Koothattukulam (Ernakulam): The guard duty of Koothatukulam fire station has been taken up by a 6-year-old dog. She is Rosy and the fireforce personnel call her ‘Rosy the Fire Dog’. There is a long story of how Rosy became the fire dog.
Rosy had been one among the stray dogs in Koothattukulam market. One day, she happened to reach the fire station in search of food. One of the fire force officers gave her food and she became a regular visitor there. They named her Rosy.
Her first delivery was at a place close to the office and her smart pups were taken as pets by the fire officers. Rosy welcomes all officers in uniform with a wag of tail and obeys when instructed in English.
When the phone in the office rings, she awakes and listens. Also she closely watches the preparations of the officers before taking up a mission. Thus Rosy became ‘Rosy the Fire Dog’.
Rosy sleeps at the entrance to the office. She turns more cautious at night. If anyone other than the officers entered the compound, she barks to announce the news. They will be allowed to enter inside only after the officers arrive.
Rosy also has some preference for dressing. She welcomes people who are well-dressed but barks at those who wears shabby clothes and carries bundles. The officers said that Rosy has never attacked anyone so far.
She maintains strict rules for diet also. Biscuits in the morning is a must. She is fed at 1 in the noon and at 7 in the night. Rosy gives birth to healthy pups. She takes rest at the place near the Fire Force office.
The officers never fail to deliver her food at the place regularly. Some of them even book for her pups too. Her pups have reached various places across the state by now. Her medical check-up is carried out by Dr. Eapen John at the nearby veterinary hospital.