The “Scam”

2 Jun

I felt a tap on my shoulder….

I was sitting on the steps of SLV drinking coffee after my morning walk. I turned around and the “person” who was tapping me was a dog.

“He wants you to feed him” says a by-stander.

The dog continued to tap me on my shoulder as if to tell me “Hey about some biscuits for me”. On that day I had no camera (mobile phone was at home).

So I beckon to the boy minding the store next to SLV and ask him for a packet of bikis. Suddenly there were 2 other dogs in front of me. All of them patiently waiting for their turns. No barking…no jumping around..they knew they’d get their share. It was a scam they had pulled before…

So I split the pack into three, fed them and made my way home…

Today I had my camera with me and I caught the “tapper” scamming someone else..and yes he got his biscuits.



33 Responses to “The “Scam””

  1. Usha June 2, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    the dirty rotten (absolutely adorable) scoundrels!
    Someone was telling me the other day that this whole doggy love business is a scam perpetrated by them on suckers like us. While we feel thrilled to have them lick our faces, all they are doing is checking out what we ate last.
    Not that any of this is going to stop me from making a trip one of these days to your area to feed them. Is this the SLV on the main road ( 24th main or cross what is it called?)

    • vijay June 2, 2009 at 7:50 am #

      Usha… Yes its the same SLV…

  2. Usha June 2, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    You know I used to work in the bank on the same road and the little boys from here were our coffee/ tea suppliers as well as chowchow baat and idli with watery chutneys.
    Suddenly I want to have them right now.

    • Vijay June 3, 2009 at 3:53 am # your honor I went there yesterday and had Khara Baath…

  3. Nishchita June 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    There’s a bitch on my friends road and we lovingly call it Tina. She always escorts us all the way from the bus stop to the friends house. Way better than the costly poodles. Or so I feel.

    • Vijay June 3, 2009 at 3:55 am #

      @Nischita..could not agree with you more..street dogs have “character”

  4. gauri June 4, 2009 at 5:42 am #

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Have your answer ready if they mention an e-commerce business ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Vijay June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

      I will definitely consider ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. praneshachar June 4, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    nice gesture to street dogs interestingly i see quite a few people do this either give a pocket of biscuits or buns to these street dogs and they reciprocate in some way or the other joining u till road end or coming and giving a chance to you to pamper it or something like that. compassion is the need of the hour and happy we get lot of compassionate people like vijay >…… keep going

    • Vijay June 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

      ha ha.. thanks sir

  6. My3 June 4, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    What goes around comes around, Vijay. What a lovely gesture on your part instead of shooing them away.

    • Vijay June 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

      My3…the way they look at you its very difficult to shoo them away…the buggers !!!

  7. rads June 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    That’s so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My dad and I do similar stuff. The only dog-lovers at home. *sigh

  8. nalini rao June 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Vijay: We had a guy every morning waiting for his share of 8 glucose biscuits before Nishant was put into his school bus. Yeah, his eyes, they were so soulful. Why ” were” ? He’s gone now and it was a terrible feeling.

    • Vijay June 8, 2009 at 9:11 am #

      thats too bad..maybe he found someone who’d give him 10 bikis ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. | Balu | June 5, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    Street dogs in Bangalore are pretty smart gotta say.. there is a pack in front of our office and they always hang out near a roadside tea shop. These buggers know whom to approach when. You get to feed them and they give you “right to coochi-coo them” and may be even scratch his/her ear.. but hey the moment you start your bike they undergo some radical change. They really like chasing bikes don’t they?

    • Vijay June 8, 2009 at 9:12 am #

      oh ya..they love bikes and from what I have seen cars of certain colors

  10. Arjun June 5, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    haha… Street dogs.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah.. They r intelligent enuf… A dog escorts the ‘garbage collector’ sampling away all the garbage covers, near my place…

    n r those dogs bored of SLV’s Idly-chutney ?? ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Vijay June 8, 2009 at 9:13 am # soon as they get bored they move to another restaurant

  11. nalini rao June 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    Vijay : No, no, the poor soul’s dead.

  12. terri June 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Looks like he got more than just biscuits. Cuddling is good too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Vijay June 15, 2009 at 2:31 am #

      Its an art form

  13. Kiran June 12, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    I love dogs and can’t escape their love they do it to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to know u too did the same ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Veena Shivanna June 13, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Cool post vijay. No dubai/arab country posts/pics?
    Very heartening to read your narration.
    Glad that BBMP folks have spared them,
    I get to hear a lot about the BBMP guys poisoning them(terrible truth!!!) after attacks on kids..

    This reminded my childhood days,sometime in the mornings, we used to go with our milk cup backdoor and used to feed these lil puppies when my mother would shoo them off and order us to drink our milk and not do what we were doing..
    (haaL kottirodu neen kudi antha naayig haakak alla, baay muchkond kudi, wonder how to drink milk baay muchkond? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Vijay June 15, 2009 at 2:32 am #

      Correct.. No Dubai posts..nothing to post about..

  15. Veena Shivanna June 13, 2009 at 6:03 am #

    How do you manage to take these pictures, do you personally know these folks sitting over there?

    Does the old man know he featured on your blog?

    • Vijay June 15, 2009 at 2:33 am #

      Very simple ask for permission..

  16. All Hail June 24, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    Awesome. As an inveterate dog feeder myself, I have had a entire ramayan of stories with different dogs. The pecking order , the camaraderie and the absolutely clear love-in -exchange-for-money/food routine is great fun.

    And the good thing for people who dont have dogs is – you realise they are smart and innocent scamsters, with a good head, good heart, and their own set of gang values, not the vicious maneaters they are portrayed to be.

    Loved the post Vijay – I see you are tilting to the doggy world. Keep writing them – these pooches are such characters!

  17. jr June 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    Sorry to be the spoiler in all this. But if those “bikis” contain sugar, they have a disatrous affect on a dog’s kidneys. In fact so bad that their lives are dramatically shortened.

    • Vijay July 1, 2009 at 12:51 am #

      jr, the street dogs here can digest fact the chief scamster in this case is a veteran..

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