We’ve all heard the phrase: Dog is man’s best friend. But you’ll be amazed to know how far your furry friend can go to show how much they care.
The story of Naveen and a stray dog Malu is one such heartwarming story of loyalty and friendship.
On the second day of his 700 km long journey by foot to the Sabarimala shrine in Pathanamthitta (Kerala), Naveen, a 38-year-old hailing from Kozhikode, found a loving companion Malu.
Naveen completed his 17-days journey by foot, and Malu accompanied him to almost every step of the journey. Surprisingly, on his return journey on December 23, Malu came back home with him, seated right next to him in a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus.
Malu was a determined companion right from the start. She joined him after 80 kilometers or so. Despite Naveen shooing her away so many times, Malu remained with him.
Naveen recalled she would regularly stop and look back at him, to make sure he is following her. She used to constantly sniff at his feet.
Naveen called her as a persistent and clever dog. He said that Malu waited for him whenever he went to get food or take bath. She also safely guarded his thirumudikettu (bag of articles for worship) and slept beside him at night.
The dog also acted as his “alarm” to wake him up on time.
At one point, Naveen lost Malu for some time at the Sabrimala shrine, but she soon rejoined him.
“A few of the devotees who had accompanied me from Kozhikode called me on my phone to tell me that Malu was standing near the steps, sniffing at every man who passed by. She jumped on me the moment she spotted me in the crowd,” Naveen said.
A KRTC bus official after hearing Naveen’s story also agreed to to make arrangements to take Malu along with him. Naveen brought a ticket for Rs 460 for Malu.
Malu is now a resident in a cardboard box at Naveen’s house in Beypore.
Clearly, the story is Malu is a good example that shows that a dog is a multi-talented unwavering companion that is there for us through thick and thin. They seem to have sixth sense when it comes to compassion and understanding. Dogs can listen without judging. When you’re upset, they know. They curl up next to you and rest their head on your chest, staring at you with their big, innocent eyes, radiating love.