Parenting A Pet
Akash Gosh, a young journalist, dotes on his pet…
We were all confined to our houses during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, and we were all attempting to get over the boredom at the time. I frequently went to see my friend, who kept a dog as a pet. In a few months, her dog gave birth to four puppies after becoming pregnant. I had informed him I was going to get a puppy. He instructed me to adopt the puppies from him and not buy one from the pet shops. I contacted my family for their consent, first unsure of whether they would agree or not. They weren't initially prepared to adopt him, but I managed to convince them, and we brought him home.
The tiny dog, about the size of a palm, was terrified. He was quite fragile and had not yet been ready to eat any food, so we were immediately afraid of him. Yet, after a few days, he began to adapt. We tried to think of a nice name for him, but we were unable to. On Google, all the names were deemed to be too western, therefore we decided to give him an Indian name.
When I saw how much he resembled a small lion, it came to my mind that I should name him Simba after one of the characters in the motion picture titled ‘The Lion King’. Simba's distinctive moniker and belligerent barking helped him gain popularity throughout the entire colony. He would yell at everybody who came to my door. Two years after we brought it in, the name is now used frequently by every home in my neighbourhood. He is now thought to be a Mafia figure in our area.
Parenting & characteristics
Simba prefers chicken over other dog diets, including Pedigree. He also enjoys tomatoes a lot, so we frequently run out of them because he steals most of them at night while we are sleeping. He despises taking baths and runs away the moment we utter the smallest hint of it. He enjoys going outside, especially on a bike ride. We cannot leave him alone at home since he always requires attention.
Being able to speak Bengali and responding to it more than Hindi or English is one of his most recognisable traits. He dislikes going to the veterinarian on a regular basis. We feed him syrup twice a day to maintain the equilibrium of his digestive tract. He also visits the vet for rabies and other immunisations once a year.