Monday, January 18, 2010

The Guide dog and the lesser humans

It happened on the city train today while I was coming back from work. A blind man with his guide dog boarded the train. The dog was a Labrador retriever as the guide dogs are mostly. And may be because i had all the time in the world to observe this dog, I found something very unique about this dog. It had a very calm disposition almost like a monk. This was a moving train with passengers coming in and moving out but the dog was calm, cool and contemplative with a serene expression on its face. Not even once did it look at the other passengers or displayed any expression or emotion or took a sneak a peek out of the windows. I have seen dogs in moving trucks, cars etc and they are up on all fours, tongue sticking out and tail wagging and here was one before me an absolute contrast.
While I was comparing and admiring this dog came in a young playful couple. They started to pet the dog, play with it oblivious of the discomfort it created to the blind guy whom the dog serviced. The dog probably responded a bit but mostly tried to ignore them. Obviously it created a difficult situation for the blind man who totally depended on the dog. I was quite irritated at seeing this but did not wanted to create a scene in the busy train. To me the dog behaved excellently and this couple definitely like lesser human beings.

16 comments:

Harshita said...

Gaah! I have also seen someone do that to a guide dog on my way back from office some months back.

I think people need to get some sense in their heads.

Sweet Addiction said...

nevr heard f guide dog. but lab r generally frendly

abhishek said...

may be the dog was feeling really bored that day :P

Aevi said...

i didnt get that... actually i cannot resist petting a dog wat discomfort will it cause the owner as far as i am on my knees talking to the dog?
these guide dogs are trained not to be agitated by anything are very used to being in public...

Sneha said...

@ Harshita,
True, I don't understand why anyone should distract a guide dog?

Sneha said...

@ Nidhi,
These are dogs on duty normally meant for impaired people to help them in their daily activities and mobility.

Sneha said...

@ Abhishek,
:)

Sneha said...

@ Abhinav,
The impaired person who totally depends upon the dog cannot afford the dog becoming playful while on harness. And petting the dog on duty does exactly that however you are right that best guide dogs are trained to avoid distraction.

Gaurav Kant Goel said...

Hmm.. the dog was more human and the humans were more doggy... It happens :)

Sneha said...

@Gaurav,
:)

Pallav said...

Insaan Chahe sath chod de..par yeh log kabhi nahi chodtey..

Acha laga padke... :)

Sneha said...

@ Pallav,
wo tou hai.:)

Balvinder Singh said...

This incident brings out so many lessons that we human beings should learn from animals.

The animal, once trained knows its job well.

Always remains focused.

Does not get distracted by temptations or irritants.

Understands the gravity of the situation.

Remains loyal to its master.

Enjoys life only after the job is over.

Thanks for sharing Sneha

Sneha said...

@ Balivinder Singh,
Most nicely expressed. The one thing i like about blogging is you get to know different perspectives to any issue. The dog in the incident was really so good that many humans could easily learn a lot from him.

Anamika Sureka said...

I am too attached to my dog and reading it make me love him more:)

Nice post and thanks for passing by :)

Sneha said...

@ Anamika,
I too love dogs.:)