"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more
than he loves himself." This is a quotation that I read
long ago. I have forgotten the name of the author, but the
words will remain fresh in my mind. Long ago we had an
Alsation dog, who was the pet of the family. We used to
live in Dehra Dun in a huge bunglow, which was ideal for
an Alsation. When my father was transferred to Delhi we had to leave Tinky in Dehra Dun on the advise of the vet., who said that the pet would not be able to withstand Delhi heat. Tinky was always in our mind. The thought of having another pet never came to our mind. After several years we got Elsa, a Labrador, as a gift from a family friend. She was so sweet that we instantly fell in love with her. She was just two weeks old. She became an integral part of the family. Her innocent face with a long tika on her forehead, made her look like a beauty queen.
We appointed a trainer for her. She hated him. When he came, she knew from his footsteps that he had arrived and instantly hid behind a door, a curtain or in my lap. The teacher, then called her name and slowly she would come out from the place where she was ''hiding''. It was very interesting to see her crawling slowly towards her coach. When a family member arrived home from outside, it was impossible to enter without a 'hello' from her. She would become crazy when a family member came in. Elsa was very obedient. If something was put in her bowl, and I forbade her, she would not touch the eatable till she got a green signal. She was mortally afraid of my DIL. If she did some thing wrong, the kids would say, ''Mom is coming''. It was a sight to see Elsa. She used to hide or pretend that she had slept. There were so many interesting anecdotes about Elsa. We had engaged a trainer for Elsa. Like any other small child Elsa did not like him. The moment she heard his foot steps, she used to hide under a chair or behind a door. One call from the teacher, and Elsa would come and stand in front of the teacher, like an obedient student. Elsa lived for thirteen years. She was a very healthy pet. She was very jolly and spread cheer in the whole house. The last year of her life she suffered a lot. We consulted many vets, she was given several injections, got the best medical aid, but her condition deteriorated. One vet. suggested chemotherapy. That was the only hope left. Before the scheduled date , Elsa breathed her last. Her helplessly looking eyes are still in front of me. The whole family was in despair. Elsa Baby you will always be with us.