“One of life’s quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful even if it is only a
― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It: And Other Stories
Far from the froth of Bollywood bandwagon, a frenetic film reel on the loose, Seema Rahmani essays roles by living them. In portrayals that ridicule both rhyme and reason of commercial cinema, Seema’s Rose-Marie (Sins) sways with an essence of longing to be rescued whilst her Moira (Good night Good Morning) effuses warmth and poise that promises to save many a lost lads on the brink of heartbreak.
A dog lover to the core, Seema brought genuine warmth to NDTV Good Times Heavy Petting, leaving in her wake a void, only she can refill.
It’s easy to fall in love with Seema Rahmani. I did.
As she turns another leaf younger, one of the lost lads who got shook up to reality thanks to Moira, requested the lady’s words for a guest post. Here’s what she sent across to this dog:
A little bird inside a chamber
Takes in the world anew
He tweets of love and light and compassion
She tweets of oneness and freedom and truth
Her wings are walls that hold the world
His song the knowing within
The little bird lacks form or label
It lives through us, in every now and every then
And as the moments in calendars pass
Creating the illusion of time
It pauses and wonders why wait to celebrate
A love ever yours and mine
From all of us at Dog with Blog, happy B’day Seema!
In an awe-inspiring story which reestablishes the fact that given a chance, homeless dogs can reach great heights, literally, Joanne Lefson’s adopted mutt Rupee became the first dog in the world to climb the iconic Mount Everest base camp.
Joanne Lefson adopted Rupee – eight months old and dying of dehydration and starvation from a dump site in Ladakh, India. Back then, Rupee was too frail to even walk.
Rupee, the first dog ever officially recorded at the camp, undertook the grueling challenge against all odds becoming a fine example of what can be achieved when a homeless dog is given a second chance.
A native to the Himalayas, Rupee once healthy was raring to touch snow. The vet confirmed that the pooch would not suffer from altitude sickness despite being more than 17,000 ft above sea level. Post this clearance, Joanee and Rupee began a first of its kind expedition and completed it successfully in just ten days.
Joanne said: “My greatest concern was wondering if Rupee could actually make it. I prepared for the worst and arranged an extra porter just in case Rupee needed to hitch a ride. A memorable part of the trip was seeing Rupee touch and walk on snow for the first time, he loved it.”
Joanne is no stranger to saving dogs having previously rescued and traveled the world with Oscar. After Oscar passed away in January, it is through Rupee that she wishes to inspire others to adopt homeless dogs.
“It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for all living creatures.” ―Article 51A of the Indian Constitution
I happened to stumble upon these buddies. The girl in the picture is the daughter of a cobbler. The boy is her brother. And this is their semi adopted dog. When she caught my attention she was rubbing a cloth all over this dog’s body, trying to clean every bit of him. He was standing there getting it done and feeling the bliss of this therapy. One can see the love in the dog’s eyes. The girl was imitating her father and doing what he does to shoes. Even though this act may mean nothing to many, but to someone who saw it happening it could mean a lot of things.
The little girl was taking care of this dog with such motherly care that it was very mature and lovable.
The perfect girl.
Her father was not objecting to this and had complete trust in the dog and had taught the essence of life to his children at any early age.
The perfect parent.
She had learned how clean from her father’s job and was doing it so meticulously that it reflected her talent to grasp the finesse of her father’s craftsmanship at an early age.
The perfect student.
And the dog was a perfect guardian and loyal companion ready to give his life away if needed.
Life does show us these minute examples of prefect living in our everyday lives. It is up to us to ignore them or to see them carefully and learn.
~Guest post by Rishi Dev.