Many of us choose to stay home and not go out to meet our friends fearing the forbidding traffic. However, this Purasawakkam resident is willing to face the wrath of traffic every day to meet her friends of long time. The five eagerly wait for Nandini Muthaia’s arrival for she brings with her a hearty meal. For these mongrels of Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nandini is not just another person who gives them food; she is the one who takes them to the hospital when unwell and gets food delivered for them without fail when she cannot make it herself.
When 37-year-old Nandini, a photographer by profession, fed a mongrel near her office years ago, she did not expect to establish such strong bonds with them. “My office was in Nungambakkam and I saw this mongrel once and I thought it was hungry. I fed him and from then on it became a habit. When the dog passed away, another took its place, but it did not stop me from continuing the practice,” says Nandini.
Come rain or storm, Nandini makes sure that the food reaches them.
“I think they are familiar with the dabba. When I am out of station, I have someone from home bring them food. They can smell the treat from far and rush immediately for it,” says Nandini, who has four adopted mongrels at her home.
Having come from a pet-loving family, her affection is palpable when she talks about Alex, Sherley, Gracey, Evy and the shy one, who refuses to interact with humans.
She says “There is always someone to take care of pet dogs but the ones on street require more attention.”