I just witnessed something that made me angry beyond words. As is my lot in life, I’m alone and have nobody to talk to about this incident.. and the few people I can speak to right away, will probably not understand why it bothers me. Here’s the incident:
So, I’m headed back home from the gym within our compound. A teenage boy (whom I’ve seen before and sort-of know) is hanging out with his multiple girlfriends. For some reason, the boy has also got their HUGE dog down.. for a walk, I’m guessing. But as he is too busy regaling his buddies with his stories, his driver/ househelp is just parked on a bench pulling the dog aggressively by its leash. On the next bench are two nannies with two little babies, sitting around and chatting – one has the kid in a stroller and the other in her lap. The dog, frustrated because of the limited space he is allowed to move in, veers close to the children once, then twice, but the women are too consumed by their conversation to notice. Then the dog licks the child in the stroller on her face fully twice over. The terrified child is stunned for a second, and then obviously starts howling. Apparently, this is very funny to the two nannies, the dog-walker, the dog-owner and the girlfriends.. because they are giggling helplessly. By now, I’ve stopped and want to see what this nanny does next. She stands up and makes a half-hearted effort to make the baby stop crying. In the meanwhile, the dog is growling at the other child who starts crying, and the others are literally LOL-ing.
Now clearly I’ve either lost my sense of humour or I find multiple things wrong with this oh-so-mundane incident:
– Why the fuck do you have a dog, if you don’t even care enough to walk it yourself?
– Why the fuck is the dog being handled by a person who doesn’t know the first thing about dealing with a pet?
– Why the fuck is it funny if a child is howling and looks terrified?
AND THE BIG ONE:
– Why the fuck are you not doing your job, when some parents who trust you with their child are probably paying you a bomb and wishing with all their might that you have your brains in place?
Usually, I’m either too unperturbed or occupied or careful to not barge into what is others’ business. But today, I just couldn’t stop myself. So I walked upto this nanny woman, and asked her if the kid’s parents were home, all the while making a superhuman effort to stay calm and not raise my voice. She said no, but looked embarrassed. Then she starts wiping the howling kid’s face. I told her that I saw the kid getting almost bitten, and she mumbles something and walks off with the child in the stroller. Don’t know if it was something to do with the frown on my face or what, but the dog-walker sheepishly takes the dog out of the other kid’s face and walks off in another direction.
I don’t know if my anger is over-reaction (I’m sure my behaviour there wasn’t, though), but I do know that it seemed completely irresponsible on her part. The child could be scared of dogs/ unfamiliar to them/ maybe it’s unsafe too, or maybe not.. I won’t know, I’ve never had dogs at home or babies either 😀 But to have a kid getting terrified like this and then grinning like a jackass is not done.
What do you people with pets and/or kids think?