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!