6th July 2021 Dr. Beena
They are my girls. Let me begin by declaring that this beautiful pencil drawing is by Ms. Vivian Tan from Kuching. One of my friends gave me this as a birthday gift. I was pleasantly surprised by this gift. Today’s musing is to introduce my two girls and Vivian’s beautiful caricature that is so lifelike.
Pencil drawings are not as easy as it appears. Her picture of my two girls is very lifelike. Drawing dogs is very difficult if you want to capture their exact appearance. More so, for dogs with luscious hair like my two girls. She has captured their form very well.
I am not sure how many of you keep pets. Allan convinced me to get a dog as a pet in 2010. I was very fortunate to get Zara a Shih Tzu from a local breeder. Keeping a pet is a huge responsibility. We need to find time to train, feed, groom, play with them, and take care of their health too. When I got Zara, I was working full time in a job with enormous responsibility. Once, Allan asked me if I learned to comprehend Zara’s language. I was puzzled as I did not know dogs talk. Did you know that? Gradually, I began to fathom her sounds. She had different sounds for diverse occasions. Thus, if her toy is under the chair, I can know what her bark means. So that was incredible for me to know her language. Haha, a nonhuman language!
I got Mika after I retired as Zara was getting on in age. I thought having a younger dog will invigorate an older dog. To my dismay, Mika had her first surgery on her eye as she had accidentally punctured the cornea. She was only eighteen months old. That was a harrowing experience for her and me too. Then when she was two years old, she swallowed a chew toy that obstructed her esophagus. The vet was not sure if the surgery would succeed. Then came our lockdown in March 2020 on the day of her surgery. She was the only patient left in the clinic. Nevertheless, I would visit her daily till her discharge. She recovered fully, and we were all relieved.
Hence, keeping pets is not for everyone. There are benefits if you can care for them well. Even though there are joyous moments, there will always be moments of anguish and pain. It is all part of living. The two girls have kept me sane throughout this pandemic. Even if I do not talk to anyone the whole day, I do not feel lonely. Of course, some days, I do feel down. Overall, I admit that they are rather entertaining.
I know people who have kept pets more as a fashion trend rather than as a companion. When they are bored of that fashion, the dog gets neglected. I would advise that if you wish to keep a pet, think hard before taking one.
In addition, during this pandemic, many have mental health issues that have gone unnoticed. These are unprecedented times. We need to find ways to cope as each one of us has different means. Whatever works for you, follow that path.
Till the next story, stay safe and think of a story that you would like to write or maybe learn a new language. Bye for now…..