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DANCING DIVORCEE: It’s a dog’s life

How a pup made me and my ex share the bed together

Like most couples going through a terrible breakdown we worked very hard to ensure that nobody had a clue about what was happening. Photo: ThinkStock (ThinkStock)Premium
Like most couples going through a terrible breakdown we worked very hard to ensure that nobody had a clue about what was happening. Photo: ThinkStock

Like most couples going through a terrible breakdown we worked very hard to ensure that nobody had a clue about what was happening. The outside world saw us as this quiet, happy, yuppie couple on the move-up with everything good just about to be delivered to our doorstep.

At this point, our separate bedrooms was something even the maid didn’t suspect, for all evidence was neatly folded away before her arrival. As we went about our daily doings, ducking social invitations, we had an unexpected visitor.

A friend barged in, quoting an emergency, he deposited a floppy, shy little puppy and dashed off, promising to be back the next day. The minute he disappeared so did the puppy’s shyness.

Without stopping to chat he went on a peeing rampage, barking all the way. The Ex and I, used to a cold, tired silence in the house were suddenly jolted into being alive. Working as a team, we first started mopping up the pee. The pup followed us, curiously, wondering what we were doing on all fours. It was the most fun we had together in a year.

After that hectic exercise, we collapsed on the sofa with the pup nibbling our toes in turns. The Ex called a few friends to enquire about the dietary habits of three month old dogs. Apparently bread and milk was just fine.

To keep Mango (That was his name) company we had french toast and watched him as he lapped up the bread and milk furiously, with tiny yaps, cleanly off the bowl. I never knew it tasted so good. Mango’s stomach had a warm little bulge now and he jumped up on the sofa and sat between us (After peeing, of course, which we decided to ignore).

As Mango slept, we read the Sunday papers in this beautiful quiet contentment, conscious of each other’s presence, taking turns to scratch his ear as our hands brushed against one another. The entire day centred around Mango - his food, his poop, his barking, his constant need for attention.

That night, when I went into my room and the Ex into his, Mango got extremely confused. He began running from one room to another, yipping furiously. We were worried the neighbours would call the cops. Having no choice, I got into the Ex’s bed and hugged the furthermost corner. Mango, lay down, exhausted, triumphant and finally content between us. He was an extremely fair dog and licked us in turns. Maybe it was our reward for sharing a bed again.

I didn’t sleep for a long time that night. I don’t think the Ex did either.

The next morning, even before Mango woke up, our friend came back. He apologised profusely and as he gathered a very excited, loving and I must say ungrateful Mango in his arms, he asked curiously, “So did you guys fight a lot?".

We were puzzled by the question. We quickly reassured him, “No, not at all." We saw the surprise in his eyes. According to him, babysitting a puppy as a couple is fraught with wars. After imparting this piece of wisdom, he buzzed off with an admiring, “Wow, you are definitely made for each other."


That night, the Ex and I missed Mango a lot, separately, in our respective bedrooms.

Dancing Divorcee is a weekly happy, sad, funny, obnoxious blog on the misadventure called divorce. It will appear every Thursday. Arathi Menon is a dancing divorcee who also blogs, writes, tweets and repairs brands.

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Published: 04 Jul 2013, 10:43 AM IST
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