CHENNAI: This seven-month-old dog's favourite part of her new home is the terrace. Which is ironic, given that she was flung off one three months ago.
Remember that video that went viral back in July? The dog who was christened Bhadra (the warrior) by activists for having miraculously survived the fall has since been in recovery in a foster home in Ramapuram. On Wednesday, her rescuers announced via Facebook that her caretaker Karthik Dhandapani had officially 'adopted' her.
The post on the mongrel who has since become a mega celebrity with her story being followed by animal lovers all over the world received thousands of 'likes' in a matter of hours.
Believe it or not, ever since the video went viral, offers to adopt this Chennai stray have come in from dog lovers as far flung as Australia, the UK, the United States and New Zealand! "I have personally received over 500 emails from people all over the world eager to give Bhadra a home," recalled Shravan Krishnan, one of the activists involved with the rescue. In fact, the puppy who was initially staying with Shravan when she was first found with a spinal injury had to be 'secretly' moved because she was attracting too much attention. "People would stand outside my house hoping to get to meet Bhadra or take a selfie with her because of how popular she had become," he said.
A long time volunteer of the Blue Cross, Karthik Dhandapani offered to help out. Ironically the 35-year-old has never had a pet in his life because his mother was never in favour of one. Clearly, she's had a change of heart. "Bhadra loves my mother's chapatis just as much as she loves chasing crows," Karthik said with a laugh. These days the seven-month-old and 70-year-old spend their quality time most evenings on the terrace. "It's her favourite place to go to have a run and play now that she's back on her feet. Sometimes we take her up there three-four times a day," added Karthik.
Leave it to a dog to turn her scariest memory into the happiest place on Earth.
What happened to the culprits?
As for the culprits behind the heinous act, medicos Gautham Sudarshan and Ashish Paul of Madha Medical College — their fall from grace may not include a limp like Bhadra's but has certainly been costly. Besides having shelled out Rs 2 lakh each to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) as demanded as penalty by The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, they still face three cases of animal abuse pending in Court.