Its firecrackers, sound & noise all around us, however in our house we never do firecrackers, i find it a sheer waste of money. Also many moons back i was a mute witness to one of my friends getting seriously burned while bursting fire crackers & that was it for me, i’ve never touched fire crackers after that. Also our son did become an ardent bird & animal lover at an early age, he also disliked the noise and also lost all interest in firecrackers after he realised what it does to birds & animals.
Magic is quite cool about it. The first year in Delhi he seemed to ignore it. This year he just goes out and barks when it gets too loud. Mia, on the other hand is very scared. She sits under the table where partner is working, shivering away or goes & hides herself in a remote corner of the bedroom.
Magic & Mia were with me on the farm for a few days & i had told the children of my fellow workers that there will be no fire crackers on our land…… so Mia managed to have a relatively peaceful time and missed out the worst of the noise in the city. Here in the city whenever a firecracker goes off, she presses her panic button. We have not taken her down for long walks since the crackers started. She gets really disturbed, the whole body will be shivering in fright, backs off and gets off her leash wanting to find a corner somewhere. At home she was not eating anything. We just talk to her & assure her that there is nothing to worry. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Apart from fire crackers, the sound of the vacuum cleaner & sound of drilling & drill machines, or anything which is leaning against the wall that falls over really upsets her. Getting spooked while inside the house is one thing, because within the four walls of the house she can find a place to feel safe.
Getting spooked while walking outside is a totally different experience. I am just plain lucky that neither Magic nor Mia have managed to get off the leash when they get spooked. They tend to move/pull backwards & their collar can come out over the head leaving me in the middle of nowhere holding the leash. Till now, i’ve managed to smell trouble before it erupts into full-scale panic. For instance, there is a certain garbage-bin that both Magic & Mia do not like. We need to cross the road to the other side before we reach that bin. Both of them also hate having to cross people sleeping on footpaths & if they have their blankets on top of their heads they get even more spooked. Both are equally wary of people in saffron-coloured sadhu robes, with big cloth bags on their shoulder, carrying a stick etc or people in green fakir robes……uff, if anyone of these types happen to appear in front of us….. God forbid !!
When we were in Delhi, Magic and I would walk a few kilometres from our house to a beautiful park called The Rose Garden in Hauz Khas. The first time when we were about to enter the park there were a few Peahens & Peacocks at the entrance spreading out their wings & giving out their loud calls. Surely a beautiful sight for us humans, however for Comrade Magic it is spookiness exemplified & he bolted. After that day he refused to enter Rose Garden despite repeated efforts over many months. We would reach the entrance and he would start backing off!!
Here in Pune, we have to cross a house which has a very friendly Great Dane named Sparkle. I always put my hands in through the gate for her to smell & give her a quick cuddle. Magic for some reason is spooked by her. By chance if Sparkle is outside the gate of her house……….Magic bolts !!
Shops that suddenly open or close their shutters, drivers deciding to start the engine just when we pass them, faulty pipelines that have water spraying like a fountain with hissing sounds….. its trouble !!
The sound made when wind flaps on tarpaulin sheets, brooms across tiled or concrete driveways are some other spooky experiences.
I should not forget a completely different type of spookiness- i.e. when I play the bansuri/flute, or if my son plays the mouth organ. Before Magic came into my life Bansuri riyaaz/practice was such an integral part of my daily existence. I used to play/practice the Bansuri for about 2/3 hours a day….& now there is no way I can hold the bansuri to my mouth in Magic’s presence !!
On the other hand i am sure there are many who get spooked just by the sight of Magic….
Peace, love & some more spookiness