It was early in the morning. As usual I had just opened the door of the doghouse and turned to go to the gate to get the news paper.
Hello’ I turned back. It was our dog Husky.
I had been observing the change in the dog's behaviour for the past few months. But I never expected him to talk like us.
Michael Crichton in his novel ‘Congo’ says it is unbecoming for us to assume that we are superior to animals and still talk to them in our language and expect them to understand rather than to understand and use their language.
Husky is a very intelligent dog. He has taught me many words of his vocal language and body language to such a level that I can understand all his limited needs.
Looking around to assure that no one else is around I said ‘yes huskey?’
‘GST’ he replied.
I quickly searched my brain ‘GSD german Shepherd dog not GST’ I said thinking of the dog who comes at times to meet husky
‘GST’ he repeated emphatically.’
What complaint a dog can have about GST I wondered.
‘Security ‘ he said as if he read my mind. I Looked at him enquiring.
‘ Service’ he said in explaining
I think he read the expression on my face and waited for my answer.
‘Dogs are not liable to pay or collect taxes.’ I was sure he is not aware of the tax system that even our legal experts are not familiar with.. I saw some relief in him.
‘Food’ he said in sign language.
I remembered the dog biscuits I used to give in the morning without his asking. So I said ‘Oh the GST on biscuits ! it is going to be costlier ‘
‘Bones’ he said showing me the sign for it. I was familiar with it as he used it to welcome me back home on Wednesdays with the KFC chicken.
I thought for a moment and said ‘going to be costly and difficult to get. They don't want us to kill animals. Only vegetables’
He was crestfallen . I was about to say ‘fish is available still’ but remembered the Matsya Avatar and turned fast to avoid his noticing the change in my face. I did not take the newspaper thought I will tell you first.