Just a roving dog in Rome…

There’s a vibe about Rome that I haven’t felt in any city I’ve been to.

There I was ― a solo backpacker roaming aimlessly at the crux of western civilization, clocking 20 kilometers a day on foot. Incognito for a week, vacations like they should be.

No footsteps to rhyme mine but furry friends, never far.

Ramblings of a dog in Rome

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I kept Senora’s company, an evening, as she waited for her human to return from the grocery gig.

And then there was Frida, the friendly police dog I met in the Vatican city.

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Some moments fleet us even as we are living them. In some crevice of your heart, you know that try as you may with every atom of your being, it never lasts.

But there are seasons after summer too. Frida hasn’t forgotten that.

It was on my penultimate evening in Roma (I love how the Italians call Rome) that I met Leo, the dog

Gazing into the Trevi fountain, the philosophic Leo seemed to have forgotten who he was, a dog.

But then, isn’t it a beautiful thing, to forget who you are?

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A new leash at life – the Beagle who found home

Summers ago, at an airport in a foreign land, I held dear my sinking coal-black heart.

Doom. Dark. Dank submission.

Oblivious to the humdrum, all my ears could register was the sound of silence.

John, the adorable Beagle, I got acquainted with in Bengaluru knows this feeling.

And yet unlike the pessimist shades that I so often end up plastering all over, John like all dogs, knows how to come back to life.

The Beagle who found home

A rescue beagle adopted by Seema and Shailesh, John took his time to trust humans all over again.

Beagle who found home

In fact, on his second day itself, he bolted from the house. Encountering too many people, vehicles on the road.

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There are still some days when he pensively looks in abject misery of bygone days or if it is philosophic mulling, you can’t really tell.

Little by little, Johny boy (named by South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes) settled in and left his tumultuous past way behind.

“This was John’s first visit to the terrace. Almost after 5 months since we got him. We used to take him to the terrace at 5 am in the morning so that he doesn’t see any humans.”

~Seema

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At the creative agency in Koramangala, John is a familiar face. Sitting through pitch presentations, strategic campaign briefings and many a time giving constructive canine feedback.

Giving BYOD a new meaning ― Bring Your Own Dog.

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We beagles understand Big Data!

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Dogs can really tell you a lot about the person who abandons them. Yet the noble souls they are, rarely do they speak of their pain.

That’s the thing about love.

It can hurt.

But every once in a while if you are fortunate you do come across someone like Seema and Shailesh to carry you home.

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