Walking the Dog
We live in a uniquely space and time constrained city. For those of us lucky to have pets in our homes, we go to great lengths to make sure they’re well cared for. Meals are now delivered, dog walkers, or house help walk our dogs. If you listen to your pets you’ll realize that they’re ‘talking’ to you. They’ll listen to you and occasionally tell you- you’re not listening to me!
Walking the dog- an essential daily activity, and on an average three times a day for a city dog, this is true for any dog- any city. Mumbai with its unique, maid and live in house help culture, rather Indian, culture, really it must be easier to have a dog in this country than anywhere else. Usually a maid or a one of the house help will double up duties to walk the house pet. Here are some common mistakes,
1. The dog is never allowed to completely empty it’s bladder, observe this the next time you see a dog being walked
2. It’s an excuse to get out of the house, are they necessarily walking the dog- NO they’re sitting in one spot – for as long as the walk is supposed to last and then come back home.
3. Close to 90% of them do not know how to walk a dog on a lead, so a dog straying half way into traffic is a common sight
4. Your average house help remember is usually looking to get the walk over with so that their socialising may begin