I was in my last year last semester of Master in Finance when I got Pluto. By the way Pluto was my Pit-bull. He was energetic dog and always ready to play. We had a small independent villa so there was no issue of neighbors complaining. While we enjoyed his company keeping turn out to difficult once I got job. I used to be full day busy and parents too had their respective job. Keeping him in boarding for whole day turned out to be expensive. So finally I decided to give him for adoption. Being a pure breed pedigree dog I got multiple request to take him home. His new owner was retired coach with lots of knowledge about guarding breed dog. Pluto got new house and loving family.
In this process of adoption I received lot of direct and indirect hate comments. I decide not keep dog in future but I do missed have pet. I shared this thought with one of my neighborhood friend who was also a pet parent. He had a golden retriever named max. Max and Pluto were friends but max had never came to my home before.
“Anand, Are you free this Sunday?”, he asked.
“Oh yes, Why?”, I asked.
” Max always needs a human company. My mother is always at home but this Sunday we all are going for wedding outstation. Max is not so friendly with other dogs so I usually avoid boarding”, he said.
I had literally no plan neither my family so I said Yes.
That Sunday he left Max at my home and pick him back that evening. A day with Max refreshed me. Being a pet parent for a day again was blessed. Max was comparatively lazy dog. He slept half day and rest of day we watched Netflix. At the end of day his dad brought sweets for me. So, my efforts were worth. As the time passed by Max visited to my place couple of times more. I enjoyed his company and sweets given by his owner.
A news that I used to board pets in free time spread in our neighborhood pet group. While I never charged Max’s father but other had to pay me. My dad got retired 3 month ago and he decided to board dogs on weekdays too. Actually it was my dad who used to take care of dog not I . We never had dog of our own but we cared for pets of others. Last Sunday we had special guest it was Pluto. Seeing him after long 6 years was bless. Not having a pet doesn’t make you a less animal lover. I see youth of today voluntary at shelter in free time and walking others dog for pocket money and I am happy about. May be I would get my own dog when I would be settled in life.