Thursday, September 30, 2010

A HUNDRED!


We did not realise it, but our last post was our hundredth!
A Hundred already? Now, that certainly calls for some celebration!

When we set out to blog, we never actually fully appreciated the vastness of the blogosphere or the expansive realm of knowledge, friendship, fun, comradeship and responsibility that blogging encompasses.

We started tentatively initially. We were sharing Mummy’s blog, just posting a few posts of our own now and then in between Mummy’s regular musings.

Little did we imagine that the tables were about to turn soon!!

The idea of a blog all to ourselves had already been there in our minds for some time, when one day Mummy stumbled into the amazing world of ‘Doggie Blogging’. It was a whole new world, an entire universe by itself.

Mummy believes that a Dog has so much to share, so much to give, so many stories to tell. To add to that we are two very adventurous, gregarious labradawgs always full of energy and new life and everyone here agrees that it would be a shame if our stories were to go untold.
So ‘Pawprints in the Sands of Time’ was born.

Amongst our earliest friends were Lola, Bookerman and Asa, Rudy, Anna, Sugar, Dozer & Coop, Mango, KT and Lady, Teddy bear and Sierra, Chewy, Scottie and Khyra.
Through their blogs we ventured forward into this amazing world and the rest, of course, is history!
 
We can never be grateful or thankful enough for the wonderful friends we have found over time. It isn’t possible to mention everyone, but we would like to say a huge ‘THANK YOU” to each and every one of our friends, followers and visitors.
‘Pawprints…..’ is what it is because of you all.

We think this is the best time to pass on these awards that we were given by our friends ROO and HERO. It has been quite some time now since we were awarded, but we haven’t officially acknowledged it.

So here goes…
Thanks HERO & ROO for thinking of us. We love you. And we would like to pass on these awards you had given us to all our lovely Bloggie friends as our HUNDREDTH-POST gift.
 
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Please accept these as our token of love and appreciation.   

We are, today, all the more aware of the different cultures, foods, histories across the world thanks to blogging. We have learned about the habits, health problems and personality traits of different breeds of kitties and Doggies and we feel our feelings of compassion, comradeship and empathy towards our less fortunate anipals are stronger today.

That is the reason we would like to dedicate today’s blog to our homeless Indian Dogs.
There are hundreds and thousands of them on the streets everywhere, braving the torrential monsoon rain, scorching summer heat, the bitter winter chill.
In India, there aren’t enough shelters that take in healthy street dogs. There is a no-kill policy due to which the shelters only take in limited numbers of animals, with preference given to injured animals.
The rest are left to fend for themselves on the streets.

Though there is a law about sterilization, it hasn’t been very successful due to lack of initiative. Most pawple are content with blaming the authorities and often chasing pack of strays away from their neighbourhood.
 
Small groups of compassionate people do sometimes come together to initiate a sterilization and vaccination drive and make sure the group of strays in their colony lead a comfortable life.

There is a law about provision for a small clearing in each colony where dog-lovers can come and feed the strays.
But unfortunately not many pawple are aware of it and sadly, the numbers of people who protest are aplenty.
 
We, on our part, try to share a part of our food with strays that live around here.
Of late, we have befriended a handsome, young fellow who must be about 4/5 months old.
 
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He is of a very pleasant disposition, always wagging at us as we drive by.
He knows our car and everyday follows us home whenever we are back from our outings. He seems to be extremely intelligent, very gentle and friendly.
Mummy tried teaching him a few things and he has already learned to sit, down and roll-over!!
 

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We always ask to play with him but Mummy wouldn’t allow us because he is, poor boy, ridden with ticks and fleas.
But the other day she did relent and we played a little. And of course we came back with a lot of those parasites that we all fear. Daddy had a hard time cleaning us up.
 

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We don’t think we will get to play with him again but we gladly share our food with him everyday.
 

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Mummy goes and plays with him sometimes. The little guy seems to be totally enamoured by her and
this makes Mummy really, really happy!
 
Our hearts go out to our street-friend. We desperately want to bring him home and make him a part of our family. But Mummy says it is just not possible now. For one, he is not house-broken which means he will be messy around the house and with Mummy and Daddy working full-time, there wouldn’t be anyone to clean up after him.

This wouldn’t do at all; we are very, very fussy about cleanliness. Besides he has been on the streets since birth which means he is in all likelihood carrying a lot of intestinal parasites . It wouldn’t be fair to let us get infected too, would it now?

We tried to find a help who might take care of him while Mum & Dad are gone but no one is willing to clean up puppy-poop.

So our little buddy isn’t coming home to live with us which we feel is rather sad.
But there is some consolation in the fact that he gets to sleep in the basement of an apartment house a few houses away. At least we know he gets some food there too and is protected from the sun and rain.
 
There are many more like him, at least five of them who live close by, but he is the friendliest of them all.
The Indian Veterinary Association is trying to implement a beautiful idea called ‘Leash one, Teach one’.

It goes to say, for each dog you have at home, try and adopt one stray on the street. Feed it, love it and help it in whatever small way you can, even if it is just letting him rest under your car to escape the rain and the sun.

We may not be able to bring them all home but we can make some difference in their lives.
 
We want ‘Pawprints…..’ to be the voice of these unfortunate homeless Indian dogs.
We are at an early stage and we do not have much support now.
But we hope to find like-minded people who wouldn’t mind spending a little time to help those dogs or help shelters, even if it is only in kind.
 
We believe that even a tiny group of pawple working for them can make a lot of difference and we blogging doggies only know this so well. We have read about many amazing acts of kindness that have changed so many lives.

One day, soon we hope, we want to bring home a stray. A girl preferable, Mummy says, so that we can prevent many generations of unwanted, neglected puppies from being born to live on the streets.
 
Phew!
That was certainly very long and we are tired. Thanks for staying with us till the end. We love you all and hope we shall be forever friends,
Wags,

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29 comments:

Hound Girl said...

Happy 100th post!!

Pat said...

Congrats on your 100th post - and well done to mummy for helping the handsome stray.
Over here in the UK, my mummy sponsors a kennel in a dog home, to help some other poor doggies, because we can't take them all in. Like your mummy, she does what she can.
til next time, MissyChief xx

Roo said...

Congrats on your 100th! So much to say and do yeah? ;)

Oh what fun we have,
Roo

Corbin said...

Congrats to 101!!! Its a great place, this Blogville! Here's to 101 more!
-Corbin

Anonymous said...

Great going, Gin & Bud!
Rick wants you to know that gifts for your 100th post are on the way!!

Maggie Mae said...

Yay fur your 100th post and Yay fur your awards and Yay fur helping out dat stray pup!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

the booker man said...

miss ginger and buddy!
YAAAAY!!! HAPPY 100th and 101st POST!!! :)
me and asa and mama are soooo glad that we meet ya'll and got to become friendz! we totally love reading your bloggie and what's going on at your house and in your country! thankies for being our friendz!
gratsers on your awardies! they are very much deserved by ya'll cuz you are so kind 'n caring. bless you for helpin' care for that poor stray puppy. he sounds like a sweet guy, and we know what you mean about not being able to take him in, but at least you are sharing what you can. every little bit helps!!
here's to 50 gazillion more posts from ya'll!! :)

*woof*
the booker man

Mariodacat said...

Congratulations on your 100th. Your blog is always so interesting, and I'm happy you share tidbit about your country since I'll never get to see it. So very kind of you to feed the homless puppy - what a cutie he is.

Teddy Bear said...

Happy 100th post. Where has the time gone?!:) We are honored to be your friends, Ginger and Buddy.:) And we love hearing about helping pups in need. You guys are pawesome for helping him out. I bet he just loves seeing your Mummy.:)

Love,
Teddy Bear

Mr. Pip said...

Congratulations on your 100th post and awards! I am so sad for the strays near your home. Mama and I wish there was a way we could help them! We are far away, but that little doggie is in our hearts and prayers.

Please keep us posted on these dogs and your efforts to help them. We can't save them all, but we can save a few and to those we save, it means everything!

Your pal, Pip

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Happy 100th post! :-))

My entire life has been spent feeling sorry for homeless animals, and I certainly respect and understand why you are unable to take in this sweet boy and I'm glad that you're doing what you can for him!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khongrats on your furst milestone posts -

AND what a great post it is -

Thanks fur making a difFURence -

And fur sharing the khampaign underway in your khountry -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Congrats on #100 - we are very happy to be your furiends. We always enjoy learning about your country and your family customs.

It is very sad to read about the poor homeless animals there. We have a lot of homeless dogs too. We try to share some money with some of the rescues so that other pups and kitties can be cared for. We applaud you for your efforts to help too.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

houndstooth said...

Congratulations on 100 posts and on your awards! Way to go!

We enjoy learning more about your country when we read your blog. It's very cool that you're working to help the homeless dogs near you, too! Paws crossed that you'll be very successful!

Bunny

Lola said...

Congratulations on passing the 100 post mark! We have enjoyed all of them, I must say. I think it's wonderful that you have a plan for making a pawsitive impact on the street dog situation you describe. Everything you do has to help. Certainly you're making life possible for that one little dog already. It's all very sad, but it's wonderful that there are people like your humans who want to help.

lotsa licks, Lola

Lorenza said...

Congratulations on your 100th Post and many more to come!
Your mom is pawesome giving love and food to that little puppy.
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Golden Congrats. Glad to be bloggie friends. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Chewy said...

congrats on your 100th blog post! I love reading you blog post; they always make me smile.

Paws and Licks
Chewy

The Chair Speaks said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

Priscilla said...

Congratulations on the 100th and 101th post. We always enjoy reading your blog as it's full of colours, information and beautiful pictures.

Well done, Ginger and Buddy!!!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Happy 100 posts! That stray doggie must be very thankful for your kindness. Bless you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

ha, I am going to test my thought, your post give me some good ideas, it's really amazing, thanks.

- Murk

Fred said...

Happy hundred! Thanks for spreading the awareness!

jabblog said...

I wish you every success in your venture. A homeless dog is such a sad sight and there wouldn't be so many if they were neutered or spayed. Your street friend looks such a beautiful dog - how sad that he has no forever home. Good luck!

Remington said...

Congrats on 100 posts! I look forward to the next million! Bless you for helping the animals....the world needs more people like you....

Zona said...

Happy 100th!! And thanks for stopping by my blog! It's so nice to meet you!

Wags,
Zona

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Congrats on your 100th post!!

Thanks for visiting us - we look forward to getting to know you.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...

Congratulations! Thanks so much for trying to help the homeless pups of India. There are way too many doggies suffering in this world. To help even one means a lot. Look at Shelby, not only did she live but 5 puppies too.

Love your tongue pictures. Did Daddy ever stick his tongue out?

{{{huggies}}}...Mona

mayziegal said...

First of all, Happy 100th Post! (I'm a little late, I know, but I wanted to make sure to mark this most momentous occasion!)

Secondly, my mom and me were so touched by what you said abouts the homeless dogs of India. And I pawsonally wanna thank you for doing what you can for your handsome little buddy. He looks like such a sweetie-pie. Have you all given him a name? I kinda feel like even if every doggie doesn't have a home, they should at least have a name. It always makes me and mom sad when we see doggies listed at a shelter as only a number. You know, "Dog #11232." That seems so impawsonal.

Anyway, thank you again for doing what you can. If everybuddy would just do what they could, imagine what a different place the world would be!

Wiggles & Wags,
mayzie

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