Pinjore and our Honeymoon Suite
Pinjore, named after the location of our wedding reception celebration. It's hard to forget the date that we found her. It was October 11th (or is it 12th?) 2014, the day of our wedding. It had been a hell of a week, full of celebrations with friends and family over multiple days. We had rented a bus for everyone that was visiting from the US, especially Julie's family. It was mostly a rolling party bus for a week with some sightseeing in Agra, Delhi and finally ending up in Chandigarh for the wedding.
The bus stopped for a bathroom break (because how could one pass up a public toilet in India) on the way up from our house to the location of the wedding reception where we saw Pinjore, the cutest little puppy, wandering around at the edge of a very busy highway. There was no mommy in sight, nobody knew much about her and we were starting to feel overwhelmed by not being able to help a dog the entire time we had been in India. Sure, we had donated hundreds of dollars to many organizations in the past, but this was the time to start doing the work instead of paying others to do the work.
So we decided to pick her up, mostly because I was confident that my Dad wouldn't get too mad at me on our wedding night :) We got her a comfy box, lots of food and water and she spent the night in our honeymoon suite at the Pinjore Garden Resort.
After the celebrations and all of the family and friends leaving, we were so grateful to have Pinjore around to help with the post-celebration blues. Except, on the 3rd morning of being with us, she started behaving strangely, wasn't able to walk and eventually started having seizures.
We rushed her to a local vet, where we learned that she had distemper, which finally ended her life.
Pinjore helped us realize the fate of most of the puppies that are born in India. They are so adorable, cute and innocent, but the fact is that most puppies born in India don't get to see their 1 year birthday. The most common killer of puppies are:
- Parvo and distemper, (both preventable diseases with a simple vaccination)
- Heat and cold
- Injuries and death from being run over by vehicles
We love all animals, and just like everyone else, puppies have a special place in our hearts. Of course, it is crucial that as we work on partnering with our organizations to improve the life quality and survival rate of puppies, we work on spay and neuter and adoption programs to ensure that we're not creating more problems and increase the number of dogs.