My Pet Story: A stray dog finds her ‘furever’ home


Veerama when she was a stray dog. Photo: Kalavathy Narayanan

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Veerama was found with a very tight collar around her neck which was cutting into her skin; she was hairless and was chased and shooed away by almost every house she tried to get some food from.

My sister wanted to catch her, to at least remove her collar but this dog was too smart to be caught. A group of us got together to attempt this task but to no avail – she ran into the nearby housing area and got into a compound and refused to budge.

But there was a kind soul, Shanti, who used to feed her, so Veerama always went by her house, so again we tried to catch her. Alas, she ran off again.

We gave up. She went missing for a few months. We all feared she had died as she was already bleeding from the tight collar cutting into her skin.

After being adopted by a kind-hearted Shanti, Veerama aka Girl is clean, well fed and cared for.  Photo: Kalavathy Narayanan After being adopted by a kind-hearted Shanti, Veerama aka Girl is clean, well fed and cared for. Photo: Kalavathy Narayanan

About two months later, there she was looking good with a new collar and her fur was growing back. It was a miracle, seeing her like that. Another angel “Jesse” had managed to catch her and had taken her to the vet. After a month of treatment, Veerama was back, looking so good.

But she returned to the streets so her troubles started again. The neighbours complained and the municipal council sent its team to catch the strays – and Veerama was one of them. Twice she was caught but there were good people who bailed her out. Each time, they had to pay RM250 or else she would be sent to Papan, an isolated area where strays rounded up in Ipoh are sent to.

This is Veerama today. Shanti decided to take her in and give her a loving home. Her name is now Girl.

A very big thank you to angels Sarala, Jesse and Shanti. God cannot be everywhere so he has angels like you to look after his creations.

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