Is it a mop, is it a doormat… it is a dog! 2,500 km away from Bangalore, in a town in Himachal Pradesh, was a dog who was declared ‘uncontrollable’ by his family. Why — because the Lhasa Apso had bitten about two dozen people including guests at the hotel where he was living and was a threat to everyone. So for his own safety and the people around, the dog was kept tied on a short leash all day, every day.
At this point, he was eight years old and when his human couldn’t handle him anymore, she got in touch with VOSD requesting to surrender him. So all the way from Kullu, she brought him to Bangalore. Now one might wonder why we would want to accept such an aggressive dog, who could even attack Rottweilers and Mastiffs five times his size! But with the right kind of guidance, even the most ferocious of canines can be made to turn a new leaf.
NEW LIFE IN BANGALORE
When ‘Kinza’ arrived at VOSD in 2017, our founder Rakesh Shukla realised that the dog just wanted a person to stick to — the combination of his age, fear and feistiness had clearly confused the living daylights out of this poor dog. So he just put the old pooch in his truck today and took him to his home in Bangalore.
This led to two interesting discoveries: Kinza absolutely loved car drives. He does till date and always wants to ride shotgun. He enjoys sticking his head out of the window and the only person he doesn’t mind sharing the front seat with is Kavya (Rakesh’s first ever dog). Second, he hated being touched so Rakesh gave him his space without forcing any behaviour training on him.
KINZA BECOMES KINGU!
Over time, he transformed into a calmer dog, so much so that now he loves to hang out with the families and children who stay in the VOSD sanctuary. Since they couldn’t pronounce his name, they called him Kingu and it stuck. He enjoys walking into their homes during meal times, and will happily gobble up home-cooked food and… tea! His other favourite activity is ripping up toilet paper into shreds; so many rolls have died a painful death in his jaws.
This sweet boy has grown used to the company of other dogs as well and at night, a least eight of them make it a point to sleep on papa’s bed, barely giving him room to rest. But in his words, “When a man’s got that kind of love he has everything.”
HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Your contributions can make a world of a difference in the lives of dogs like Kinza. We rescue dogs from all over the country so if you pitch in, it could help us save and transport a deserving dog to VOSD. We drive, fly, or bring by train nearly 200-250 dogs each year from over 30 cities across India to live with us for life. These animals have no home and no hope, but you can help us be their light at the end of the tunnel.