He gets his name from a character in the movie Undisputed. The Russian character is a fighter who survives anything, and Boyka, the Siberian husky, has a personality to match. Scared of nothing, his regal stature has a lot to do with his family – businessman Ruchit and entrepreneur Neha Joshi who have understood his need for independence.
A two-year-old, Boyka has the knack of catching the uncatchable – he caught a cat once which his humans managed to pry out of his giant jaws (it survived). Another time, he caught and ate up a pigeon in a tree and then there was the time that Ruchit saw him eat a frog in a gulp! That, when his diet anyway includes meat and delicacies like the cheesecake that Ruchit often gets him only from the Marriott! And on the days when Boyka doesn’t eat, Ruchit doesn’t eat too. It is not all about giving into Boyka’s every wish, Ruchit is the one who disciplines the wilful boy.
Much pampered, Boyka has never been on a chain, ever. A happy traveller, Boyka’s favourite outings are camping near Kolad, Mahabaleshwar and other places close to Pune where he gets to run to his heart’s content are a must. The daily ritual of a three km-run,four walks and a 30-minute full coat brushing are a compulsion and the laad pyaar at home a necessity.
Bought from a breeder in Bengaluru, he was sent in a tiny basket to Pune by bus as a 35-40-day-old puppy. “He was so thrilled to step out of the basket,” remembers Neha. The little puppy blossomed into a handsome, independent but slightly temperamental male who needs his space.
At home, Ruchit shares, “he likes people coming over but chooses how much he wants to get close to them.” “It is best to respect that distance,” he says. It is something we believe when we see the stare Boyka gives. The mornings at the Joshi home begin very happily. “We have to say good morning to Boyka and he howls and wishes us in the same tone. And when he wants to be scratched, there is just no escape… he comes to us and lies down showing us where he wants to be scratched. He doesn’t let us stop till he is satisfied. I love the variety of his expressions,” grins Neha. When he wants a walk, his howl is a little different and when he wants food he asks in another tone. When he is very excited he runs all over the house almost aimlessly and jumps from sofa to sofa.
Told that huskies are high maintenance dogs, the Joshis have actually found the breed easy to manage. They tell us that with regular exercise and daily grooming-brushing, the breed does quite well. “In the summer he needs the AC through the day but in winter and the monsoon, he is quite happy to stay without,” says Neha.
He meets his friends on his walks and has a female fan following too. But Boyka turns his nose at all that. He only wants to run, eat and sleep and dream of all his runs in the wild that his humans take him on.
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