KG : “We have had 8 dogs at our place (his parents’ home) and I know everything about dogs. Would take them for walks, bathe them, have taken them to hospitals, have handled the new born pups to even ferocious ones and have assisted when ‘Laila’ was giving birth to her 6 puppies”….
SG : “We have had a Pomeranian (at my parents’ home). She was a sweet lil’ dog. A real friend, not much of a demanding pet, rather a quiet member of our family”
AG : “We should have a dog at our home, I love them. When will we have one?”
One fine day in April 2006, Pepper, a month old Dalmatian enters the Garg family. A cute lil’ baby, loved and pampered by all 3 of us.
Then a month later, he fell ill. It was the hot weather, the vet said. The whole of May passed in taking our new baby to the hospital for shots and drips every morning and evening, feeding him with a syringe, because, he was too frail to eat on his own. And since we couldn’t tie him with the leash, he would roam around anywhere in the home and thus would do sussu-potty anywhere and anytime. Of course, I did the cleaning part without a frown. His being healthy was more important than anything else. And by God’s grace, he became fit and fine.
And then what followed was….
After the initial euphoria, the men of our family got back to their regular routines.
The vast and rich “walking, feeding, bathing, and handling the dogs experience” of KG was never put to use for Pepper because he was too busy with his work, travelling or plain tired.
AG was too young to do anything of consequence for Pepper at that time… No, he used to play ball with him!
Sussu-potty anywhere in the home, barking incessantly and being friendly with strangers, turning our beautiful garden into a ploughed field with deep trenches, waking up at ungodly hours on holidays to let him out or running after him on the roads, when he would break free from his leash, were some of the minor aberrations!!
Finally, one day in November 2006, I met a person in a vet hospital who was looking for a Male Dalmatian as he had 2 female Dalmatians. I gave an ultimatum to the 2 men of our home and gladly gave Pepper to spice up somebody else’s life.
The 2 guys have never forgiven me for doing this to them. Whenever they see a dog, they talk about owning one, sometime soon.
I smile and let them day dream!!