Unconditional Love

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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France

When I think of unconditional love I think of MILO…….. my chocolate-colored cocker spaniel who has been part of our lives for 10 years now . The kids have flown the nest and  now its only  me, my husband and Milo.

I remember the day very vividly when MILO entered our lives,it was 28th of June 2008. We had just shifted to Pathankot,a sleepy town in Punjab and were setting up our house with new hopes,aspirations and also some trepidation and that’s the usual story  whenever we shift to a new place.There are hassles of finding good schools, domestic help,fitting into a new setup but then after a couple of months everything falls into place.

In a casual conversation I happened to mention to my brother that I was considering of procuring a pup and that also a brown colored spaniel.My brother is also a dog lover and  rather passionate about all four-legged beings and has never stayed without pets, I think it’s in our genes as we have always kept pets in the family.My parents had around five Lhasa apsos, so the passion has somehow trickled down to both of us too,and lo behold I never ever in my wildest dreams imagined that my remark would be taken so seriously because he never pays attention to what I say and like any other siblings we keep bickering and don’t pay much  heed to one another. Maybe he must have gone into temporary amnesia  and forgotten all about our squabbles or all of a sudden his brotherly instincts would have arisen but whatever it was,it proved to be a boon for me.

After two months I got a call from him that a one month old cocker spaniel pup is on its way and it will be reaching the following morning. It took some time for the feeling to sink  in and at that moment I didn’t know whether to thank him or curse him because it happened so quickly that we were not prepared to welcome a new member in our family as such the boys were quite a handful.I was still trying to find a footing in the new place and everything was so chaotic. It was just a casual remark and he of all the people had taken it so seriously and had made it his mission to honour my wish which was so unlike him. I was touched but I wish he had given me some time to prepare and to ponder over it.I didn’t want to disappoint him and dissipate his new found exuberance towards me by cruelly declining his noble gesture.

Finally I broke the news to the family and I was met with screams of joy,the boys were ecstatic and just couldn’t control their excitement. They had already started making preparations for their furry brother but my better half  didn’t share the same emotions and rightly so because like me he was also skeptical  and made it  very clear that it was my responsibility and he had no hand in this deal.

The name MILO (a shortened version of My Love)  was  chosen unanimously and the vet was consulted regarding the basic requirements .We were ready for the arrival of our baby. The boys wanted him in their room to which I relented. I couldn’t but  love watching them all fired up and enthusiastic. Finally the moment arrived and in the wee hours of the morning our darling MILO was delivered to us. To my utter surprise my brother had remembered the color also which was another revelation and his niceties were really making me a villain here.

The moment I set sight on the little chocolate furry bundle,I fell in love with him. A tiny baby in a new house with strangers , who had left his mother behind and this very thought made me so protective towards him. There was a certain guilt also  as I felt that I am the reason for his separation and then I consoled myself by thinking that his separation would have been inevitable and I shudder at the thought that MILO would have been in somebody’s else’s house and not mine had I declined my brother’s gift. I took a vow that I would be his mother, his protector and his guardian angel .Our lives changed forever after that. Milo very quickly made a place for himself in our hearts. My otherwise reluctant husband also opened up to him and he is  always the first one to show concern whenever Milo is unwell.

It is very rightly said that dogs are our most loyal friends. There are so many instances I can cite but then this article would never end. He has given us so many jitters also whenever he has fallen sick or hurt himself.His morning starts by meeting us before going for a walk and  his evening ends by taking a peek in our room and I assume it is his way of wishing us ‘Good Night’. There are so many rituals which he has followed for years religiously and sometimes I wonder in amazement at his regimented routine. His presence in the house is so calming and so many times he has sat beside me during difficult times to relieve me of any stress,he is a self appointed healer and so intuitive. Coming back to the house becomes a delight when you are greeted with so much of boundless energy.

It is difficult to fathom a world without him. I feel that he has always been part of our lives . He has always been around especially when the children have left  which makes us feel less lonely.He makes us feel his presence by coming and checking on us after every couple of minutes. So small are his desires…..a biscuit after we come back from work, playing ‘ fetch the ball’ for an hour and sitting on my lap are his happiest moments.He has never sulked, never complained and has only given us love in abundance that is beyond description. I marvel at his selfless devotion and the infinite happiness he has bestowed upon us. I fervently hope that  I have been able to reciprocate and keep praying that I have not failed him.

He has turned 10 and I don’t want him to age further because I dread living a life without him.I am grateful that I was given an opportunity to welcome this miracle in my life who has only given us pure bliss and contentment and has made our life so fulfilling by his unconditional love. There will never be anyone like my MILO….. He is one in a million.

Thank you for making us a part of you……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Comments Add yours

  1. krish says:

    Beautifully articulated ..
    Pets change lives..bring in so much of joy..never let you feel lonely….giving unconditional love and loyal company…
    Enjoyed reading it..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. peedeeesanimatedchatter says:

      They are amazing….man’s true companions..

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      1. krish says:

        That’s true…

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  2. Dips S says:

    Wow…. We can feel the love and ur emotions in your words….. Bfully expressed 💕👌🐕

    Liked by 1 person

    1. peedeeesanimatedchatter says:

      Yes…I do feel emotional..

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  3. Meeta Bhargava says:

    Beautifully expressed emotions 👌🏼

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sapna says:

    Expressed the emotions so beautifully. Very well written.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. peedeeesanimatedchatter says:

      Thank you..

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  5. Jyoti says:

    You’ve beautifully penned ur emotions
    Wow so touched

    Liked by 1 person

  6. peedeeesanimatedchatter says:

    Thank you

    Like

  7. Vikram guleria says:

    A wonderful article

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sandeep says:

    So touching

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sangeeta Gurha says:

    Very beautifully and emotionally articulated …your love for MILO is touching.

    Like

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