Saturday, 19 January 2013

Arunachala Animal Sanctuary

Winnie, the compound dog,  in front of our rice paddy
This past week week has been a blur of working from home on technical documents, tending to David who is still hobbling around on his now recovering leg, and making sure the shopping and other 'needfuls' got done around the house. We live on a compound of about 12 acres so there is always much to be done to keep the place running. My husband is the primary person who takes care of the garden, does the daily run into town for veggies and milk, and is the one who keeps tabs on so many other details. Is the internet down?  Is the power off for longer than normal and who do we call to check on this? Do we need to pump more water? Since he was under doctor's orders NOT to move around much, I was on duty to do the things that he normally takes care of; I must say that I have a new appreciation of all that he does around the compound while I am working in Chennai during the week.

This week one of our dogs seemed less than energetic and upon a close examination of her coat, I found two pretty deep bite marks most likely from the other dogs on the compound. Winnie, a small ginger colored dog, is the low dog on the dog totem pole and gets bullied if we don't watch out for her. Since we were at the hospital all of the previous week, she did get bullied and seemed to have an infection on her back leg.

One of the great things about a small town like Tiruvannamalai is that it attracts a variety of people with a multitude of talents - like veterinarians. One of the best kept secrets here is the Arunachala Animal Sanctuary down the road from Ramanasramam. The doctors are wonderful and the medicine is dispensed without charge. When I phoned the vet on duty to ask about Winnie's infected leg, he said to try some antibiotics that would be waiting for me when I arrived. Since I didn't think Winnie would appreciate a ride on the back of my moped, I got the drugs without her being examined by the vet, hoping for the best. I always leave a donation even though they do not charge any fees for their services.

Their website is If you are an animal lover, you might want to read more about this fine organization in India.