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My Pet
by Gopika. E. M
I remember the day when all my friends, relatives and neighbour made fun of me for having as my pet, a cute puppy like animal. Alas! with four noses, two legs and no tail. Indeed a sweet puppy for all its characters, nature, gestures, usefulness ... and what not? So loving, affectionate, genuine and not involved in biting back.

I named him Morno- a very significant name, with a dual meanings, first meaning for being the short form for 'more nose darling'. And second the reverse words - 'no more' animals among the dogs comparable and resembling my sweet pet. He was intelligent, smart but with only one defect....an all the days of the year he would have running nose in one of the noses by turn. I used to buy and keep handkerchiefs in wholesale and had appointed a servant exclusively to wipe the running nose throughout the year. At times I have seen my servant falling extremely tired and using the Pain Balm while taking care of an unusual animal for she had to indulge herself in the same duty the entire year. All the neighbours called me 'mad', ...Yes I was indeed mad for my loving Morno and whatever I did for him was like worship for me.

One fine day I took my Morno to participate in an international dog show. He was wearing Pant-Shirt, Short-top over each other and was looking handsome and elegant, but with no tail to wag.

Hundreds & Hundreds of dogs .... all colours and all varieties assembled to participate. But alas! the authorities refused to include his name. 'Is he a dog? Without tails, with only two legs... and four noses'- Ha! Ha! Ha!” All of them insulted him. Tears rolled from his eyes and my eyes too! He then barked and barked. His barking was as loud as thunder. All the other dogs started trembling in fear and they ran and ran and ran...At last only Morno was left.

The judges announced that the king of dogs and the winner of this competition was the uniquely handsome dog Morno.

The judges gave him two cheques - one for me to dress Morno and other to Morno. Amidst thunderous applause and adulation Morno accepted the cheques. But alas! The cheques got fully drenched because of his running noses. That day his nose was running because of joy, happiness and excitement. I had also forgotten to bring my servant and the handkerchiefs. But there was no cause for worry because I had a cheque worth Rs. 1,00,000. I had decided that I would keep more and more servants to wipe the nose of my dog because from that day onwards all his noses had started running!
19-Jun-2010
 
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