D is for Dogs

For those who know me or know of me, this one’s a no-brainer.

Let me trace back to the early signs of my obsession. My mother has refreshed my memory on many points, of course.

I was five. My grandmother was an ardent follower of Hindi (and Tamil) soaps, out of which ‘Tara’ was one I used to enjoy watching as well. At this point, you must be wondering how on earth did a five-year-old kid comprehend a TV show about a woman protagonist and her complex relationships. Be rest assured that I was least interested in Tara’s doings. It was her pet Pomeranian that had me captivated.

My attention span was directly proportional to the number of scenes involving her dog. My fascination for this fluffy, beady-eyed breed, naturally escalated as time went by. Soon enough, not a morning went by without me having begged my parents to get me a fluffy white dog. My persistence, having reached its peak, finally yielded some results.

They got me a soft toy that resembled a Pomeranian.  That’s right.

*sad background music*

In hindsight, I think they did the most sensible thing that two young parents could have done to pacify their annoying, petulant child. Once I realised that Pomi (that was the most innovative name I could think of), was mute and not real, I began accepting him for who he was. He became the love of my life. The apple of my eye.

Five years later, we visited my granduncle in Bangalore. By then, Pomi had lived a full life and I had to let him go, sadly, owing to my allergies to his fur. That’s when I was introduced to Raja, a majestic German Shepherd, whom I had only seen in photographs. Raja’s bark was ten times worse than his bite. I had presumptuously assumed that he would greet me in a composed manner.  Having a huge dog welcoming me with jumps and barks was intimidating, to say the least. Nevertheless, our friendship blossomed over the next few days and I overcame my fear. When it was time to leave, I couldn’t help but feel sad.

Unfortunately, I never got a chance to meet Raja after that.  Within a few years, post a long battle with arthritis, Raja departed to Rainbow Bridge. I remember staring at his pictures, with a lump in my throat.

There are no good-byes for my dog who has died,

and we don’t now and never did lie to each other.

So now he’s gone and I buried him,

and that’s all there is to it.

Pablo Neruda

Since then, I have made several canine friends in different parts of the city and elsewhere. It’s funny how I always encounter one wherever I go, the university,  at work, a local coffee-shop, and in some cases even when I’m on vacation.  My locality is full of strays or Indies as I prefer to call them. I am that lucky girl who gets to learn music with a dog beside her for company. My Instagram feed overflows with puppy videos. My friends have names, each with a personality unique to him or her.

I recall a time when I hatched a plan with my friends to adopt a puppy and share him amongst us. Of course, that never materialized. Being a dog-lover in a house full of non-lovers (not haters) is not easy.  It is true that owning a dog comes with its share of big responsibilities. That being said, it doesn’t stop me from fantasizing about having a house full of dogs in the future.

I can go and on because I believe these creatures deserve more love, warmth, words, and kindness than they actually receive. Before I conclude, I have a few questions for my fellow dog-lovers out there.

What is it that makes you melt when you see your canine friend?

Is it the floppy ears?

Is it her soft brown eyes that have the power to absorb all traces of anxiety and depression? Or is it his velvety muzzle that is just so…umm…cute?

It could also be the paws that leave traces of rain, mud and the excitement of having a explored something new.

D is for Dogs

My theme for the A-Z Blogging Challenge is ‘The A to Z of some my favourite things’. Stay tuned for more posts, this April!

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35 comments

  1. Akshay Iyer · April 5

    The dog looks adorable in the picture !!

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  2. jaishvats · April 5

    Same pinch… I did a D for dog too…i think its their soulful deep eye that melt me… Totally

    D for dog

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  3. blikachuka · April 5

    I’m more a cat person, but I love the big gentle dogs

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  4. ZAZOUUUUU 💖

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  5. miladyronel · April 5

    Dogs are amazing – those eyes, I just can’t resist doing what they want when they look at me with their big eyes. Yes, my two Rottweilers own me 🙂 Happy A-to-Z-ing.

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  6. Rajlakshmi · April 5

    We always had a dog around while growing up… The most terrible part of having a dog is when they pass away. It breaks your heart brutally. Till today I cannot forget the loss of three of my dogs. Yes, a dog should be brought up in a house where everyone is equally responsible and are dog lovers. Hope you get to become the human of a dog soon.
    From A to Z
    Yogasana
    Delhi

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    • AK.Prowling · April 5

      Thank you Rajlakshmi, for your kind words. Losing a dog is heart-wrenching and I dread experiencing it.

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  7. LaurenEph · April 5

    I really like your theme of favourite things 🙂 My blog is named after my dog, Milly and she features a lot!

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    • AK.Prowling · April 5

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you like it. I’m off to check your blog now 🙂

      Cheers,
      Anjali

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  8. Dipanwita · April 5

    Dogs are always adorable. I love dogs. The most comforting thing about them is the moment when you feel depressed they sense it all and do not leave your side. They have your back, they are ears to all our worries.

    http://dipanwita.com/a-z-challenge-d-death-afternoon/

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    • AK.Prowling · April 5

      Dogs are God’s guardian angels, as clichéd as that sounds. My life would be incomplete without my canine friends. Sigh.

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  9. I’m not an animal lover myself. But I understand how animals make a place for themselves in our hearts. Nice post.

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  10. Shweta Suresh · April 5

    Dogs are adorable. I love dogs. The saddest part is that their life spans are just too short. That’s the only catch.

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  11. Neha · April 5

    Ha.. my kid wants a dog right now. I think I will borrow your parents idea
    http://www.nehatambe.com/delight-what-delights-a-toddler/

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    • AK.Prowling · April 5

      Hey! Don’t dupe your kid. Kids are smart I’m pretty sure you can explain it to her/him. Haha!

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  12. Keith's Ramblings · April 5

    I had a dog once. I tried to love it like a little person but I couldn’t. So I haven’t got one anymore. But I really do know from other people how important dogs can be in life. As pets, as working dogs…as friends.Faithful friends. Just not for me!

    Meet Amble Bay’s Dapper Dan!

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  13. Louise · April 5

    Okay – not a dog person, but Zazou is adorable. Neighbours of both sides – and across the street – from us have them and I like my neighbour dogs well enough. I think that’s as far as we’ll go on that front. My one neighbour’s elder dog recently passed away though – it was sad. He’s been part of the ‘hood longer than we have!

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  14. Geeta.Krishna · April 6

    Endearing post, Anjali. I may not be a dog-lover, but I can call myself a dog-empathiser! I know of so-called dog-lovers who abandon their pets after adopting them. That, according to be, is worse than anything else. I’m proud to be your mother. God bless you for your compassionate heart! I hope you make a dream home of your own with your furry friends.

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  15. Debbie D. · April 8

    I’ve had dogs all my life. What’s not to like? 😀 The unconditional love and loyalty are never matched by humans. It’s so sad they don’t have longer life spans.

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    • AK.Prowling · April 8

      Tell me about it. The fact that you will outlive your pet is heartbreaking.

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  16. Sylvester Bateman · May 30

    Hi AK. Prowling,
    Great article, Dogs cannot hear what we talk but they do respond too and they know what we need. They are best friends and for the life. If you wish the have look at my blog too at waldenway.com.

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