My Furry Friend

This post is about my furry friends and for those who love their furry friends. Though it could be any animal that we love- the dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, sheep, goats…. just about any animal. For the longest time, I have been in love with dogs and mostly Indie-dogs and Indie-hounds. As a child, we could never afford a pedigree dog and the maintenance that came along with it.

So on my way walking down to the school I knew all the puppies and their parents, yes and at times I would save on my lunch box so that I could feed them on my way back home. Most of the times I would end up bringing the puppies at home, because either their mother was dead or they were starving. Whatever be the reason my parents never stopped me, or scolded me, they have always been very supportive. At one point I had four dogs at my house, and that’s when my father decided to build them small dog houses and they too seemed happy staying there.

When you are a child, especially in the nineties, the exposure to information and media was limited, then what the kids have today. So I as a child had only seen the good part of being with pets/animals. It’s only when I grew up being a college student, I realised sometimes people can be cruel to animals and dogs alike. I couldn’t fathom the fact that at times these dogs were beaten up mercilessly or being run over by a vehicle just for the fun or being dumped in tar and the poor things struggling their way out and finding no success. Though there wasn’t much that I could do, I also could never understand the idea of #abandonedpets. So when you decide to get a dog home, that means that they become a part of your family as much as your own children or parents! Right- So when you decide to move cities, why does one look for putting their pets up for adoptions and if nothing works then they can be abandoned in the dead of the night on the streets. We as humans feel that it is ok to do so because the animal cannot speak for itself, but most of the times they go through severe mental trauma and they keep looking out for their humans. Remember movie #Hachikō and how the dog kept waiting for his master until the last day of his life. And this is a true incident that only goes to show that how attached the dogs can be with their humans.

Now most of us know that humans are the most selfish creatures on this earth, and so at times when the need arises, we at times seek the #animaltherapy to heal. Now depending on the function of the therapy, people may choose from various animals, including dogs, horses, and birds. Animal assisted therapy is not the only therapeutic option in most cases, but it can be a good choice for some people. Animals may be able to provide comfort, alert others if someone is in danger, or even perform direct actions to help a person’s condition when they are in need. It is a type of complementary or alternative therapy. It should enhance but not replace other treatments. The researchers note that the therapy may be beneficial for people from many different age groups with various conditions like some mentioned below.

  • dementia
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • schizophrenia

The entire point being that, we need to learn to coexist with the surroundings and the animals around us, the earth belongs to them as much as it belongs to us, the planet belongs to them as much as it belongs to us.

Coming back to my LUCKY so I happened to come across a post on Facebook put up for #petadoptionalert and there was an adult labrador waiting to be adopted, he apparently had some skin disease and his hair had been shaved off, so he looked funny, but I went ahead and adopted him, his name was LUCKY and he gave me only the best of his behaviour, my daughter would sometimes make him a horse and sit over him, but never did he ever get upset or get uncomfortable, he always had a #zen like calmness, he would be our cushion and we could just rest our heads on him and he would love that or that he would come sometimes and forcefully dig his head onto our laps and ask for affection. He was a true gem dog. He would love his bathing sessions and most of the time would fall asleep while having his bath. And after his bath, it looked as he would be beaming with a smile, showing us how good he felt. However, it was always a task giving him a bath 😀

Unfortunately in the year 2020, he passed away due to old age, but he left us a load of beautiful memories and a lesson that being selfless and giving so much loves makes you earn back all the affection and love. Like they say- ” “The evil you doremains with you: The good you docomes back to you!” Moral of the story: Do good and don’t ever stop doing good, even if it’s not appreciated at that time.

The only point I am making is that be kind- whether it’s a human or an animal, everyone has their own struggles, for food, for survival, for your family. Stop using people and animals for its sake and most importantly do not abandon, neither the elderly in your house nor your pets. When it comes to your pet’s health and happiness, the best thing that you can do is show that you care, and show that you care for others.  Remember, our actions, attitudes and emotions rub off on our little buddies, so take care of your own mental and physical wellbeing, and you and your little loved ones will enjoy the ultimate, life-long relationship.  And lastly, give preference to adoption rather than buying a new pup. I end this blog by sharing a beautiful picture of my Lucky and a quote.

“Opening up your life to a dog who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.”

Emma Kenney

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