Of late the incident of rabies disease infected dogs biting resulting in the death of not less than 18 persons and many more persons who are under treatment has been a matter of great concern not only for the state veterinary and animal husbandry but the society as a whole also. Not surprisingly, many opine to carry out mass slaughter of dogs. The most important question is: who is to be blamed? The dog or its master?
I have been reading a book called, "How to train a dog" and it tells me that a dog has been the most faithful friend of man for centuries. For instance, when John F. Kennedy, former president of USA was assassinated, his dog's longing for him was unexplainable.
The dog used to loiter days and nights near the graveyard of Kennedy without taking any food. Ultimately the dog also died soon near the graveyard of John F. Kennedy. Again many of us may still remember the death episode of Sita Ram Keshri, who was one time president of Indian National Congress.
His faithful dog never left even an inch from where Keshriji was cremated. So, longing for his master Sita Ram Keshri his dog could not eat any food and died of starvation. Thus, from these incidents, we learn how loyal a dog is to his master!
It is undeniable facts that a well trained dog saves many a time his master from dangerous and vulnerable situations like an unprecedented fire and also from enemies. Why dogs are such a special and unique animals than other?
Perhaps, dog's sense of smell is far better than any other animals! Mention maybe made here that when BJP was in power, the ministry of human resources development suggested that astrologers should be inducted to academic line especially in the department of science and environment as professors. We are told that astrologers can predict and also forecast future like possible occurrence of earthquake and any other natural calamities.
However, Khushwant Singh mockingly suggested that dogs and donkeys are more qualified than the so-called astrologers or any other fortune tellers to be inducted as professors in the department of science and environmental concern! Dogs or donkeys can make us alert by barking about the coming earth quake better and so they are better than the so-called astrologers.
Moreover, the dog has some more uniqueness than other animals. A dog seldom does any specific works for the master but surprisingly earns daily bread. The dog knows how to please his master. Whenever his master comes back from office or any works, he runs out to greet his master by gesticulating of its tails and embraces him by licking the master foots.
On top of that the gesticulation of dog's tail is a symbol of freedom of _expression in a modern term. If you grasp any dog's tail and cannot wave anymore its tail, then the dog will bark like anything to be freed since his freedom of _expression is being frozen. Thus, the motion of his tail is an _expression of his freedom and one shouldn't unnecessarily grasp his tail.
A dog's sense of smell and sensation is thousand times better than that of human being, including the so-called astrologers and fortune-tellers. The art of fortune-telling through reading one's palm began some 2,500 years ago in India and gradually spread to other parts of the world.
However, these people have tried to provide a scientific explanation by showing a correlation between the lines on the hand and the astronomical influence on human body at the time of birth. Yet it has not been accepted scientifically.
Now the most burning issue is the disease of rabies, not the dogs itself. A dog goes mad when it suffers from a disease called "rabies". The virus is bullet shaped having a diameter of about 70 millimicrons and a length of about 210 millimicrons.
It moves from the saliva to the infected wounds and through sensory nervous to the central nervous brain cells. The dog becomes lazy when it suffers from fever and loses all interest in food. In about 4-6 weeks, when these viruses affect the dog's brain, the dog gets excited. During this period, the dog can bite anybody. After these symptoms appear, it is like to die within 3 to 5 days.
When a mad dog bites a man, the virus present in its saliva enters man's body through the wound. And then he suffers from lack of sleep and feels frightened. The muscles in his throat gets loosen and he faces difficulties in swallowing food or liquid. He is afraid of water. In medical term it is called, "HYDROPHOBIA" which means 'fear of water'.
These signs appear in the victim within one to three months after dog's bite. Thus, incase of dog-bites, the affected portions should immediately cleaned and anti-rabies injections should be given to the victim within three days of the dog bite, the number of injections varying from 3 to 14 depending on the location and number of bites.
To check the spread of several diseases caused by dogs, it is essential to give them anti-rabies injection and oral anti-microbial therapy. Peg dogs should be kept away from patients afflicted with tuberculosis, scarlet fever, measles or mumps. Dogs may catch infection even from their rooms and spread them to other men.
Not only the dog, the virus of rabies also attacks foxes, jackals, monkeys, cats and rats. Louis Pasteur was the first scientist to produce an effective vaccine, and the Pasteur Institute was founded to treat this disease.
Thus mass slaughter of dogs is not advisable to fight over the rabies disease. A well trained dog is used in the modern security system. They can sniff out illegal drugs and the culprits. Customs officers use specially trained dogs for sniffing out illicit drug.
It is not necessary to open cases or crates-one sniff is enough for a dog, even if drugs are packed in tins. Dogs make use of the strong sense of smell in feeding, hunting and identifying enemies.
There is a saying, "If you have one well trained dogs as a friend, you have more than your share".
Isaac L. Hmar, a research scholar at Dept. of History M.U, writes regularly for e-pao.net .
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was webcasted on April 11th, 2006
Why are there so many dog lovers out there ? Dogs share our lives in a way that most other animals can't, and they're so commonplace that it's easy to take their faithful companionship for granted. The purpose of this article is to remind us of why we love dogs so much, to spare a few minutes and to spare a few words in praise of "man's best friend," the dog.
Dogs are friendly and they love human companionship. Whose ego would not be gratified at the sight of a happy dog who can't wait to greet you at the end of a hard day ? Your dog waits for you by the door, face smiling, mouth open and tail wagging, ready to dote on you, his best friend in the world.
Dogs are loyal and, as pack animals, they respond to the presence of a leader - you ! Dogs are eager to please you in any way they can. When you're feeling blue your dog will remain by your side silently comforting you. When you're happy and excited, your dog will leap about you and share in your joy.
Dogs are playful. They love physical activity such as going for walks, fetching sticks, leaping into ponds, and racing wildly to and fro. Dogs will join you for a jog or for a day in the park or even for an exhuberant game of frisbee. Yet dogs can also be soft and cuddly and ready at anytime for a loving pat and a reassuring hug. They're affectionate and they're soothing to stroke, plus most dogs can also remain calm when necessary and be tolerant of small children who don't yet know how to be quiet or to behave gently around animals.
Dogs can be trained so that they can easily cohabitate with us in our human-built dwellings. They can also be trusted to act appropriately around other people and in public. Dogs can learn to save nature's call for outdoor walks, to walk on a leash when on public roads where cars lurk, and to sit and to stay whenever and whereever necessary.
The family dog is as much a part of daily life within a home as is any human household member. Our dogs are always there for us, day and night, sharing in every activity from breakfast time through a cozy evening spent watching TV. They can share both our indoor and many of our local outdoor activities, but that's not all. Dogs also play a big part in family life even when the family isn't at home. They can readily go places with us in cars, everywhere from a romp in the local park to a family vacation. Because they can travel with us, they can be a part of our lives in a way that most other companion animals can't. As dogs can participate in many of our most unusual experiences and outdoor adventures, they become forever associated with many of our most treasured memories.
Dogs, in all of their various shapes and sizes, are also beautiful animals to admire and to look at. From their big beautiful eyes and lovely faces, to their soft, sleek, shiny coats, to the tips of their joyfully wagging tails, dogs are a pleasure to behold. With so many different breeds to choose from, everyone can choose the dog whose appearance most appeals to them, whether large or small, short or long-muzzled, short-haired or long-haired or curly or straight-haired, with a muscular build or a slim build, with an elegant face or a comical face, and in any number of colors.
Each family can adopt the perfect dog to suit their taste and lifestyle by considering factors such as a dog's size and temperment. Does the family have a large fenced yard where a big dog can romp in safety, or a cramped apartment suitable for small dogs only ? Can the family pet care budget support a large dog with a large appetite ? Are there lots of flower beds that might be dug up and ruined by a breed such as a terrier ? Are there children in the house who require an extra gentle dog who'll tolerate the uninformed tail-pulling of a pre-schooler or the roughhousing of a ten year old ?
Does the family have the time available to give a dog all the love, attention, exercise and play that he deserves, or will he be alone all day ? How about two dogs to keep each other company when the human members of the family aren't around ? Perhaps a loveable mutt or two would be the ideal choices ! The local dog shelter is likely to be harboring many abandoned dogs who are sad and lonely and desperately in need of a second chance to find true happiness with a loving family.
Dogs give us the best of themselves: their love, loyalty, unconditional acceptance and affection, playfulness and companionship. In return, we owe them our best and the best care that we can give them, including a healthy, well-balanced diet, constant access to clean water and shelter from the hot sun or extreme cold, regular brushing and other grooming, ongoing veterinary care, plus annual vaccinations. Dogs should also be spayed or neutered, so that they do not contribute to the tragedy of the pet overpopulation problem.
A safe environment is, of course, a must. Indoors, be sure that cleaning products, medications, houseplants and other potential poisons are kept safely out of reach. Upper floor windows need secure grills or screens if they are to be opened. Heavy objects must not be left where they might fall on and injure dogs. Outdoor yards need secure fences if there are roads with cars nearby. (Please don't chain dogs outside and deny them their freedom of movement.) Antifreeze and other poisons mustn't be allowed to leak where any animals might have access to them and try to drink them.
A leash should be used for walks where traffic poses a threat to safety. Don't skimp on daily exercise and provide lots of opportunities to run around and play but, if a little dog has short legs, remember to slow down and not force him to overwork his little legs in trying to keep up with your larger stride. Don't force dogs to hurry past every tree when out for a walk, either. Sometimes dogs just need to sniff, so don't rush them too much.
Above all else, dogs deserve gentle handling and an abundance of our time and attention. Love can make a dog's world go round as much as love makes our world go round. When we give our love freely to our dogs, we receive their love in return. Dogs can truly be man's and woman's and children's best friends, and we should feel honored to be theirs, as well.