Veeraswamy Krishnaraj
The Rabid Dog
Bosco moved to a nearby town with his parents for his further education. A huge margosa (Neem) tree was in the backyard adjoining the wall of the next house. Every day a monkey came to the tree for no apparent reason. As Bosco offered peanuts over a period, the monkey came closer to him without causing any harm to him. It was so close that they played with each other cooperatively. Every day the monkey waited on the Neem tree looking for Bosco to come back from school.
Since he got acquainted with the simian, Bosco taught Ramduth (monkey’s name) a Game of Fetch. It took only a day of training for Bosco to throw the stick and say Fetch to prompt the monkey to fetch the stick in its mouth. He did so with little training. Ramduth could do reverse somersaults, fake fighting with Bosco, jumping over fire and many other tricks. Bosco wondered whether it was an escaped performing monkey in a circus or a simian street performer with a human itinerant entertainer. It was possible that the street entertainer was too old to care for the monkey and just let the monkey loose and to live with no human support.  
Ramduth picked up all tricks very quickly. The problem was the cost of feeding and caring for Ramduth . Bosco took the monkey to animal lovers in town and showcased Ramduth’s talents. They promised Bosco to pay for the support of the monkey.
On weekends, the monkey would follow him to the playground, sometimes walking behind, in front or by the side and sometimes on his shoulders. Bosco and Ramduth became extremely popular with his playmates. Oneday, the monkey started screeching for no reason. It became apparent later that the monkey saw a rabid dog coming towards the children in the playground. As the dog was approaching the children, Bosco knew it was a rabid dog with no leash or tag. The rabid dog snapped at the boys. Luckily, the bites did not break the skin, but had torn their clothes. The monkey climbed up the tree and screeched. The children scattered far and wide to escape from the rabid dog. Bosco took a big stick and morphed into an invisible ghost without being seen by anyone. The stick appeared to wield on its own volition and seemed to tap the dog and drive it into a water closet near the playing field. The doors closed and dog stayed confined in the water closet. The rabid dog catchers and the police took away the rabid dog. The children were taken to the hospital, administered first aid, and sent home. Luckily, no one needed rabies vaccination. Bosco materialized some distance away out of sight of others, joined the monkey and went home.