It seems, this Pet Aqua Show exhibition happens every year and this year it was conducted in Valluvar Kottam from 18th to 21st August in Chennai. Actually, I went to take photos of the Valluvar Kottam itself (There is a huge stone chariot there), but since this show was going on, I thought why not give it a visit?
When I was young, we used to get excited about pets and request our parents to have one. But they refused. Back then it was thrilling – the concept of having a pet, I mean.
The closest I have got to having a pet was having a single red mouli in a big horlicks bottle. Somehow, it survived for six months. Then we kids decided not to buy any more fishes. What purpose was it serving? We couldn’t play with them like the cats or dogs.
We were living in flats and there was a dog called ‘Terri’ which was a common for all the residents. Actually, it was brought by one of the residents. They didn’t want to keep it inside the house, so they allowed it to roam around the apartment grounds. Somehow, the other residents were cool about it.
It seems that this dog, ‘Terri’ was brought from a rural side jungle. But it showed amazing maturity and amazing understanding for human words and actions. In fact, this small dog would bark and send away big cows, other road-side dogs from the flat grounds!
This dog knew exactly who were insiders, who were relatives of the insiders and who were outsiders. Even when outsiders come, it doesn’t actually bark. It will go near them and gauge them for a moment. Only if it feels suspicious, it will bark – And this was a rarity. (Remember, the ground was common to all the residents of the flats).
There were a total of four separate apartments, all in the same compound. And all these flats had an equal area left barren. Only the front side grounds were plain and kept well. The land on the back-side of the flats were pretty much like a large un-kept garden. There were even some trees there. There was a large eucalyptus tree where a huge Kite made a large nest. That bird was big!
There used to be cats also. One cat used to stay at our house balcony for one week immediately after it gave birth to 3-4 kittens. When the big cat is near the kittens, it will not allow us to go near them. But when it goes out, we used to play with the small kittens.
These days, I feel its better not to have a pet if we are not able to properly take care of it. There was a ‘Rajapalayam’ Dog in one of our friends place and they were complaining that it bit the owner. Why won’t it bite? They were having it in a small cage and when this incident happened, they ‘forgot’ to take it out for a walk for a couple of days. Imagine the plight of the dog, living in a closed cage for 3 days!
My experience with how animals were treated around me when I was growing up were pretty positive. I don’t like the concept of keeping animals or birds or even fishes in a cage for days together. I don’t know what purpose it really solves – There are umpteen other ways of decorating your house.