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For the past ten years and more, I have left home with the words, ‘Bye Luci!’ When my leaving involved travel and longer stays away from home, the ‘Bye Luci’ was tinged with sadness. I never liked leaving her, but I liked travel too. The fact that I left her in good hands was my only comfort.
This time she wasn’t around for me to linger over goodbyes or even utter the words, ‘Bye Luci!’ And yet those were the exact words I said when I stepped out of my Luci-less apartment out of sheer habit, this being the first time I was leaving home after her departure.
In Belgrade, everywhere I go I see dogs, of all sizes and shapes. The city seems to be full of dog lovers. There are dogs in the parks, restaurants, coffee shops, on the roads, in the arms or bags of people, and once again I think how Luci was born in the wrong country. In the past I used to often tell her, ‘I wish you’d been born where you could roam, go for swims, play with friends of your kind, be accepted in hotels, restaurants. I am sorry I cannot give you any of these, only my undying affection and love to make up for it!’
If she were with me still, Luci would have been eleven today.
In her honour I am sharing pictures of some of the dogs I clicked on my walks around the city of Belgrade the last couple of days.
© Shail Mohan 2022
Anniversaries like this are such a wrench!
Dogs bring such joy to our lives and we certainly miss them when they pass on. I am sure Luci is with you in spirit.
Lovely to see a dog’s eye view of Belgrade
Thinking of Luci, Shail. Lots of love to you. We ended up seeing many Loopy like dogs, the one that was the most bizarre was when we had lost our passports, couldn’t go with daughter back to her place as planned, had seen her off in a busy airport…not prepared to say goodbye so soon, standing with tears running in a busy airport…when one dog exactly like Loopy except for a few inches more in height and a full tail went past us. These pups, they’re around us and are watching over us. I firmly believe that.
Ken Powell said:
Much love to you Shail. It is the heartbreak of letting our four-legged friends into our hearts that they always leave us first. She wasn’t born in the wrong country though. She belonged where you were and you gave her the best life because of you, not the environment. That was all she needed. 🙂
SathyaArchan Subuddha said:
That’s the love!
A true love!!
What you miss in your remembrances when you see loving people arround.
Love is about devotion and loyalty…
and Dogs are dogs…
A mankind is proven failed to equalise dogs, if considered their positive sides, the loyalty and the devotion…! Though a few of my friends are near to dogs in their doings but then too…. dogs are dogs…
having similar experience with my pet ‘Chhunchhun’ I can better understand your feelings.
Chhunchhun tried her best to fulfill that blank which remained in my life….
she came in my life in 2009 and named by my son as Chhunchhun. Many times I displayed my gratitude to her … telling my friends…
“She is an ocean of love
…. She speaks a lot from her eyes…. She understands my mood … She is extremely obedient… if I would tell her to die she definitely will die…!”
Unfortunately this quote became practically happen…
I lost her on operation table in my city’s best pet’s hospital, when doctor was preparing for surgery for removing her infected uterus. (In fact, I had a past experience of some other bitch who died spending 2-3 painful weeks after similar surgery.) So I whisper in her ears “Chhunchhun..! better you die at this moment only… there will be No gain in dieing after a longer and deeper post surgery pain… and offcourse after spending a large amount of money from my pocket in these running hard times,
After all you will have to die….”
Surprisingly she followed my words and taken her last breath at same moment as I finished my whisper…”
Doctor said “she died of heartattack of fobia…”
Is your seperation from your ‘Luci’ is more painful?
If I have to reply myself , my own question…,
It would be an “yes”
Because everyone’s love and pain remains always greater then others…
These feelings are matter of feel…
As deeper you go that larger you feel…
None can understand others feel. Though many more may claim but it’s the only thing which is impossible in my opinion!
I wrote a post about Chhunchhun over my blog… Please spare a few minutes and have an eye over it!
Link – http://satdarshan.in/2017/08/25/%e0%a4%8f%e0%a4%95-%e0%a4%a5%e0%a5%80-%e0%a4%9b%e0%a5%81%e0%a4%a8%e0%a4%9b%e0%a5%81%e0%a4%a8/
I am sorry for your loss. Yes, everyone’s pain seems greater to they themselves.