Thursday, the 30th of October, was a wonderful day for me. It is a few days old, but a couple of my friends who had been wanting to meet my son, my pet dog Chikoo, since quite some time now, had planned to finally come over. Both the girls being dog lovers, called up in the morning and asked me what time would be suitable for the rendezvous. Now, that was quite touching! Early evening would be better, was what was decided as Chikoo needs to go for his walk after 5:30, so they did not want to disturb his schedule.
And, as decided, they came at around 4:45 pm. I opened the door to their huge, cheerful “HI” and happy smiles at seeing Chikoo, waiting to welcome them. But, the thing that made me happiest was the goodies they had brought along, just for Chikoo! One of them, Smita, has two family members with pet dogs, and thus she is also a dog lover. But, never before has it happened that someone has come over to our place to visit us and brought gifts for Chikoo. And, here, I speak about friends, not family.
Members of my family have spoiled Chikoo rotten by getting him things that he loves. But, these two girls were ‘friends’ who had brought something just for Chikoo. It was really a sweet gesture, especially for me. Every time people visit someone, gifts are taken for their children. But, not so in my case. My child is a dog, who is not a dog for me, but, my child! But, not all look at it that way. They ask for Chikoo to be kept in another room, or look at him with, not fear, but dislike, if I may say so.
It takes a huge heart to accept people and the situation they live in. It takes a lot of love to accept that different people lead different lives. It is not just because of the gifts they got for my pet dog, that they touched my heart. Small gestures like trusting pet parents when they say their pets won’t harm, mean a lot to people like me. Not asking for the pet to be tied up or shut in another room, but allowing it to be around its family’s guests, means a lot.
I do not mean that each and every person coming to visit us fall in love with our dog and get him gifts, but, treating and accepting our dog as a part of our family would mean a lot to me. It would definitely earn them brownie points from me!