Praying for Nepal

On Saturday, I felt something very strange, something I had never felt before. I felt the Earth move. At first I thought I was hallucinating, then minutes later I saw the news on my computer screen. That small wobble that lasted merely a minute, that had made me question my sanity and my stomach feel uneasy, had just destroyed the lives of thousands of people six hundred miles away in Nepal. My stomach was now in knots, my heart breaking, how could this happen?

I pray for those who have lost, I pray for those who are lost, I pray for those who are searching the rubble for precious lives and those who are working tirelessly to heal the wounded and care for the displaced. 

Just as those tremors touched my city, this tragedy has touched my heart and left me, and the rest of the world, devastated. When a huge tragedy like this happens, we are reminded of fragility of life. We remember to hug our loved ones extra tightly and that we share the suffering of others, regardless of where on our planet they happen to be born. Tragedies like this show how irrelevant and pathetic racism and prejudices are. Death, suffering and even the Earth doesn’t discriminate. We all feel pain and loss in the same way.

Please send your love and prayers and give to a reputable charity if you can. 


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Nameless Puppy Has A New Home!

No, we couldn’t keep Nameless puppy but, only five minutes after I posted a classified advert online, advertising a free puppy to a loving home, someone responded. Then, another responded, and another. I couldn’t work out how to take the ad down, people kept asking for more information about the ‘beautiful puppy’.

Meanwhile, a friendship was blossoming. Alfonso was enchanted with Nameless puppy. As she slept, still exhausted from the trauma of being abandoned, Alfonso sat next to her, protecting her and kissing her. When she was awake, they played together so sweetly. Both of their little tails wagging, one curly and the other straight.

forever friendsThey were really enjoying themselves and I started to panic, I didn’t want Alfonso to get too attached and then mourn her sudden disappearance. I took Alfonso into my room and let Nameless puppy sleep. Three minutes later, the same cry that originally brought her to our attention filled the house. I opened my bedroom door and Alfonso trotted out to her, when she saw him she started wagging her tail. I couldn’t stand to hear her cry, so I let them stay together.

Things were quiet in the living room, and with dogs, it’s a good idea to be suspicious. I went out to check  they weren’t up to mischief and my heart just melted…

???????????????????????????????The maids arrived and were so surprised to see how smitten they were with each other, they thought it was hilarious. ‘Brother and sister’, said Lalita, and Chanda responded with ‘nahi, husband and wife’. After arranging the marriage (sorry Salsa), they laughed even more. 

Meanwhile my husband contacted the first respondent to my online advert, he had a kind voice and owned a field on the outskirts of Nagpur where he kept several other dogs. He sounded perfect, Nameless puppy really loved Alfonso and so would be very happy with some playmates.

DSCN3889They spent the day together happily; playing, eating and sleeping. When my husband came home from work, it was time for Nameless puppy to go to her new home. All four of us got into the car and went to drop her off, it was really sad to see her go, but we are so happy we could save this little abandoned puppy.  Alfonso has been a little down since she left, hopefully we will see his friend Salsa soon, that will cheer him up!

sleeping with a smile

Sleeping with a smile…

If you find an abandoned puppy you are unable to give a home to, and if the animal shelters are demanding a sum which is way beyond what you can afford, I recommend going online and placing a classified advertisement (I used– it’s free!). There will be someone out there who wants to love a little puppy. I know that there are thousands of street dogs in India, but a very small puppy who has lost his mother cannot survive alone.

If you hear the desperate cry of a puppy looking for their mother, please rescue them.