Pix: Powai Dog Carnival

We’re not the most outgoing of people. We did hear about the Powai Dog Carnival on social media, but really, we had no intention of going. But then my partner called fellow doggie-parents R and M, and before I knew what was what, he’d promised R that we would be accompanying the two of them – and their adorable Labradors Pluto and Silk – to the carnival. Thank goodness for extroverts.

At first, we left Kaju and Shorshe at home. Kaju is very excitable, and Shorshu is terrified of new people and crowds. The Carnival was so much fun, though, that we changed our minds (with Aditi Nair of PAL helping us along), and hopped back home to fetch our babies. The auto-driver who ferried us was rather apprehensive about having two dogs on board, I think, but bravely forwent comment.

Shorshu created a bit of stir at the carnival by escaping from her leash. We prefer a slightly looser leash than most, and Shorshu has learnt to work her way out of it when she likes, the clever little trouble-maker. However, she’s not the bravest soul, and when a huge Alsatian veered into her path, she ran straight back into my arms. Thereafter, she spent her entire time at the carnival in the lap of her new human best friend Ameet, growling threateningly at any canine who came within three feet of the poor man.

Kaju, meanwhile, pranced about the entire fairground, chummying up to Great Danes and turning his nose up at fluffed-up poodles (the boy has good taste). It was hard to take pictures while also holding onto a very excited (and strong) nine-month puppy, but here are the ones I did manage to salvage from the often-blurry gallery on my phone.

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