Few hours before,an incident happened on my Birthday,which made me come out of this long Hibernation from blogging-which I took deliberately because I had another place for expressing my views through replies!
24 hours ago,how happy i was!I was recieving my 21st birthday wishes from all my friends,family,online friends in frendzforum... And how my mood have changed in just last few hours!
My pet dog,Julie[dash hound] passed away just few hours ago. It had been my play mate from my 8th std. It may be 6-7 years old. Its really sad that my birthday turned out to be day of death of my dearest pet.
It wasnt normal death due to age. It died in an attempt to save all of us. Around 8.30pm it cornered a king-cobra, biggest i've ever seen in life,under its own kennel. It kept the snake under its surveillance for 20-25 minutes-by barking at it,almost biting it,and getting back in defense to avoid its strike from its erect head.Dad tried calling back dog-but a dash hound,having tradition of a hunting dog,wont come back that easily when her prey is just in front of it.
I went to a neighbouring house to call assistance and 1 of them came with a spear. When he tried to pierce snake with it,Julie tried to bite it again twice and retreated to avoid snake-strike. At last,when my neighbour was just about to get snake pierced,Julie succeeded in biting UNLUCKILY. Then she dragged it along a long distance without releasing snake's mid-of-body from her mouth. We could do nothing but run behind her with spear,torch lighting the fierce fight. Suddenly snake got control and it whirled my Julie and they rolled some distance. In that fight it had happened-the snake striked on the head of my dearest dog!! None of us had seen,but we helplessly watched the fight,expecting it,hoping for the best. But Julie was very brave. It kept on struggling with snake,which gave us a false hope that snake may not have bitten her.
Finally,neighbour succeeded in piercing the snake with spear and keeping it fixed to ground,its head still high to strike dog which released from that whirl and was about to bite it. My dad quickly broke a raw branch from a drumstick plant near him and hit right on the head of snake while i was lighting with the torch. Julie was so furious towards the snake that she bit him and tried to tear it to pieces while my father dragged her to kennel. She didnt show any signs of snake-strike till then.
Now,lot of people have gathered from around our house and area. All watched people hitting snake to kill it. We went to look our dog while rest kept tackling almost dead snake. In that torch light,i clearly saw 2 blood-spots-that points were killer cobra's fangs pierced into its head. Her eyes were filled with water and she was panting so desperately after the fight.
No first-aid measure of stopping blood circulation was possible as it was right on her head top. Every body watched everything with amusement-they all are seeing such a big snake for first time. I stood among crowd,my eyes getting wet,mind filling with grief of losing my best,favourite,obedient,loyal play-mate,friend and pet. There was nothing to be done. Tried to call a doctor who was busy somewhere. Now what we could do all was,wait and watch her last deeds out of desperation,signs of poison spreading in her circulatory system,affecting her whole breathing itself and wait till she takes in her last-breath.
She rose twice after lying there. Tried to walk,but venom had began to play its role. She stood there and watched all-trying to see the whole world for the last time,her loving masters looking at her helplessly-but being proud that she saved us all from a possible snake attack by sacrificing her life. She gasped looked all in our eyes,asking for final good-bye. Everyone praised her among them,still curiously watching snake which was now burnt into ashes with kerosene. They left in excitement of seeing a big snake,having heard a story of a brave dog fighting with a snake and left to its death bed.
Now only my parents and me and another neighbour left watching my dog's last actions. My heart filling with grief,tear coming to my eyes,memories of us playing,cherishing coming to my brain...its going to end. She lay and panted hardly and ... eventually,what cannot be stopped happened. It was around 9.30. There she lied,having won our hearts,being obedient loyal dog,keeping watch out on our house 24 hours,saving our lives earlier from 2 small snakes-viper and cobra-,saving our coconut trees by hunting rats and now in a valiant attempt to save us,sacrificing her whole life.Her always vigilant eyes,guarding our home,lay open looking towards it and her loving masters.She wont see us anymore.
I salute you my little friend. You've been wonderful towards us. And i'm writing this with tears flowing out of my eyes,all those moments we played together coming to my mind,i salute you my friend. May your soul rest in peace.