Sometimes we are forced to wonder if love for dogs is confused with love for breeds, if the need for a companion is confused with the need to make an attractive and suave social statement. The fascination of breeds has dominantly taken over compassion for our furry friends. The most popular and famous dog breeds in India are Labradors, Pomeranians, German Shepherds, Beagles, St Bernards, Golden Retrievers, Lhasa Apsos and Boxers. While majority of them are bought from dog breeders at high prices, very few people in India are open to adopting dogs irrespective of the breeds.
The advantages of adopting a Desi dog from the street are manifold, but because of lack of awareness, social status, the need to own expensive and attractive breeds and few stigmas, many prefer buying dogs from Pet shops and breeders for high prices. How this practice encourages atrocities on dogs by breeders is another topic. Because of this practice, highly intelligent and loving desis don’t get a chance to be owned by a loving family.
But all is not dark and gloomy. There are few amazing humans who have gone beyond this socially accepted norm of buying dogs from breeders by adopting our very own loving desis from the streets and gave them home and love each dog deserves.
Let us meet and celebrate those incredible who have shown the world that true love goes beyond breed with these wonderful stories we are about to share..
- Puloma Singh and her Sassy girl.
Puloma and her family, with no prior experience of dogs adopted a one month old orphan female pup in March 2014. Today, almost 2 years later Senna is the princess of her house.
With time she has not only turned her family into dog lovers but also has won over each and every person who visits their house. Senna is a typical ‘alpha female’ with a sassy and bold attitude. For Puloma, it was the day Senna came to her life and everything changed for good. She loves getting clicked and has 1500 pictures of her own! She is the apple of her Mom’s eyes.
2. Prasanshaa Bisht and her angels
Prasanshaa’s life took an unfortunate turn when she lost her mother in 2014. This personal tragedy left her lost and broken. But like the light in the end of the tunnel, two angels in the form of desi beauties appeared in her life and rescued her. Olive and Auro were rescued from the streets as little orphan puppies in 2011 and 2014. Prashansaa got them vaccinated and sterilized and well, the rest is history.
While Olive has her own facebook account, Auro is showered with sisterly love every Rakshabandhan for being the perfect protective brother to Prashansaa & Olive. Prashansaa’s love for desi dogs didn’t end there. She got all the dogs of her locality sterilized and vaccinated.
3. Gayatri Igatpure and her Princess
Gayatri’s childhood dream of keeping a dog was fulfilled when they adopted a 37 days old female Desi pup who they later on named ‘Princess’. When they met each other for the first time, Princess held Gayatri so tight and sat on her lap willingly. It’s what they say “the dog chooses you”, right? Gayatri says her whole world lies in Princess’s eyes. She is an expressive, possessive and intelligent dog. Princess turned Gayatri’s husband into a dog lover within a few days and today, they are an inseparable bunch. Princess is the best thing that could happen to them; Princess made them a family.
4. Sanchari Mitra and her Power.
With a Boxer & Labrador already at home, this family went out of their way and adopted 2 more Desi dogs. While most of the families avoid adopting or buying female dogs (unless they want to breed them) Sanchari & family brought home Bubble and Sparkle – two desi girls. They’re the Queens of the house & leaders of the pack.
As a parent of both pedigree and Desi dogs, Sanchari says that her family loves all of them equally & of course, vice versa! Bubble & Sparkle, like any other dog, are energetic, curious, playful & loving. The two girls keep their family on toes & have completed them!
5. Snehesh, Ruchira and their playful little Brooke.
Sherry, the serial kisser came to Snehesh and Ruchira’s life when they needed a canine companion for adopted kid Brooke, a Labrador abandoned at a shelter. For Sherry & Brooke it was “play at first sight”. Sherry was being fostered by a kind lady as her siblings were poisoned by some monsters. Affectionate, playful and very loving, a year-old Sherry, fit like a glove in their household. She’s highly protective of Brooke and her human parents and greets each house guest with licks on their face.
6. Ditej Garg and 6 musketeers
Ditej is a proud parent of six desi brats. He and his family adopted 6 dogs named Buddhi, Tommy, Oggy, jerry, Chloe and Kiko aged 13, 9, 3, 3, 2 and 1 respectively. All six of these dogs; three males and three females are sterilized, vaccinated, dewormed healthy beautiful babies.
Managing 6 dogs wasn’t easy for the family so they made them live separately as 2 packs within the same house! Even after being together in the same house for years, these monkeys living in a 4:2 ratio growl when they’re brought together. Well clearly, living with dogs has its own perks and ways of making you laugh each day.
Swagnika & family might be the only ones in the world with 10 (Yes! 10!) adopted Desi dogs. Meet Judi, Bruzo, Kajo, Bob, Jojo, Spenci, Twitty, Kaalu, Pluto and Pintu. Someone was an accident victim, someone was a lone survivor of a litter, someone was beaten up by humans and had severe injuries and someone had grave maggot wounds while someone had broken legs. Today they’re healthy, playful and living happily ever after with their mom Swagnika. Can we imagine the fate of these kids had she not taken them in?
:By Puloma Singh
A 20 year old Engineering student, Puloma Singh hails from Uttarakhand and is an extremely loving pet parent to Senna, her darling pet. Passionate about her cause, Puloma endorses adopting Desis and believes that Desi dogs can make very smart and wonderful canine members of any household.