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A legend named Kalu

One needs not be born as a human to possess a huge empire. Kalu was one living example of how a dog lived the life of a king. Born inside and living in a two acre house (empty group housing society), Kalu had many humans by his side as subjects (guards, rickshaw pullers). He fought many battles with many dogs but lost none. He was not only dreadfully feared by strangers passing by that empty…

Miss you Arrow

Today when I entered home, Arrow you were not there. I felt the vacuum because you are no more. Yesterday you left us but yourmemories will remain in our hearts forever. You have given us 13 most beautiful years of life. It seems yesterday only when we brought you home in April 2001. You were a millennium baby. And my lucky charm too. We brought you from Chandigarh in car. And then your roller…

Memoir of joyful Muffin

Over six years back, I decided to buy a dog as my younger daughter Manvi’s birthday present. The hunt for a ‘manageable breed’ started and finally zeroed down on a not so commonly seen Beagle. It was love at first sight as soon as I set my eyes on this 40-day-old frisky pup. Here’s a recollection. Muffin was so small that he fit in the cups of my hands and I remember the scream of sheer delight…

The gem that I lost!

In the summer of June 2005 I found a lactating mother dog searching desperately for food. With my bag always being full of dog stuff, I took out food and immediately fed her. She had stomach full and ran to feed her pups. I followed her to trace her kids. It was a litter of eight; two brindled, three white and three black & white. The following day, needless to say, she was waiting for me.…

A prayer for our Mickey

– never to be forgotten Mickey... you will be missed. The front porch will certainly not be the same without you. Our hearts will miss a piece now that you are gone. Thank you for sharing 11 out of your 14 years with us. We are so glad we adopted you when you were three years old. We do not have words to express our thanks for giving us a secure place in your heart and loving Armaan, our son, as…

Missing you, Harry!

My first pet Harry left for his heavenly abode when he was just eight and a half years old and we still cannot believe that he is no longer with us. He was my little baby who would always accompany me wherever I went. All through his life, he never troubled me in any way. He was toilet-trained and had no health issues. He would wait for my sons to come back from school and have his lunch with…

Jadu: Your magic is missing!

I go to gym every evening at 6 pm. One day I noticed a black-coloured stray dog sitting outside the door of the gym. I named him Jadu. One evening I found him surprisingly missing from where he used to sit regularly. I asked the gym receptionist about the dog’s whereabouts. He said that a car hit him. I searched around and finally found him crying in pain at a corner of the road. With the help of…

Eternal love…

It was a heavenly sight; six adorable, puffy balls were rolling on each other. The proud mother was licking them, turn by turn. Amongst these cute creatures was lying our bundle of joy - Rossie! My uncle instantly picked her up and asked his friend, if he could give this female Pomeranian to him, forever. Willingly, he agreed. Rossie had a lusturous black coat, sprawling big eyes, button-like nose…

In memory of Richie

Richie… When I say Richie today there is an absolute feeling of numbness within me. I’m completely speechless and cold feet. Richie, smart and very handsome! He was my three years old black Labrador. I got married in 2009, but I came into Richie’s life a few months earlier to my marriage. Richie was brought up on vegetarian food and I still remember smuggling non-vegetarian delights to him. I…

Bambie teaches us how to keep faith

“Hmm… It’s 4:30 pm already. Does anyone realise it’s my tea and biscuit time? Woof! Woof! Where is everybody?” In walked Asha with a small cup of tea and four Marie biscuits and promptly came Bambie’s bright pink tongue out, licking her own nose and mouth. My 11 years old German Shepherd, Bambie, suffered from hip dysplasia, a physical ailment which affects most shepherds in their old age. She…

The magical power of my dog

My pet dog was the secret behind my education strange but true. We attribute our education to our teachers and institutions so do I; besides them I attribute it to Sultan my dog, who was the reason behind my getting the most prestigious award for Spanish Language, The Rafal Izubita, my Scholarship and my job in IIT New Delhi. Sultan had come in my life after an incidence in my college days of…

Home is not the same without you Toffee!

It seems so empty and lifeless after the moment you left me too soon! I remember the day you came into my life in 2002. I remember how much we all troubled you when you were a puppy, patting you, hugging you, picking you, playing with you when the only thing you wanted to do was sleep. You probably don’t know but you touched my life in ways nobody else could. You are too special for me. You opened…

My friend, my mentor… I will always love you!

We met each other as kids and grew up together. When I first lay eyes on him, he was very tiny, but full of vigour and enthusiasm. He believed he could take on anyone, never mind their size. He knew he was capable of anything. This was the reason he would often get into scrapes with the other big fellows. My mother very aptly named him Alexander. For his name, though, he was a fairly small dog; a…

Memoirs of K9 delights!

Moments of love, laughter and lament– that’s what Mr. and Mrs. Kumar experienced, alike all pet parents. The couple has been blessed with the company of K9 for the last four and a half decades. The couple bring alive some memories… Life without doggies would have been incomplete for Vinod and his wife Anjali. The couple, now settled in Faridabad, have travelled extensively. Wherever they went,…

Big Loss!

Our daughter daisy came to us on September 5, 2009 when she was only three months old. She was abandoned on railway tracks with fractured hind legs. We took her in and immediately she stole our hearts with her crazy antics. She was leader of our ‘puppy pack’, carried her toys wherever she traveled, guarded food during feeding time… the list is endless. She was always in her antics making everyday…

The unforgettables!

There are a few pooches who would be remembered for time immemorial! Nipper is one of the most popular dogs recognised by millions of music lovers. For those who have forgotten Nipper should pick up the record label for HMV (His Master’s Voice), which features a picture of Nipper listening to his master’s gramophone. Whew! Did it stir a few happy memories? I think yes. A flashback into the history…

Paws for thought It’s tough-when it’s time to go…

Bruno, a 14-year-old Golden Retriever, was not fine and his pet parent called me for a home visit. Bruno was suffering from chronic renal failure, I patted his head and he made a brave effort to wag his tail. Bruno’s sufferings were unbearable. His pet parent couldn’t see his miserable condition. She patted his head and started crying. It was a tough time for me as well because I was emotionally…

Why did you go, Nancy?

The proud heritage… Nancy was a lovely white-brown stray dog who came into my life during my internship in a village. We loved to spend time with each other in the evening, during which, she used to chase goats and look for words of appreciation from me. Those were the golden moments gradually, Nancy became possessive; she would not let any other dog come near me. She trusted me blindly. When it…

Renee reminiscence

Our doggie friend Renee was so sweet and ever smiling but we weren’t destined to be with her any more. Hit by a fast moving vehicle, she met her end on the same road where we first met and fell in love with her. Me and my friends, who have been guardian angels of Renee, miss her a lot and here is a poem and messages from my friends for the departed soul. Appeared from nowhere into our lives one…