Out Of Nothing, A Way Was Made!
Thank you, Rhonda, and thank you to The Secret team!
My story is quite old. It happened in 2011. It is all about Sandy, my Labrador Retriever.
In a span of 6 months, while working as a banker, I decided to go after happiness. So quit my bank job and joined an NGO and it was one of the best decisions of my life because I met Sandy!
Sandy arrived as an abandoned 2 month old puppy. He had deformed hind legs and because of that, he had to drag himself around. But that did not bother him even a bit, he knew how to enjoy life! He loved to gorge on food and he was always in a hurry to finish everything! He would only pull himself away to chase away visitors and volunteers if anyone came near me, and most importantly, he adopted me as his human!
Every day I would wait eagerly to reach the office where dozens of four-legged friends would come to meet me and far behind I could see Sandy galloping, pulling, and dragging himself to greet me! He would snarl, bark, and growl at dogs and humans alike then make himself comfortable at my feet for the rest of the day.
A few months later my marriage got fixed and I had to move back to my home town. My soul was already feeding on Sandy’s insane love for me and I simply could not leave him behind at the shelter. So against all odds, I decided to bring him back to my home.
I had to leave earlier because airlines do not confirm ahead if a pet can be transported on a specific date. Sandy was to follow me after a few days. I asked and prayed for Sandy to arrive at my place safely and everything else happened miraculously.
1. There was not a single issue in adopting him. Everybody at the shelter went overboard to help me.
2. I practically had no money to buy his IATA crate, which was the carrier required by the airlines to use when transporting pets. Another animal lover agreed to donate her dog crate to me. I had never even met her, I just knew about her. Another member of our shelter agreed to send the crate over to our shelter in her car as it was a huge crate and did not fit in most autos.
3. Toys and chews that helped him relax and play while in transit were gifted to him by another member.
4. The airline I first decided to send him with, at the last moment, canceled the plan, saying that they could not do it since it was a stop-over flight! I was devastated but something told me to just kept on going. I called another airline that had been my last option since I come from a small town in India and very few airlines and flights operate there. And guess what?! The cargo manager not only agreed to feed him treats and give him water but he also knew my mother and he provided us with all the help we needed.
5. My colleague took him to the airport and also paid the excess amount fee that it turned out was needed. I gave him the money for it but the actual amount turned out to be double the amount that I had thought it would be! Even my shelter chipped in to share the bill!
6. In spite of doing everything correctly, Sandy still could not board the flight on three different occasions including due to hazardous chemicals and human remains! I was again hitting rock bottom when another trustee of our shelter took charge and she and her husband arranged and saw to it that Sandy boarded the flight. She called me to give me the wonderful news that the next day I was to receive my crazy pet at the airport!
Very grateful to everyone who helped me in this mission, even without knowing me. After my wedding, I was to leave for Singapore, and my family, especially my Maa, had to devote time to Sandy. She willingly took up the role of being Sandy’s Maa. My sis and father took to spoiling him and fulfilling all his wishes.
On April 3rd, 2012, merely 6 months later, Sandy passed away due to gastroenteritis. It was true that Sandy did not live to a ripe old age, but it does not mean that everything we did was in vain because he died as our beloved pet and not as an abandoned animal in the shelter!
His resting place is now at the bank of the mighty Brahmaputra, where the river sings him a lullaby and the rising sun bathes him in the colors of love!
I miss you, Sandy!
With deep gratitude, thank you, thank you, thank you!