“CHOCOLATE – The best chapter of my life”. by: Joyla Fernandes. Goa, India.

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“CHOCOLATE – The best chapter of my life”.

Getting a 3 months old puppy home from an animal shelter seemed just fun to me, I was a 12 years old girl then. Little did I know that this tiny little watchdog would turn out to be the most important part of my life.
“Chocolate”- that’s what we named him. As the name suggests he was a dark brown mix breed of a local and a boxer, he had beautiful yet fierce hazel eyes. He was like a combo of milk and chocolate – brown on top with a creamy white chest. His cute tail turned around like a question mark.
Chocolate soon filled my house with joy and laughter and as I grew up, I truly understood what it meant my unconditional love. We bonded very well. We played together for hours, sat around together, went for walks, he wasn’t just a dog to me, he was my companion . Though he couldn’t speak, I knew he could understand everything I said. I could share my worries, my sorrows with him and he would listen with those compassionate eyes towards me as if to speak a language  of its own. Somehow our souls connected so deeply. .
We grew up together, me and my buddy. From a tiny sweet little puppy Choco grew up to be a rough manly watch dog, fierce and strong and yet a gentle soul. I was so proud to have this beauty in my life. The way he would stand on our parapet, his chest so broad and wide – with pride and majesty. Unlike his sweet chocolaty name, his nature was that of strength and roughness. People passing by would tremble with fear at his sight, something I enjoyed watching. He was the ‘Don’ of my locality and nobody dared to stand before him. I wouldn’t be afraid to walk around late in the evenings with my Choco by my side as I knew nobody would dare harm me. His mighty presence assured me that I was safe.

Choco passed away on 31st of March 2015 after being around for 10 years, leaving a big gap in my life which no one can ever fill up. How I miss his loud voice, those eyes when he looked at me with all that love and understanding, his tail wagging with happiness at my sight, the joy in his eyes, when I returned back home. I miss his presence around me.
I just wish he could be with me forever and never leave my side. I have no words to express the pain I feel, something only a pet lover who has lost a pet would understand. Though it may be a common thing for all of us, each one knows how much it hurts.
He is one dog nobody will ever forget, He is still missed deeply by this heart.
“Chocolate” – that sweetness that has filled my heart lingers on”.

 

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