Snoopy came to our house on the 1st of May. He was so tiny, he fit in the palm of my hand. I took him to the vet the next day and had his name and address registered. He was now Snoopy Asher!

Over the weeks he had to go to the vet for regular checkups and de-worming. Even though he made a few puppy friends there, he hated going to the vet like any normal dog. He started recognising the place and as soon as our auto-rickshaw would stop outside the gate, he would start growling and showing me his teeth. He would plant his bottom firmly in the rickshaw and refuse to get out; he had to be carried in. Over the years, we started tricking him, and would stop the rickshaw a few blocks away from the vet. He was very well behaved, a fact confirmed by the vet too.

As a pup, Snoopy hated crows. Sitting on the window sill, he would keep barking at them till they flew away. The crows started ignoring him after a while.

However, He was very patient when we did our daily puja (prayers). He would sit beside my mum and me, and listen to all the chants. He sat beside us through the entire ‘Satyanarayan Katha’ (an Indian ritual) we had at our house (inspite of so many people around him).

Once when we had to go for a family picnic/day out to Tikku ji ni Waadi (a place in Maharashtra), we refused as dogs were not allowed there. We called up the place and spoke to the manager and he gave us special permission to take Snoopy on the condition that if he misbehaved, we would have to leave. He was so good all day, even we were surprised (Maybe he knew! Hah!).

Snoopy hated baths. He would know he was in for a shower as soon as we put his towel in the bathroom and would hide under the table so we couldn’t reach him. We had to trick him to get him inside the bathroom. We would put the towel in the bathroom the morning we wanted to shower him later. He would forget about it by evening.

After I got married, Snoopy was my mum’s companion. She loved him to bits.

Pets give you unconditional love, and thats exactly what Snoopy taught us.
Be happy Snoopy, wherever you are. We still think of you everyday.

Author: Reshma Asher Shah