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What Do You Value More? Your Dog Or Your Job? [News]

05 Jun 2014 | by Adnan A Khan | Posted in: Wag News

The eternal rhetoric question I ask myself and a few others is, how far will one go for their dogs. Seeing that dogs are proportionally creatures with shorter lifespans (10-15 years on average), there are two dimensions to this spectrum. One, where pet dogs and strays are treated so badly for entertainment and ignorance that a lot of innocent furry lives get sacrificed for fulfillment.

On the other hand, we have people like Baiju Varghese, a head constable in Kochi . This noble man is willing to go extremes for being with his dog, regardless of what the future holds for him professionally. Baiju who is a dog handler with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was just recently handed a transfer from Kochi to Imphal. Having spent 7 years with his best friend, a dog named Charlie who he trained and handled, Baiju became so attached to him that he is not willing to move stations almost at the other end of the country without the dog.

Having ordered the transfer, Baiju appealed for representation but was denied as the causative grounds were not strong enough in the opinion of CISF. He opted into considering voluntary retirement, which was also rejected seeing that he did not have reasonable grounds for such a decision.

CISF dog .jpgSource: http://www.thehindu.com/


Baiju trained and handled Charlie for the sniffing duties so meticulously that he sometimes forgot about his own well-being apparently. Such exemplary display of attachment and dedication towards his duties and his best companion are evidence enough that he will not be able to function efficiently with his new posting.

Following the rejection of the voluntary resignation, Baiju decided to appeal to the High Court for consideration under representation from advocate R Sreeraj. In response, the Kerala High Court has issued a stay order on his transfer while they address the petition and examine his appeal.


Kerala HC.jpg

Source: http://www.livelaw.in/


With reference to the above case, we can agree to the extent of which the man has become attached to a dog that was handed to him as a project in his job. This shows how much a dog can transform one’s life over a course of time even if it is not your pet. We sincerely hope Baiju Varghese get his appeal granted or his transfer cancelled so that he can spend a few more years with his best friend Charlie.


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