After all the excitement of the first afternoon without his real mother,Mutlee began to cry. At first it was a soft whimper which became louder and louder ,till it became a long mournful howl. He had all our attention by now as we realized he needed something . Ishan thought he would be thirsty after all the prancing around,so he got him some water,I thought he was tired ,Ashwat thought he was bored ,so he brought his collection of batmen to show him,where as the only one who understood his need was my husband. He brought Mutlee some milk in a big dog bowl (as small dog bowls were not available those days) . Every time we told him to drink from the bowl he would turn his head away and when the children tried to force him he nearly drowned in the bowl . He looked so cute with milk all over his face , completely baffled as he didn’t know what to do being used to drinking milk from his mother. All this while he had stopped howling but as soon as my husband wiped his face with a wet cloth he began howling again. He looked so pathetic, small and vunerable that my heart went out to him but I pretended otherwise. I began to say we should have never got a dog home as they were a real pain declaring that I was not going to look after him as I had had my share of bringing up the boys . Having a dog in the house is like having another baby, I grumbled to my husband. All this time, while I was grumbling Mutlee had been looking at me with his beautiful soulful eyes ,as if he understood every word.Much to my surprise, he stopped howling, gently came forward and lay down next to my feet. He is the only one I know who is so smart, that he can make you feel like shit without saying a word . My heart went out to this little baby who was so intutive that he did not want to make me angry even at his own expense…..I picked him up …. put him on my lap and he began wagging his tail.In the mean time my husband had got a plastic syringe and decided to see if we could feed him that way. The boys took turns and fed him slowly with the syringe ,after which he fell asleep curled up like a fluffy soft white ball.
He woke up after an hour fully charged up ,ready with his performance again. The boys were so thrilled to see him awake that they continued to play with him through out the evening. In the mean time he had piddled a couple of times and had done potty once which was magically cleared up ,as I had made it very clear that I was not going to look after a puppy. The kids had brought a large cardboard box for him to sleep in and put newspaper in it along with a tiny blanket . We could not buy a cage for him as they were not available in India at that time. Being a puppy he needed to be boxed in or he might get hurt at night wandering around .My husband cut holes in the cardboard box at his eye level so that he could look out . All this preparation was done in vain as Mutlee refused to be caged up. Every time they put him in the box he would howl and howl till they took him out. After several attempts everyone was exhausted including Mutlee who slept in his cot(as the kids called it).I had on the other hand removed myself from this scene and was watching MTV( my favorite channel those days) unperturbed by all this commotion.A couple of hours later just when my husband was about to get into bed Mr Mutlee decided that he needed company .He howled the place down as he had wet the blanket and the newspapers in his box. This continued through out the night but I did not get up as it was part of the deal that the three boys would have to look after the puppy.I drifted in and out of my sleep thinking all the while-OH MY GOD WHAT A PAIN!!! Mutlee is so smart that he probably realized that, so next morning he decided to take steps to win me over…….he wanted to stick to me for everything…….followed me around like a little lamb …….gazed at me with those adorable almond eyes………licked my feet ……….wagged his tail at me …….did every thing he could think of till I finally picked him up!!!! Then he rested in my lap and smiled…..it is uncanny but Mutlee actually smiles……..I am sure he was thinking …..I am going to make sure she loves me and how!!!