One’s first pet animal is special in myriad ways. Every dog’s life might be a demonstration of priceless values like unconditional love, and loyalty. Their ability to be chirpy, and to be in the present might make them more extraordinary. But, it is the first pet that ushers us to a secret chamber in our hearts. In that balmy chamber, we learn to bask in their warmth, we learn to lend our hearts, and we appreciate the meaning of companionship.
The first pet wins a piece of our hearts, and creates a deep, permanent chasm there. But, once we taste the joy of giving a piece of our heart, we start offering more; we start loving more animals.
Our first pet – Calvin – turns 12 today. Besides becoming our passwords, the haughty old guy enjoys many privileges. And, I love him more for sharing his riches with my adorable ‘mouse’, Boo.
On this day, I am also remembering some of my favourite literary dog-characters: Enzo from The Art of Racing in the Rain, Fang, Fluffy, and Padfoot from Harry Potter, Earl, Guard Dog, Woofie, and Norman from Mutts Comics, Snoopy from Peanuts, Rambo from My Dog: The Paradox: A Lovable Discourse about Man’s Best Friend, Leo from Dogsbody, Winn-Dixie from Because of Winn-Dixie, Attila from Malgudi Days, and Cowboy from Cowboy and Wills. 🙂 They are all endearing!
Who are your favourite literary dog-characters? 🙂