Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dog Robber

Dog Robber? I heard this term for the first time today. Then I did some research. Here is what I found out.
 
During American Civil War, enlisted men in the army were called “Dogs”. The commander of the army unit had a personal assistant. His job is to get the best available things for the commander = Food, Clothes, Liquor, Girls. He would most of the times steel from the enlisted men (Dogs) and bring to the commander. In other words, the personal assistant will obtain whatever his superior wants by any means necessary, legal or otherwise. Therefore, this personal assistant was called Dog Robber.
 
During World War 2, this name was changed to Aides in the US Army.
 
In India, they are called Orderly or Aide-de-camp. Even police officers have orderlies in India. Though they are not supposed to do any personal household work, it is what they do all the time.
 
Here is an interesting story. There was an Army General in India. His daughter went to a name brand university in a city in India to do a special course for 6 months. The General transferred a Major (who knew the local language and familiar with that city) to that city for 6 months on special assignment. His assignment? Take care of the needs of his daughter.

9 comments:

  1. Now I know what i am truly missing in life.... i need a dog robber or Aide or orderly so bad. Any idea where and how i could find one?

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    1. Thanks for your comments Dee. HaHaHa. That's a good one.

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  2. There is a misconception that dogs do what is told to them all the time. They pretend to listen, and pretend to do. At the opportune moment, they will bite. Even real dogs do that sometimes to their owner if they are mistreated!

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. You have a good point.

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  3. Misuse of officials at lower levels for personal work at home is rampant in departments like railways, public works departments, police and jails and could not be done away with.
    May be there were only dog robbers those days but robbers of many kinds are prevalen now!

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    1. Thnnks for your comments Mr.KP. Absolutely true.

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  4. KP is right.India is bleeding at the hands of many kinds of robbers--the more sophisticated,the more lethal.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Indu. Yup, the more sophisticated the morel lethal.

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  5. Good one! Nowadays, one wonders who is a bigger robber: master or the servant.

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