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“Paw-Tails” l Sep-Oct-2005

We love you Laika!!
Laika was an abandoned dog whose ladylike mannerisms and gentle disposition appealed to me and so I brought her home. Over this, my aunt warned, “Either that dog lives in this house or I do!” My mother also reproached me for the dharamsankat. While the next morning, I saw my aunt gingerly patting Laika, asking ”Kya khayegi? Omelette aur bread?” Thereafter, Laika adopted my aunt and in no time, the two of them got along fine and we soon had a roly-poly Laika waddling around the house.
“If the dog is fat, the owner isn’t getting enough exercise,” chided the vet, but my dad especially felt sorry for her and so her walks were restricted to 20-minute strolls down the lane. Laika spent her days leading a life of happy inertia, barking at crows twice a day for exercise.
One morning, she woke the household very vociferously at 4.30 am looking out, howling loudly, barking, crying, whimpering and making all kinds of noises.  I took her down for an early morning walk. She was followed by two dogs who weren’t exactly handsome specimens either but both were besotted by her. I accused her of not having taste but then I had to chaperone her strictly and my love sick loony Laika behaved like a complete tragedy queen. I realised that Laika was looking for affection, which we could not provide. Luckily, that phase passed out soon and due to some health reasons, she had to be sterilised.
Today, Laika is enjoying a life of sluggish lethargy and we all love her for her sweet disposition.
–Sunita Kripalani, Mumbai

“Paw-Tails” l Sep-Oct-2005

The gentle giants
I love Great Danes and have two as my family members. They are Ch. Kaizer (fawn, male, 15 months) and Ch. Liza (fawn, female, 15 months). My parents are extremely fond of them. I recently had a slip disc and was bed-ridden for almost five months. During this time, I had nothing to do but just lie down with unbearable pain. This is where my pets played a major role. Both Kaizer and Liza gave me 24-hour company and made me laugh with their sweet antics. I murmured about my pains in their ears and they listened with great attention. Whenever I moaned in pain, they came running to me and licked me until I laughed. I was simply touched with their thoughtfulness. All that time of pain flew easily with my Gentle Giants by my side.
The thing I like most about them is how they guard the house, not letting any stranger nearby and on the other hand socialising with anyone sitting with us, as if they know them since ages. On the whole, they are darlings and I love them dearly.
– Sahil Grover, Delhi

“Paw-Tails” l Sep-Oct-2005

Four for family
A dog brings a lot of happiness in our lives and when you have more than one, the joy multiplies manifolds. Although they come in various shapes, sizes and colours, one thing is common and it is the enormous love they give us back. I have four dogs: two Labradors, one Cocker Spaniel and one Golden Retriever.
My first dog was a brown Labrador, whom I got on my birthday. His love made me adopt three more. Two weeks later, I got a Golden Retriever and after 6 months, I got a Cocker Spaniel. More recently, I got a black Labrador home. They keep me on my toes all the time. Their antics amaze me. In order to greet us, Mr Black loves to bite as he is teething. My brown Lab, Mr Brown, jumps onto his hind paws. My Golden Retriever, Mr Gold is our personal guard dog and I simply love my Cocker’s ears, as they are completely irresistible.
Whenever I come home, my four-legged members are all around me. They are very adorable and their eyes are full of love for me. Our home is full of life and activities with them. They love their biscuits and come wagging their tails to get them. The love they give us is incomparable, they are my gems.
–Abhishek Swarup, Gurgaon