Meet ‘Chapati’, a 7-month old cute pup who is having the time of her life traveling around Asia with her new found family. Well the first month of her life was not all about waking up to beautiful sunrises. It was just like any other stray dog in India, sick, hungry and abandoned to fend for themselves. At the same time, somewhere in Ukraine, a couple quit their jobs and took off for their trip around Asia. Little did Kristina and Eugene know that their first stop in Kochi would change their lives forever. As fate would have it, on the 3rd day of the trip, their paths crossed with that of a weeping and starving stray pup. Seeing her dilapidated condition, the couple decided to take her to a vet but couldn’t find any pet hospitals working at night.
It was the night of great changes in my life. A few hours ago I was nameless. I don’t remember when I lost my family, but this day I was alone in the streets of Kochi, left on a meter height pedestal to die. I was starving, overheated and dehydrated. I was scared and couldn’t already stay on my feet. I was weeping for help… Day 1
So they decided to keep her for the night. They tried to keep her clean and did whatever they could do to comfort her from the dehydration and overheating she was suffering from. This probably became the hardest night they ever had and a turning point in Chapati’s life. Next day, they took her to the hospital and got her treated. There were lots of ticks and parasites lurking in her body. Once they got her all patched up, they decided to search for a dog shelter as traveling with a dog was not part of their plans and it can also be really hard.
Now coming to the name ‘Chapati’. This is going to put a smile on Indians for sure. It is not a conventional name for a dog but the reason why they named her is pretty valid. Chapati is an Indian bread, thin and brown same as ‘Chapati’. You see both of them got their similarities. Once they named her, there was no looking back. They decided she is theirs and started googling on how to adopt and travel with a dog. They stopped looking for dog shelters and owners and went ahead with the adoption.
AT THE VETERINARY HOSPITAL IN KOCHI Pt. 2 We were really happy to find the Cochin Pet Hospital. The results of our visit are: No fleas anymore! My age is defined (1,5-2 month ) I started to put on weight (because Pyrantel expelled three huge worms from my body) My bones became stronger and my legs were straightened in the short run after inclusion of new food and the supplements (before I had a tottering gait and my left front leg was arched). Overall our visit cost 2000 INR (including takeaway meds&supplements), plus – 1000 INR for some purchases in their shop (puppy training pads, some chewy stuff and Royal Canin Maxi Starter 1 kg). So, my friends, you need less than 50$ to make a street dog look like a superstar Day 4
Adopting dogs is not quite popular in India. Many can’t afford having a dog, and those who can, spend heavy bucks for an exotic breed. Those furry big dogs find it hard to survive the Indian climate and often get sick and then get abandoned by their owners. While the strays can thrive in the Indian climate, all they need is someone to look after them.
My last day in Manali, the most peaceful and picturesque place I’ve ever seen And as usually I need a rest after 15 minutes of walk ☺ Remember, my human friends: ☝dogs have worse thermoregulation, than people; ☝and puppies require even more temperature control; ☝puppies also get tired easily. So, please, take care of dogs and never overload us! In bad weather conditions we really require your help Day 41
When people saw a stray pup traveling with two foreigners, it did gather a lot attention. People were shocked to hear about their story and that is when the couple realized that many are not aware about adopting dogs. So they decided to start an Instagram page for ‘Chapati’ in an effort to spread awareness through their story and prove that the strays can be as good a companion as the purebred ones. The page has garnered around 12K followers and has made Chapati a mini celebrity on the internet.
They do agree that traveling with a dog is not easy as not all places are dog friendly but the couple made sure that if they are traveling then it is all of them together. Sometimes they find it hard to find accommodation or places to eat that is within their budget. But they still believe that traveling in India was pretty easy as Indians are welcoming to tourists. Also ‘Chapati’ being a pup helped them convince the train conductors in trains to let them travel in coaches that didn’t allow dogs. As per their experience Nepal had the most dog friendly atmosphere where they were allowed to enter temples together. But Thailand on the other hand gave them some real problems traveling with ‘Chapati’. Anyway ‘Chapati’s’ journey continues with her family having covered around 5 countries, she is now in Philippines.
Still enjoying the moment in Mayadevi Temple It’s very cool and peaceful here. All that we need after yesterday’s crazy night. Could you imagine, we had another hotel accident After 23 hours on the way, we reached Lumbini and started to search for our pre-booked hotel. It took us one hour of wandering and asking people, and finally we realized that the hotel is actually out of business for years We even found its abandoned building Probably our funniest experience with @bookingcom. Still we are happy not to be charged in advance Thanks God, Lumbini was so #dogfriendly that we could easily find a place to stay in 10 minutes Day 47
It is surprising to see what a small act of kindness can do. How a dying stray pup fought through all adversities and is now having a great life to look forward to. Stories like this don’t come around everyday and when they do, they are supposed to be cherished and respected. This one goes into the list of such stories that restores the faith in humanity.
“I think that Chapati is a perfect dog for a nomad life. She doesn’t care where to sleep, she feels good at any transport and any place, as long as all three of us are together” – Kristina
“Chapati is probably born for travels and overall she behaves better than most of travelers”. – Eugene
(All images sourced from ‘Chapati’s’ Instagram account where you can follow her globe trotting adventures. All images are sourced from there after getting permission from ‘Chapati’s’ hoomans.)
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