It must have been 3 am when she started barking loudly. It was an unusual kind of bark because she didn’t shatter the ear drums like the way she does when she spots cats in the garden. This was somewhat high pitched but with a gentler sound. As she continued barking loudly, we were curious and looked out of the window to see if there was anyone or anything lurking outside. Was it a cat or a potential burglar? But there was nothing at all.
Finally, we heard a faint sound out in the distance. It was a yelping sound that gradually grew louder and louder till the yelp sounded more like a tearful bark than anything else. We looked out to see what it was and saw a frightened little puppy in our garden. It was, apparently, lost and it was yelping in response to our doggie’s barks.
And then, it dawned on us as to why our doggie was barking for such a long time and in such a strange manner. She was, in fact, communicating to this puppy and guiding it to come to our garden and find shelter there. I don’t know if there is any scientific explanation for this but that’s the only plausible reason I can find for this behaviour.
We opened the door and thought of checking the puppy out and, possibly, take her home or something. But sadly, the moment it saw us it ran our of the garden and our of our housing compound as fast as possible. Sad to say, we didn’t follow the dog and simply returned to our house and continued with our broken sleep. But our doggie, on the other hand, was restless. I don’t know if its possible to read a dog’s face but that morning and, in fact, the whole day my doggie looked very concerned and was constantly looking out of the window to see whether or not the puppy was there.
In fact yesterday morning when I woke up at my usual time, I heard the puppy bark outside my house. I stepped outdoors and couldn’t see it anywhere in the garden nor in the compound and so I had to walk outside the compound and I saw this puppy standing on the road near a makeshift basketball court. But as soon as I walked towards it, the puppy ran away and no amount of coaxing and shouting helped because it was nowhere to be found.
I don’t want to give up and I plan to get hold of that puppy someday soon because I don’t think it’s safe for a young pup to be on the road on its own. I plan to take it to the dog shelter so they could find someone to adopt it or, better still, I might look for someone who is interested in a pup.
But I was quite intrigued by my doggie’s behaviour because, for the first time, I saw a demonstration of her maternal instincts. She literally went out of her to protect this puppy in the best way she could. In my opinion, this was an act of love that my doggie showed to a complete stranger and it is something we can certainly learn from.