Prakriti Pushp believes that the love of a sibling is matchless. He was looking for a pet to adopt when he heard of two rescued 45-day-old puppies that were looking for adoptive homes. The homeless mongrels Chuck and Cookie (who were very attached to each other) were in luck. “I saw their picture in an adoption poster and just fell in love,” says Prakriti. He decided to welcome them both into his family so they would not have to be separated. “Dogs are very joyous creatures – I wanted two so when I’m not at home, they can entertain each other,” he says.

He had his first meeting with the then-miniscule siblings at a coffee shop. Their foster parent Danielle (who helped by vaccinating them and keeping them safe indoors) had brought them in a large cardboard box, to meet their future owner. Prakriti remembers the other customers crowding around the twosome. “The entire cafe went ‘aww’ when they started jumping around”, he laughs. “They’re 6 months old now. When I look at their first pictures, I can’t believe how much they’ve grown. They’ve developed such distinct personalities. And there’s no tension over their maintenance.”

He adds proudly that when his sister Akansha (seen in the picture) invited her friends over, they too were bowled over by the dogs who now sport sleek fur coats and shiny collars. “When people drop in, they see how nice and well-behaved they are. I’ve had a pretty eventful life, but adopting them is the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done.”

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