Treating Dogs like Children may have Limits
Many people treat their dogs like children, showering them with affection and taking them everywhere. Few dog owners, however, go as far as Shivappa Yellappa Maradi, a Karnataka man who recently threw a lavish birthday party for his pet dog, Krish.
Maradi ordered a 100-kg birthday cake for the party and provided food for about 4,000 people. A viral video shows the dog, wearing a robe and a purple birthday cap, being held in front of the cake as it’s being cut and receiving treats from several people.
Maradi received plenty of praise for his party, but another Indian man who treats his dog like a child ran into some trouble. A Noida resident named Rohan Tyagi takes his husky, Nawab, everywhere and shared a video (on the dog’s Instagram account) of a visit to the holy Kedarnath shrine during char dham yatra. Tyagi is seen holding Nawab’s front paws up, so he can touch a Nandi statue in front of the temple. A priest even puts tilak on the dog’s head.
The widely shared video drew the ire of many people, and the Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee filed a First Information Report (FIR) with Uttarakhand police against Tyagi, saying he had hurt religious sentiments, according to a PTI report.
Tyagi said that he has taken Nawab on visits to temples all over India over the past four years and this is the first time he has faced a backlash. “I have been attacked for taking my son to seek blessings of god,” he told The Print.
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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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