“Paw-Tales” l Mar-Apr-2006

What’s so special about a Saint Bernard?
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” – Anatole France
People like us who own a Saint Bernard, know what wonderful companions they can be. These gentle giants really become part of the family. But, as much as we love and enjoy them, we do want you to know a little about what’s involved. Well, they are BIG DOGS.  Sure, you know that, but do you know how big they really are? It’s one thing to pick up a cuddly twenty-five pound ball of fur, but you’re really buying a dog who will be as big as you are. Try putting a grown one in the back seat of a car!!
There was a time when I considered myself a walking encyclopedia about dogs since I was in close association with them for many years, but trust me, I was faced with the reality about my misconception only when I brought these two balls of fur home and now I’m reduced to just wishful thinking…”Wish I knew everything about them and many a times I’m left wondering… What if they could speak?”
Believe me, nobody can fully understand the meaning of ‘love’ unless one is owned by a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of gestures.
Over the years, I’ve realised that the best part about your pet is the way he lets you know that you’re important to him. He looks into your eyes and finds contentment in simply being near you, he will run all over the yard, fetch a soggy tennis ball and bring it back to you. He wakes you up in the morning by pushing his cold wet nose in your ear and snuffing loudly. He shreds newspaper all over the house, because it’s fun even though he knows he shouldn’t. The way he comes over to me when he is sad; the way he wedges himself near me when I am sad to console me; the way he pounces on crickets in the garden and the way he looks perplexed when they escape; the way he loves you, even when you are impatient with him and have no time for his morning game; the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him; all in all, the way he finds wisdom beyond words. You can attach as many adjectives as possible to describe a dog and Saint Bernards live up to each one of them.
As someone once said: “He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” Today, I can proudly say that I
am what I am a human being only because of my dogs.
– Anurag Kakkar