Nostalgia or the future?
For some (maybe most), the transition from a pet lover to a pet parent is like a journey and believe me when I say it, it isn’t a short one. Although I might be the wrong person to say it because mine was really not so long.
Since I was a child, my parents and I have been in the habit of visiting our second home at our native place. After a point, we adopted a pet there as taking care of one in the city with two other kids at home was not something very feasible. (Ps. The statement that parents quote, “We already have two pups in the house, why do we need one more?” would have been just proven right!).
I decided to call him Jumbo (stop smirking! I was just a child so I named him anything) and he was the only reason for me to go back to my other home. This was before I lost him a few years ago and I couldn’t get over the want to adopt one in my home in the city. You all can go ahead and call me lucky (yeah, in bold) because both my parents have been dog lovers.
As we all watch those shows online about planning and strategizing, that is what my mom and I did to get my father to say yes. Resistance? You are always going to find it! Now you would ask why would he say a No when he loves dogs too. Well, it is simple. As much pain it was for me after we lost Jumbo, there was even more for him and he could very well understand the attachment one develops with their pets. He just did not want to go through something as that again or have to leave the pup home when we might have to leave for days.
It didn’t really take us much time to melt his heart and we finally decided to get a Golden Retriever home. (Ahh, the happiness).
I clearly remember staring at the picture that the adoption center guys shared with us. I could barely pay attention at college and was just so excited to get out of there, buy the toys and food my little one would need (in short, go on a shopping spree!).
The day he came home, I was sitting on the floor and when he walked through the door, he came running into my lap as though he knew me since ages. So how does it feel to have a 45 day pup living with you? A lot of work but AMAZING!
Of course, without having to say, we had a name for him before he came home. My mom wanted to have a very simple, short yet catchy name and we settled on Zorro. He is now just 2 months old but each day, when I look at him, it feels as if he is growing up too fast. He is becoming naughtier and fluffier.
It wouldn’t be fair to say that he has one particular favorite toy because anyone and everyone who comes to play with him are his toys. He wags his tiny tail and runs behind people in the house. He eats everything that is easier to chew, from home cooked food to pup food.
When Petscura asked me about one of the most vivid incidents and which was the closest to me, there are two stories that popped in my head (Gosh it is unbelievable how a little around one month can make me feel like I have a million memories already!).
Zorro sleeps in my room on his tiny little bed on the floor. I have never felt so responsible in my entire life but since the time he is home, I tend to wake up each night to keep an eye on what he is doing. Turns out, he is just as me! Unable to sleep much at night and suddenly wanting to check everything out in the house. The first night I woke up, he was just sitting at the foot of my bed and staring at me as if he was waiting for me to be up (yeah you can say it was scary but then, not really). Since the day he has entered our lives, it has been almost every night when him and I play in the middle of the night because he can’t sleep! (and then he snores during the day, huh!). I think it was pretty cute.
The second one is when I was on a call one day, lying on my bed and he was just playing with his ball and toys when suddenly he came to me and began licking my face. Well he isn’t so tall to be able to jump on my bed so he can just reach my face when I am lying down. He licked me so much and it tickled my every nerve that I just couldn’t stop laughing. The moment I went out of his reach, he would have his cutest bark and would not stop till I came back to him. I literally haven’t laughed so hard in my entire life.
While writing about my Zorro, I am never going to run out of words. He is the most adorable being and I feel like I have never been loved as much before. He comes running to me each time I am home from college and it makes me feel so special and lucky. I always felt so nostalgic after Jumbo but his other version, my Zorro is just my future I am excited to live.
As they always say, having a pet at home not only changes your life but changes you for the best. I agree!
Every day, I am just building memories and I can’t wait to share ‘em all with you. But for now, we shall wait until next time!