( Excerpt from my book- Colours of life part-1 )
Human beings can learn the art of selfless love from a dog. Dog knows well who loves him the most and reciprocates with him in the same way.
My son brought four months old, a tiny dog of a Pekingese breed from St. Petersburg. We knew nothing about dog keeping. We went with that little fluffy doll-like puppy of Pekingese breed to Neha’s residence. Neha took it out from the basket and gave him milk to drink. After drinking milk, he started running. It was an incredible sight.
Children, whether of human or animal or of a deadly snake, look delightful to watch because they are yet to learn an art of survival in this world.
Next day, we brought that fluffy doll to Tandsi, two hundred kilometers from Bhopal.
We fed milk to our little cotton ball like a puppy. He remained running around inside our rooms, and we were enjoying his movements. It was very engrossing; it was something out of this world for us.
Suddenly he fell ill. He stopped taking milk. He could not walk even. We felt bad for him, so we took our little toy like a puppy to a veterinary doctor at Ghoradongri.
The veterinary doctor examined him and said, “He has a fever. He is an uncommon breed of a dog. It will be better if you take him to the dog’s doctor but, in the meantime, you can give him medicine for fever, which is given to a child.”
We purchased medicine from medicine shop and fed kid’s dose by dropper to our dog.
Tandsi is forty-five kilometers away from Ghoradongri. We reached Tandsi after feeding medicine to our cotton ball like puppy. He drank milk, and after some time started running in our rooms. We were happy to see him running. We kept his name, “Cheri.”
Cheri was like a small bundle of the fluffy cotton toy. His eyes were round and big, which appeared to be made of small round glass ball. Mouth was flat but of a black color. Nose was in that black color, like the little flat design. His hair below his chin was like a big lion’s hair, more significant than other hair. His tail was like a small bundle of a cotton ball pasted on top of his hind body. Whenever he was walking, his tail appeared like an erected antenna swaying in left and right direction.
He loved most of the time sitting on the carpet. Rarely did he sit on the floor. While sitting, he was keeping his back legs in the backward direction on floor and front legs in the forward direction on the floor. He was holding his face in between his front paws on the floor. He looked like a cotton-filled doll, like a stuffed toy. In his other sitting style, he sat like a lion, a small lion.
Cheri was often becoming sick. We took him to the dog’s doctor at Chhindwara. He said, “It is a different breed of a dog. I cannot treat him properly. I will recommend you take him to Bhopal where there is a hospital for dogs. They will advise you about your puppy and give him proper treatment.”
Bhopal’s Dog Hospital
We took Cheri to Bhopal’s dog hospital. There were people with their dogs. When they saw Cheri, they gathered around him. When the junior doctor saw him, he advised us to take him to the head of this hospital. We took Cheri to the medical superintendent. He became pleased to see Cheri. He placed him on his table and started talking to him. Cheri sat like a loin on his desk. He was intently listening to his talks as if he understood every word of him. The doctor played with him for some time then told it is a Pekingese, a rare breed of a dog, and got his vaccination card prepared and advised us to give Cheri rabies injection once in a year and seven in one in every six months and suggested to maintain his vaccination card properly. He also gave a prescription for medicines, which may be given to Cheri in different problems, when required.
Prescribed medicines by a doctor was given to Cheri and Cheri became fit and fine. He ate bread and omelets, boiled chicken and chicken bones. Cheri ate bread and milk mixed in the mixer. He ate that mixture with a spoon only. Cheri also loved eating chicken flavored dog food. He ate food from his plate and slept on his bed. He loved to sit on the bonnet of the car, watching all around for hours.
Cheri was about twenty-two-inch-long, sixteen inches in height and about four kilograms in weight. He was fond of traveling in the car. Whenever he saw someone going out with the car key, he will run after him. When garage door was opened, Cheri would stand near other side of Driver’s door. When the door of his side was open, he would jump on the seat next to the driver.