Cosmo and I.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 16th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2viqqst1/
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Dog is the best friend of a man. This is the popular perception, but it is not so with me.

Cosmo

Cosmo is not an alien, nor has it any connection with the cosmos. It is a dog and to be specific—a German Labrador.

Dogs in general.
I believe the entire population of the world can be divided into two categories: dog or pet lovers and the rest. The rest can be further divided into those who are scared of dogs and the rest. I belong to the last category. My indifference bordering on hatred stems from the fact the western countries spend enormous amounts for pets. The pet industry in the USA alone is worth $50 Billion. I think if this amount were to be spent on humans there would be less strife than what it is in the world. Secondly, the animals can fend for themselves and the humans need not go out of their way to care for them. Here I am guided by Darwin’s theories. I never maintained a dog or any other pet and restrained its freedom.

My aversion to dogs.

In fact, I am against stray dogs for the noise and nuisance they create. I firmly believe the stray dogs particularly in India need to be exterminated without any remorse. Unfortunately, there is a section of the population that does not agree with me. They had gone to court citing cruelty to animals and obtained a stay order for killing the dogs. Some learned judges decreed the dogs should be shown mercy and vaccinated to prevent them from proliferating.

In short, I hated dogs but providence, perhaps to teach me a lesson, has provided a dog and compelled me to spend time in the company of a dog. When my wife passed I relocated to Orlando where my daughters live and decided to spend the rest of my life here. When I took the decision, I did not reckon the presence of a dog. Cosmo is the pet in my daughter’s house, and everyone in the house loves it. It's an integral part of their family. They pet it, pamper it and think it's a wonderful dog. The extent to which it is pampered can be gauged by the fact they spend $60 every week for its grooming. As a dyed in the wool socialist, I wonder what $60 dollars a week would do to a poor family in India.

A fat dog.

During one of the periodical checks, the vet proclaimed the dog as overweight and advised putting it on a diet. He also said a hungry dog is a happy dog. It sounded strange to me, but I kept my counsel. In the initial stages, the dog and I confined ourselves to our spaces and never interacted except for couple times a day when I used to go out of the house to smoke. The dog, intelligent it must be, noted my regular visits and followed me. Whenever I opened the door, it followed me out, roamed around the spacious backyard, relieved itself and returned. Strange it may seem, but the dog always preferred the confines of the home to the open spaces. Once it finished its job, whatever it may be, it wants to get inside. Watching me smoking, it would go to the door and bark to draw the attention of someone in the house to open the door and let it in again.

Companionship.

When my children go for work and grandchildren go to school, I am left alone with the dog. In such cases, the dog realises it has no one to open the door. Either out of frustration or helplessness, it comes up to me and sprawls on the deck. I take my time reading the newspaper, solving Sudoku to keep brain functioning and other activities. During this time the dog enjoys the weather outside and sometimes takes a nap. When I get up from my chair to go inside the house it springs up and rushes ahead of me. The moment I open the door it sprints inside and takes its usual place. Since I was providing it a break almost every day, it slowly took to me and started obeying my orders.

Setback.

Unfortunately for it, there was a setback in our relationship. Earlier, it always used to sleep on the couch in the family living room. I hated this idea, but the others didn’t mind it. When my son-in-law bought a couch costing $15K in a sale and the dog jumped on it, there was a consensus to wean it away from the couch. I used to keep a mop with a long handle next to me and used the handle to hit it whenever the dog jumped on the couch. Fortunately for me, the dog understood my actions and changed its practice. It now sleeps on the Persian rug in the comfort of the temperature controlled room.

Ever since the vet has restricted its diet, it started hanging out next to the dining table looking for crumbs below the table. I happen to be a bit clumsy and drop something or other. Cosmo jumps and goes through my legs and grabs the bits on the ground. Since it was cleaning up the space, I never minded this and let it have its way. Emboldened my indifference, it slowly started demanding for the crumbs. It almost asks, “Why aren’t you awkward today?” It has now become a habit for it to sit next to me with its muzzle pointed at me and begging for some food to be thrown its way. Fortunately for it, I cannot chew certain things due to my dentures. A few items like the crest of a Pizza and the bones of a chicken piece find their way to its side. Thanks to these little morsels I throw its way, it has slowly developed affection for me.

New relationship.

When I returned home after two days in the hospital, the dog rushed and licked my feet and stayed next to my bed like a friend and well-wisher. At that moment, I had put away all my theories about pets in general and dogs in particular and started liking it. Even now I have not become a dog lover, but I do not hate dogs anymore.
Although it is a handsome male dog with a spotless white coat, I still use the pronoun it and not he.

Photo credits: Photos taken with a iPhone.

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Affection, Aversion, Companionship, Compassion, Cruelty, Cruelty To Animals, Crumbs, Doctor, Dog, Dog Breeds, Dogs, Extermination, Hate, Hated, Hatred, Hospital, Hospitalization, Kindness, Obese, Obesity And Overweight, Obesity Treatment, Pet Care, Pet Health, Pet Ownership, Pets, Proliferation, Vaccination

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you for being honest about how you feel about dogs. I think you are learning that they can be good companions and they do love us. They become members of the family. Smiles to you this evening. I enjoyed this article.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear Nancy,
I'm so glad you liked the article. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar madathil mhanian
17th Oct 2014 (#)

SIR, wonderful lengthy article on pets. May be retired person can make it longer, subject to their grasp on the subject and language. Being a pet lover i enjoyed reading your article. keep writing madathil mhanian

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear madathil mhanian,
Very many thanks for your comment.

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author avatar viewgreen
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Absolutely, you are right sir, about the two categories above. Informative and thank you for share this.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear viewgreen,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar snerfu
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting article sir, in fact I enjoyed reading how your pet accompanies you daily. It is small wonder you bond so easily to each other.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear snerfu,
Thanks for your comment. It's not my pet, not even by a long shot, but it is slowly coming closer.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear snerfu,
Thanks for your comment. It's not my pet, not even by a long shot, but it is slowly coming closer.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2014 (#)

I am a pet lover but I admire your honesty. As for the money spent on pets, I think there is far more money wasted on other things that could be used to help people. You write well and I enjoyed this and intend to read more of your posts. Blessings.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear kingwell,
Thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar Retired
18th Oct 2014 (#)

I found your post to be very interesting. Not a pet owner at this time, but have been in the past. :)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear R.C.
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Awesome and interesting post!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
19th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear Fern Mc Costiquan,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Awesome and interesting post!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Sort of strange bedfellows, agreeing to disagree, and allowing more common space by the day for peaceful mutual coexistence. Dogs are intelligent and they are very loyal though I don't have one. I feel sorry more for the caged birds that serve life sentences for no fault of theirs except highlighting our cruelty. Thanks GVR for a humorous take - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
19th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment Siva.

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author avatar Retired
19th Oct 2014 (#)

You are no longer a dyed-in-the-wool socialist, GVR, if you are spending $60 on your family (on your family dog, no less) instead of giving $60 to the needy in India. You are a normal self-serving individual (that's a compliment) who thinks of his family first, then others if he can!

As for Cosmo, he's your friend because you feed him. If there's a socialist in your family, it's Cosmo, because he is dependent on you!

I enjoyed your account, GVR, and glad you changed your mind about Cosmo.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear LeRain,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your wonderful comment. It's not me who is spending the money on the dog. Even dyed in the wool socialists are self serving. The politicians in India who claimed to be hardcore socialists gained power and feathered their nests first. What they did for the good of the common man is rather doubtful. Anyway, this is about a dog, and politics, or my ideology snuck through the side door. I am happy the final product made a good read for you.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear LeRain,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your wonderful comment. It's not me who is spending the money on the dog. Even dyed in the wool socialists are self serving. The politicians in India who claimed to be hardcore socialists gained power and feathered their nests first. What they did for the good of the common man is rather doubtful. Anyway, this is about a dog, and politics, or my ideology snuck through the side door. I am happy the final product made a good read for you.

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author avatar Utah Jay
24th Oct 2014 (#)

Oh this touches my heart. We just lost our black lab, Norda. She was always by my side, both her and my cat Crybe. When I would work in the garden the two of them would always be with and when we returned to the house I would be in the led with a shovel over my shoulder, then Norda with her tail waving in the air, and then Crybe with her tail in the air. You are right, there are two worlds and we are the lucky ones..

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear Utah Jay,
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of ur lab. I'm still not a dog lover as you are. I've just started getting to know a friendly dog.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
26th Oct 2014 (#)

good post very useful and informative. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
27th Oct 2014 (#)

My dear Ajit Singh Chauhan,
Thanks for your comment. However, I can make out you have not even read it. Never mind, your comment is good enough for me.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Your writing style GV is okay with me; I appreciate it well. You've recorded a perfect memoir of your relationship with Cosmo.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear n.c.radomes,
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you like my style of writing.

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author avatar Retired
18th Nov 2014 (#)

Oh Cosmo is beautiful. So handsome! And yes, they do make lovely friends and companions.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
19th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Coffee Queen,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
5th Dec 2014 (#)

I haven't had a pet in years. My last one was a cat. We named him Sylvester and treated him like a child. He was poisoned. After that ordeal, I just don't feel like dealing with it.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
5th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Sherri Granato,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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