“Woof , Woof!” By Muffin. #1

SIP : Simple Involvement Plan (for dog lovers)

A couple of weeks ago, mamma had a rare afternoon free. But instead of playing with me, she sat scrolling on her phone. It didn’t really matter, because she was sitting on the window seat and I got to sprawl all over her feet.

Suddenly she gave a deep sigh. I raised my head to ask her what the matter was when she said, “I wish I could!”

“Could what?” I woofed.

“Help out,” she answered wistfully.

“Help whom?” I barked a small impatient bark. Sometimes mamma takes her own sweet time telling me things. I really wish she would hurry up because then perhaps we would get some time to play.

“Listen to this. My friend Aditi Nair sent it to me. You know her don’t you? You met her at that place where they take care of all the street dogs who have been hurt.

“You mean where we met Arya?”


“So what did she send you that has upset you so much?”

“This.” Said mamma and read out the message

“We are in URGENT NEED OF FOOD for the rescued and sick  animals under the care of PAL.

Request you to click on this link https://goo.gl/J9SBYR and send us some food for the animals.

The animals are used to this diet and not giving them this food will hinder their recovery process. If you are unable to purchase and help out the animals, please help by sharing the link with your near and dear ones. The 2s & 4s at PAL will be very grateful for your kindness

Our monthly requirement –

* 8-10 kgs of Pedigree puppy dry food for 2 meals for the animals daily.

* 25 – 30 wet pouches of dog food every day for food and for medication. 

* 15 pouches of cat / kitten wet food every day.

* 30 kgs of dry cat food per month.

For any queries, please WhatsApp us on 9820380638. In case address is not showing up on the link please drop a message to us.


“So why can’t you help?”I asked mamma. I think my mom is super efficient. She can do anything she puts her mind to. As she says, “The word impossible is in the dictionary of fools!” So why couldn’t she help?

“Because right now, I already have you and I can’t afford to buy even one day’s worth of meals for the animals. I just don’t have the money.”

And she sat with that sad look again on her face. I can’t bear to see her like this, so I jumped up to lick her face.

She laughed and said, “You know what, I wish I could adopt more dogs.”

“But you can’t…”. I began…

“No, I can’t. But I wish I could do something” Both mamma and I lapsed into silence as we contemplated the problem.

Suddenly I remembered a question someone had put to mamma some time back. I think he was her tax consultant. He had been trying to get her to keep aside something every month in something called SIP, and she had told him that she couldn’t afford the amount he had quoted. So then he asked her “How much can you afford?”

I didn’t realise that I had asked the question aloud till mom answered, “About a quarter of the requirements for one dog for a month!”

“Then that is what you need to start with. And if you can find three more of your friends, to do the same, you can feed a whole dog instead just of a quarter of him!” By now I was yipping excitedly. Oh wasn’t I a genius!

Mamma looked at me for a moment and then nodded. ‘’Hmm, maybe we could do that. Virtual adoption of a part of a puppy, or even a whole one if you can. And Aditi can send us pics of our adopted babies and update us once they get actually adopted. Then we can virtually adopt another puppy.  I must message her and see what she thinks about my idea!”

“Your idea? Woman, hello? Can we give credit where it is due?” I growled.

“Okay okay! It is all your idea. So let me call her up and tell her that this is what Muffin thinks we should do.”

So all you humans who are reading this, what do you think? Would you like to part adopt a dog? Would you like to make a big difference with a little commitment?

If you would, please say so in the comments section or drop us a line at Sunita@sunitasaldhana.com  or send us a message on Whatsapp on  9820380638 and we will get back to you.

Lots of woofs and licks,


P.S. This post was written in response to the prompt “If I could make a small difference today, I would ———–”  #writebravely #writetribeblogsforacause



The moment I saw you, I was lost.

My heart just went Awwww!

I held you for the first time

And you nuzzled into me

And licked my face

As if you knew you had come home to love


I had shut off my heart

Too afraid to be hurt

But you tumbled right into it

With your unabashed adoration

Your antics made me laugh

I could watch you all day long

As you dashed crazily around

Chasing a wooden bangle that

I had dangled on a string for you to play with.

You wheedled your way into my bed

And claimed my pillow too

Soon you took over the entire bed

As you grew

You’re no longer a puppy

But no one seems to have told you so

You career around at breakneck speed

Tugging at cushions and shoes.

Your eyes follow me everywhere

And you need no excuse to lean in to me

You know just what my heart wants

And you sing that song to me.



You are the reason I still live

    You are the reason I wake up each day

You are the reason I get out of the house

And make new friends along the way.

Someone up there sent you

To save me from myself

And when I look at you today

My heart still goes ‘Awwww!”



I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge and I hope you enjoy reading my posts here. If you do, please leave a comment. It motivates me to write more. 


A Single Vada Pav

Today’s task was to turn on the radio to my favourite station and write a post using the song that was playing as a prompt.

The song that played was Avril Lavigne’s  “I’m with you.”

I listened to the words and realised how sad the song was.  There is so much pain and loneliness in the words.

I’m looking for a place
I’m searching for a face
Is anybody here I know
‘Cause nothing’s going right
And everything’s a mess
And no one likes to be alone
Isn’t anyone trying to find me?
Won’t somebody come take me home?

As I listened my heart went out to all those people who were alone and had no one to hold their hands. And then it struck me that sometimes even with a lot of people around, you still feel lonely. Yesterday, I had some time between classes and I was hungry so I went to pick up a vada pav. There is a small open sort of park opposite the vada pav seller’s shop and people take their food and sit there to eat it.

As I looked around, I saw that there were a lot of people who were alone, sitting quietly, eating their snacks.  “Who were they? Why were they alone?” I wondered. And as I listened to the song today, this is what I wrote:



Who are you?

You sit in the park

All alone

Eating a vada pav or a plate of bhel

Who are you?

Someone whose kids have settled abroad?

A single parent looking for some me time?

Someone who has lost their spouse?

Friends too busy with their family while you have none?

Can’t relate any more to lover’s tiffs or disobedient kids?

No one to scold,

No one to love ?

Has your life too become like mine,

reduced to

Just this seat in the park

And a single vada pav ?


I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge and I hope you enjoy reading my posts here. If you do, please leave a comment. It motivates me to write more. 


The Monster

When I was a kid, I was insatiably curious. May be it has got something to do with the fact that I am a Sagittarian, but learning something new was and still is an adventure. As a kid, learning was easy. Everything was new and there were so many questions. In fact I am sure almost every sentence of mine started with a why. Which is why the minute I opened my mouth to speak, my mother would say, “Because the sky is very high!” But to give them credit, both my parents and my grandparents always took the trouble to answer me to the best of their ability.

Then came the world of books and I could now read up whatever I wanted to know. The library was my favourite place and Dad brought home magazines like Science Reporter and Children’s world which took me on fantastic journeys in learning.

As I grew up, learning became more sophisticated. Life skills and job skills needed to get added to academic skills and so there were computer courses and stenography courses to name a few.

Then came the Monster! It sucked all the joy out of learning. The more you learnt, the more it felt as if you knew nothing. You got information, but now you could no longer be sure it was true. The Monster spewed hate as much as it built bonds.  And it left a whole generation of people who were once considered wise, redundant.

I used to look forward to growing old, to my grandkids coming and asking me, “Grandma why……?” But the monster has taken that away from me. Today if I want to know something and ask my kids, the only answer is, “Google it, Ma.”

And I want to tell them, “Believe me, you are not my first go to in a problem. I have googled it, but the monster was waiting there with so much information, that I forgot what I wanted to know in the first place. You ,my kids are my last resort, my last hope of trying to find some simple  ____________.

Oh dear, what was the word I was looking for? I think I’d better Google it!



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