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So, we’ve had a bunch of visitors at home lately, and surprisingly, a lot of them seem to be absolutely terrified of dogs. The reason that matters is because we have a 16-month old black Lab at home, Zoey. She is the effusive kind, and simply loves to show her affection by jumping all over you – clearly she means no harm, but the passion and energy with which she chooses to express herself, she can easily unnerve the strongest and bravest of souls. So I can understand the fear in their eyes when the first see her, the hesitation in their step as they enter the house – and I find myself telling them, “Oh don’t worry, she means no harm…she is a real softie.” Judging by their reaction, I think its safe to say that they aren’t buying it. I wouldn’t say it if I don’t believe it, and so it pains me that some of these folks insist on having us lock Z up in a room while they are around – its like asking me to lock up someone that we treat as family, but what do you do? I guess I can understand their fear – after all, I used to be terrified of dogs until we got her home and can distinctly remember having asked one of my friends who had a pair of dogs to confine them behind closed doors while I was visiting. I was “uncomfortable” around dogs – really, that just means I was afraid, and I felt it right to have them locked up so they wouldn’t devour me alive. Now, looking back and after my experience with our own, I am ashamed that I had acted that way – I really should have made an effort. I think what changed was having Z grow up with us – she was 2 months old when she came home and having her around all the time and watching her grow from the tiny baby that she was certainly made things easier.
Now, I feel pretty good about myself that I have made it to the other side – and I have my wife to thank for convincing me that we should get a pup home and for helping me wade through the initial days of uncertainty, but after having crossed over, I can fully appreciate what a phenomenally life-changing experience owning a dog is. The constant supply of selfless love, the “i-dont-care-how-mad-you-get-at-me-i’ll-still-love-you-the-same” look in their eyes, their obvious euphoria when they watch you step in the house (even if you’ve only been gone 10 minutes, they act like they’ve missed you for years – it does wonders for your ego, I assure you), their innate ability to make you feel good no matter how gloomy things are, those are all just the perks. Having her around has so enhanced the feel-good factor, I highly recommend those of you that are considering adopting a pup going ahead and actually doing it. And for the rest of you, give them a chance – you won’t regret it, you will be quite surprised at how much a part of you they become and wishing you had actually done this a long time ago. Trust me, you’ll absolutely enjoy the attention they give you
On a somewhat unrelated note, here is a cool iPad review video that I thought a true dog-lover might enjoy. I know I did!
Its been a while since I last blogged – I’ve thought about getting back to it for a while now, but my laziness and my worry that I might stop again, as I did in my previous four attempts, kept me away. Until now, anyways. I figured the worst that could happen was that I would get lazy (again) and stop a fifth time, but its not like anyone’s going to care. So, that’s why I am here.
Today happens to be the the beginning of a New Year in the Tamil calendar, and that seemed like the perfect excuse to kick this off. And it turned to be a pretty good day, at least as far as the food department. Thanks to mom-in-law being town, we were treated to the traditional New Year lunch – with vadai and payasam on a lovely plantain leaf. I wish I had taken a picture for posterity, the food sure looked as good as it tasted. It reminded me of a recent debate with a friend on taking pictures of one’s food before you eat it, but I’ll save that topic for another day.
As I was driving to work after lunch, it made me wonder – when was the last time we had even celebrated New Years day? It used to be such an important day in our tradition, and one that my folks went to great lengths to please the Gods. Despite all the chores, it was actually fun. I don’t know if my kids will actually ever get to experience all that – sad but possibly true. Note to self – I should make sure my daughter gets to enjoy these traditions the next few years with her grandparents as much as possible. That might be the only exposure she gets!
And they tell you to begin a lot of good things on New Years day – the belief is that the goodness will multiply over the course of the year. I look back at my day today, and it was absolutely and complete ordinary. I sure hope that belief is just a myth, I will die of boredom if today represents what the next 12 months are going to hold for me. Well, all hope’s not lost – At least the Royal Challengers won tonight, hope they can repeat that a few more times in the coming weeks. So long…