James Herriot had it easy
Gerald Durrel, too, quite breezy;
When I think of the lot I shelter
A cat, adorable, four dogs-all helter-skelter!
It started with an Alsatian, a lady, Ammini, a gentile
Before her, quite in adoration, I’d kneel!
So sweet was she, docile and calm
Never, a need , was there, to show her my palm!
Too sweet perhaps, and so
one day, to Dog’s Paradise, did she go.
But Life goes on, and so with us-
Another little one, playful and curious
A black Labrador now, was part of the family.One of us
And in quick succession came
Another two, in glee!
So now, last count, we had three!
The lab, a female, named Chinnu
Alsatian male, named Appu
An abandoned little pup, and ordinary soul, Paru!
Life, once again, was chalu!
The plot thickens here;
With little Paru dear!
Surprised us one day-
Big tummy, we smelt foul play!!
No sooner than a couple of months past
Seven pups, a littler full, in our laps she cast!
Last count, now ten are we,
Just dogs; but I forget, there’s another ‘she’-
The she, called Malu-
A pretty cat, gathered in a rescue!
Eleven of them thriving anew!
Didn’t realize, more in queue…
Now as you read, a week ago, Malu too
Put her mind to give us kitten few!
Sadly though, kitten of hers, none
Lived to tell the tale, but one, and in it too was done!
A sorry tale, the doc had to operate
When she couldn’t deliver, luckily not too late!
And now, of the dogs ten
Only four remain in the pen…
With six of seven li’l pups finding new home
(The first born, Kuttan, is ours, at home)
A new place each, with love and care to roam.
A happy foursome, with the cat
Natural siblings almost, a common enemy too- the RAT!
And that dear friends, is my menagerie-
Naughty, mischievous, loving, much like Tom ‘n’ Jerry!!!