By Dr. Kuhu Roy
I was very lucky to have found my soulmate in Jukjuk, my daughter born from the heart. She was a three months old stray pup when a bike ran over her face and broke her lower jaw in August 2005. Liquid feeds every two hours, painkiller, antibiotics and dressing was the time we spent together bonding. She would just look at me with her beautiful brown eyes that had love of the kind I had never experienced before and never will. All mothers do favouritism, I am no different. All during my undergrad and post grad days we went onto attend classes and writing exams together. So when I earned gold medal and scholarships, I shared them with her. But none of that really mattered to her other than my company and love for her. That is the beauty of dogs. When I began to teach, she would patiently wait for the classes to get over and then the two of us would sit in the garden, holding hand and paw to spend the evening. All canines would leave after food and petting but she would never leave my side. Her blind love and loyalty. I do not know what had I done to earn so much of love from her. Nothing in the world really mattered when we were together.
Then, on the 5th of October 2013 my world changed forever when she left abruptly, untimely. She was too good a soul and someone up there was very jealous that I had her. It has been nine years today. When I extend my hand I can still feel her fur and the warmth of her paw. Of the hundreds and thousands priceless souls I have had the honour to serve, Jukjuk was just one of a kind, the best daughter in the world.
Until we meet again, I look at the brightest star every night, knowing very well that only my child, the love of my life, Jukjuk can shine that bright.