Caesar my dog
In a fear ridden world, this animal guards humans
DR. MIRZA ASHRAF BEG
Dogs and humans have enjoyed a great association since long. I have inherited the hobby of keeping a dog from my father Mirza Sahib of Islamabad. A person of modest resources with an agricultural background Mirza Gulam Qadir Beg was fond of the sport like hunting on Himalayas and fishing trout in ice waters of Kashmir. After his numerous jail yatras and retirement from government service he was deeply associated with flowers and horticulture and would recommend horticulture, floriculture and tourism as the back bone of Kashmir’s economy. Hunting has been the need of humans in the beginning that became a hobby for some. Pursuing his hobby of hunting different breeds of dogs were his longtime comrades.
During pre-partition days Jackie his pet dog used to carry his official documents in a bag tied to his neck from our home at Sarnal to my dad’s office in downtown at Islamabad. Jackie his longtime companion was not a fighter and would avoid confrontation with street dogs on way to his destination by taking shelter by the side of a shop keeper in times of danger when his less fortunate street cousins would pounce on him. Jackie was good at collecting geese and wild duck when father would make a flying shot. Because of his strong smelling power Jacky could spot the presence of wild animals like panthers and would give signals for defense. Despite love of hunting, on his death bed I remember my father telling me that while dog is a good friend one should keep away from guns.
Alsatian also called a German shepherd originated in Germany sometime in late eighteenth century. Because of its intelligence and strength it is used to protect and shepherd the sheep. It has a strong sense of smell, sharpness to learn and carry the commands that qualifies the Alsatian as a police dog all over the world.
I remember Tommy an Alsatian breed was in our home for many years. These were the times when father had his to and fro missions to different jails in scorching heats of Kathwa in Jammu to interrogation center at Badamibagh in Kashmir. During his arrest for ‘Kashmir Conspiracy Case’ father was picked up by the security forces from my grandfather’s house in a nearby neighborhood where Tommy had accompanied father for a routine visit to my grandparents. Surprisingly Tommy refused to come home for two long years thinking father was still inside the house as he had been whisked away by security forces from the backdoor of the house while Tommy kept a vigil for his master on the front door and returned only when father was released and went personally to bring him home. After the death of Tommy some years later Caesar, a pure Alsatian breed, was gifted to me by the Keens of Islamabad and has been with us for over twelve years now. Unlike Jackie and Tommy, Caesar is ferocious and is quick to pick up quarrels with his contemporaries around. Perhaps last twenty years of turmoil has had a direct psychological trauma on him too resulting in his violent behavior in defense.
During my long years of stay in Jubail I have developed the habit of a morning walk just after Fajir prayers. Over there it was a pleasure to walk on the corniced beaches in a peaceful atmosphere watching ferocious sea waves engulfing each other but in Kashmir one has to be careful from street dogs or getting caught up in the cross fire. So Caesar is the best guard in times of a sudden attack by his contemporaries bred and fed by security forces occupying the animal husbandry buildings at Sarnal on KP road in Islamabad. During one of his battles Caesar was critically injured fighting half a dozen dogs and our veterinarian had to excise his left ear under general anesthesia. The genuine breed of Alsatians has a pair of erect ears and a floating tail. So Caesar is left with a single ear hoisting on his brainy head like the flag of a sovereign country. Having come from Keens of Islamabad he is directly under the command of my wife who makes sure he is always fed and comfortable. In return, he follows all her commands. During the nights he patrols around our neighborhood and while we are away from home, he guards the house. Every time we leave for a trip we are told Caesar remains on the front porch, waiting for us just like Jackie and Tommy did many years ago for my father.
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