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From rescue to royalty

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When businessman Vikash Bohra took his nephew Pratham (age 10) and niece Hunar (6) to an adoption drive for abandoned pups and kittens in June this year, he didn’t expect to find his new family member instantly. He recalls how the kids picked up and cradled a young Indian puppy in their arms and declared that they wouldn’t go home without her. “There was a volunteer there who patiently explained to us that this was a life... a responsibility. And not to adopt just for the sake of the children,” says Vikash, who promised to be her guardian for keeps. Over the next few days, they took turns caring for her and getting her settled in.

Vikash named her Queen, based on the movie that released around the same time, and observes that there’s a reason she rules the home. “A lot of positive energy has come into the house after Queen,” he says. “My niece used to have frequent crying spells those have now reduced to almost zero.” He reveals that not everyone in his large joint family was a dog enthusiast at first, but that it was just a matter of time before they were converted too. “She’s an angel who neutralises the tough times. Slowly and steadily, every family member fell in love with her.”

These days, Queen’s routine includes accompanying her favourite human to the showroom that he runs, where she is his peaceful companion for eight hours. “When she comes home, she’s a total spoilt brat,” laughs Vikash, who finds mongrels to be both charming and intelligent. “It’s something you do for society, and is like adopting any other soul,” he says of the reason he advocates adoption of shelter pets. He signs off, rather proudly, “Today, all our temple pujas include her name as well. She's a blessing to have around.”

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