Mansi Negi – Raising an Unconventional Child

Mansi Negi

The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.

George Graham Vest once said,

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.”

Unlike humans, animals don’t plan to hurt or destroy us, they don’t invent and deploy weapons of mass destruction and go to war with us, they only love to the end of their strength.

When my daughter Bella (a Labrador), came into my life, I learnt what love actually is. Just seeing her in that old campy shop in Janakpuri, I knew she would make my life infinitely better, she will make this world look a little less shitty. And yes, she made a huge difference in my life.

Bella, Mansi’s Labrador

Whenever I come home, she’s right there waiting for me, all I have to do is show up at the door, and she starts twisting her neck from the balcony above. Rushing down I hear her coming toward me with all her love and support, telling me I matter to her, which is something even humans have not mastered.

When I go through a setback, Bella never laughs or looks down on me, she shares my pain and sorrow. She understands I am not fine and so lighten up my mood, she does all kinds of funny tricks and even makes a fool of herself to console me.

All grown up!

She is the only one that will take a bullet for me, the only one who will be by my side no matter what the circumstances are, the only one who will never question my choices and listen to my reasons. Every part of my body, heart, and soul believes in my furry best friend.

I don’t have the strength to adopt every dog that needs my help, no one does but I really wish I did. We are not just giving another animal life, we are demonstrating an act of compassion, kindness, and inspiration to our children and our children’s children. For all the strengths and virtues that we have, we make ourselves less than a human when we abuse an animal.





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