Jaya’s Life and Times with Bolt

He needs only three things – play, eat and sleep. But he gives his humans a lot more than that. And that would explain why Bolt the seven year old labrador is the prince in Jaya Banerjee’s house.


Bolt is much family for this charismatic young politician and social activist;  Got as a birthday gift from a dear friend, Bolt, as Jaya says has been the most well behaved boy ever. Except that one time when he was four months old. “The entire house was red- Bolt had found a packet of sindoor and had coloured himself and the house. And he didn’t feel bad about it,” she laughs at the memory.


The Good Boy

Not her first dog, Jaya, who grew up in Africa had, at one point had 13 dogs at home. But,
Bolt is special. To welcome, he gives a high five and then he brings out a toy, encouraging you to play.


He walks without a leash, never going far from his humans. He loves meeting people and making friends – those with four and two legs. His current best friend is a three legged mixed breed. Children knock on Banerjee’s door to meet their big loving canine friend! “He is everybody’s darling. In our earlier home, Bolt had one special dog friend. If they did not meet on his walk, the street dog would be pawing our door to meet Bolt,” she chuckles. Since they have shifted to a new place, Bolt is taken to meet his friends as often as possible.

Missed Heartbeats

The scariest thing with Bolt is that he likes to run, at any given opportunity! And when you look for him, you just have to go where the street dogs are. “I spent hours looking for Bolt once. And when I found him, he was in a construction site. My fawn boy was completely grey,” remembers Jaya.

“When we moved to our house, mom took him for a walk, off leash as usual, having forgotten that he doesnt know the dogs around. He got into a fight and came back with a torn ear. The difficult things is that Bolt desnt know how to fight! I felt awful that day,” she sighs patting her favourite boy.



An eco-sensisitve dog, Bolt’s favourite activity is collecting plastic bottles, from anywhere and everywhere.


He never eats or steals food off the table. He will make eyes at you but will wait till he is permitted. All this is because the Banerjee’s spent time with him. “If you give your dog enough time and train him well, everything is possible,” she concludes.

We agree!

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan