Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy 2 you Franny and Zooey!



Disclaimer : This post is written by an overly doting Aunt! Franny and Zooey are the most loving and gorgeous kids and grandkids in the entire Damji clan ;-) 


Franny and Zooey came into our lives on a nippy November night, all huddled up in a plastic basket and shivering with fear. Except for their Mum, none of us were particularly thrilled with the idea of having to take care of two babies day in and day out and be solely responsible for two living beings for a long time to come. The Sista had been urging us for years that she'd wanted pups home, but we just didn't think it was possible with a crazy work schedule and no house help. So when the Mister and I were out vacaying in the jungles down south, with no telephone connection, the Sista calls up a pal of ours and decides she's adopting Franny and Zooey at the earliest. The girl had made up her mind this time and Franny and Zooey had been returned by various people in a span of a week cause they couldn't handle them. Destiny had already cleared the way for Franny and Zooey to walk into our lives and fill it with love and joy! 


They came to us when they were just over a month. So tiny and scared. The Sista so naturally got into Mommy mode the time she held them in her hands and in a few days, the Mister and I were the most hands on Aunt and Uncle, scouting around town for pet shops to shower them with gifts. Yes we even learned to clean up their poop :) FnZ like we call them, instantly brought our most indulgent, affectionate, loving, gentle, nurturing and forgiving sides bursting out in abundance. 


A side of ours we'd never experienced before. Yes it was like being parents. The Sista was very efficient on her own and the Mister and I would chip in on weekends and when Meera was unwell. FnZ weren't difficult babies at all, they just ate tons of cerelac and pooped alot hahahaha Those times were exhausting. But, they were aware they had a very hardworking Mum and adjusted to her work schedule instantly. The chewing everything phase was particularly trying but, on the brighter side they helped us declutter the apartment and our lives incredibly well!! They streamlined the Sista's home, life and most importantly the work center of the home - the humble kitchen!! With pride I can say, they have grown up on homemade food cooked by a Mommy that only made eggs and chai when pushed. Such was their love and affection, that they had the neighbours on all floors to the security guards fussing over them. 


They have over the past two years soaked in all the Damji family values and turned out to be the most adorable and friendly kids a family could wish for! Our babies win the hearts of all in a second :) They fill each day with sunshine and extreme joy. The house became a home the moment these 8 paws stepped in. 


Their Second Birthday had to be a day filled with cake, treats, swimming, tons of running around and most importantly, their 25 friends from all across town. So we had a beach party for them and the rest of the kiddos on the Sunday that went by. Doggy parties take in alot of planning like any kiddie Birthday parties, right from the cake to snacks to return gifts. FnZ have the best pals with the cutest names and the most warm pet - parents. 


6 am Sunday morning we get to the beach and then trickle in their friends. Sophie and Bella (Sisters) come in early and then come Heidi, Ray, Bolt, Oskii, Bugz, Casper, Tasha, Figo, Peanut, Puppadam, Waffles, Poochu, Zella and Zorro.  We had some surprise guests too - Leo, Superman, Bruno and their local friends from around the beach. Chloe, Sasha, Disco, Ozzy and Simba couldn't make it to the party :( 



There was oatmeal and chicken cake, gluten free cookies and treats to take back home and cute name doodles on paper doilies (courtesy the sweet Umbrella Bar gurl) as return gifts. The kids ran around the beach, swam in the water, rolled in the sand, played fetch - fetch till the sun was too hot to bear. The pet - parents meanwhile oohed and aawed over their babies, munched on some gorgeous, melting in the mouth lemon tea cake baked by the Sista along with sandwiches and hot tea. The fun was over before we knew it, but the kids were exhausted and coated with sand and had to be taken home for a hot bath before they fell asleep. Perfect doggie day! They even came home with a bag full of such thoughtful Birthday gifts from everyone. 






Sooo much love was seen this Sunday with FnZ and the whole lot of their pals. We never quite fully understood love till we had these babies come home to live with us. They are our biggest miracles. I can hear them say I love you too each time without us even saying I love you to them! I pray they have a healthy and loooooong life and am so so thankful to God, he chose our home to send them to. Let's raise a virtual toast to that, shall we! Cheers! I hope you enjoi looking at the pictures so much that you run out and get some paws to live with you too :)) Have a great week and thank you for reading! 

Much Luvs,

Runa 

PS. The names Franny and Zooey come from the Sista's favouritest writer Salinger's novel by the same name :) 











16 comments:

  1. Lovely article Runa. FnZ are lucky to have you as their doting aunt :). Regards Mandakini

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    1. Mandakini, thankyou tons! So happy to have met you and Poochu. You could make it despite the shifting was so great, hope you're settled in now. Oh and FnZ love the goodies you made them. See you and Poochu soon :)

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  2. What a lovely beautiful article! I have always been petrified of dogs but this is one party I really hope I had attended! Never mind, next year I shall start bugging Meera for an invite from September onwards...that's MY budday! Nowhere near as much fun as this one, but..... 😍

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    1. Hey Manu..Thank you so much :)) Oh..I was petrified too and I still get overwhelmed with dogs I don't know too well, but having these guys and their pals around and meeting them often helps so much. You could come for camps too! They are the warmest creatures on the planet :) HAHAHHA lets have a doggie party on your burday ;-)

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  3. How beautifully you write Runa!!! Big Hugggg!!

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    1. The Unknown was/is Aunty Geeta

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    2. Aunty Geeta chummies! I guessed that was you :) Thankyooooooo....so much love pouring in, I'm so touched.

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  4. Lovely piece Runa. I am reminded when you and M came to our place first time and were scared of my dogs. But that trip I suppose converted all of you in to dog lovers and finally came your dachshunds at Bareilly, and now these F & Z.
    I am amazed how dogs can win our hearts and make themselves so endearing.

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  5. What a heart-warming read Runa :) You have been such an affectionate and a loving aunt!

    I guess its every pet parents tale on how Dogs actually change their lives.

    This read made my morning! :)

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    1. Aaah...you sweet gurl! So true...these kids turn your lives 360 degrees and always always for the better :) You're such an adorable Mum too...its a joy seeing you and Bugz together. I feel so happy and positive around all of you! Thankyou dher saara.

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  6. So beautifully written, and so true for all pet parents. These babies truly change our lives for better, and no other bond can be as pure as one with your pet. They really teach you how to love unconditionally. :)

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    1. Aaaah...Yogi...200 percent true! They even send love waves remotely isn't it? Being an Aunt is so wonderful, I can't imagine how much love I'll be floating in when I have my own :) Thankyou for coming like always and making such beautiful memories for all of us. It pictures we look back over the years and cherish immensely! We owe you so much Yogi!

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  7. Thanks, Runa, for the marvelous photos! Your writing is so nice and true. I like to read such kind-hearted words. You make my heart enjoy every word I read. Thanks.
    Warm smiles and hugs,
    Emily
    Emily - commented on Writing with Passion at http://www.essays4me.com/

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  8. wow superb
    i too wanna meet Franny & Zooey n do masti... love ya :*

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