Thursday, December 16, 2010

My baby is missing her mom

Well, for the first time in her life, Ginger is away from Bulbul and for the first week, she didn't like it one bit and most times this is how I found her...

With no Bulbul to trouble, she stuck to me ALL THE TIME. In fact she wouldn't go out for walks if I was not there beside her. Even now, her bed is right next to mine and every 5 min or so she raises her head to check if I'l still here. My mom says, when she can't find me, there's an extensive search launched in the house and when she doesn't find me, she sits on the terrace looking at the road waiting....

It is just so endearing. But was thinking, if ever I had a human doing this to me, even if it were my own child, I'll probably label them clingy and just simply run away!! But this mutt, she's my baby!! In fact, my mom was so surprised to see me care for her the way I do. Knowing how I am, zero patience and irritable, it is actually surprising even to me that I have stood at one spot for 45 min, while potty training her, and cleaning after her, whenever she had an accident at home, and not shouting at her!! Well, I must admit though, I did hit her and shouted at her when she was young. I'm not too proud of the fact. And yes I did lose my cool many times. But she never lost her trust in me. Even after being hit, whenever I called, she used to come right back. Contrary to what dog trainers tell you - 'A dog once hit will be scared of you and not come back to you' Not that I am advocating hitting a dog. Quite the contrary. The dog just learns to be scared, nothing else, she doesn't learn what you want her to. I have had more success training her by just waving a piece of meat in front of her nose and repeating what I want her to do, than I ever had by shouting.
And she's such a sweetheart. When I wake up in the morning, she is just so happy to see me up! And when I come back home, even if I'm out for just a minute, I get such a royal welcome!!! And she always looks at me for approval whenever someone wants her to do something, and whenever she's scared, she comes to me for comfort.
Suffice to say, I became a mother long before I could have kids. All through the trials and tribulations of life, through my unemployment, infertility, fights, I was never down for more than a minute, because she'd then come and nuzzle me out of depression and we'd then be out for a walk, even if it were 12 at noon. She's my personal pick me up... my first child, even though I didn't give birth to her, even though she's not human... But right now, she's missing her buddy... her mom... And two mutt look just so good together...

2 comments:

Deepa said...

But where did Bulbul go?

Neetika said...

My DH has taken Bulbul with him to Jammu on posting. And Ginger is with me in Delhi. I couldn't handle both the dogs, given my condition, and really really wanted Ginger here...

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