Of summer, mangoes and dogs

By Sindhoor Pangal, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | May 2, 2016, 09.10 PM IST

Everyone deserves to enjoy mangoes

I often drive by Palace Grounds. Yesterday I noticed a massive mango market that seemingly has come up over night. The number of varieties of mangoes was just mind blowing. And the excitement of people was palpable. Yes, we need to endure this heat. But at least the mangoes are here. My malgoa dreams have started.

This reminds me of a story that happened six years ago. It was around this time that we brought home a little puppy called Nishi. We wanted to shower her with all the love and luxury we could afford her. How then could we deprive her mangoes?

Having got our inspiration from Marley and me, we took Nishi to the garden and gave her, her first mango. She seemed to love it. We loved watching her enjoy it. Oh we were all so in love and so young and naive. While the puppy stuffed her face with mango, the two of us sat on the bench, saying silly nothings to each other. Paints a pretty picture right? Yes, pretty silly!

We snapped out of our dream in a bit and looked around. The puppy was looking at us with a happy mango covered face. And that’s it! There was nothing else around. No sign of the mango. No peel.

No seed. Everything was inside that mango faced puppy!

We panicked and called the vet. He said that our options were limited. Either she had to throw up the seed or we had to operate it out of her, as there was no way she was going to be able to pass it out. We had to bring her in as soon as she showed signs of any distress. We watched her like a hawk the next few days. Poop alert had gone to red. No vomit, no seed in poop, no distressed puppy. To this day the mystery of the missing mango seed remains unsolved.

We learnt a few lessons then. Firstly, watch puppies carefully. They do stupid things, just like us. Second, was to relax. Yes, puppies to stupid things, but they are also incredibly resilient. I know they sound contradictory. So the last lesson we learnt is that pet parenting is about walking the fine like between being protective and trusting an animal and it’s an everyday learning process. Pet parenting is an art.

Okay! On that note, how about a little mango recipe for summer? Mango is not great in big quantities for dogs. But I believe everyone deserves a little mango this time of the year. So if your dog shows interest in the fruit, try this ice cream for your dog.

Toss in a tub of full fat curds in a blender. Toss in a banana, half a mango, some honey and unsweetened peanut butter with the curds. Blend it all together and freeze it in little cups. When it’s mango-time at home, pull out a cup of the mango dessert, leave it out just for a few minutes so that it’s not freezing.

I heard Nigella Lawson say that the best place to eat a mango was in the tub, naked. I like her style. Of course, your dog won’t mind the naked part. But might actually mind the bath tub. So try the terrace, garden or parking lot.

It’s going to get messy. Might as well grab a mango yourself and join the mess. We all know that mango mess is bliss! Enjoy the season and pray for the monsoons to start soon. Meanwhile keep your dogs hydrated and cool and go easy on the walks.

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