Telltale Pictures: Unconditional Love

Dear Readers,

Hope you are doing well. It has been a while since I last posted here and many of you have dropped messages asking me the reason for my absence. It makes me happy that you guys enjoy reading my blog and look forward to it every week. Apologies for not posting much this month.

I have been busy these past few weeks working on the final draft of my new book. I also invested some time in restoring my art supplies and catching up with my TBR list (a list that keeps growing. There are just too many good books out there).

Today’s post is a Telltale picture that I clicked months ago especially for this blog. A story that has been in my mind for a long time.



It is said that a dog is the only thing in this world that loves you more than he loves himself. Although I have never personally experienced this (yet), I have heard first-hand experiences from many in my family and friend circles. Today’s telltale picture is about one such dog – Kariya.

Kariya in Kannada not-so-loosely translates to ‘Blacky’. An offensive name to many, but he seems to be okay with it given that he is not a black coloured dog after all. He is a brown Indian dog with a black face. He also has white socks and a white tail tip. Although a skinny little pup, he grew up to be a big fluffy canine.

I vaguely remember our friendship started with him barking his guts out every time I stepped into my mother-in-law’s house. This continued until one day I gave him a few spoons of carrot Halwa from my dessert bowl. He never barked at me again.

I clicked this picture on a very cold night when the temperature outside was close to 10 degrees in Bengaluru. In spite of having a cosy room with a warm bed, Kariya chooses to wait like this every day for my father-in-law to return from work.  Kariya is 10 years old and that in dog years is above 60. If you visit their home, you will find him in the same position every day at the same time no matter how low the temperature outside.

It is amazing how these mute creatures bring so much love and laughter into our lives without making a big show of it. A dog’s love for its family is one of the purest things on earth.

Last year, I read a book called ‘The Art of Racing In the Rain‘ by Garth Stein. A beautiful book, written from a dog’s point of you. A must-read if you are a fan of this genre.  It tells you a lot about what might be going on in your dog’s mind and how unintentionally we tend to hurt them in our human ways.

I have written earlier about other pets that I have come across. You can click on the below titles if you wish to read them.

  1. An Unusual Friendship
  2. Joshua
  3. Coco, the squirrel

Does your family include a pet? Do you have furry friends in your street? What are the beautiful things that you have experienced about them? Tell me in the comments below.

That is all I had for today.

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