It has been a long and arduous battle for Akela who would not only pine for the love of her life - an alpha dog called Shiva in the colony - but also had to bear the humiliation of having to deal with Shiva living in with a female queen dog. Both those dogs were much bigger than Akela. When Shiva was by himself, he would be nice to her and she would frolic around him but when Shiva and his queen came for a stroll Akela would get agitated and bark and on many occasions that huge dog would attack Akela. Sadly, torn between his queen and his love, Shiva would attack Akela too. Many times she got badly injured but like I mentioned in an earlier post - her emotional pain was more than her physical pain. But she never gave up on her love.
|Akela and Shiva|
And then, a couple of months ago, the queen got injured - some vehicles hit her perhaps and she would limp a bit.
Akela sensed an opportunity and increased her overtures to Shiva. The pendulum slowly shifted and Shiva would come alone and give Akela attention, leaving his queen alone. In a while the queen was sent off and I found that she had moved from Shiva's house to some other house much further down the street. Now Akela got bolder. She would go for a walk with Shiva and attack the queen who was sitting quietly.
And this time, Shiva also attacked the queen.
|Checking out some art|
It was a complete fall from grace for her. Akela though would not leave her and attacked her at every opportunity, getting back at all she had to put up in the past. Akela was relentless is claiming and maintaining her newly acquired space.
And then one day - the queen disappeared. I have not seen her since.
Now its just Akela and Shiva playing with one another, running about together. Its such a joy to see her happiness when Shiva comes to her. And Shiva, in his gruff ways gives in to her and humours her playful ways.
If you love someone...fight for it. Don't give up on them, seems to be Akela's motto. Served her well.