ranjan and chutkiThis is my son Ranjan and the latest addition to our family, Chutki.  Chutki means ‘little girl’ and also a snap of the fingers.

Since I wrote about our Sunday outing, some comments and also some personal mails that I have received have enquired about Chutki and this post is set the record straight.

Ranjan and his bride Manjiree are deeply involved with animal welfare activities and are active with rescue work as part of a wide net work of volunteers who rescue stray animals and abandoned pets in distress till some solution is found.  They liaise closely with some privately run animal shelters, the Blue Cross facility and the Municipal animal shelter.  They often receive phone calls at all times of the day and night and rush to bring some help to animals in pain.  Manjiree’s two sisters and a niece are also in this voluntary work.

Over a month ago, Manjiree’s sister Anjali found that a stray pup that she had treated for mange in her neighbourhood was in deep distress after a motorist had hit her.  Manjiri and Ranjan brought her to our home to provide with a veterinary surgeon’s attention and it was found that she had suffered a shattered hip on her right hind leg and a clean fracture on her left hind leg,  Since then, the pup has been with us and about a week ago, Manjiree quietly came and asked if we could keep her permanently with us and I did not have the heart to say no.

The plaster has now come off and calcification in the hip has taken place and though she finds it impossible to climb steps, she is pain free and mobile but has to be carried upstairs or downstairs which Ranjan and Manjiree do frequently to take her to the garden.  She is a cheerful and intelligent pup and I am sure that with time she will develop into to a fine specimen.

When she was brought first to our home, she was being called Pinka which was the name that Anjali had given her but since that name is rather special, I have insisted that we change it to Chutki to avoid embarrassments like I had on a couple of  earlier occasions.

I hope that this explains the sudden addition to everyone’s satisfaction.

18 thoughts on “Chutki.”

  1. I, for one, think it is wonderful, and I am very jealous. I know in the past you have said you wished you had a dog, so now your wish has come true! 🙂 She appears to be very calm. What a wonderful work Ranjan and Manjiree are doing! I would consider doing something like that when I get back to America.
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  2. i think she is just beautiful. she is so small sitting there in ranjan’s arms.
    thank goodness you have a soft spot for manjiree! i’m glad she came to you and so glad you’re keeping little chutki. how could you NOT? !!!
    and the link is pretty hilarious! i could never name a dog something i couldn’t pronounce! regardless of what it meant!
    and poor dog to have so many names to get used to! LOLOL.
    but most of all I have such awed admiration for your son and daughter in law that do such wonderful needed work. to help the precious creatures that the world passes by. as they say here . . .
    ‘in heaven they will have stars in their crowns!’ ♥
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  3. Looks like you have many blogging friends who are animal lovers. I got rather mushy reading the story and seeing the picture. I am looking forward to a time when I will be able to take care of a dog. For now I travel for extended periods of time and it would not be fair to an animal to invite it into such a nomadic household. My best wishes for Chutki’s total recovery, including climbing stairs.

    1. It has its down-times too Anna. For instance, I would very much like for the three of us to go to Chennai for a family get together next month but now with the pup at home it will not be possible!

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