City Life – Two Dogs in Love, Pahari Imli
The story of a couple.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Calling these two dogs “strays” is almost a mistake. Because they never stray far from each other.
They hang out together and even sleep with each other, their bodies touching. “They’re like husband and wife, they never leave each other,” smiles Vinod, a beggar who inhabits the same little bazaar lane in Old Delhi.
To be sure: the canine couple never has privacy. This lane near Pahari Imli teems with dogs and cats, who somehow co-exist without showing hostility towards each other. The popularity of the street is without question enhanced by all the butcher shops that generously parcel out bits of meat to the animals.
Vinod, who lived on the lane for years, has noted that the dog couple often hide the meat pieces under a gap in a drain, turning up every so often when hunger beckons. “And they never bark,” he adds. “Nor do they stray far from each other during the day.
“Not surprising at all since this lane is home for all of us,” he says, after giving a long thought on the niceness of the street, which is his address too.
One of the dogs now opens his eyes, look around cheerfully, and again plops down beside his partner, his eyes closing moments later.
Must be love