TODAY -

From a dog’s view The autobarkography of my dog, Jackie !
- A story -

Helga Khumanthem *



(Please remember that 2 or 3 parts of the story are just my imagination. Those parts will be shown on the last page. Thanks!)

1. MY OWNERS

Pet owners are extremely funny people, or humans, as they call themselves. I think my owners are quite strange. I have eight owners, most of them wearing these strange rectangular things around their eyes. Once upon a time, there used to be cat in the family. I ate him up (my owners never found out)! But he tasted quite revolting to me, so I left him somewhere. After all, it's not as if we dogs don't have our dignity.

Humans are very funny. Every night, they lay out delicious looking dishes on the on the big structure which they have their meals on. But when I try to sniff the food, I end up getting smacked instead. It's not fair, if you ask me. I just want to sniff them, nothing else. I have my own dinner (although it would be nice if I had a little taste of their human food). It smells quite interesting, if you ask me.

2. MY PLAYTHINGS

I get nice playthings now and then but these days, I only have a tiny little toy to play with. I heard one of my owners calling it a 'plastik cup'. I think this 'plastik' was the same thing my other playthings were made of. They were wonderful round objects with a neck and a flat bottom that made a 'crunch' sound when I bit into them and chewed them up. They're called 'botels', I think.

Well, whatever these 'botels' are, they are very good toys for dogs like me who love to bite and chase things. Especially the small hard things screwed on top of the 'botel'. Very crunchy. Sometimes one or two of my owners come up and kick the 'botel' away. It's a very fun game, I must say. They kick the 'botel', I chase after it. Speaking of kicking and chasing, I used to play with small round objects which my owners called 'bawls'. But they mysteriously disappeared one by one. I wonder what happened to them.

3. MY BUSINESS

Thereare some very revolting things about humans. They use strange bowl-shaped structures to do their business in. The disgusting part about this is that they share the 'toylets' (as I heard them being called) with other humans. Luckily, we dogs don't have to use these bowl-shaped structures and share with other dogs to do our business.

I do it neatly on the 'floar' of my owners' living box (which they call a 'howse'). The best part is that my owners always clean up after me and send me outside, probably so that I wouldn't have to watch the disgusting scene. How immensely kind of them! The strange part is, after they send me out, they don't let me come inside. Whatever the reason may be, I'm sure they mean well. Isn't that nice of them?

4. MY OWN PROBLEMS

Unfortunately, just because we are dogs, it does not mean that we don't have our own problems. Even though my owners love me, there are three members of my owner family whom, I think, don't like me very much. I cannot think of any reason why, though. I've never done anything wrong to them, as far back as I remember.

I have other problems too. One of them being my ears. My ears are very long; this causes them to fall in my meals and water, which is very annoying. I only wish I could get a stretchy rope like my female owners. They take the small stretchy rope, bundle up the strange-looking fur on their heads, and they secure it with the stretchy rope. It's quite a fine idea.

5. MY OWNERS' LIVING BOX

My owners have a spacious, but strange living box. In one of the rooms, there is a big structure on the wall. My owners call it a 'teevee'. It's very interesting. There's also a room where my owners have their meals in. I suppose I already told you about the structure where my owners sit and have their meals. After that, there's the food-making room, the sleeping rooms and small rooms where the bowl-shaped structures are.

I also have my very own kingdom above my owners' living box. My kingdom is also like a living box but it's more open and airy. I can do my business anywhere I want in my kingdom. Sometimes, my owners put a metal rope around my neck and tie it somewhere. It's a very cruel thing to do, but I suppose pet owners will be pet owners.

6. MY EARLIER LIFE

Before my present owners got me, I lived with a nice lady and other dogs. From my home, I used to look out and see strange things whizzing past on the street. I call them 'travel boxes'. Then one day two young female members of my owner family came in a 'travel box' and took me away. I could tell that they knew my owner because my owner greeted them and went on as if she already knew they would come. After that, they piled me into the travel car and took off.

Although I am living with a nice and caring family, I still miss the nice lady back home. But I guess 'home' is where I am now. I do visit her now and then when my owners take me there to check my health and buy stuff. Well, at least I'm not one of those dogs who leave their home and never, ever return again. That just sounds horrible.

7. A LAST WORD

I agree, sometimes my owners smack me or scold me. But that's for my own good. Yes, people can be strange and disgusting, but they can also be wonderful, caring, loving, affectionate and everything good. That's what I learnt from my owners. So that means there's only one word to describe a life like this: perfect.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Nene for letting me use her laptop!

Thanks to my family for being a support.

Thanks to Che Richa for not reading this in advance.

And mostly, thanks to Jackie (the subject of this story) for being an inspiration and a great friend!

PARTS WHICH WERE IMAGINED BY ME

1. Jackie eating my cat- Jackie didn't eat him, my cat ran way.

2. All the misspelled words- So that they would look 'doggish'.

That's all!


* Helga Khumanthem wrote this article for The Sangai Express
The writer is a VIIth standard student at The Sagar School, Alwar
This article was posted on February 03, 2015.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Shougrakpam Bijaya :: A Profile
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Unconscious Development
  • Lecture : India's Asian Relations
  • Vajpayeeji full of wit & humour
  • The Founder
  • Mindset of security safety of importance
  • Kayada Ningthijaba Lambino : Listen..
  • Billie's Book: A Children's Book : Review
  • Homage to an Apolitical Politician
  • Delhi, through the lense of a Manipuri
  • RPL Certificate of North Tripura
  • Alphabet of Silence :: Poem
  • Business Process Manager @ Globizs
  • Unsettled crisis
  • Now let the probe team do its job
  • Marangwon @Kangkhui #2 : Gallery
  • Cordillera in North Philippines : Gallery
  • Ithai Barrage and popular resistance
  • Moral education for a harmonious Society
  • Bad unity
  • Career in nutrition and dietetics
  • Locally made product- 'The Lois' launched
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • The want for more
  • Only catchy phrases & alluring documents
  • Expedite FA Rally #1 : Gallery
  • Merger & Manipur State Congress #1
  • Cry of a Dying River - 41 :: Poem
  • A recreation park for elderly
  • High-time NE recreate itself as brands
  • Natural skin detox
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • 72nd Independence Day by AR
  • Independence Day - for whom
  • Nongpok Thong Hangba
  • Khubak Eeshei @Kang festival : Gallery
  • Punsi Sangba, Mathiupuang :: eMing
  • Arresting decline of higher education
  • RPL-PMKVY Certificate at Tripura
  • Silence :: Poem
  • AFSPA took my father
  • Dark Net: Underbelly of the internet
  • Alternative Arrangement, Article 371A
  • Petition challenging dilution AFSPA
  • Rio for integration of Naga areas
  • Brought NE closer to Delhi: PM
  • Independence Day celebrated in NE
  • Tikendrajit : The Lion of Manipur #1
  • Compressed Earth Blocks: Housing
  • Support breastfeeding among adolescent
  • Ithai: Development Decision Gone Awry
  • Who made the sports university ours?
  • An Unoccupied Forehead :: Poem
  • 'NRC should not be a political issue'
  • Independence Day : Govt needs trust
  • Apprehensions before final pact
  • NNC stand to protect Naga sovereignty
  • 'Delay in solution irks people'
  • Patriots' Day- Floral Tribute : Gallery
  • A shot at survival
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • RPL-PMKVY Certificate at Baishalgarh
  • E-Commerce to help access new markets
  • Manipur Heart Foundation Anniversary
  • Artist lineup for NH7 Weekender
  • Kakching World War-II Memorial Run
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • AMPWA observed Patriots' Day
  • Real homage or just showmanship
  • Drama of political clout at MU
  • Patriots' Day @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Historical War fought by Manipur
  • Where are the nurses in HIV response?
  • Understanding false smut of rice
  • The love song of autumn :: Poem
  • Help Underprivileged Sports Youngsters
  • Police : List of Awardees on I-Day
  • Jadugi Mingsel :: Folk Tale
  • Patriotism Redefined [On 13th Aug]
  • Karate Winners felicitated at Kumbi
  • Of Citizenship & Manipur People's Bill
  • Seminar : Path & Pattern in Northeast
  • 42nd Indian Social Science Congress
  • Certificate Distribution at Tripura
  • Failure by WPS-IE to arrest rapist
  • Resolutions : People's Democratic Alliance
  • ..Will it burnt the state again
  • ..Now get the killers !
  • 'Homecoming', Painting Exhibition : Gallery
  • Legacy of Resistance in Cordillera Highland
  • Woke Up, But You're Nowhere :: Poem
  • Resurgence of Sanamahism
  • Nagas & Meiteis must live together
  • No change in 1951 as Base Year : JCILPS
  • B. Voc. at DM Community College
  • Young Scholars Conference 2018
  • ..legitimacy of remaining to power
  • The precursor of things to come
  • Khangkhui Cave , Ukhrul #4 : Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba #2 : Gallery
  • Reform Manipur's Education System
  • Friendship
  • Cry of a Dying River - 40
  • World's Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Chandigarh students' solidarity with MU
  • MU agitator should withdraw their agitation
  • Repercussion of a prejudice attitude
  • Regulate school vans/buses
  • Disputed Myanmar Border Pillar : Gallery
  • Seven Breaths of Dragon :: Book Rvw
  • Chronological framework of NRC
  • Buttering Najmaji in public
  • JRF Post at Mizoram University
  • Manipur Tourism : Festival Promotion Award
  • The uneasy shift
  • Well co-ordinated rallies across dists
  • Chalwa Village, Kangpokpi #1 : Gallery
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #2 : Gallery
  • Up against the saffron brigade
  • My unsailed ship :: Poem
  • Mathematics and Science Competition
  • General Strike by ATSUM on August 10
  • Drawing Competition at Wapokpi, Bishnupur
  • ADBU delivers course to Indian Railways
  • One man that put Manipur in frying pan
  • Relax MU shut down !
  • Khumang Pokpa Haraoba #2: Gallery
  • Robert Naorem @Blr Fashion Week : Gallery
  • Territorial integrity of Manipur
  • The string :: Poem
  • General Strike by KIM on August 8
  • Robert Naorem at Bangalore Fashion Week
  • Dr. Monisha Behal's work in North East
  • Registrations for IIT Techniche workshop
  • PDA on situation in Nagaland
  • The politics of divide: MU
  • Significance of August
  • Mukna Khong Kangjei #3 : Gallery
  • Greater Nagaland or Mini Nagaland? #2
  • Paint Your City : Campaign at Kakching
  • Pemberton line in Kabaw is our boundary
  • Awakening :: Poem
  • Coffee Plantation : In-lieu of Poppy
  • Recalling of AK Pandey by HRD Ministry
  • TSA's reply to KNO/KNA's allegations
  • 21st Manipur Integrity Day : Gallery
  • Konung Kang Chingba #3 : Gallery
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #3
  • Swindling Manipuris in solving Naga issue
  • The Last of the Romantics :: Poem
  • 'Thoughts on MU strategies'
  • Concerned about continued closure of MU
  • Fear factor
  • No takers for 1 month leave
  • View from Shirui Hills #1 : Gallery
  • Manipur as seen by Meiteis, Nagas, & Zo
  • Certificate Distribution at Nirjuli, ArP
  • Contract Jobs available at NIELIT HQs
  • Cry of a Dying River - 39 :: Poem
  • Banana flower vada
  • Entrance for Free Residential IAS Coaching
  • Resolution of NPF Consultative Meeting
  • Concerned about militants' interference
  • Issues : From ILP, MU to FA
  • Emergence Nongda Lairen Pakhangba #2
  • MU Rally at Canchipur : Gallery
  • News Analysis 0f Akashvani Imphal
  • ILP: A Genuine Idea Lost in Translation
  • Tryst with an Alzheimer's patient #2
  • Letter to Prime Minister of India
  • Female DTP faculty reqd at Protocol
  • In between :: Poem
  • Sowing the seeds of Greater Lim
  • General strike on article 371 (A) #1 : Gallery
  • Article 371A is sui generis
  • Oppose extension of Article 371(A)
  • DTP-Desktop Publishing course at Nambol
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #3 : Gallery
  • August Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Protest against MHRD @Delhi : Gallery
  • Singcha Wuya Won @Kamjong #1 : Gallery
  • Engulfing Uncertainties
  • Ecological, social impact of Ithai Barrage #2
  • Certificate Distribution at Dibang, ArP
  • EEVFAM case: Report for 30 July
  • Pertaining to statement of T. R. Zeliang
  • Issues plaguing the state
  • What is the stand of BJP Govt ?
  • Monsoon Assembly Session : Gallery
  • Election 2019: end of road for Modi
  • The absurd baby talk :: Poem
  • Assam University BTech, MTech Admission
  • Saving the Rhinos - Campaign
  • Arrest perpetrators of Moreh attack
  • Training programmes of NCC
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #2 : Gallery
  • MU: Students clash with Police #2: Gallery
  • Kang Khichri chaba : Gallery
  • Binalakshmi Nepram at United Nations, NY
  • Out to clear her name
  • Central team @ BP 81 , Kwatha #1 : Gallery
  • Our Common Crisis: What are We to Do #3
  • Pay Nareckpi : Funga Wari
  • Kayada Ningthijaba Lambino : Story telling
  • Ningol Pali at Kang Festival : Gallery
  • Kanglen Kang Chingba : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #3: Gallery
  • Kang Khichri chaba @Kwakeithel : Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • HSLC 208 Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Class XII Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS