I’ve met many dogs and each one has a unique personality. Its easy to categorise certain dogs as “aggressive” because of their pedigree. Full disclosure – a few years back, I believed it too. But I have been fortunate enough to meet the most “aggressive breeds” in the world who are so calm and gentle that it would make you uncomfortable. I met Jiah first at CARE where she had just been rescued, treated and put for adoption. I approached carefully, as I always do to ensure everyone’s (read: “MY” in capital and bold) safety. Its a good practice to do so even if you are confident around dogs – I mean its not wise to go “Ole mera puchoo baby” with an unknown dog and squish your face against his/hers. Anyway, it only took a few moments to realize that not only is she gentle, but also as goofy and silly as me.
For us humans who are scared of animals, the story is usually the same. Either its the fear of unknown, or at most one unfortunate event with an animal. And we don’t discriminate, we hate that entire species with the same burning passion. We also believe in passing our knowledge to our children. So we gladly pass on our fears as well – “CHINTU!! Udhar mat ja, kutta kaat lega”. And soon we have a generation who has never interacted or experienced, but the fear and hatred is real! I mean Bhai kutta kyun kaat lega? Kutta chill kar raha hai. He didn’t wake up thinking Chalo, aaj Chintu ko kaatenge! But I digress.
Here was Jiah at CARE, bare bones with a couple of wounds that painted a grim picture of the past she had had. Yet she was full of trust for unknown humans (again, read: ‘ME’)! Honestly, her kind nature, soulful eyes and that perpetually hanging tongue lingered with me for a few days. She radiates such positive energy that she has rightly now been named ‘Roshni’ by her parents.
Roshni has a partner in crime now, her brother ‘Che’, an indian mongrel! They both welcomed me with lots of love and enthusiasm. Roshini recognized me from our previous meet (in 2016!!) and helped Che open up to me within minutes. Soon my presence was comfortable to both and they started to compete with each other on who’s more silly.
Once home after adoption from CARE, Roshni found out that Che loves to check out what she’s eating. Maybe grab a taste too. She was quick to tell Che to mind his own business. But she soon learnt to trust and share with him. No one trained her to do so. She did it on her own. Today they share tasty snacks like they are twins.
Roshni’s photoshoot is incomplete without her classic pose with her tongue (BTW, here she wanted to come down but I was blocking the stairway, so she patiently waited while i screwed up multiple photos trying to handhold the camera in low light) 😀
There’s so much we can learn from Roshni but if there’s one thing, the most important one that I have learnt from her, is to be open to life and the experiences that come along the way. Don’t let past experiences dictate the future. If I’m half as smart as she is, I will learn. And everything is going to be great in the end.
The other thing I learnt from her is to eat murukku and be merry.