One year of cajoling my parents into buying a puppy, I finally got one when I was in tenth standard. A black Labrador, he was the quietest, the most shy in the litter. However, it was only a few days’ time before I was to discover that the first impression is not always the last, as the timid little new family member gradually came to be known as the sher of the entire locality. The first time he walked two steps on his tiny paws, the first time he yawned or coughed, his first bark, the first time he jumped on top of me to greet me as I came back home from school – life became full of exciting landmarks! Chip was such a bundle of joy. That was the time when I actually began to realize that dogs actually are Gods of frolic!
Chip became the most intrinsic part of our lives and will live on forever in our hearts. His place cannot be taken by anyone; however, after he left, the support we got from the stray dogs in our locality was immense. They have always greeted us like family. In fact, I have found in them my dearest friends! Two of them, Kaalu and Daisy, though stray dogs, actually behave like family members. They respond to names we have given them and come running to greet me affectionately at our gate from whatever corner of the locality they are roaming in. They are always around to play with me, to comfort me and cheer me up whenever I am low or upset. They have abundant love to offer to make one complete. Being the selfless creatures that they are, they expect nothing in return but a little love and care. Giving them milk and food everyday is something which has become a very essential part of my life. Giving a little love and a little care to these helpless creatures will undoubtedly help towards making the world a better place to live in. Each of God’s creations is special and deserves love, care and a healthy environment.
I, having had a pet of my own and having interacted with the community pets as well, have realized how important it is for each of us to lend a helping hand towards making our society a better place for the underprivileged. Small steps like feeding and petting the stray dogs, getting them vaccinated and spreading awareness about them can bring a huge difference in their lives. After all, their love is unconditional too, not to mention their loyalty and sincerity. I am amazed with the way Kaalu and Daisy dedicatedly follow me every day from home to the nearby dairy and grocery store, keep waiting all the while I am inside and then come back home with me!
There might be some of you who are not able to give home to pets due to various practical problems. Such people can try and help the community dogs to whatever extent possible. After all, there can never be a limit to doing well. And you don’t even have to search for them too far; you can find them anywhere- they could be found in your colony, at your college or office parking lots or maybe sleeping under your own car! All it requires is a nudge of our conscience, to understand their pain and needs and above all, their want of love; the infinite love we’ll get in return will be priceless!