The Miracle Child called 'Joy'

The miracle child called ‘Joy’

In a time when people are abandoning perfectly healthy dogs, 26 year old Noor Bakshi adopted ‘Joy’. The miracle child as Joy is called, survived a serious accident but had to get one of her legs amputated. Yet this little bundle of energy is as good as or even better than most of her four-legged counterparts, a true fighter that she is.

Noor with Joy Noor with Joy

Noor, a real estate developer by profession, came across little Joy through Bonnie, a volunteer of the NGO, People For Animals. Joy was a little puppy when she hot hit by a truck and was thrown on to the divider where she was lying for 5 days. There was a man who crossed her everyday while on his way to work and he saw her and presumed her dead because she was in such a bad state. Until on the fifth day, they were watering the plants on the divider and he saw her move. He realized that she wasn’t dead and she actually wanted some water. Noor says, “It was just a miracle that she was alive for five days in that condition. One of her hind legs was totally crushed and the other one had eight fractures in it.” Joy was barely three months old then.

Although living in a family that comprises four generations, Noor, is the only dog lover in the house. She adopted her first puppy when she was 6 years old and then kept adopting several stray dogs till she had around 14 of them. “At that time we lived in a farm so there was no problem,” says Noor. The challenge came when they had to move to the city and tried to take all their dogs along but it wasn’t possible logistically. Noor reasons, “Keeping 14 dogs in one home and especially when they were so used to the space would have been unfair. So my dogs continued to happily live in the farm and I kept seeing them through the week and on weekends.”

7But she always missed having a four-legged companion in the house and when she got to know about Joy, she made up her mind to get her home. “The man who saw Joy called People For Animals and Bonnie went to rescue her. She took her to the doctor and the doctor said that there was no way that she could survive. But he still volunteered to do the amputation as that had to be done on priority,” says Noor about Joy’s miraculous escape. Bonnie told Noor that she wanted to see Joy through the entire recovery post which Noor could take her home.

“I had it all worked out. I researched on doggie wheelchairs that are available in the US but unfortunately not so much in India. The dogs can move very well with them on a flat surface and would need help only for the stairs," adds Noor. The only apprehension that Noor had when she brought Joy home was to be able to give her a 100 per cent of her time and attention. “For me, I thought that I would have a lot more work, but Joy has been no work at all. She is not handicapped in any manner; there is nothing that she cannot do that a four legged dog can do,” says a visibly proud Noor.

By the time Noor got Joy home, the little thing was running around. Joy’s body had adapted because she got the amputation when she was very young, so though the shape of her body is a little unusual, her front legs are quite wide and the third leg falls sort of in the middle forming like a tripod, she moves better than any four legged dog. Within one week of staying in Noor’s house she was running up and down the stairs. And how did her family react to this decision? “I didn’t tell them about it, I just brought Joy home. We had a fight because they said that if a dog comes in the house it becomes everyone’s responsibility and not just mine. But I was very sure and knew what I wanted.”

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But her whole family has taken an instant liking for Joy. Her mother doesn’t really like dogs, but one will often find Joy curled up near her legs as she works. Noor’s sister-in-law is allergic to dogs but whenever Noor is away Joy sleeps with her. “I knew that everyone would come around because dogs are just like that and Joy is very special,” says Noor. She soon plans to bring home a companion for Joy and it is going to be a stray for sure. “I’ve always had only stray dogs and they are so healthy and resilient that they have had a life span for over 13 years, so I’ve been really blessed,” says Noor.She also wishes to do many things for stray dogs in India and is working on the resources to make her dream a reality. “I just want to spread the message that all the stray dogs should be adopted. Once someone adopts a stray dog there is no looking back, they would never go to a breeder. These breeds are suffering in India because they cannot acclimatise. And we have these stray dogs that are just as wonderful, very resilient and loyal and there is no need to look anywhere else,” concludes Noor.