests of the members..the Labrador has bitten off the flesh in the hip of an old gentleman, taken away balls from about 2 other kids, the dalmatian has bit 3 people..etc etc etc..Despite the society’s requests the model refuses to do anything..
and then the society helper told me that bhabhi if I go and tell the maid anything, she accuses me of harassing her and then her owner comes and shouts at me for harassing her maid basically threatening him badly…he tells me ‘bhabhi woh ladies log hai, mein zyada kuch bolne jata hoon toh dhamki dete hain’
I didnt say anything, I just said I understand..
Apparently when the dogs are let loose the owner says ‘kuch nahi karega’ will not do anything..and then when it bit the person she said ‘abhi kutta hai kya bolu’ its a dog what to say?
I agree its a dog…and doesnt really understand..it may be its way of showing love..but I think as a member of the society who is scared no matter how silly it sounds, all dogs should be leased..period. full stop.
My best friend from college had a Lab in her house and she would NEVER leave him as it is while taking him for a walk..if she wanted to make him run, she would either take him to a park when it was kind of deserted or make him run in the compound
But leaving a dog without lease in a place during evening times when kids are playing and the likelyhood of people accessing the lobby is more, I dont think that is right.
Who is to blame?
Definitely NOT the dogs..the poor creatures dont know a thing and all they want is to show their love
People like us who fuss about being scared of dogs
or people like the maid who doesnt seem to care others getting scared
or people like the model who doesnt seem to bother about her maids or following the society rules 😦
Its a pretty tricky situation eh?