It is extremely heartening to encounter people who extend humanity to harmless strays without any biases. Besides the safety and comforts of a home, they give unconditional love to those who need it the most. In the wake of the cutthroat lifestyle that we lead today, these folks put in the thought, time and effort into improving the lives of some humble stray animals, and this is just what makes them incredibly special!
This week, HUFT brings forth you an amazing tale of adopted pets about a Delhi based couple. The duo has not one, but six adopted dogs, all strays. Natasha, a fashion and brand evaluation consultant, had always been exceptionally attached to animals. As a child, she wanted to have a home with lots of adopted dogs, a few cats and a donkey, when she grew up. Joining forces with her equally pet-passionate husband, she seems to have realized her dream… Well, almost!
Here is an amusing little interview we had with the lady who presently parents 6 adopted doggies.
HUFT: How did you meet your dogs?
Natasha: I got married to this amazing man two years ago who has rescued several strays his whole life. He told me about how fulfilling an experience it is for both – the rescued animal and the owner. We had four stray dogs in the beginning and eventually adopted 4 more.
HUFT: Would you like to tell us something about your adopted buddies?
Natasha: We presently have 6 of these darlings in our home: 3 girls and 3 boys. Their names are: Pedro, Chikki, Lily, Rocco, Ferrera and Ollie.
Pedro is the oldest and the most handsome. It looks like he wears kajal on his beautiful eyes. Only one out of the lot that’s not neutered, so we hear him howling for his ladies ever so often. He leaves our gate at free will, visits my in-laws who live nearby and comes back home to us.
Chikki was the youngest of the original 4 but after we adopted 4 more she became the big sister. She’s not as enthusiastic and playful as the rest but very loving none the less. She has a spot behind the neck, if you scratch it she gives you a big bright smile.
Lily, Rocco and Ferrera are triplets.
Lily is the alpha dog; even though she is a female! She is the tallest and the prettiest. Her coat is this gorgeous caramel color. Although she is feisty with other dogs, she’s extremely gentle with us, and surprisingly good with kids too.
Rocco is our little dumbo, and requires additional attention all the time! He is a needy dog and every day when Arjun and I come home, he climbs on top of us and whines as if to say ‘whyyy did you leave me’. He is light in color, which makes him look like a lab. He prefers pizzas and pastas to tandoori chicken so we joke he is Italian.
Ferrera is the runt of the litter, much smaller than her brother and sister. She is white with brown spots. While she knows how to look after herself, she also is a people pleaser. When she sees us, there is no stopping her licking. She will lick our face, hands, feet, shoes, the floor, the couch, table, carpet and anything else she possibly can!
Oliver: Definitely a half lab. Our most badly behaved dog. We found him, not too long ago, at the Saket crossing, abandoned, dehydrated, hungry, skinny and flea ridden. He winces every time we try to pet him; he’s a troubled dog and we plan to fix him with love. He has gained weight over time, got completely cleaned & groomed, and looks gorgeous!
HUFT: What’s the best part of having a desi?
Natasha: They are extremely intelligent, grateful, loyal, and have an exceptionally good immunity. These guys are extremely thankful to have been rescued, and happy to be given a comfortable place to stay and timely meals to eat. They return the favor in heart-melting ways. They are also very protective, which makes them excellent guard dogs.
HUFT: Would you like to advise people on adoption versus buying pedigree puppies?
Natasha: There are so many loving strays on the streets of India looking for a home, and so many more in the shelters in hopes of finding a better place to live. In such a scenario, it doesn’t make great sense to pay money for pedigree and encourage breeders and their disgusting puppy mills.
HUFT: Why do you think people discriminate so much?
Natasha: I think it’s a general lack of awareness. They have preconceived notions about strays being dirty, infected junglees. It is important for people to realize that even if the desi dogs on the street are initially unclean and untrained, it is totally possible to clean, disinfect, train and raise them just like a pedigree dog.
HUFT: What can people do to help the general cause of adopting strays?
Natasha: If they are unsure about adopting a stray dog, they can do a pilot project with a stray in the vicinity. Offer food and a few kind words every day, and watch the fantastic relationship that develops. In addition, people must read about the unhealthy practices at the for-profit puppy mills – this will give them a reason to prefer adoption to buying.
It gives us boundless joy to see so many awesome people, like Natasha and Arjun, opening their hearts, minds and homes to these lovely creatures. We share their stories with an aim to inspire as many of our friends as possible to consider adopting pariah doggies who have all the natural traits of becoming ideal pets.
Kudos to adopting parents and their pawsome desi pets!