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The arrival!

Its the BIG announcement folks! Akank’s pup arrived home on the 14th August, just five days short of her 11th birthday. A perfect birthday present for a child whose single minded conviction was that, only a pup will change her life for the better…and it has and how!

The pet farm that we had registered with had warned us a month back that we may not have him before August 19th, the designated day we wanted him home. They did promise us that they would do their best to source a golden retriever, male pup under 3 months of age ( Akank worked hard for almost 5 years before she arrived at the specs). When we got the news of the arrival of the pup both Akank and I were in India celebrating an early birthday for Akank with old friends from school.  When the news arrived as a text message, Akank could not contain herself.  For someone not known to show public display of affection to anyone, let alone her mom, she jumped, squealed and hugged me so hard that my lungs were devoid of any residual air.

Then afterward began the restless wait of a week till we got back home.  Our one point agenda for the day we arrived was to drive to the farm and bring him home. The night before, Akank voiced out her fears and concerns. “Am I ready for him, ma? You think he will be happy with us?””. We had to repeatedly remind her that we were as aware as she was, it being our first experience as parents to a four legged living being. Only time will tell, we chimed in to let her know of our predicament.

Maxx has been home for three nights already. We have a special enclosure for him at one end of our family room. He is not allowed to ‘socialize’ with everyone yet since he has not completed his vaccinations. He is 15 weeks old and is already in the adolescent phase of his life. I have begun disciplining him and he responds well.

I know he is going to have a good life with us. We have broken all rules and accommodated his whim for deer meat, chicken, turkey and lamb. We feed him what the breeder recommended even though someday we hope he will shun meat and stick to being vegetarians like us. We only hope he does not influence us into changing and adapting to his ways.

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Posted by on August 17, 2010 in Introduction, Pet

 

Prep time

Akank is meticulous about preparing for the arrival of her pup.  She has been that way for four years already. So its almost like revising details the fourth time over.  Around the house its common sight to spot Akank with either the” The complete identifier” or ” A concise guide to Dog Breeds “or more recently ”  Golden Retriever”and ” 97 ways to make your dog smile”.  She also creates projects for herself. Today it was another attempt to write down her responsibilities and commitments as a new dog owner. Time and again, she has heard us warn her that it is ultimately going to reflect on her academics and we would not be happy if her school records take a dive because of the new distraction.

A few weeks back she wrote a dozen points under a title called ” Dog Commitments”. It was a first attempt at recording her commitments to us, once the dog arrives. It  mostly had details of how she will take care of her dog and less to do with how she will take care of school work and be responsible ( I remember a point that said ” Will set aside time for school work, piano lessons and Paatu practice” ). We had commented on her list of commitments and asked her to include more of what she will do towards maintaining a harmonious balance between being responsible for both her dog and her work at school and other lessons.

Today she attempted for the second time, at listing the do’s and don’ts and called it ” Notes to Self “. I will list a few that I could not help smiling at:-)

Do not let on bed or sofa ( very very reluctantly)

Do not forget school work (ever)

Do not let into kitchen ( even by accident)

Keep possessions at height

Warn appa to keep his possessions at a height ( Amma does not possess much) .

How I laughed when I read this. I almost missed the last point, which was a little disturbing.

” Have to teach him the command kill in case I have a row with someone”.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in Humour, Pet

 

Emotional choke

Akank has been wanting a pet from the time she has turned four. Her dreams are going to bear fruit this year. Come August when she turns 11,  she will finally have a pup to call her own. I can talk about it for sure now since we have already paid up an advance towards a Golden retriever pup at a per farm here in Singapore. The pet farm has promised to deliver before the birthday. The worst case scenario is a wait for 3 months.

Even though Akank is pretty excited about the arrival of the pup, she cannot digest the fact that it may be delayed by 3 months. She is not celebrating- not just yet. She feels very emotional and all choked up. Last night I was trying to get her all excited about the count down to her birthday and her gift when she sighed and said, ” I am not sure I can hold out that long ma” . My heart went out to her. I am hoping that the pet farm will announce the arrival of  the pup soon.

I am keeping my fingers crossed.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in Emotions, Pet

 

Lets talk dog

Akank’s long time want is closer to being met this year. From the time she learnt to say dog, she has wanted one. We have denied her a pup all these years and we have almost run out of excuses. From ‘ you have to learn to organize yourself’ to a lame ‘ you have to learn to walk your dog’ I think we have covered almost all reasons. The saving grace has been that her father has been enthusiastic to a future prospect of letting our little girl own a pet from the beginning. So, lately, Akank talks about her impending gift for her soon to come around 11th birthday( I have waited 8 years, ma!). She is disappointed when I don’t share her excitement  and sulks when I tell her to save the discussion for later ‘when the time is near’. Since we pretty much discuss everything else, I only thought it fair that she saves discussing this topic with her father, who shares her enthusiasm.

The other afternoon I saw her busily scribbling into her book. She brought it to me later and I saw around 18 questions about her pet dog, all prepared for the evening discussion when her father got home from work. There were a range of questions from naming to buying dog feed, collar colour ( Can we give him a  blue collar?), pet rules at home, toilet training, to where to pick accessories and costs.  Question 9 caught my attention and brought a smile. It said ” Can you convince amma to talk about dogs with interest?”

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2010 in Humour, Pet