It’s a Hindu custom to leave the front door open in the evening to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into the home and therefore wealth. There have been incidences where people lose all of their wealth because an open door also welcomes thieves. Everyone in our building practices this, but this custom is not really practical when you have a small, energetic puppy.
If the door is open, Alfonso will run outside and straight into our neighbours house, our neighbours who are scared of dogs. It turns into a circus, people jumping up on chairs or running away. He thinks it is absolutely fanstastic. He once stole some underwear from our washing basket and proudly ran a lap of our neighbour’s living room with it (he has a good sense of humour)!
Poor Alfonso, he just wants to play, but most people are not interested. If you have ever owned a dog in India, you will know that most people are really scared of them. I am guessing it is because not many people own dogs and since childhood they would have been avoiding the possibly rabid street dogs.
Yesterday, the children from upstairs came into our house, saw him and ran away. They left the door open so Alfonso ran after them, and behind Alfonso was me trying to catch him! He ran up two flights of stairs and into their apartment, through their kitchen and into the back bedroom where the two little boys were standing on the bed screaming.
It was so embarrassing, there were loads of people in the house. A little breathless after desperately running up two flights of stairs, I apologised profusely and took him home.
So, now instead of opening the front door for Goddess Lakshmi, the back door has to be open instead. That door leads to the balcony, Alfonso cannot do any mischief there!