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Furry Fury – How it All Began

Abha Ohri | September 10, 2020
Furry Fury – How it All Began

Memsaab! The voice seemed to drift in from far away; yet a low constant rap on the door woke me up from my deep slumber, that late summer afternoon. It was that time of the midday when the sun was overhead and the heat oppressive. Most four-legged creatures too sought relief from the harsh sun and lay motionless in the dry undergrowth of trees and bushes. Except for my German shepherd Diva, who, as was her habit, lay sprawled out under the bed in the children’s room; after all the boys were back from boarding school!

One-master dog

German shepherds are one-master dogs and so was Diva. The love of her life was my husband, with my elder son Armaan, coming a close second. Her equation with Ashray, my younger son, was however a different story all together. He was her rival, always managing to smuggle into his dad’s arms before she could do so and the only reason she tolerated him was because he would keep feeding her tidbits the entire day.

Memsaab! This time there was a sense of urgency and panic in the voice and it was loud enough to invade my peaceful slumber. Drowsy and disoriented, I opened the door and found my terror-stricken bearer, Assamiya, urging me towards the children’s room.

A frightening sight awaited me

I quickly followed him and froze at the sight that awaited me; Ashray stood there, still as a statue, blood gushing out of a big wound on his left cheek, tears threatening to spill over. Diva sneaked out from between my legs and ran away while Armaan, voice choked, explained that Ashray had slid under the bed and had probably tugged at Diva’s tail which had made her turn around and snap at him. Ashray must have been too close and was bitten.

The bawarchi had by then informed my husband who rushed home from office, his face red with fury. He took one look at Ashray, picked up a cricket bat lying nearby and stormed off to find Diva who had found a hiding place under one of the kitchen cabinets.

Panic ensued!

The scenario was something like this.

Armaan had taken Ashray to the washroom and was splashing water on his wound (which I learnt later on, was the recommended first aid procedure to be followed for dog bites). Alongside he was issuing quick instructions to Assamiya to tell the driver to get the car out.

I was taking turns running from washroom to bedroom, bedroom to washroom, mumbling incoherently, “How will the doctor fill up that hole? Had Diva eaten up that chunk of flesh?? It was his face; what on earth will happen now? He was just 12 and yet to meet his first girlfriend! Who will even look at him?!! We needed to rush to the hospital and I may have to spend the night there; where’s that stupid maid? She needs to pack us a set of extra clothes, not to forget our toothbrushes and slippers!!”

My husband on the other hand, could be heard whacking away at Diva who was yelping loudly. Ashray, through his pain, could be heard imploring his elder brother, “Bhai tell dad not to hit Diva”. Later on, the bawarchi told us that Diva had squeezed herself into a tight ball and so the cricket bat had made contact with the corners of the kitchen cabinet, sparing her. She had cried out of fear, not pain, but my husband had been too blinded with anger to realise the futility of his actions.

The 15-year-old took charge

It was Armaan who put an end to the mayhem. “Get in to the car,” he hollered. So we jumped into our vehicle and sped away to the hospital. The doctor promptly whisked away Ashray, while the three of us spent anxious moments praying to God to show mercy on Ashray. Between my husband and me, we kept thinking of the worst that could happen. Armaan, who had shown maturity that belied his age–he was only 15 at that time–finally let loose! He gave us a piece of his mind; admonishing us for our hysterical behavior and we sheepishly realised that he was right.

An hour later, Ashray was back with us, his cheek heavily bandaged. It had required 15 stitches to sew up the gaping wound. There was an unspoken question hanging like a Damocles sword over our head. Our worst fears came true when the doctor said that the scar would remain for life, but our spirits were somewhat lifted when he said that we could opt for plastic surgery later on.

Diva is family

When we returned home, the first thing Ashray did was to call out to Diva but she didn’t come. Armaan called and so did I, but she was nowhere to be seen. I took a step forward to go to the kitchen but a sharp NO from my husband brought me to a halt. He was still livid with her and said “Diva will have to go” but Ashray begged and pleaded and said Diva was family. We couldn’t disown her like this. He took it all onto himself, saying that he it was his fault; he had provoked her.

Finally, my husband gave in, whistled, and a second later we could hear Diva shuffling towards him. She lay prostrate on his feet as though begging for forgiveness. He gathered her in his arms and soon we were back to being one happy family.

Diva passed away four years later, breathing her last in my husband’s arms. He dug her grave himself, carried her, laid her to rest and gently covered her with his coat. A part of us went with Diva, but she left behind lovely memories that we cherish till date. As for Ashray, he still has the scar. He says it reminds him of Diva. Moreover, he feels it gives him a macho look and is a great conversation starter, especially with the ladies!

We now have Devil with us, but to tell you who he bit and what happened thereafter, you’ll have to read part two.

This is the first part of this article. To know who Devil bit, read the second part here.


Abha Ohri

Abha is a tea lady who spent nearly 25 years of her life in the verdant greens of the tea estates of Assam and Dooars. She made a transition from the laid back life of the tea gardens to the hustle bustle of a city life in 2010. She is an early childhood educator by profession, a Toastmaster by passion, a bookworm by habit and a perfectionist by choice. She is also the chief editor at ElByte.

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Mehak Tripathi Ohri
Mehak Tripathi Ohri
3 years ago

Love , love, love your story telling. Even though I have heard it from you before but still reading it kept me engrossed till the very end. 👌👍

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Mehak Tripathi Ohri
3 years ago

Yesss..I guess this story needed to be told😊

Arti Chopra
Arti Chopra
3 years ago

What a fabulous piece of read! U got me emotional😊

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Arti Chopra
3 years ago

Awww😘😘😘

Prerna Anand
Prerna Anand
3 years ago

So well written!Could relate so well with this story! We had a similar experience with Caesar( a German Shepherd )who was in our lives when we were kids.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Prerna Anand
3 years ago

These fellas…they become a part of our lives😊

Ashima Jairath
Ashima Jairath
3 years ago

Superb Abha,your words make the story come alive. I can so identify with it. Looking forward to part 2.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Ashima Jairath
3 years ago

Many thanks Ashi…I knew you’d connect….after all your furry ones are part of the family too😊

Mehul
Mehul
3 years ago

Beautifully crafted story.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Mehul
3 years ago

Many thanks

Anutosh Ghosh
Anutosh Ghosh
3 years ago

Heart-warming yet scary story!
I myself love dogs and I’ve had 3 dogs in my life. But none of them are present with us now anymore. And two of them were Spitz and one was a street dog.

So, I won’t know in detail what it takes to love and handle a German Shepherd!

However, I must say I’ve become a fan of Armaan who showed that level of maturity to handle the situation. Hats off, Armaan!
And, kudos to Ashray for forgiving Diva!

It’s true that dogs love their masters and their family members than anything else.

Thank you so much, Abha ma’am, for sharing such a wonderful story!

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Anutosh Ghosh
3 years ago

So glad you enjoyed this!

Ruma Sodhi
Ruma Sodhi
3 years ago

OMG Abha.. This gave goosebumps and tugged at my heart. Being a mother can visualize the scenario. So well written.Kudos.Kindled my love for the fur ones… They are family too.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Ruma Sodhi
3 years ago

Thanks Ruma!

Rajat Jairath
Rajat Jairath
3 years ago

What an emotional family-binding piece. Kudos Abha! Await more from your pen, nay, keyboard.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Rajat Jairath
3 years ago

Knowing your love for these four legged ones, I knew you’d connect

Shobha Marda
Shobha Marda
3 years ago

Beautifully expressed. You can actually visualize the mayhem that ensued after the attack.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Shobha Marda
3 years ago

Hahahaha! Yesss

Rajdeep Kaur
Rajdeep Kaur
3 years ago

This incident will go straight to the heart of all dog lovers!Cheers to you abha for narrating it in such a picturesque way.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Rajdeep Kaur
3 years ago

So glad you enjoyed reading this😊

Uma
Uma
3 years ago

Beautiful expression of a mother, Memsaab and Diva’s “one master”. I could visualize you opening the door for your bearer, running with apprehension to check on the kids, and then running between your washroom and bedroom getting things in order. Hats off for scripting such an easy-to-imagine narration.

Looking forward to knowing whi Devil bit!

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Uma
3 years ago

Comming from you, that’s a huge compliment. Many thanks

Pragya Jaiswal
Pragya Jaiswal
3 years ago

Jealousy does this to most dogs. They become disoriented. The one I have is very quite but cannot stand being teased. Beautiful read …..

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Pragya Jaiswal
3 years ago

Awwww…my love to sheroo

Shouvik
Shouvik
3 years ago

Relationship with dog and members of the family beautifully described. The story also ends with a suspense..can’t wait to read Devils own story..

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Shouvik
3 years ago

So glad you liked it Shouvik!

Kaushik
Kaushik
3 years ago

Nice warm writing especially from the mid through to the end. Very vivid pictorial representation through words.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Kaushik
3 years ago

Many thanks Kaushik 🙏

Suku Chowdhury
Suku Chowdhury
3 years ago

Abha you always are so good with words and stories and this being a real life story …so so engrossing , could picture the whole thing . Keep telling us stories … a talent which you have inherited from Jawahar ! (Your dad).

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Suku Chowdhury
3 years ago

So glad you liked it suku!

Suku Chowdhury
Suku Chowdhury
3 years ago

Excuse me for referring to your dad by his first name .. but then the name itself has so much power .

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Suku Chowdhury
3 years ago

Not at all….pa was a great story teller too and would write beautifully

Shivani Goenka
Shivani Goenka
3 years ago

This story is so much similar with mine though the wounds were minor.I think at times such incidents occur when one has a pet but the way you have portrayed your story is like witnessing it and also appreciate the concern for Diva after so many stitches by your son is the right parenting too👍

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Shivani Goenka
3 years ago

Yes…all of us dog lovers have so many such incidents….but then they are family!

Sangeeta Krishan
Sangeeta Krishan
3 years ago

What an easy expressive engrossing read urging me to jump words and read at faster pace wanting to know more ! Bravo , both your boys ! Loved it 🙂

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Sangeeta Krishan
3 years ago

Hahahaha! Many thanks sangeeta

Karan singh
Karan singh
3 years ago

Indeed, loved it. 👌
Must say that dogs are really the perfect example of loyalty!.
Great work ma’am 🙂

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Karan singh
3 years ago

Thanks a ton karandeep

Priya Vohra
Priya Vohra
3 years ago

Hey Abha that was a true to type account of a dog loving family -they become an intrinsic part of your lives with their human like behaviour and undying love!Loved it!!

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Priya Vohra
3 years ago

Yesssss… they’re family

Nirmala Agarwal
Nirmala Agarwal
3 years ago

Sometimes pet becomes the core member of family and we share fun pranks even the mischiefs at time..but they r successful in evoking emotions more than humans.
well narrated incident… Equally raising curiosity for next part…

Reflect u as strong observant of any incident and equally well discription.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Nirmala Agarwal
3 years ago

Thanks Nirmala!

Meera Malhautra
Meera Malhautra
3 years ago

Quite a frightening experience it would have been.
Nice to read the way you have described.. the panic, anger, all the different reactions of everyone, best of all our macho Aashray being so composed through it all.
And alls well that ends well!

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Meera Malhautra
3 years ago

Hahahaha..yess…all’s well that ends well

Niljit
Niljit
3 years ago

This is one fabulous story, kept gripped till the end. Would love to know whom Devil bit.😅😂

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Niljit
3 years ago

Hahahaha… devil’s story coming up next week!

Rita Kapur
Rita Kapur
3 years ago

Enjoyed reading the episode and felt so good to know that Ashray and Armaan are such good human beings- their love for Diva says it all!

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Rita Kapur
3 years ago

Many thanks! Glad you loved it

Avishek
Avishek
3 years ago

Sometimes the most painful incidents become the sweetest memories 🙂

PS : Wanna know more about Devil!

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Avishek
3 years ago

Yes, they become part of the family and leave behind terrific memories

Mita Mukherjee Golay
Mita Mukherjee Golay
3 years ago

Such a vivid piece of writing. The emotions that come and go with pets around is expressed so well, I’m sure all pet owners would’ve gone through similar experiences in different intensities and is absolutely relatable.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Mita Mukherjee Golay
3 years ago

So glad you liked it

Aditi Chatterjee
Aditi Chatterjee
3 years ago

A remarkable demonstration of the canine- human bondage, vividly related through your real life experience. Have always been fascinated by the incredible traits of dogs and am reminded of legendary‘ ‘faithfuls ‘like Nipper and Hachikosan.
Waiting to know more about Devil!

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Aditi Chatterjee
3 years ago

Thanks Aditi, coming from you, it’s a huge compliment

Anoop Capoor
Anoop Capoor
3 years ago

I remember the incident very well since we were spending the night with you all at Good Hope T G . Thenext morning was golf at Western Dooars Club which I had organised being the secretary D G U. thosedays. We ultimately took Ashray to Goodricke group hospital at Aibheel on my sugestion as Dr Prasad was there who beautifully patched him up . Ashray was brave enough to take it and was enjoying the next day with all the attention he was getting at W D C.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Anoop Capoor
3 years ago

Yesssss! You and meera were there right throughout. And arranged for the hospital visit too. What memories!

Ashwin Salian
Ashwin Salian
3 years ago

Wonderful narration ma’am. I could picture the entire sequence of events and felt every emotion that I’d have probably felt in the same situation (even though I don’t have a dog, I believe I understand the emotions people have with respect to a pet). The anger in the moment, the concern of the parents in the situation and, in the end, the sorrow at the loss were all vivid.
I look forward to the next part.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Ashwin Salian
3 years ago

Many thanks Ashwin

Shefali Gupta
Shefali Gupta
3 years ago

Such an engrossing story! You have written it fabulously well…can’t help saying it yet again that there’s so much to learn from you Abha…Have you ever thought of publishing your work?

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Shefali Gupta
3 years ago

Many thanks Shefali. Just trying to get back to my first love..writing

Priyakee
Priyakee
3 years ago

What next with Devil? Heights of suspense…
That Diva prostrated before his master as if seeking forgiveness, moved me the most. Having been with many dogs at a time, that was so relatable…( humans,often do not ask forgiveness )
A brilliantly weaved real story.. the words jumped to life as if in a movie flashback mode .. 😄

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Priyakee
3 years ago

Coming from you, that’s a huge compliment Priyakee. Many thanks

Priyakee
Priyakee
Reply to  Abha Ohri
3 years ago

🥰

Latika Ojha
Latika Ojha
3 years ago

Beautiful and touching…. The story kept me engrossed until the end. Waiting for part 2.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Latika Ojha
3 years ago

Thanks Latika

Raman Singh
Raman Singh
3 years ago

Excellent narration of an horrible incident and family’s love for Diva. Each person’s reaction was beautifully portrayed! Gripping till the end, though I had heard this incident from you, but was glued till the end. Incredible piece, very well written Abha indeed. Keep it rolling.

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Raman Singh
3 years ago

Thanks Raman! I guess the story needed to be documented😊

Nirmika Subba
Nirmika Subba
3 years ago

I could feel all the emotions you’ve so lucidly expressed—your worry as a parent, Ashray’s feeling when he was told he had to part with Diva and of course, Diva’s fear. Waiting for old man Devil’s story now 😊

Abha Ohri
Abha Ohri
Reply to  Nirmika Subba
3 years ago

Thanka Nirmika! Devil’s story comes up next week!😊

Harshika
Harshika
3 years ago

This one again reiterate how wonderful you are as a story teller.Loved it and could feel all the different emotions put into. Looking forward for many more stories.😄 I didn’t find the scar on Ashray’s cheek. I will look into properly next time I meet him😄. He is a smart boy of a smart mom.

Last edited 3 years ago by Harshika
Neela Bhattacharya
Neela Bhattacharya
3 years ago

Absorbing story. Surprised that the father thought that the dog should go. My father would have been worried that the dog may have been poisoned after biting a man!

Proud of both the kids. Their heads and heart in the right place.

And if I may be allowed to make a small self propaganda, better to go to a plastic surgeon for the first repair itself, than later for correction of the scar which is much more a difficult job.😊

Sonia Nain
Sonia Nain
3 years ago

Beautifully written and expressed… could relate so well with this .. emotions and sentiments penned so well brought to life the whole story..

Babita Poddar Goyal
Babita Poddar Goyal
3 years ago

How emotionally you have written, can imagine what you must gone through. You have weaved it so well that I am eagerly awaiting to read about Devil now

Mamlu
Mamlu
3 years ago

Very well written Abha, with the chaos, terror, fury all realistically described. Good to hear how the boys reacted, and that endears them to me. Ashwin, However is going to hear it from me when I see him!! Just kidding!
Waiting for the Devil story now!

Renu Nangia
Renu Nangia
3 years ago

So well described..as if everything was happening in front of my eyes ..Though I have heard this story from you… Ashwin..and Ashray as well but reading it the way you have expressed is SUPERB

Pratibha Varma
Pratibha Varma
3 years ago

Loved It to the Core. I have been a Dog lover my entire life and lost two majestic young Golden Retrievers. I know the joy as well as the pain of both, having a pet and losing one. This story shall remain etched in my heart always. Waiting for Part-2.

Dr manoj agarwal
Dr manoj agarwal
3 years ago

What a wonderful way of narrating the whole story….. each word of it brought out the vivid picture of everything…… the memsaheb, the love and belongingness for the pets and the fatherly pain for the son
Will wait Abha memsaheb for the devil

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