After tirelessly hunting for an apartment in a happening area in the city for over a year, we finally met uncle Venkat and his beautiful wife Aunty V. They in turn were keen to share their lovely bungalow with a good family and had put in a word with many people in their circle about the same. No, I do no remember how and when exactly all of us became a family and when both of them became ‘Tattha’ and ‘Paati’ to the girls, it is as if this has been like this for years, this relationship and family bonding 🙂 🙂
Uncle Venkat told me he had 2 Labradors earlier and after they passed away he has been longing to get another four legged but now it would be difficult to look after the dogs, especially when they travel, but he has been thinking about this. By this time I had told Uncle and Aunty all my dog stories and how I have grown up with the four legged babies all my life till I got married.
Uncle knew I was a mad dog person, Aunty too loved dogs, but she also wanted a parrot (she still wants one) but somehow the dog had just become a ‘feel good topic’ over the afternoon coffee or evening garden tending time 😦 Uncle knew my urge to get a dog and both of us had already dreamt that whenever it would be, we will only Adopt and not buy 🙂 We knew that the Indies are smarter and had read/heard/knew of several Animal welfare organisations who seek human families for the Indian furies or abandoned pedigree dogs.
In 2011, I was expecting ‘Ladoo’, our first baby and I was due in the month of December. On September 19th 2011, Uncle told me in the morning that he is off to some exhibition for the senior citizens with a friend, Aunty was in Chennai to meet her folks and I was alone at home in the ‘nestling mode’. Uncle sent me a SMS in the afternoon that read “I have a surprise for you, come down in another 5 minutes'”
Uncle enjoys giving us surprises, small joys that we really look forward to, like some yummy food that he will pack for us, some random paper art, a drawing, little presents picked up during travel, and Aunty on the other hand simply shops for the kids, no surprises, shopping straight away 🙂
So the SMS from Uncle that read “I have a surprise for you, come down in another 5 minutes” got a smile on my face and somehow I wished for a living being, no clue at all why and how I felt that. I immediately replied to him “Oh God, I hope the surprise is a dog” 🙂 even today Uncle seems to be pleasantly surprised (read it as shocked) that what made me type this reply.
I went down and there she was 🙂 Sniffing every corner of the garden and gauging the human signals with her tiny brown tail with a white tip 🙂 Our Sahana. My eyes are filled up with that moment right now as I type. Sahana was here to love us unconditionally. Uncle Venkat was now the ‘Tattha’ and Aunty who was in Chennai could not really believe the news that we had a dog in the house and the ‘would be father’ was still in the office unknown about the scene at home. 🙂 🙂
She had arrived 🙂