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Have you ever closed your eyes, tuned out the world and found yourself one with the music? A week ago, I visited an animal shelter. And as I left from there, the lyrics of this particular song struck a deep chord with me:
“Teri kismat tu badal de
Rakh himmat bas chal de
Tere saathi, mere kadmon ke hain nishaan…
Tu na jaane aas paas hai khuda”
(Change your destiny
Be strong, just keep moving
My footsteps are right next to yours
You’re unaware, God is around)
And it was all because I met a miracle dog. Here’s Kismat’s story and why I believe that it was my destiny to meet him:
(Kismat, the miracle dog)
In September of 2022, Kismat was brutally abused by two men. If beating him wasn’t cruel enough, he was ruthlessly thrown off from the top of a building, leaving him with multiple fractures on his front legs and wounds on his body. I shall spare you the details of the excruciating pain Kismat had to endure, for it’s not for the faint-hearted. But with kind people by his side, Kismat eventually received surgery. Today he lives with his loving humans at the Wagging Tails Foundation, an animal shelter based in Delhi.
(Malabica, Kismat’s hooman at Wagging Tails Foundation)
Anger, sorrow, frustration, grief and awe. A surge of emotions engulfed me as I heard Kismat's story. Tears welled up in my eyes as I saw him wrapped up in bandages, dragging himself to greet us all. As I gave his soft furry head gentle pats, I was yet again reminded of the contrasting and fickle nature of us humans. While Kismat’s abusers gave no thought about inflicting pain on an innocent soul, Kismat’s wonderful humans at the shelter did everything in their power to ensure he lived.
(Kismat with my friend Diya)
Ernest Hemingway once said, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for. I agree with the second part.” Meeting Kismat was my destiny. His perseverance to survive and his forgiving nature towards humans is an inspiration to live our lives with forgiveness and grace.
(Kismat being his goofy self)
Each animal at the shelter comes with a similar story like Kismats’. But they all greeted us with happy barks, wagging tails and loving eyes! It fills my heart with so much joy to be surrounded with these beautiful creatures who adore us humans unconditionally. I hope that more people will be willing to open their hearts and experience the love of an animal at least once in their lives. And if they can't learn to love them, I hope they will be kind to them.
(Some sweet souls at the shelter)
Kismat now permanently lives with his human rescuers from @waggingtailes_in who are doing an incredible job of taking care of him and many more animals in need. On our visit, we were delighted to donate our Foundation beds and jackets along with food, toys, bowls and treats. If you’d like to help Kismat, you can visit him, donate to his shelter home or be his virtual parents. For more information, please reach out to @waggingtailes_in.
(Bonus: Me giving Kismat a virtual hug. Illustration by a friend)
*All imagery used is the property of Heads Up For Tails and The Wagging Tails Foundation and cannot be used or distributed without prior permission.
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