A Tale Of Two Dogs

From where I sit, I can see him. A small, white creature, ears erect, running around the open courtyard, uncontrollably happy little yelps issuing forth. From the moment he awakens, I can see him sniffing around the compound in wonder at the various scents that attract and repel him. Prancing around chasing the birds and butterflies that enter his domain.

He wears a collar that the people who live in the outhouse of the bungalow have thoughtfully put around his neck. That does not hide his questionable ancestry though. He is surely a stray, most probably the outcome of a chance encounter between nobility and a saucy wench. This would account for his white coat.

I have no idea what name he responds to. Since his caretakers are not particularly well-to-do, he is fed the leftovers. But he is a tough guy, as most mixed-breeds are. He can hold his own in a conclave of the bigger strays that roam the street. Because of the company he keeps, he has this habit of scratching himself ever so often. I don’ think he is brushed or bathed regularly, preferring to gambol in the water that collects where the dishes are washed.

I suppose when he grows up, he will have the pick of the bitches in the neighbourhood. Perhaps even the pedigreed ones.


I am reminded of another dog. He is called Rusty because of the colour of his coat. I know he is a highly pedigreed Irish Setter and his owner has a large bungalow. Rusty can call himself a property owner too as he has a doghouse. The sad thing about Rusty is that he spends the whole day tied to a small, short leash which does not give him much space to move. You could say he is perpetually in the doghouse. He is not allowed inside the bungalow as his owners are very house-proud and do not relish the thought of his bounding around knocking things over or dirtying their prized possessions. Rusty ofcourse is fed the best of dogfood,
Being highly pedigreed, he is prone to all manner of illness and is then treated by the best vet in town.

He is as good-natured as the stray I just mentioned. It’s just that I can’t help feeling sorry for him. The doggy equivalent of a bird in a gilded cage.

He hasn't been mated yet. They could’nt find a bitch of the same pedigree I hear.

I don’t know about you, but if push came to shove and the Good Lord made me a dog and offered me a choice, I would rather be the stray. Any day.

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cashmere 7 years ago from India

Freedom over comfort! I guess that's what all of us would choose.

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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Right on the button Cashmere. Thanks for reading

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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

They say it's a dog's life...wonder which of these two they were referring to! Rusty must be gorgeous but the other lil' fella, disreputable though he may look, sounds like he's having more fun! :)

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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Right again FP

If you had to make a choice, which of the two would you rather be?

Thanks for reading

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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

The one having fun undoubtedly! Besides the thought of being perfectly groomed all the time is scary!

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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

So true FP

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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

In recent years, a dog has come into my life. She is a rescue. She's also a purebred. Her life is better with me now than it was, but still, she is restricted by the rules of the community I live in. I wish she could have the freedom of the nameless white puppy, but she can't. I'd love to turn her out here and let her run and play, but she must be always on a leash. She is free, however, to enjoy my home with me, my home which I have "dog proofed" by putting away things that her big tail would knock over.

So, I'm thinking, there are dogs in the middle, as there are people in the same place.

Thought provoking.

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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Quite true Sally's Trove

As in all things, there are dogs / people in the middle ground too. I'm glad you've given your dog a home - and more importantly the freedom of your home. What is dictated by the community is beyond your control.

Thanks for your interesting comments

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Sharing Insight 7 years ago

Sabu..just as you thought, I love this very well written and thoughtful Hub...Love the strays' pic, and also how you detailed his personality. Your viewpoint in the contrast between the "classes" of the dogs I agree with completely.

I would much rather be A-stray-free and happy, than bound and well fed etc.

Well done Sabu...I'll always have complete faith in your outstanding writings and storytelling in your great Hubs.

Continued Success...you are wonderful.


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You have made a good point there,sabu, but that setter is so very beautiful, I've always been a sucker for good looks but the white street dog is delightful. And he is so well cared for. I love them both....sigh!

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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Delightful comment Katy. Shows you have a big heart capable of sharing love. You are right. They are both good looking. Shall send you a couple of photos of our dog who is also good-looking too.

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justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

Well, maybe not the stray, but a mutt who found a nice family is a happy fellow! :)

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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

So true, Suzanne. Thank you for reading.

jandee 6 years ago

Hello Sabu,

I loved your charming tale and would love to be the white mutt so that I could meet the red handsome boy and gaze forever at his beauty,


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

LOL. Thank you for your visit and nice comment Jandee. All I can say is you must be a truly romantic person. More power to you.

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