If you thought all Labs are greedy, or in love with the very idea of food, you should meet Aaryan. The eight year old is a revelation to what Labradors can be! He waits by the dining table when his human family eats, never begging for a bite. You can leave anything within reach of his very smell conscious nose and it will be where you left it, whenever you come back.
Manners are Everything:
When its time for the Aarti at home, he sits patiently till its over. The prasad left in the devghar is never touched unless it is offered to him. Yes, that is how well mannered Aaryan, the Vanjari family’s son is. Says dad Manoj Vanjari, CEO Fantabeans, “He has never misbehaved, not even when he was a baby.” Blessing indeed, the Labrador is very different and very special indeed.
So controlled is Aaryan that when lady guests visit, the boy turns into even more of a gentleman and watches his every step around the ladies!
Ma ke Haath ka Khaana:
His favourite meals are prepared by mom Manali. Especially her hot bhakri. “I had hired a cook once and he just refused to eat her bhakri, so I was back in the kitchen. For snacks he relishes apples and the oat cookies that I bake just for him,” laughs super chef Manali of her huge baby.
The human baby of the family, Aarya loves him to bits too, since they have almost grown up together. In the pecking order, for Aaryan, Manali, a former organic chemistry lecturer, is the commander. So much so that when she is in the kitchen, he doesn’t go inside. But things are a little chilled with dad Manoj and Aarya.
Manoj has to take him for his morning walk. “I don’t need an alarm clock. On the days that I have to cycle or go to the gym, I have to tell Aaryan that we are walking late so he should sleep for some more time. He promptly listens. He worries when I work late or when I’m preoccupied. In fact he gets restless. Then I have to tell him to settle down and that I’m fine. He listens to that as well!”
Given his nature and behaviour, the family considers him way more human than dog. “He can speak, with his eyes so well that I’m sure he is way more human than dog. For us, he is our son,” say Manoj and Manali.
As we see them together, we know why we feel that our canine companions are our children.
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