She’s grown up with a pair of Alsatians and a pair of Pomeranians always in the house. “My father got a pair of both and my mother taught me a lot about looking after them just right,” says Dr Shona Nag, Senior Oncologist.
So it was only natural that she would want her children to grow up with dogs. Samuel Arthur Nag (Sam), the beagle boy came home about 11 years ago and the pitter patter of his paws lit up the house. “He is primarily my daughter Mitali’s dog. But since the kids – Krishna and Mitali were in school, I did most of the nurturing. So Sam and I have a really special bond. Abbagail Margaret Nag (Abby), the beagle girl came about five years ago as Krishna’s dog and brought more love into the fold. Milon, my husband, enjoys spending time with Sam and Abby too,” says Shona who is Head-Oncology, Jehangir Hospital.
The Happy Twosome
Abbey is more loving of the two. Sam is kind of grouchy and slightly unpredictable. He needs his space. They love each other enormously, so much so that every morning, Sam waits outside Krishna’s door for Abby to wake up, for however long it takes. “Sam has more character and personality. He is extremely intelligent,” smiles Shona of her favourite pooch.
When Sam was about 4 years old, he went along with the family for a trip to Mahabaleshwar. “Sam was off-leash and we went walking quite a distance in the jungle when Sam started chasing some little rat or chameleon and he got lost. We searched for him all over the trail but couldn’t find him. I remember sitting on a rock, looking at the valley, all of us terribly sad and upset sure that had lost him forever. We walked 40 mins to the car where to our surprise, Sam was waiting. He was exhausted,” recounts Shona. That of course was the last off leash walk for the boy.
On any holiday, the two are at Shona’s feet, moving from room to room with her. They have hyperactive periods in the garden and really enjoy going to the terrace. Particularly fond of car rides, the two hop along when Shona goes shopping. “Sam looks like an airplane when we let him hang his head out the window and his ears fly. He sits patiently for hours in the car till I’m done. Abbey is comfortable too.”
The difficult bit is when the family has to go out of station. The two figure it out when the suitcases come out. Then, as if to make a point they settle down on the suitcases!
Delighted with food of any kind, the duo loves being in the kitchen.
More so when there is a party at home. They eat anything at all that falls.
Sam dislikes getting a bath and having his teeth cleaned. Abbey doesn’t fuss much.
As Shona says, “That’s not much to manage when you get so much love!” Well said, indeed.
#Photographs: Nidhi Taparia