One of our friends is in a club that has alot of Delhiites. During winter, when the cold was really biting and almost unbearable, the club raised an appeal for money to be donated to buy winter jackets for the stray dogs that congregated at a point near where the club would meet. The members gave generously such that the canines all got a jacket and there was left over cash. So the question was posed, "what do we do with this extra money?' It was proposed that they should look around for a street family that is in need of blankets and donate some.
I am yet to understand what the dogs have to do with Indian culture. There are also many monkeys around Delhi that are quite a nuisance. We have been warned that the monkeys even know how to help themselves to the contents of your fridge if you grant them access to the kitchen. We have also been warned not to feed the monkeys. I don't understand why I can feed the dog but not the monkey. The Delhites also have a thing for feeding birds. There is a place near the main market that is always littered with seeds that someone routinely scatters for the birds. There are also containers of water, just in case the seed goes down the wrong pipe.
Ooops, after writing the above paragraph, I decided to check out wikipedia. Apparently, in Hinduism, it is believed that dogs guard the doors of heaven and hell .... go figure!