Friday, November 25, 2011

Forever and Ever.

Don't worry, this is not a love story. If you know me well, you'll be sure of that. But I'm sure there's a definite question at the back of your head: 'Why haven't I written about Animals or even Dogs as yet'. Well, It's just that I din't know where to start. Because believe me, once I start I won't stop mentioning those creatures; which is good if you like animals. Otherwise, well! Hard luck!

Okay then here's something about dogs. Firstly, they're not beasts! You don't need to be scared. They're probably much more scared of your existence! All they're asking for is just a pat once in a while. Or maybe just a glance and a smile. Now, I'm not just talking about those well-groomed perfume-oozing poodles. If you look around, I'm sure you'll find even cuter and friendlier dogs on the pavements. It's in a dog's nature to serve us. Now, I don't want to go into the whole story how they find themselves privileged to be serving a family. You'd rather watch 'Bolt'!
And hey! There're not Martian zombies! Trust me, the bigger they are, they turn out to be friendlier. They'll make sure they remember you the next time you pass by. At college, there's a dog who's called "Chills" by everyone. But, I've been talking to him much before anyone knew him. And whenever I step out of the hostel/college (they're next to each other) and call out "Bart", no matter how far he is, he'll come running to me just to be patted once. Then he's off. Just like that. No more expectations. These strays are brought up around people who're constantly shooing them. They're just looking for some love. Show 'em some love and they're yours.

Meanwhile, here are some fun facts about pet dogs. These dogs grow up in a disciplined environment, wherein they know who's boss. They're only loyal and friendly to those who are powerful; those who can control them. Well, okay not so much as fun facts. But they're facts alright! Bob, a Labrador was a stubborn dog. He would not come out of the pool for hours. More so, because his foster family was not firm enough in telling him otherwise. So, they had a 'dog whisperer' visit their house and show them how being firm and bossy with your dog works for the best. After that, the moment the owner firmly says 'no' to Bob while he's about to jump into the pool, Bob would sit right there at the ledge and watch his owner swim away! That's sweet, Bob! Sweet Bob.

The other thing (picking out from a long list) about dogs is that they're like kids. The only difference being that kids grow up; dogs don't. They continue to be in dire need of your love and care. They continue to make childish mistakes, they continue to fight you over things like the food being too hot. They need complete care all life. The more they age, you grow more and more fond of them and it's the same for them. They're not like the cows you set loose wandering on the streets once they're out of milk. They're not like children, who leave home, go to college and build their own homes. Dogs are here to stay with you all your life. "A dog is for life, not just Friday night!"

On a parting note,  if you do come across/find/adopt/buy a dog, hold on to it, because no matter how much time (seconds, minutes, hours, months, years) you spend with him, it's eventually going to run out. It's never going to be enough. And if you're not in a position to keep a dog, share a smile/pat/ice-cream/piece of sandwich with a stray every once in a while.

P.S. If you're interested, check out "Dog whisperer with Cesar Milan" on Nat Geo WILD. Pretty interesting and enticing stuff.

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