My Dog Saved My Life
As a young girl, I grew up in India. The weather is very conducive to playing outside pretty much throughout the year.
One evening my sisters, some friends and I were playing “Satollia”* outside in the neighbor’s garden area. I think I must have been 9 or ten years old at the time. There was a dense hedge at the end of the garden. My faithful dog, Mickey, was also joining us in the fun. Her favorite game was to grab the ball before any of us could get to it.
We were busy playing. Suddenly I realized that Mickey was no longer a participant in our game. Instead I heard loud animal grunts, snarling and threatening barks coming out of her. She was fighting with a snake furiously. This was a very frightening sight, indeed. Mickey had bitten the snake hard and the snake. In the meantime, hearing our cries and the loud animal noises, the gardener came rushing in. He beat the snake with a stick to finish the job that Mickey had started.
Mickey went into a state of shock & was shivering uncontrollably. We quickly brought her to my father who is a doctor. He wrapped her in blankets and gave her some brandy to revive her.
To this day, I have not forgotten that act of faithfulness on the part of Mickey. She put her life on line to save us. That is why we say, “A dog is a man’s best friend!!”
Mine is not a unique experience. “Dogs have proven themselves time and again to be loyal, kind, understanding, and have an indomitable spirit. ….. Whether as an assistant to a shepherd, a strong nose and swift feet for a hunter, eyes and ears for the blind and deaf, or simply a companion unlike any other, dogs help humans with day-to-day tasks, many of which may not be possible without them.” (https://www.rover.com/blog/dogs-called-mans-best-friend/)
*Satollia” is a popular tag game in India. It is played in two teams. Seven rocks are stacked. Hitting it with a ball breaks this stack. The job of all the team players is to stack the seven rocks back up without being tagged/hit by the ball from the opposite team.