No surge pricing. No unreasonable cancellation charges. No twiddling around an app trying to identify where your ride is. Just a simple phone call away is an uber cool service like none other.
Gowtham Shravan Kumar is your one-stop shop for canine transport. He is armed with a steel black Bajaj Avenger that has a dog carrier fastened to its rear handle. A videographer by profession, Gowtham spends his weekly offs from a hectic media schedule to ferry animals across the city. In case you doubt the demand for his service – he’s booked out until Mid October!
Many of us have pets, but no vehicles. We are often faced with challenging situations like when our pets need to be rushed to the vet. Public transport is not as pet-friendly in India as it is in other parts of the world, so hailing an auto or cab means being at the mercy of the service provider. Gowtham realised this when he adopted a stray pup – Chandramouli – that he saw getting bullied by older dogs.
“I was married and I had a dog. A crucial time to upgrade your ride, but I could not at the time, so I did the next best thing. Took matters into my own hands and gave the dog carrier a shot,” Gowtham told The Better India.
The crate can handle up to 50 kgs, so we are talking a full grown male Doberman! Gowtham tested it out on a long ride with Chandramouli to Mysore. A journey she completely enjoyed, he says.
He charges only for the petrol used, not for the service provided. Why? “I want more people to adopt dogs, and I definitely wanted to help those who struggle with the lack of transport for pets,” says Gowtham.
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If you live in Bengaluru and are in need of such a service, you can contact Gowtham on his Facebook Page, Gowtham’s Gyaan. Gowtham also stresses that he is not a dog rehabilitator or rescuer, but someone who helps transport pets to places.
Have a look at Gowtham, the dog motorcycle, as he calls it, and Chandramouli!