Doggie behaviour clue to mystery robbery



We are blessed with two lovely dogs: a fi ve-year-old Golden Retriever – Goldie and a one-and-half-year-old Doberman – Scooby Doo. Goldie has a great sense of smell and can identify new people more by smell than by sight. She usually barks at them and then quickly becomes friendly. On the other hand, Scooby Doo’s natural guarding instincts are very strong. Except my family and staff, he does not trust anybody else.

One afternoon, when both I and my wife Nandini were out, we got a call from our maid who informed us that a masked man had entered our house through the back-door and had stolen our valuables.

To our utter surprise, when my wife reached home, she saw Scooby Doo tied outside the house in the portico and Goldie lying in the house near dining table, oblivious of anything. While recounting the incidents about the theft hysterically, my maid was defi nite that both the doggies had not barked at all. It was strange! Goldie however was friendly but would bark at strangers before becoming friends. Scooby Doo would recognise strangers without even seeing them and bark his head off.

The sub-inspector, Ramachandran too was puzzled with the behaviour of the dogs. Keeping this as the main investigating point and also other aspects of the burglary, he came to the conclusion that the domestic aides were involved in the burglary. Further questioning broke the maid and her husband, who accepted comitting the crime. Even though my dogs did not bark and raise alarm at the time of crime, their behaviour helped us catch the thieves…they are the true heroes – our protectors.

Doggie Bhayya,I miss you!

When I was born, my dog was 4 years and 3 months elder to me, so I called him Doggie Bhayya. He used to bark at all those who used to touch me. My mother was very proud of him. Today, I am 13 years old and I recently lost my Doggie Bhayya. He was suffering from cataract and lately was not eating his food properly. We all knew he was going to die and it was very painful to watch him suffer.
We have buried him in the shade of the bamboo groves in the corner of our garden. Now, that place is so tranquil, yet full of life. When I feel the stones covering his grave, they feel hard, yet there is a sort of tenderness inside them, which reminds me of my brother. At times, when all is quiet, I can feel his sharp nails on the floor or hear his soft knock at the door. No, he hasn’t left us, he is still there in our hearts and will remain there forever. We love you Doggie Bhayya! May your soul rest in peace.
– Tanya Singh