2004 was the year, when this handsome fellow entered our life with humongous amount of positive vibes. In the years that followed, Bruno, became the star of the household. He was my anchor in dealing with peer pressure and my rocky teenage. His eyes always reassuringly said “It’s OK to fall ,baby, just get up”. In my quest to have a stable career as soon as possible, I started working at the age of 16. With time to come, I neglected my fitness. End result – I had gained a little fat here and there . I was told by my family and especially, by my brother, to not neglect it, but of course, I paid no heed. On the other hand, Bruno has always been a well taken care of, healthy dog. I neglected my fitness but never his.
In 2015, Bruno- then 10 years old, ended up with a severe ear infection and started falling down because of the imbalance caused due to the fungus formed in his ear. I asked my students to leave and decided to take him to the vet. We got to the car with a lot of struggle and falls. I was happy that we had reached the car and it would be just a jump away for him to reach the doctor. Little did I know, he for the very first time, won’t be able to hop onto the car seat, as he usually does. Till that day, I never had to pick him up because even at the vet’s, he used to co-operate and we never had to pick him up and put him onto the examination table.
I had to pick him up, for the very first time in 10 years , I had to pick a 35 kg unwell dog . He yelped as he knew I was struggling. I consoled saying, “Baby, don’t worry, we can get past this”.
He recovered in a month. But in this month , I had to carry him around a lot and I struggled. In his eyes, I could see the hurt , to see me struggle. My Bruno can endure anything himself but he can’t ever see me in pain and can never see me cry. And that’s when the thought crept in – I need to be fit and strong, if not for me ,for him. I announced to the household – Never again do I want to see that hurt in his eye, where he thinks he is a burden to me(which happens a lot in ageing dogs).
The very next month, I started weight training and with time got fitter and then I thought I am ready to face his old-age. I was sure, that I was now ready to support him, every time he falls. What I didn’t realize is , I won’t ever be ready for his old age. I won’t ever be ready to lose him.
Now, he is almost 13 and his hind legs are weakening and we need to help him get up constantly.I am physically completely capable of that now. But,I never thought that I won’t ever be ready to see him fall and won’t ever be ready to say , “It’s OK to fall ,baby, just get up”. It was always he who played that role.
On one particular Saturday, while picking him up,when he was trying to get up, I couldn’t stop myself from crying. And then, he just looked up at me and licked my tears off. And then, we just held each other and cried together. The very next minute, he miraculously got up on his own – Not for himself , but for me.
The pictures are from the very next day
And here we are standing up to each other – in my troubled teenage and his slippery old age, in fatness and fitness, in sickness and in health. He held me up when I needed it the most and now I try doing it to the best of my ability. But I know, it’s always Bruno, who will hold me up. It will always be Bruno who will be the anchor.
What I wore:
Jumpsuit from Vera Moda( A jumpsuit is perfect on a sunny day in the park with your pet)
Shoes from Adidas(running after your day is so much easier with a good pair of shoes)
I chose an outfit I would be most comfortable in so that I can be up and about in a jiffy,whenever Bruno needs me.
Watch is a gift by our co-founder – Esha Karbhari. She got it from Fastrack for my birthday a few years ago.
Photography by Bhushan Deshmukh from Home Work Production.
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