Mumbai

With a little help from friends

Paralysed pup Scrappy’s rescuers never gave up and today he runs into the arms of his owner Smita Gupta

Ever heard of a singing dog? Then you got to meet Scrappy Doo Gupta. The three-year-old indie has a very unique way of communicating with humans. His barks of affection border on the musical and his owner, Smita Gupta couldn’t love him more. “When you start talking to him, he will start singing” smiles the 30-year-old digital marketing professional. Named after the cartoon Scooby Doo’s puppy nephew, Scrappy, the indie is scared of most people and larger dogs, and is not particularly fond of walks. He also takes a while to warm up to people. But that’s not unusual for anyone who’s dealt with trauma.

Scrappy was found all alone at just two months old, emaciated and desperate for help at Four Bungalows in Andheri. Even worse, his hind legs were paralysed. That’s when World For All stepped in to help him. “I don’t think any of us are aware of what kind of torture he went through, but he definitely was hurt as a kid,” says Gupta. Through strenuous physical exercises and infrared therapy, Scrappy eventually got feeling back in his legs.

All it took was one look at Scrappy’s progress on social media and Gupta was besotted. She always wanted a pet, but Gupta knew the magnitude of the responsibility so she waited till she was financially and emotionally ready for the job. “Because [adopting a dog] is very much like raising a child. They need the same attention and love,” she says. A single meeting was all it took to bring Scrappy home. Today, even Gupta’s flatmate is in love with the pup. “Now, he knows that he can throw his weight around a little bit because I have spoiled him a little,” says Gupta adding that initially, Scrappy would still drag his legs out of force of habit. But over time and plenty of exercises, the pup has regained full function in his limbs. Today, Scrappy happily sings to Gupta when she comes home from work, running into her arms. He’s learning to make friends and is becoming more sociable. “Obviously I would like to believe that he loves me [most]” she laughs adding that Scrappy’s antics have become quite popular among her friends. “I feel like my child has become a celebrity!”

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