A Dog's Tale
Life Positive|May 2021
Man’s best friend can teach man a thing or two about living and loving, feels Nikita Mukherjee
Nikita Mukherjee, Marley

Being a dog lover, I always had several questions on my mind: What do dogs think? How do they feel? How are they so human-like? As I spend more and more time with them, I realise that they are just like us. They might not have the intelligence and the higher level of consciousness that we have, but one thing that makes us alike is LOVE. And as I spend more time with these lovely, fourlegged, cute creatures, I realise that there’s no one else who loves better than them.

A dog is a man’s best friend. This beautiful friendship started around 20,000 years ago when wolves, from whom dogs have descended, started living in a symbiotic way with humans, protecting them in the wild in return for food and shelter. Since then, a dog’s love and friendship with human beings has been pure and unconditional.

This article is an attempt at understanding the world from a dog’s perspective and how we humans can learn some valuable virtues from them in order to become better individuals and, most importantly, compassionate beings. So, sit back, and enjoy this journey from a dog’s eye view.

Chapter 1: Gratitude

Hello everyone! My name is Whiskey. Why ‘Whiskey’ you may ask? Because I am a golden retriever, coloured like whiskey. I was the lastborn in a litter of six puppies, on a beautiful, bright day—February 02, 2011. My siblings and I were not born in a comfortable atmosphere; my mother gave birth to us on the roadside. She was abandoned by her owner when she was pregnant, just because he didn’t want to take responsibility for her offspring. Nevertheless, our initial days went by in eating and sleeping. My siblings and I used to sleep the whole day while my mother went in search of food.

Even though I was born in the harshest of environments with a very difficult start, I always had a feeling of gratitude and felt somewhat thankful for being born. It seemed like some gift had been given to me by God, and I needed to utilise it to the fullest.

I have always been a firm believer in hope. From the time I started understanding the mechanics of this world, I started hoping for better days and a good life ahead. And God surely listened to my prayers! Our lives changed on a fateful Sunday when some animal rescuers came and took us with them to their beautiful shelter.

Chapter 2: Acceptance

All of us were taken to a place which humans commonly refer to as ‘animal shelter.’ Coming from a filthy roadside, this place seemed like heaven at first glance! Other than us, there were a lot of other young ones and adults of all shapes, sizes, colours and even types.

My first encounter at the shelter was with this beautiful, peach-colored cat whom everyone called Hazel. Hazel was a bit distant at first, but soon, we became the best of friends. We used to play, eat, roam, and even sleep together. Soon enough, everyone started wondering if I was even a dog or not! Funny as it sounds, I was closer to Hazel than to my own brothers and sisters. This fact didn’t make me love them any less, but I was always the social butterfly of the animal shelter. I loved making new friends irrespective of how they looked, how much hair they had on their body, what shape and size they possessed, or what creature they were. I never judged them on the basis of their appearance or which breed they belonged to. As long as I connected with them and loved spending time with them, all these trivial issues didn’t matter to me.

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