Thursday Challenge : Pets

Before Pepper


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?”


Pepper

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!

So that left me. The cute lil Pepper turned into a giant Pepper who was a WILD dog. No amount of training from a professional helped him mend his wild ways.

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.


After Pepper

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!!

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16 thoughts on “Thursday Challenge : Pets

  1. LOL! I have never been fond of pets! they are not so good 😛

    you know what, I loved this post! it has inspired me to write something too! off to drafts!

  2. ME a pet lover , WE had 8 dogs tooo now the number has gone down a few have died .. and I love dogs..

    and We had a pomerarian too called Jenny and she was a darling , we had her when she was only 3-4 days old cause the mother died and I rememebr crying my eyes out when i heard she died .. but she lived a happy life for 9 years …

    pets are like kids 🙂

    Bikram’s

  3. The taking care of the pet which I know will fall on me is the main reason why I never agree to have one. Too much work, I think. 🙂

  4. This was the reason, my mum refused to give in, even when I smuggled in stray pups from the neighbourhood. And now, I do not even consider having a pet – all that work, which will definitely land on me 🙂

  5. Having pets and bringing them up is a very tough task.One gets emotional when one has to part with them, especially dogs.I can understand how AG must have felt.
    We had a Geman Shephard “DUKE”.We lost him due to neglgience of the Vet. It was a tough day for the family when he died.
    We still miss him.

  6. lol at the concluding line .I have a Lab and i know how tough it is to take care of a pet and you are right after initial euphoria it’s totally on the lady of the house to take care of them.

  7. The precise hassle of looking after a dog is what is putting our plans to have a pet, at bay. With R more often than not travelling and Namnam way too small to be able to do anything of consequence, it will be me who will end up doing all the dirty work and I’m so not good at it 🙂

  8. COPY PASTING THE MISSING COMMENTS FROM READER!!

    Nethra Said :
    You sent him to someone else’s house just like that? I would never be able to do that, no matter how much my pet troubles me.

    Bikramjit said:
    ME a pet lover , WE had 8 dogs tooo now the number has gone down a few have died .. and I love dogs..

    and We had a pomerarian too called Jenny and she was a darling , we had her when she was only 3-4 days old cause the mother died and I rememebr crying my eyes out when i heard she died .. but she lived a happy life for 9 years …

    pets are like kids 🙂

  9. This reminds me of my own experience in having a pup at home…Pepper surely looks so cute as a pup, and very wild in that other pic.

    So, did he have any spicy pups ???? 😉

  10. Neha said:
    LOL! I have never been fond of pets! they are not so good 😛

    you know what, I loved this post! it has inspired me to write something too! off to drafts!

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