|Luna at 2 months old|
I never thought that it could happen at all. Much less that it could happen to me. But it did. I finally knew what it felt like to love at first sight. I asked God for the moon, and He gave it to me. Wrapped in a 2-month old, 8 kilos Alaskan Malamute mix pup.
Have you ever said goodbye to a dog - forever? I did. In fact, five times. And it was heartbreaking every time. I promised to spare myself from that heartache again.
So why get a dog now?
Dogs don’t actually tire of you. It’s like their mission in life is to make sure that the owners are accorded the joy that they’re due. Their loyalty is honorable. Their endurance is immeasurable. And, they’re practically impeccable.
Right around the time when my nephew hinted of his right to be independent, at least from me, I suddenly had a deep longing to have a dog. At first, I was almost embarrassed at myself for thinking that. I mean, I was overwrought by the prospect of not having my buddy at my side anymore that when I made the decision to get a substitute, it was with an air of indifference. Like it was the natural order of things that the next best thing is to get a dog.
Okay, what am I talking about. It’s great that they’re the next best thing right? I thought I was just being too needy when I started looking for my next best buddy. And for me that was pathetic.
In my heart I wanted a Golden Retriever or a Siberian Husky or a St. Bernard! But my parents aren’t that keen anymore to get another dog. I think it’s mainly because it’s a great responsibility. And that was one thing that I didn’t get enough time to mull about. I was like – Hey, I’m a certified caregiver, how hard can it be, right?
Nevertheless, I wanted to keep it a secret from my parents. So I enlisted the help of my brother who’s a big fan of the show – the dog whisperer. He guided me all throughout my decisions. He was even there when I finally told Papa that I’m getting a dog. What breed? Oh, perhaps Japanese Spitz or a Shih Tzu. Papa said yes much to my relief.
|Luna at 3 months old. Dirk (left) is Luna's bestfriend!|
So I started the search. I wasn’t sure what breed to get yet. But after 2 weeks of searching, it looked like I was getting a Shih Tzu. So I visited the owner’s house and when he led me to his backyard, one puppy stood out. She was too big for a puppy. In fact, she was not a Shih Tzu.
I asked the owner: What kind of dog is she?
He replied: Alaskan Malamute.
And I was like: Alaskan what now? Where are her parents?
The owner said: With the owners. She was traded off with one of my Shih Tzu puppies.
And from then on, I couldn’t keep her off my mind. I gave myself a week to decide. I prayed fervently. I continued to scour the city for other puppies. But I knew it was futile. Because I knew that from the moment when I first saw her, she already captured my heart.
On March 1, 2013, Luna arrived at our house. Weeks before I saw her, I’ve been listening to these songs - The Whole of the Moon and Moonshadow. I listen to it when I walk to work and when I walk home. I’ve asked myself what it’s like to ask for the moon. And so I did. And I got my answer.