Pet stories: what a human cannot teach you, a pet can silently, says Archana
We are sitting in the funding yard Archana Chandhoke It is a beautiful house, and she rushes to ask if we are afraid of dogs. Well, I'm just making sure since my Simba is too hyperactive to drive, she laughs. Shortly after, Simba arrives, wagging his tail, spilling a lot of love. So much so that Archana I had a hard time filming with Mr Naughty, also known as Simba. “He loves women very much. I don't know why, he laughs.
I joined Simba emotionally when he came to our house
Archana says that she has been fond of dogs ever since she was a kid. “We had a Lhasa Apso/Terrier when I was in school. His name was Rony. He died when he was 12 years old. After I passed away, we decided not to have a dog as they emotionally break you. But then Zaara (daughter) began complaining that she was bored and lonely. She was hinting at having a dog. My trainer’s Labrador had then delivered five puppies. Simba was the first of the lot. My trainer had asked us to keep him for five days and see how things pan out. Zaara became very attached and wrote us a huge note asking if we could keep Simba. During those few days, I also got emotionally attached to him, so we ended up with him. ”
Simba is family
Archana says that Simba is family to them. “I come back late at night when there is a shoot. Everybody will be sleeping, but he will be up for me. There are moments when you feel that you are not loved enough. But when I know that there is one soul waiting for me in the night, it gives me so much happiness. For me, both my children - Zaara and Simba - are equal. We always think of him when we take big decisions. We are even planning to buy a bigger car as sedans don’t suit him. Unfortunately, we can’t bequeath property to dogs. Otherwise, he is everything to us, ”she says, and adds,“ On a lighter note, he is that typical child who will sleep between my husband Vineeth and me. Vineeth wanted to buy him a bed, but I told him that we should be the ones buying a cot as Simba is happy with his bed. ”
The bond between Zaara and Simba
Zaara says that she adores her little ‘brother’. “I feel responsible for him and he acts like he’s my guardian. He welcomes me home with so much love. And oh, he loves to play with my hair, ”exclaims Zaara. Archana admits to having ‘attention’ issues at home with a laugh - as to whom she must hug first when she enters home. “I rationalize it now. If I come home late at night, I know Zaara will be asleep. So, Simba will get the top priority. When I know Zaara is around, I hug her first. Simba will run to me for konjals, ”she says.
Archana says that she also has seen a lot of changes in Zaara after Simba’s arrival. “She became calm and patient, and started sharing her things with him. Since she’s a single child, it became difficult for her to share things with others. But with Simba, she doesn’t mind giving her toys. There is a quilt that Zaara never parts with. She gave it away easily to Simba. So, that learning, of give and take, came from a pet. What a human can’t teach you, a pet, which has no language, quietly taught her. And for that, I am very happy, ”says Archana. But who is Simba most attached to? She says, “If all the three of us are sitting together, he will first go to my husband. Since Simba is in the teething stage, Vineeth allows him to bite. If he needs love, he will come to me. If Simba wants to play and eat, he will choose Zaara. ”
Simba has a special closet just for him
Archana says, “When Simba was tiny, the doctor asked us to feed him Cerelac. But he refused to have it. Eventually, I started having bread, milk and dosa. But when I had asked the doctor if it was OK as he seemed to enjoy our food, the doc said that we shouldn’t give him anything that contains salt. He suggested we offer snacks like chewies and dental bites. Zaara has a snacks cupboard and we just got one made for Simba, too. He has dog snacks in so many flavors. There is always somebody at home who ensures his snacks are available all the time. ”