A remembrance that haunts my memory is that of my beloved dog Fauna. He meant the world to me in his own doggie way. Fauna was a big, strong and healthy Collie. One was afraid of his size but I felt safe. We shared a relationship that was strange because we had a deep understanding for each other. The wag of his tail was precious. Whenever I left for school, he would follow me to the gate and anxiously wait for me to come home and play with him. I enjoyed every moment we spent together. I would share my sorrows and my joys with him. I would share my food. Fauna loved ice-creams and melons.
Even 13 years later, I never knew he was growing old and weak. One day, he could not walk. I took him to the hospital where he was prescribed some medicines. For 11 days, I administered them to him on time and looked after him. Every time I passed by him, his eyes would follow me as if he was trying to say something. Maybe about the pain that he was in. I would sit and talk to him for hours and promise not to leave him if he did not leave me. I would tuck him in and give him another medicine before bidding good night.
Next morning I woke to my motherâ€™s cries. Fauna lay still, her eyes closed looking as if she was sleeping peacefully. I cried, I screamed and called his name â€” â€œFauna, wake up! Its drizzling outside. Letâ€™s go and play...â€ Tears ran down my face but I was hardly aware. My mother tried to console me. She took Faunaâ€™s body and had it buried near the Dakshinkali Temple. What more could I give Fauna except my love? I left a garland of flowers on his grave. I never knew that that February night would be the last night I tucked him in. If I had known, I would never have left him alone. All day long, I kept thinking of all the times we spent together.
I can still see him in mindâ€™s eye, feel his warmth in my heart and the pain makes tear flow yet again. Whenever it drizzles outside or the sun hides behind clouds, I feel his absence and begin to miss him terribly. For one week, my heart denied his death. I stayed in shock and did not think that I would ever recover. I never thought that I would lose him and I have no words left to explain how it broke me down. Even as I write this, tears brim in my eyes.