We all have seen street puppies foraging in the garbage more times than we would like to. They often look dirty, thin and malnourished but people never think about taking one home. Why is that? Everybody claims to be a dog lover these days so why not bring a street dog home and raise it? We don’t and this thought doesn’t even cross our mind and we don’t even ask ourselves why? Let me tell you why, because we think it is below our dignity to keep street dogs. These days raising and breeding dogs is more about showing off our wealth than our actual love for dogs. People always go for toy breeds or big dogs to show others that they can afford them. No one even thinks once about those poor dogs on the street that keep dying from hunger, diseases and road accidents.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every home adopted a street dog, it would give the street dog a home and the person who loves dogs will be getting a dog who loves them just as much any other breed would. There is general belief that these dogs are aggressive and cannot be trained but that is not true. These dogs can be trained just as other dog can. Yes, you may not be able to take these dogs to the dogs show or to a dog exhibition but you don’t buy dogs to display them to the world right? They are for your happiness and peace of mind.
I had brought home a street puppy and I had it till the day he died after staying with me for nine years. No one can replace him in my heart and not once did I regret bringing him home. He loved us with all his heart and was very playful. It is true that he wasn’t very obedient but that was only because we never bothered to train him and he was spoiled rotten. Street puppies don’t even require a lot of work. Their needs are simple and they don’t cost their owners a mini fortune. Other dogs need pedigree food, have to be taken to the vet regularly but these street dogs don’t need such things. They eat homemade food like rice, milk, rotis and boiled chicken and fish and they need to be taken to the vet for their shots only.
Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to save a life and to bring a tiny little puppy home who will only love you for as long it lives? It wouldn’t feel any different if you bring a puppy from a known breed. These streets dogs should be recognized as a breed and the government should take some measures for the welfare of these dogs. This might give people the incentive to adopt them. People think of them as common and wild and hence they are not given any importance.
Temperament and Health
These dogs make extremely good pets because they are alert and social dogs. They are extremely defensive regarding their human family and hence make excellent watch dogs. They are also easily trained and are highly intelligent dogs. They love long walks and to add on to their qualities they are odourless and are clean which makes them low maintenance. Even genetic diseases are rare in them because they are a genetically evolved breed. Aren’t they just perfect?
These dogs are medium sized with a slightly rectangular built and short coat. Street dogs or INDog as they are commonly called by enthusiasts have a double coat, a slightly rough upper coat and a soft undercoat. They come in various colours ranging from brown to black or white or a combination of these colours. Adult male dogs weigh about 20 to 30 kilograms and they reach a height of 20 to 25 inches and female dogs weigh about 15 to 25 kilograms and they reach a height of 18 to 23 inches.
Why are they perfect as pets
Anyone who claims to be a dog lover cannot help but love them because at the end of the day they are still dogs. They are perfect for people who work a lot but still want a dog because they are comparatively low maintenance than other breeds . This doesn’t mean that they can be completely neglected but just that they don’t have a lot demands. You can get one for free and on top of that you will be saving a life, you can’t get a better deal than this. You will have a jogging companion as they are highly energetic dogs and love to exercise. You won’t have to worry about someone robbing your house because these dogs can be extremely ferocious and make excellent guard dogs.
Due to the problem of overpopulation of these dogs the government often takes very harsh methods like poisoning, electrocution and what not and that is because people look down upon them and they are considered inferior to other breeds. They are often called the pariah dog which simply means an outsider because they are not even treated as a proper breed. If people are unable to raise these dogs they must atleast donate a small part of their earnings to organizations which aim at improving the lives of these dogs. Some people also go out of their way to harm them just because they can. These people must be put in jail for animal cruelty. I would strongly recommend people to adopt these street dogs because they deserve our love more than anyone else and they make awesome pets