Loving Ladli


‘Death is sure to every born’, but the pain of losing one’s dearest is immense, for me losing Ladli – an English Mastiff was the same. It was 18th January 2006, Wednesday, when my one-and-a-half-year old angel – Ladli departed, to an unknown abode forever.
Ladli, a fun loving kid, came to us in May 2004, just 68-days-old; she filled our lives with laughter and joy, within a few moments of her arrival at Chatterjee Villa.
Since childhood I was charmed by English Mastiff’s demenour, gait, and sound physical fitness. And the long yearning to pet EM finally got over with the arrival of my angel – Ladli. Love, ineffable affinity and proper care helped her grow mentally and physically, and in about 7-months’ time, she gained 60 kgs weight. As one of the contenders in dog show, organised by North Calcutta Kennel Club and Burnpur Kennel Club, my beloved Ladli won several prizes.
We all were one happy family, playing together, going out for morning walks and having loads of fun, until one dreadful day – 15th Jan, when she came limping to me.  All the medications and treatments failed to save her and three days later, she bade final goodbye to all of us while resting on my lap.
Her arrival to this harsh and relative world of stark realities and departure to eternity in such a short span will remain a living memory for all of us. Let LADLI’s soul remain in peace. In the remembrance of Ladli I would like to reiterate a saying…
“The old man’s guardian and the young man’s friend;
Dog is the only creature faithful to the end.”
– Prasanjit Chatterjee