Chikoo’s buddies.

                    There are a countless things to be written about my Chikoo. His loveable nature,  his bouncy demeanour, his loud barks demanding our undivided attention, his ever-wagging tail expressing  his feelings…the list goes on!  However, there is something else I would like to share here — actually, something that I would like to write about and save it for my future — that is also a major part of his life: his friends.  Intrinsically social that these four-legged souls are, they really can’t do without their friends. And, I so pity those babies, whose ‘parents’ don’t encourage them to socialise with others of their kind.  Oh! How much they miss out on!
                  Chikoo has been one lucky fellow. He has always had loving friends, right since his puppyhood. His first best friend was Boxy, a female boxer. She was a few years older than him, and so, most suitable for helping him develop his skills as an intelligent little guy! Unfortunately, life and it’s  busy schedule kept the two away and, eventually,  we lost touch with her.  But, thankfully, Chikoo met another little boxer, Scotch, and things began to look up again!

               Scotch, when we met, was a pup, and Chikoo had grown up quite a bit . So, it was he who Scotch looked up to. My Chikoo, being an “angel” ( according to Scotch’s mum) took him under his wing and put up with him patiently on our rides together. They cared for each other so much, it could be felt in the way they met each other, even if after a few minutes of being apart!  I remember, how, if some dog lunged at Chikoo out of hostility, little Scotch would get so worried!  Chikoo would quickly assure the little guy that he would handle the ‘situation’ and be back with him in a jiffy!  Sadly, this association was short lived, too. We moved to another place and lost touch with Scotch. I and his mum did keep in touch, but, I wish we could meet daily. Scotchy,  the adorable little pup, has grown into a gentle giant, naughty as ever! Here he is…

          Our walks became less exciting once again, till one fine day, we met the dazzling beauty, Shourya!  She is a labrador, some years younger than Chikoo, and the most well-behaved, patient and understanding girl I have ever met! Well, she is a girl after all!  Loving and caring, but, also strict if and when necessary. Now, Chikoo is a man, and, which man can resist the charms of a ravishing beauty queen? But, she makes sure he behaves when in her company.  One loud bark saying, “Watch it mister, you are crossing the line here!”, and Chikoo knows it’s time to back off.  Since meeting Sho  ( Shourya’s pet name! ), Chikoo began enjoying his walks all over again! Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the ‘ravishing beauty’, Shourya…

        Along the way, he made some more friends, who now have become our walking companions. There is this stray female — yes, another female! Chikoo is quite the ladies’ man, you might say! So, as I was saying, there is this female, who is not only an adorable little girl, she is an agile, nimble-footed gymnast. She must  have been one in her past life, for sure. She has a unique way of marking her territory. She runs on tiptoes, stands  on her front legs, does the ‘marking’ and lands down on her hind legs, all in a fraction of a second! It is a sight to watch! Highly amusing and, ahem, mesmerising!
I have named her Gymmy, the gymnast! Here she is..

    Then, there is   Chhoti, who, we have begun meeting  again these days…after quite a long time. Here is the picture I clicked some days back.

            The look on Chikoo’s face on the mere mention of any of  his friends speaks volumes about his state of mind, which is pure joy. That is why, every time I leave for our walks, I pray we meet at least one of these darlings. The adrenalin rush in Chikoo’s system helps him complete his walk without an iota of exhaustion, and that means the world to me!

          May god bless these amazing babies  for enlivening my son’s life with their adorable faces and loving hearts!  May those tails keep wagging for years to come!

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