Is it better to have loved and lost, or never to have loved at all? I generally hear arguments in favor of love-and-loss when it comes to other people — but when it comes to pets, the jury is still out. Or is it?
I grew up wanting a dog, but my mother wouldn’t hear of it because she was still traumatized from her beloved poodle’s death during her teen years. (I finally got my dog once I had my own place, and she has been obsessed with her “grandson” ever since. Check back for that story tomorrow!) And while Dhanya Satya, Jolkona’s HR recruiter, treasures the brief memory of her rescue cat, the pain of losing her kitty still prevents her from considering another pet. Her story:
It was May 1998. I was 13, living in Mangalore, Karnataka (southern India). Monsoon had just started. I came home after school and sat with a bag of chips by the balcony enjoying the rain. Suddenly, I hear a “meow.” I started to look around and after a while my eyes catches the sight of the most precious thing ever, sitting in a corner, frightened and lost. There was a beautiful little kitten. That very instant, I fell in love with her.
The tough part was to convince my parents to let me keep her, because we never had pets in the past. But they finally gave in, and I named her “Munni.” The days that followed were filled with happiness. I had a very emotional bond with her; I used to tell her how much I hated my homework, how I loved chocolates… She listened to all that, always with a twinkle in her eyes.
Then suddenly after few months, she fell sick. She had boils all over, stopped eating and lost a lot of weight. I took her to a vet all by myself, but the doctor told me that there was no hope, and that it would be better for me to leave her and move on. I could neither digest this news nor leave her behind.
During Munni’s struggle, I never lost hope. I kept feeding her milk and trying to save her. It was sad to see a loved one in distress. Finally, Munni passed away on Dec. 20, 1998.
It’s been more then a decade, but I could never gather the courage to have another pet. But every time I see a cute little brown kitten, or even just people spending time with their pets, I see my Munni there and remember the wonderful times we shared for that short time.
On a happier note: thanks to Munni, my parents became open to having pets! My family’s house in India has become a shelter for about 6 to 7 abandoned cats at any time. (See photo.) Every time I go back to visit, it is a delight to see these cats compete for me to give them the first piece of fish.
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