My ‘society neighbours’ have a bloodhound. Nice term haven’t I coined? It can be generally used to refer to a group of people who live in your locality, from two to forty-five houses apart, and say bright hellos when you meet them during festivals such as the Navratri/Durga Puja. The rest of the time they walk next to you in glass shields, conversation and hand-wave resistant.
So anyway, the dog these society neighbours have is a healthy brown colour and possesses a graceful walk. He was one of the dogs, I recall from yester years, who wouldn’t make a fool of himself yapping and screaming when taken for walk near the fish and chicken market area. But now it seems the canine has made much more than a fool of his owning family… he has made them poorer by a good 11,000 Indian rupees.
News such as this needs only the feeblest medium to travel and it came our way this evening via the local news reporter. (who also happens to be my Mom’s best buddy) So the bloodhound, along with nice long legs, also happens to have a sharp pair of eyes. Last week, he used his gift to fuel a sudden dose of insanity. Every morning, he would patiently wait for the family members to get going on their daily chores and would then brace up for the kill. He would open his wide mouth as far as it would go and gulp! went the roll of cotton the girl had set aside for her manicure. Another gulp! and in went a safety-pin. All was hunky dory for a few days though the doggie did seem rather strange. Finally, as the uncanny food started playing tricks in his stomach, he had to be rushed to the hospital.
The surgeon found an interesting collection of items in his belly – two safety pins, some cotton, a few sequins probably fallen from clothes, a rubber band and some toothbrush fibres. The operation cost a neat money packet and the bloodhound is currently idling away in a first class hospital ward. The last I heard, the family received a ‘Get well soon’ greeting card and a book titled ‘Eating Healthy for Dummies’.
I have yet to decide on my visiting present. Ideas anyone?