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P. Dennis and the members of his family share space with dogs at their house, near South Bazar, in Kannur.— PHOTO: S.K. MOHAN
P. Dennis and the members of his family share space with dogs at their house, near South Bazar, in Kannur.— PHOTO: S.K. MOHAN

The house of P. Dennis, who runs a catering unit, is home to 13 members other than his wife and two daughters.

Thirteen dogs, all ordinary breed, in pure black, black-and-white, brown, and a combination of all these shades live a happy life here.

It all began on a cold January morning five years ago when he rescued eight of them from the streets where they were left in the lurch after their mother was taken away by dog-catchers.

He brought them home, fed them, covered them with blankets, and built a wooden kennel for them. His family competed in rearing the little canines.

After five years, the number of dogs has gone up to 13 with new additions, while the initial eight are still owned by them. In the meantime, Mr. Dennis has given away five puppies for free to people he thinks share his love for dogs.

Mr. Dennis does not make any of it sound extraordinary. The dogs have become an integral part of his family and Mr. Dennis is particular about making enough room for them to run around as he plans to shift to a new home.

In the one-acre plot around his rented house, the dogs are accommodated in spacious kennel.

A few are chained in the courtyard, while one is reared inside the house.

He has also been very keen on administering them vaccinations and visiting the veterinarian at regular intervals. Not a passing fancy, he says while vouching by the love and obedience showered by his loyal friends.


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