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Dog , cow and crow
by Gopalakrishna Ramaiyer, Tambaram, Chennai
I was thinking of writing on stray dog feeding. Incidentally I came across some interesting information from Wikipedia today about cows and crows and interlinking them to ancestors. I thought of sharing them also with you. While every body write of serious topics I thought some light reading material would not be bad.
Definitely while I take up my morning walk through the streets I come across at least a dozen dogs a day. Initially the dogs used to come near and bark and make fear of biting. But as the day went I found they have smelled me, not even wake up from their location. The idea of feeding them was suddenly initiated in me one day about a few months back.
It came to my mind the annual visit of my son and daughter in law with kids and it was an enjoyment to her to feed the small dogs giving biscuits in the evening. More than kids I think she was enjoying the buiscuit feeding to the "bow bow".
After she left finishing last vacation it was a wonder the particular dogs she was feeding remained in front of our house in the cemented flooring and took comfort in sleeping in the sand left till date.
I told my daughter in law a few days ago I feel happy by start feeding the dogs. She said- appa probably you would have missed to notice - I too use to feed after our food every day when we were on vacation. So it came to me after a break I have restarted and nothing special of the dog feeding. My wife will surely become angry if I do not mention she too used to feed occasionally.
Initially I was providing some food after my meals. Later I thought I should share a part of the food I take. After wards I came to the conclusion I should keep some thing first for them and take my food, which is followed now. The most interesting thing is while serving my wife first reminds me to keep some thing apart.
It is still wondering the particular dogs my daughter in law was feeding and remain in front of our house still take the food. If the food is more this female dog leaves and her friends feed one by one. So far if at all the dog come with another two or three with it, no barking no quarrelling and the others keep guard to it. It makes me think there is a certain discipline among them.
Now coming to cow and crow story, it was a practice to feed cows coming in the streets after we constructed the house in 2005. Plantains when purchased/grown up in our garden a few we keep for the cow. Invariably the plantain leaves are cut and fed to them. The cow feed regularly the grass grown in front. I feel a purpose is served by their eating the grass grown. Two days back it happened so, when I placed food for the dog immediately three cows came and started feeding. Immediately I brought new rice and they fed that too. I felt the cows were so hungry and what kept for the dogs will be insufficient.
My wife was telling some day's crow is not taking the rice kept fully. I said just like that cow is taking, dog is fed, do not mind the crow much. It may not be hungry.
Now coming to Wikipedia I just tried to trace mythology of crow and dog to day. It was astonishing to me to read that not only crows and cow but dogs too represent ancestors.
After reading this I told my wife- do not get worried of crow not taking fully and all that, dogs eat, not leaving a bit of food. Cows too we feed. I do not know fully the meaning of her words-"Appadiya" ( அப்படியா?). I hope she has told it having understood what I said.
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