One year ago this month, a young dog on the streets of Mumbai gave birth to six puppies. Two females and four males. They likely were born in a small, safe but dirty place hidden off of the main roads. As one of over70,000 homeless street dogs in Mumbai, she would have been accustomed to little food the majority of her life including the months of gestation of her six pups. Once born, she would scavenge and ingest as much as she could with the mission of feeding her pups from her mouth and stomach.As with nearly all street dogs, she would teach her young very early to trust no human and to gather and save any potential items that could serve as food.
In November, Rhonda, a flight attendant from Omaha was ‘stuck’ at the Marriott in Mumbai due to the attacks that ensued late in the month. During her time there, she encountered a skinny light tan dog, as is common in India, and requested that a cab driver go and get her some food for her. He returned with chocolate chip cookies. You see, dogs are viewed as worthy as a common rat – not; therefore there is no knowledge of what food would be best and if there were, regard would be ignored. During her early interactions, she learned that this dog was with pups and soon discovered that her pups were in a trash bag to be disposed of. The two females were dead and the four males were fine, relatively.