Inked for Life – Dream accomplished!

So, here it is…

My second in last 5 month and it’s a dream come true!

I have carried this wish in my heart for the last five and a half years, since the day Dino left us. I wanted his name to be tattooed on me. A lot of denials initially and good that there were many. Now when I look back I do realise that it would have been a tattoo of despair, but it is more of a celebration now.

My first tattoo is that of the Buddha. Mainly because the life philosophy of Buddhism has helped me overcome the void that was created by Dino’s absence. Only those who have pets would be able to understand what void I am talking about. I was very finicky about the Buddha face. I had eaten their heads with the description of the face I wanted. I wanted it to be a masculine face as most of the Buddha faces I came across were feminine. I did not want a chubby face on chubby me. And it should be a meditating face (eyes closed) yet smiling and peaceful. Each time someone would look at the tattoo, the same feeling of peace and serenity should flow. We picked up one pic, which was that of a statue. Defying all the myths of first timer, I went alone to get the tattoo. Was brave enough to not scream. I could tolerate the pain by making weird faces though. This tattoo is a masterpiece and whosoever had seen the tattoo was in an awe.

This tattoo has another amusing purpose. This is for all those who like to talk behind my back…well, I now have a Buddha watching over you 😛

© Garima - I for an Eye

© Garima – I for an Eye

When I got this tattoo from a brilliant guy in Chandigarh, I told them that I would comeback for the second one in June. Chandigarh, however; couldn’t happen. I came across another brilliant reference of someone in Delhi itself. For me if an artist can make a portrait tattoo closer to the picture then he can make any tattoo. Both these guys are impeccable in portraits and hence I trusted them for my tattoos. Till 1:00 PM of 06th of June 2015, I thought that I will have to wait till next year for this one. But within a few minutes things fell in place and I was getting ready for my second tattoo.

When I was deciding for my second tattoo, I chose a very simple design of infinity accommodating a heart and paws at each side. A friend who was shown that design just mentioned angel feathers and I ended up filtering the one that I have now. Thank you, I love the tattoo!

I had added this tattoo in my vision board, with the date distinctively attached to it (in my mind/heart). And maybe that is why there was a sudden change in the situation.

Here is my tattoo..

© Garima - I for an Eye

© Garima – I for an Eye

It is on the left hand, because that hand consists of the vein which goes to the heart. It is at the forearm, though I had decided for the bicep. I changed my mind last minute because with this placement, I can hug my tattoo 😀 (it might sound crazy, but what makes you believe in my sanity 😛 ). The tattoo has a dog’s paw at the centre. The tattoo simply says that Dino was an angel of my life who will always remain in my heart. Next is Dino’s name and the date on which he parted.

Needless to say that this one is another masterpiece and is very emotionally attached to me.

So now, a masterpiece by the Master Himself is adorned with two masterpieces for life 😉

More to come; now I know what they mean when they say that getting inked is an addiction. I have already started googling for the next one.

While I was struggling during the day with my own thoughts, something disheartening happened. A friend lost his pet in morning, the one that I enquired about a few days back. I could relate to the pain so much, and I wondered at the unfortunate coincidence…that the day mine was born, his took a step ahead. All I wish to convey to him and all those who have lost someone close is that the more we cry thinking of them, the more trouble we cause to their soul (irrespective of the form it is in) and the more we celebrate them, the more they flourish. This is one thought which made me move on, we would not want our dear ones to be in trouble because of us wherever they are. So for their sake, we need to be happy and we need to smile for them. There is nothing else that will make them happy!

I wish Stanley a very peaceful final journey. May he continue to spread love and happiness wherever he goes next. He would have loved to be your encouraging factor rather than being the one slowing you down in your journey of life. You had a lovely, most loved time of your life with him. And you gave him the best you could according to your knowledge and resources, he will always be thankful to you for that. Wish you the strength to overcome the loss!

Dogs truly are the gift to mankind, wish they could accompany us longer.

PS. My tattoo is my advance birthday gift from my bhai and bhabhi. The best birthday gift I have ever got….Love you both, thank you so very much!!!

Happy Birthday Dino!!!


Many of the adored ones came and went

Some by destinies

Some by miles

And some simply couldn’t cherish what we had

This is the story of the past till date

I surely will experience a lot of new associations

From this point on

Some will stay till the end

Some will move forward

And some will be left behind

That’s the story of life

If there ever remain One

Who come what may

Will remain with me

Is You!

It’s that time of the year again where I pour out all his memories and replay them in my mind one by one, to relive those five and a half years again. Ours was the easiest job, we were four….we had one to pour all our love at. He had four to love equally. And boy, he must be young in age but was skilful enough to make each one of us feel Loved more than the other three! He was a magician, knew how to bring that ‘awe’ expression on our faces in a minute irrespective of the mood. However, there were exceptions too…but he tried his best in all situations.

A relationship with a pet probably is the only relation where there is no imbalance in the account of smiles and tears. The just wipe the latter and ensure the former. Every human being must …MUST experience the love of a pet in his/her life time. A decision one would never ever regret.

Happy Birthday my angel,

May you keep spreading the smiles and the light. May we meet again, an everyday prayer of mine.

Love forever,



Remembering you is not the case; the way I don’t have to ‘remember’ my name, in a short span of 5 and half years you became the part of my being. I celebrate you each day; I thank my life each day for bringing you. It wouldn’t have been possible if Sunny had not pestered Mom and Dad for you, and if they hadn’t surrendered to his stubbornness. You were the child of the family who we thought to nourish for long. Destiny has plans for everyone; it for sure had better ones for you. Irrespective of what we went through, we always prayed and still pray for your next journey to be fulfilling in each way.

Sometimes I feel that if ever (God forbid) I happen to lose my memory, you still will be there in one corner of my mind and occupying a huge space in my heart…making me smile at your innocence and possessiveness. You loved us unconditionally, something that each soul on this earth craves for. I wish each human being once in his/her life meets their Dino too.

God must have made some mistake when he was deciding on the number of years for humans and for dogs.

You closed your eyes for eternity on 1stDec2008, but twinkle of your eyes that you left behind shines in mine.

Love You …till eternity!

Happy Birthday Dino!



Dear Dino,

Remembering you every day in one way or the other is my religion. I might fail to follow the rituals laid down by the man for the so called ‘religion’, but I would never fail to pay my gratitude to this universe for bringing you in my life. I pray for you each day, send you my love where ever you are. You were ferocious for others, but you were the innocent one to me.

Yes, I know what ‘Love at first sight’ mean…I did fall in Love with you at first sight.

For all the Love you have spread, all the kisses (read licks) you have given us, for all the moments we kept laughing at your cuteness….you sure would have a happy next life.

You were a soul meant to turn tears into smiles and that is why you were called early. If you are born as a human, I wish to be born as a Dog in next life…I wish to be your first pet 🙂

Time does heal a lot of things, but for some you want the marks to remain.

Happy Birthday darling!!! And thank you for life-long cherished memories…you would continue to live till I do and beyond too… ❤

Love forever,



I know that my theme is “Happiness in Being” where I am listing out things that make me happy without the influence of any ‘soul’…other than mine. But when it comes to Dino, I will always make exceptions; after all he is the ambassador of this blog. And, in this post I am going to talk about his memories. So I guess this justifies the theme too in a way.

The unforgettable pair of eyes...

The unforgettable pair of eyes…

Dino was our family pet, a GSD who was brought home by my brother after a lot of persuasion to my parent. Dino was a month old pup when he rolled into our home and was five and a half when we bid farewell to him. He made all of us feel special in his own way. He was naughty, possessive, playful, protective, jealous, lovable, adorable, cute, ferocious, gentle and so on…all at the same time. A true Gemini companion for me. It took a lot of time of all four of us in the family to accept his absence from our lives. We were all parents to him. He was the child of the house. For a very long time I kept asking “Why?” for his absence instead of “Thank You” for his presence, even if it was for a short while. He united us. His conversations used to ache my heart as they would bring the void in my life right in the open. But now I know that I must cherish him and not be sad, cos each tear of despair would cause pain to him too. I believe that he must have taken birth somewhere and our longing hearts would not let him be happy either.

Dino – the mention of the name, his conversations, his photographs…his memories in any form, fill my heart with great joy and love that it is beyond expression.

This post would be incomplete without a wish for him.

I pray every day for him to be happy, healthy and loved always. And may I get to meet him someday!

Love you Dino….FOREVER!!!



NOTE: This post is a submission towards AtoZ Challenge.

Previous Posts:

Theme – A-to-Z Challenge [April 2014]

1) A for Aks on April 01, 2014

2) B for Being able to Breathe on April 02, 2014

3) C for Creativity on April 03, 2014

Anniversary of the saddest day of my life!



Days spent with him were not all happy but still he made them best for me. He did whatever he could to cheer up. He did his best to seek attention. And he succeeded in everything he did. The smile his memories bring on the faces of those he lived with proves his success. And the tears prove that he changed all of us, made us more human. He had 4 members parenting him, caring for him ensuring he gets the best of everything. 4 years and the void that he left is simply incurable.

01-Dec-2008 was an unfortunate day which took Dino away from us. Dino was the fiercest German Shepherd anyone can come across and the most adorable naughty kid any family could get. Being a born Gemini he managed both the personalities pretty well.

One of the things that I am determined to do before I die is to get Dino back in my life. He has given so much of love to my family that we never imagined, there are things that can’t be explained but we still feel. The only thing we could do is to remember him in whatever we do…and that’s what we do.

Love you Dino…where ever you are stay blessed. All we can do is pray for you, for your health and happiness.

It’s Dino’s Birthday !!!!! :)

“If there were 10 other German shepherds, would you still recognise Dino??” asked one of my friends many years back when we were taking a stroll next to my home while brother had taken Dino along for an evening walk. “Of course, his eyes talk to me”, I answered.

06-Jun-2003, he opened his eyes to dwell on this earth for about half a decade. His sole purpose of life was to fill our hearts with Love. There were days, when I had come back home only to see him waiting for me anxiously. There were days when he was my lamp in the darkest night; he used to make me feel alive with all the tantrums I was made to tolerate.

A pet’s love is the purest form of love; lucky are those who get to feel it…live it. They make you human, they make you humble, and they make you sensible and sensitive.

Happy Birthday Dino…!!!

May you continue to spread Love and Laughter wherever you’re dwelling now. We shall continue to celebrate the day you emerged on this planet to fill our souls with unconditional love, as wishes travel through time and lifetime….they definitely will reach you.

Love you….today and forever!!!!!!