Monday, April 5, 2010

Things my dog taught me..

For the uninitiated - this is Joy - my third pet after Simba (who looked exactly like him) and Snoopy (who was a Doberman)..
 When I was a little kid, my father had two dogs, one was a mongrel called Sonu and the other was a Pomeranian. Ofcourse, I was too young at that time, and as I grew up, and as the dogs grew old and died, I tried to understand why my father loved those dogs so much. When I grew up, my mother told me she had a dog who lived for 14 years and I could see the love she had, still, for her Mapso =]

Come 1997,
Me, 8 years old, and I come back from school one day to find my parents looking at me and my younger brother with that excited smile on their faces. We went upstairs and our parents stood in front of the couch on the side, we could not understand why. Only when my father moved his legs a little, was I introduced to the biggest wonder that a boy/girl can ever have - no, it's no video game, it's not a bicycle - it was the most adorable pup on the planet and we decided to name him Simba.

Simba was a bundle of joy, partial to my mother, VERY attentive to my father's commands who he treated as his master (incidentally - there is only one person in each family who the dog obeys unconditionally - who in the truest sense, is the dog's master) and always wagging his tail with joy. When he was tired and let his tongue out loose, you'd say he was smiling because that is what his face looked like.. there was never a dull moment with Simba around - who used to sneak under the dinner table for scraps, snuggle up on stranger's feet and go sleep on them, let small kids pull his ears and sit on him, run around like crazy when it was too hit, try and catch birds in the garden.. he was all this and more..

Simba gave me a lot of happiness and a lot of good memories but the biggest gift Simba gave me was to teach me how to be truly selfess and really love without expecation, love without reason and love with all your self. No matter what the time, Simba would come to me at one call. When I returned home from school, Simba would already be there, waiting at the fates, always - there was not a single day when Simba did not meet me at the gate/door when I came back from school; not a single day when he would let me get away without him licking my face crazy; not a single day when he would not tell me how much he loved me.

He was my first dog, he was my first pet - he was my baby. He was the first person in whose upbringing I was completely involved. He was the first person I talked to on my birthday, early in the mornings, just to watch him tilt his head and quirk his eyebrows. He was my best friend, the best listener, the true faithful.

When Simba died,
I was heartbroken, and I did not know what to do as I saw a set of strangers bury my beloved dog in the ground in front of my house. I bawled like a baby and the hurt has not gone yet. But that is the beauty of having pets, that is the irony -

You know, you always know that they are not going to outlive you,
And yet, yet they value you more than anyone else..

There are so many things my pets have taught me..
And the biggest one of them was to love

Thank you Simba, may you always rest in peace.
Thank you Snoopy, for being the angel who always listened.
Thank you Joy, for continuing to make my days with your twinkling eyes

Thank you 

<3

21 comments:

☆Tharangni☆ said...

oowww!! this post really got me teary! Im always like this if i read about an animal's sad tale... :'( Im so sorry for your dog! even i love my dog... but he'll become 3 this may..............and i dont want him too!!! X( X( X(

vaidehi said...

sniff... that left me teary-eyed too...

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- Sugar Cube - said...

aww..that was so hearfelt :(

One of the reasons why I never wanna keep a pet.
Although the joy you get in spending the time with them is incredible.

Swatantra said...

Very beautiful post!! I am feeling like having a dog..

Thanks for the visit to my blog, good to see u again..

Your blog is very nice will come here again..

Akansha Agrawal said...

That was seriously very moving... inspite of the fact that I am not very fond of pets...

But I can relate to the feeling... :) completely...

Niraj said...

They teach us what me miss in human being thats "UNCONDITIONAL LOVE". It's hard to find in this lousy world. We have so many words but it can't be express but they dont speak yet they express the most beautiful feeling in this world.

vision91 said...

Awww... that was such a cute post. Certainly animals teach you stuff that you wouldn't usually learn from humans.

They are one kind of specie that doesn't betray the master.

Firebolt said...

Thank you so much for those sweet comments Tharangni, Dingy Tai,Sugar,Akansha,Swantantrata and Niraj

@ Tharangni : Here's wishing you loads and loads of happiness with your dog <3

@ Sugar : Once in life, you must experience the joy of having a pet who loves you unconditionally :)

@ Akansha and Swantrata : Thanks guys!

@ Niraj : You are right.. true unconditional love.. without any expectations :)

Firebolt said...

@ Vision :

Truly, no matter how horrid you behave with them, they will always come to you beaming, wagging their tail

<3

True love!

Chengdi!!! said...

I was waitng for it and u wrote it finally...
really a sweet post...

U knw it very well tht our love for dogs is almost same...

nd they r trully mans best friend...
no one can be as faithful as them...

All wht they want is love and nothing else...

:)

Ria said...

I was crying at the end of this post...and i m sure ppl who know what a pet is wud end up crying too!! I love dogs, its a pity tht i dont have one as yet, but sometime in near future, i will definitely have one....i could visualise each and everything that u hav written abt Simba.

Btw, ur blog is too good, so i am blogrolling it, so that i can always come back for more. :)

Firebolt said...

@ Chengdi : Thanks a lot re..
*hugs*

I am glad we share a liking for so many things! :D

@ Ria :

Awww...thank you so much for that sweet gesture - means a lot =]
Here's wishing you a lot of happiness and cheer when you have your first dog <3

vaibhav said...

Dont know what to say.. i never had any pet..... all i can say is that this is undoubtedly the best post i've ever read.....! :)

Firebolt said...

Thanks a lot Vaibhav =]

Must have a pet, once.

Sorcerer said...

wow!! this is a wonder post..
I liked the name"simba"

absolutely right about what they teach us

Firebolt said...

Thanks a lot Sorcerer =]

Inspired by Lion King - Simba <3

Jaunty anima said...

Hey..Fire..That was a sweet post!!

I'm overwhelmed by the way people love their pups or any pet in that case....coz M so scared o dem...

But yea..Simba...RIP!
N dear...m sure u'll have a wonderful new companion very soon!!:)

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Harini said...

awww.... this post is so so beautiful and it takes me teary. I always anted to have a dog and I will one day for sure :)

Firebolt said...

Anima and Harini -

Thanks a lot people =]

<3 is all they have to give..
I wish you all the hapiness with your first pets too!