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Friday, July 29, 2011

Stumbling in the canine world

I share a very shaky bond with dogs and that’s putting it mildly. It started when I was 7 and was on my way to the singing class. I heard a couple of dogs barking behind me. So, I tried to walk slowly before breaking into a run in a side lane. That turned out to be a mistake, as the lane was a hibernating space for three more dogs. They woke up. They growled. I ran. I looked back, and all the five dogs were looking amused, rooted to their original spots.

Nineteen years later, I am stronger and I don’t run. But I can’t pat them either. I tried it with one, and his hackles rose. I can bring it out in them I suppose.
But I can’t resist their eyes. I mean, all dogs look sad! So, I do the little things, like bad-mouthing or blogging about people who are mean to dogs, and giving them food (from a distance of course) when they look really starved. Smiling at them never seems to work, so I have given it up for now.

Which brings me to the subject of the post. One morning, while rushing from the andheri station to the auto stand, I saw a beautiful cream-colored dog. He didn’t look like a stray, but he seemed to be dying. He was lying in the middle of this crowd, and could barely keep his eyes open. I kept staring at him. He didn't stare back. I sat down. He didn’t move. I asked him, my voice shaking, “Enna da achu?” (What happened?). There was no reaction. I went to my usual vada-pav place, got an extra pav, and immediately went back. By then, a small crowd had gathered around us. I was on the verge of tears when I offered him the pav and he didn’t take it up. So I nudged it closer and touched his nose.

He woke up with a start.
Apparently, he was sleeping. He didn’t like waking up, and he definitely wasn’t hungry. I tried to walk away as quickly as possible (only the 7-year old me would run).


antbrain said...

Ofcourse you didn't!! Gehahaha!! Would have been great if the andheri had turned without being startled and said "you had me at 'hello'" :D

antbrain said...

Andheri dog I meant :)

Kunal Chandra said...

ha ha ha ....

Anupama said...

bwahaha! I can imagine the waking up with a start!
I have made this mistake sometimes. They become almost still -breathing only lightly when asleep- I stand near the dog and gently nudge it my toes to check if it is sick/dead.

Sweet of you to ask the goggie "Enna da aachu?"
Dogs are always hungry and would've taken the paav, he was probably just dazed by the rude human who woke him up!

Archana said...

Anu : I hope he did! But this must be my most embarrassing memory! loads of patronising smiles, advices and pats after I was done with my would-be-good-gesture.

waazzzuuuppp said...

bwahahahahahahaha! Hilarious! From Florence nightingale to flying like a nightingale!! :D Btw, did he eat the vada pav after all?

Archana said...

Oh NIranjan - that would have saved my dignity, wouldn't it? No he didn't. Last I saw, he was still staring at me, leaving the pav untouched.