28 November, 2020

A Dog To Pet

Nothing’s rotten about the Rottweiler. Only its reputation.

A Dog To Pet

Infamy dogs the Rottweiler. Ever since he was marked as the grim hunter in Nazi history, bred and trained to mangle Jews. But many in Mumbai are willing to overlook its shadowy past and rubbish its tags of ‘killer-machine’ or ‘four-legged bullet’.

The most recent to tail it is a trial. Pamela Baywatch Lee has been sued, along with her husband, by a woman claiming she was bitten by the couple’s Rottweiler at Malibu. The suit said: "This dog had a vicious nature, disposition and propensity, which was known or should have been known to the defendants." Its Mumbai admirers retort that it’s only its unfortunate reputation that outstrips its ‘not-for-everyone’ guard dog image. Its only fault, for them, is in its genetically ingrained, single-minded proclivity to protect its owner. Its detractors point to this as its greatest flaw.

Since the entire dog species is guilty of this in various degrees, why a heavy sentence (some countries have banned it) for this breed alone? Says Amir Mullah, a Rottweiler trainer, "Everyone...



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