Her lit­tle an­gel

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PETS -

IN 2011, thir­tysome­thing artist N. Sarla Devi res­cued her pet, then two months old, from a breeder in 2011. The Jack Rus­sell Ter­rier was named Baira­van (Bairou, for short), af­ter the Hindu de­ity Lord Bhairav. This breed is known for its hunt­ing abil­ity.

Sarla has put her cre­ativ­ity to good use by mak­ing or re-de­sign­ing out­fits and ac­ces­sories for Bairou. When­ever he steps out of the house, he is guar­an­teed to look stylish.

Bairou is treated like part of the fam­ily, so some­times Sarla brings him along when­ever she at­tends birth­day par­ties, rel­a­tives’ Di­wali open houses and dog events.

She makes it a point to cel­e­brate his birth­day each year by host­ing a small-scale party for him at their home in Klang. He turned three just re­cently — on Feb 2, to be ex­act. His cake fea­tured a piece of dec­o­ra­tion re­sem­bling his im­age.

“When I travel abroad, I make sure I have a Skype call ses­sion with him of­ten.

“He is hy­per­ac­tive, en­er­getic, in­tel­li­gent and tena­cious,” de­scribes Sarla, adding that Bairou is an ex­cel­lent com­pan­ion. “He does get cranky at times but noth­ing I can’t han­dle.”

As Bairou is her “furkid”, some­times Sarla treats him just like a child. “If he re­fuses to eat, at times, I feed him. When he falls asleep on the couch, I would carry him to his (cosy) bed and pat him un­til he snoozes again.

“When I come home from shop­ping, he ex­pects me to pull out a toy or some­thing out of the shop­ping bag. When­ever there are guests at home, he tends to show off, es­pe­cially his toys.”

Sarla is a true an­i­mal lover who feels strongly about pet res­cue and adop­tion (as op­posed to buy­ing from a pet store). In 2012, she started an on­line cam­paign to spread aware­ness about an­i­mal wel­fare — fo­cus­ing on pet adop­tion — to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity and to in­spire ac­tion aimed at re­duc­ing an­i­mal abuse.

And who bet­ter to send the mes­sage home than Bairou him­self. To­gether with a Greek male model, Bairou is the face on some of the cam­paign posters (http://our­world­ladevin.blogspot.com/). He also has his own Face­book page (https://www.face­book.com/BAIROU­jack­rus­sell).

Al­though he is quite a dog star, Bairou had no prob­lems ad­just­ing to a new six­month-old puppy, named Tingku Kanna, which Sarla res­cued from the streets last Novem­ber.

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