People around the world love dogs.
Below are photos of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia with his. Here is one where he is jumped by Koni (Connie), the black Labrador possibly named after Condoleeza Rice — the former black USA Secretary of State.
Below is Putin with Buffy, his Bulgarian shepherd dog, and Yume, an Akita Inu. [More pictures here.]
Poodles, however, are not compatible with Putin’s macho image. So it is made out that the poodles are actually the pets belonging to his (now divorced) wife.
The poodle on Putin’s lap looks like Mick Jagger, somewhat. Despite the sissyness of poodles, Putin nonetheless allows himself to be kissed.
There is even a “My dog is bigger than your dog” rivalry of sorts between the world’s most powerful presidents.
G.W. Bush’s dog is Barney, a Scottish terrier, whose size did not impress Putin much as befitting the stature of the POTUS.
Later when it was Bush’s turn to visit Putin in Russia, the latter said to the American president, “Would you like to meet my dog?” And out bounds Koni.
“Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney”, Putin deadpans to Bush. — Story in USA Today, (4 April 2014)
Below is Suzie. She is my dog.
She’s 75 and now sleeping beside my chair as I type this.
The photo of her is when she was younger.
In the background you can see her green water flask which I take along when we go for our walks.
Beside the flask is Suzie’s toy box. Among her toys is a plush monkey missing an arm and a leg, which I came across when spring cleaning the other day. I decided not to throw away Suzie’s monkey … for sentimental reasons.
As promised previously to my squeamish readers, you are warned that the next photograph may upset you although you’re quite likely to have seen the photos already in The J-Star, The Malay Mail and other media.
It is the partially blind dog that was shot in Balakong.
Now look carefully at the photograph.
The man holding the bow had shot the dog callously in cold blood at between 8.30 to 9.00pm on Tuesday night (May 13).
The gate of his house (behind him) in Taman Sinaran, Taming Jaya is securely closed.
He claimed that he shot the dog because it would not leave his gate.
He had shot two arrows at the dog before his neighbour intervened in time to prevent him from shooting the third.
The photo shows the dog with one arrow lodged in its back and one in the leg. The arrow in the back penetrated deeply (you can compare its length showing with the length of the other arrow in the leg).
The dog is old and under-nourished. And half blind.
It was not a threat to anyone’s safety.
If it had been an active or agile dog, it would not have just stood there to be shot twice. It would have run away.
That it did not run away was because it was blind.
And it was loitering at the man’s gate was because it was likely lost.
This is the culprit.
If his gate was securely closed – it was near to 9pm – then he can’t use the excuse that the dog posed any clear and immediate danger to his family.
The dog’s rescuer rushed her to the vet. The vet said that from his examination, the dog had a bad hip and was sickly. That’s why she did not move away and kept standing in the same spot.
This man is a danger to society because he misused an offensive weapon. Dan dia tak pakai otak. If the arrows strayed, then any bystanders (including children) could have been accidentally injured.
And if he really wanted to shoo the dog away, he could have used a water hose. Even though this is unkind and heartless, at least it is not lethal and does not cause the kind of pain inflicted on a sick, elderly dog to be pierced by arrows.
(The vet estimated it to be around 12 years old or 89 in dog years for its breed.)
The man claimed that he acted on impulse and in panic fearing for the safety of his children.
Taking out a third arrow to coolly aim and shoot an 89-year-old, half-blind dog – which was not moving – for a third round, is not acting on impulse nor panic.
The dog has succumbed to its injuries and tick fever.
Sick behaviour boils down to an attitude problem in our Malaysian society that tolerates flimsy excuses for cruelty to animals.
Police must charge him for animal abuse.
There has to be enough societal outrage so that the police don’t cop out on this one.
Details at the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better.