Goodbye Togo

Shailesh’s  “son”  Togo died today. And this is what Shailesh had to say:

Togo My PET Pomeranian died today.he was 13Y 5M 1 day…Arrived in 1999 …..
As Arthur Hastings says in Agatha Christie’s Last Book CURTAIN…Poirot died and along with him died a good part of Arthur Hastings ..Today i can say TOGO died and along with him died a good part of Shailesh Venkatadri….whole house looks so empty today..
Rest in Peace ..My Friend…..

I have never had a pet dog, or  no dog has owned me, but  I have more than bow-bowing acquaintance with a few  great canines, and I  believe  most of them  approve of me, and   some even feel they can trust me  as much as they trust their own family. I met Togo  about six or seven years back, and  that first time, he yapped sharply and incessantly as Pomeranians are wont to do. I was amused to learn that he had high cholesterol, and  watch fascinated as he crunched into a big piece of cucumber that Manisha, Shailesh’s wife,  gave him.  We sat on the floor divans , with a plate of “enmana” to munch on, and  talked about everything from  Enid BLyton, Agatha Christie, M&B,   movies and  remembered our childhood antics,  a couple of which we’d rather not remember, only we can’t deny it because Subri was witness. Well if he says anything,  its his word against ours.
In the midst of all this, I didn’t notice  that Togo had become silent, and  was not snapping or preparing to  bare his teeth as I made animated conversation, and must have waved my arms  in a suspicious (to him) manner.

It was soon time to go, and  Togo  rose , running to the front door ahead of us.and took up his high-piched yapping again.  This time though it was  to protest  against my leaving!!
In the last few months, Togo had to put up with many changes,  moving from a  house to an apartment , puzzled by all the noises and the slippery floor and other  annoyances that come with  life in an apartment.  I haven’t seen Togo since 2010 , but  I’m proud to know he approved of me, and  like to think I was a member of his family.

Dear Shailesh, Manisha and Shivani,  Togo will always watch over you , and me!