Don’t you think we should have a pet? said my husband as we were having breakfast.
What’s come over you? Why this sudden desire to have a pet? I asked.
Haven’t you noticed something in Vancouver, even a beggar sitting a few yards away from the Vancouver Sheraton had a pet dog, said he.
Yes, even I saw that chap dressed in a black pant and a coat feeding his dog with biscuits while he was enjoying his coke, I said.
You know something, my friend said there is a beggar who goes around in his car calling on people asking money for a drink of beer and also for his fuel, said my husband.
It’s news to me. I thought beggars had only pets but never knew some owned cars as well in Vancouver, I said quite surprised.
Well, it only shows beggars are more prosperous in Vancouver compared to those in our country, he observed.
By the way what pet shall we have, a cat or a dog?
I thought you were joking because all these decades we have been married you never once expressed your fondness for a pet, I said not very pleased at his sudden desire.
Well, I just thought it would be a good idea to have a lap dog. It was amusing watching those tiny creatures in white wagging their tails. Also their bark is not harsh to the ears like our neighbour’s dog, he said.
We seem to have no choice with that creature which howls most of the time which is so disgusting ,I lamented.
Have you ever wondered why it howls so much? He asked.
Because the owners are away most of the time and it is left alone.You see even animals want company, I observed.
Aye , you are absolutely right for once, he concurred.
When shall I get the lap dog home? He asked.
From his tone I could see that he was serious and was waiting for my nod.
I suggest you better go in for a laptop which would be useful to both of us rather than a lap dog because pets as you know are my “pet” peeve, I said.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao