Do the eyes of a DOG enchant you? If yes…
Well, you are on the right page and you would, definitely, enjoy what’s going to follow.
Read on 😊
The beginning of the bond between humans and dogs can be traced back to thousands of years. Dogs are said to be the first breed of domestic animals with whom we developed an attachment. These pawsome creatures affect us in the most surprising ways, and with everything that they do for us, it’s no wonder they’ve been labelled “man’s best friend.”
Thankfully, I was lucky enough to be touched by the presence of one such soul in this life. He goes by the name HUNTER and comes from a lineage of purebred German Rottweilers. Cool, right? 😎
To be honest, I did not think it was cool when my brother brought Hunter home, for the very first time, five years ago. Rewind to 2013 – I suffered, big time, from Cynophobia. There was no apparent reason for this fear; I guess, I was going through a phase where I feared anything and everything that moved on four legs. However, falling in love with him was only a matter of time. It did not take more than a day for me to get bewitched by this furfect canine.❤️
Ours was, however, as I often term it, a long-distance relationship. I could never bring myself to hold him. The thought itself scared me to death. I remember this one time when my brother thought it would be funny to flash a lazer light over me. Now, Hunter loved playing with it and following the beam he leaped on me, sending my heart into my mouth, quite literally. As a result, I ended up breaking my brother’s brand new phone in a fit of rage as he stood there flabbergasted. (No regrets! 😂) Jokes apart, I can’t express in words the mental suffering one endures when one cannot coddle their own pet. As stupid as it may sound, FEAR was the only reason holding me back.
Anyway, I thought it would take me months or even years before I could be in the same room as my dear doggo, but one day, when Hunter was not more than 2/3-month-old, I happened to watch a movie named – Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. Something about that movie hit me; I can’t put it into words. Maybe, I realized that I had very little time to spend with this angel and I couldn’t afford to lose even a single second, not anymore. That’s the day I, unflinchingly, hugged my dog. The fear, literally, flew out of the window and all that was left in my heart was this abundant and unprofessed love.
To be honest, until the day Hunter arrived, I had not even heard of its breed. I mean, I knew Labs, Retrievers, Pomeranians and even Pugs (Vodafone wala kutta 😜) but not Rottweilers. So, I did my homework; read almost every article available on the net about them; followed and worshipped Cesar Millan – the world famous Mexican-American dog trainer, so much so that I could quote him even in my sleep. Seeing my obsession, my brothers even nicknamed me ‘Kaichi Milan’. (Very Punny! No? 😂) However, as days passed, I realized that every dog has its own unique traits, so I spent my time observing mine, and that’s when I noticed some tiny adorable quirks of my wacky woofer.
It was fascinating to watch how he, sometimes, wagged his tail so hard that it wagged him too and how he snored like an old drunk man. Then, there were days when he paced and smiled in his deep slumber. It was hilarious how even in this ‘almost-hibernating’ state, he would twitch his nose and, suddenly, wake up to the scent of his meal emanating from the kitchen.
He’d be, extraordinarily, attentive and have a mysterious way to predict what we were going to do with him – whether he’d be getting a meal, or whether he’d be going for a walk (his favourite thing to do in this realm). He’d, cleverly, use the direction of our gaze to locate hidden food and toys. The most amusing thing was to watch him rush towards his bowl to save his meal, whenever he was told – “The rat’s eating your food.” Some days, he would race around the entire house like a mad man while other days he would be as quiet as a mouse. It, however, wasn’t hard to guess that he was up to some colossal mischief if there was too much silence around the house.
He, until this very day, continues to surprise us with his unapologetic nautankis. He’s a unique piece of work, I swear!
God, I miss him, terribly! I miss the way I could cuddle him, sharing a wordless communication; I miss how I, while holding his paws, could reach out to stroke his ears, and how I could caress his snout with his whiskers brushing against my skin, gently. I would do anything to get onto the next flight and fly back to him except that I, currently, can’t. Life’s unfair in that sense and, sometimes, makes me wonder if he misses me as much as I miss him.
Unfortunately, even while Hunter is still a pup at heart, I can see his age beginning to catch up with him. I know there will come a time when the years ahead of us will be fewer than those we have already shared. This real long-distance (I and Hunter are in different continents, presently 😭) has made me realize that when you grow old with someone you love, the goodbyes begin even before you can anticipate their arrival. Not in some morbid way that mourns the inevitable, long before it happens, but in increased gratitude, cherishing the moments spent together.
Pets come into our lives with one purpose – to show us how to love unconditionally. I learned a great deal from Hunter. He turned me into a cynophilist and changed my outlook towards other animals. Like most, I too was ignorant about the noise pollution and its effects on animals. It’s only when I saw Hunter being at the receiving end of this menace did I become more aware of its impact. Thanks to Hunter, I stopped bursting crackers and strongly detest loud processions and do everything in my power to make the world a better place for him.
I know he, sometimes, peeps outside the window, looking for me whenever I am mentioned, hoping I’d give him a loving snuggle and I can’t help but hope that, that day comes, real soon.🤞
Until then, to everyone who has dogs – enjoy every moment with these little doses of oxytocin and to those who don’t – Boss, what are you waiting for? Go, get yourself a handsome hound, today! 🐶