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Pets and Us {Guest Post}

Another favorite blogger is gracing this space today! We’ve Shilpa Gupte from Metonia writing for us regarding.. well, you go ahead and read it. She is my absolute favorite for she loves my quirkiness and all the things I do and share on my Instagram page. I can’t wait to meet her you know. She also shared a video showing her pet parrot Cookie’s reaction to my video. Don’t forget to check that out. Mommy also says that she is just brilliant when it comes to Zentangles. I don’t know what that means. It’s too big a word for me. But those look super-cute! Go to her blog as soon as you finish reading this post.

Over to you, dear Shilpa…

My pet dog, Chikoo, entered our world when we were not even thinking about getting home a pet.  Well, that’s Life, isn’t it? It’s what happens when we are busy planning Life!

So, in walked Chikoo, muddy paws and wagging tail, announcing his arrival by peeing on the doormat and making a permanent home in our hearts. Pets, I believe, come into the lives of those they choose. Chikoo chose us to fill the vacuum in our world and to teach us all about parenting, caring for a tiny being and putting others before us.

However, I am sorry to say not all are worth being pet parents. I know, this statement comes across rather harsh, but what else does one think of when one finds pets abandoned in their old age, or in their sickness? There are countless such incidents we read or hear about, where a pet dog or cat has been shown the door just because they grew up and became too much to handle. A responsibility to be shirked instead of fulfilled.

People bring home pedigreed pups and kittens to fulfill their children’s demands, but as the pets grow and their needs change, they become a “burden” people wish to dump as soon as they can! Giving them the necessary attention becomes too much of a hassle and people rarely pause to think things over before abandoning the poor creatures by the roadside, to fend for themselves in a harsh world that’s so cruel towards animals.

There are also people who believe in maiming animals to suit their idea of perfection!

Confused? Read on…

Once, on visiting a neighbourhood pet shop, I noticed a Doberman pup who looked listless and distressed.  I wondered why I saw the sorrow in his eyes when I looked up to see his ears. The shop owner had coiled its ears and tied them up tightly with a string to make them pointy – the kind we generally find on a Doberman Pinscher. I was shocked! I asked the shop owner why he had done so, to which he replied that that is how the dog’s future owners wanted it! It was, indeed, a revelation to me! The sadness and the pain in the pup’s eyes tore at my heart, but I felt helpless.

Would anybody do that to their children? This chopping off of the tail, tying the ears to make them stand tall and pointy – all of it infuriates me no end. I mean, what sort of cruel heart must beat within such people!

They do give custom-made a whole new meaning, don’t they?

I believe pets should be pampered and cared for like one’s own babies, for the kind of unconditional love they shower on us finds no comparisons. We never get that kind of love, or loyalty, even from our closest family members. But, our pets live for us from the moment they enter our world to the moment they leave.

The day my Chikoo breathed his last, his eyes had only love for us. And concern. He passed away last year, but his memories bring tears to my eyes even today. I haven’t been able to get over his loss. Even as I type these words, I have tears in my eyes. Finding the right keys on the keyboard seems difficult. But, that’s the kind of effect our pets have on us!

Whether we love them or ill-treat them, the love they shower on us is boundless, wholehearted.

And, for all that they do for us, isn’t it our responsibility to love them and to cherish them, in sickness and in health, in richer or poorer, till death do us part?

Author’s Note: Writing is a passion I developed over the past few years. My pet dog, Chikoo, made for the perfect muse and many a post are dedicated to him. My blog, Metanoia, is also about Wellness, inspiration, books, films, food, and art. It’s on my blog that I find the peace and joy that makes my life beautiful!


That got me and my mommy teary-eyed. We can’t believe how hoomans can be so cruel!

That’s all for now! Don’t forget to drop in tomorrow because…

This April I am taking over Mamma’s blog to share my pawsome puppy tales with you. You can expect helpful information, fun and interesting articles topped with a dollop of adorable pictures and videos of mine. I will also be calling some friends over. I hope you’ll join me on this journey for I promise to shower you with unconditional love and deliver a positive dose of dog everyday, this April.

Meanwhile, I also hang out on Instagram. Do follow me there.


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