The Heartwarming Story of Ashish and Champ
Author: Sharvari Sadgule
I met Ashish through a friend. It was our very first meeting and I saw a spark in that boy. I'll tell you why. Ashish was a 22-year old boy who had started to walk on the road to change the world, all alone.
He was the change he wanted to see in the world.
Ashish has planted over 150 trees on a local barren land and grown a jungle out of it. There, he also takes care of more than 60 stray dogs. He has rescued, spayed and vaccinated over hundred dogs.
One such rescue story that is very close to my heart is that of a darling named Champ.
It was one fine chilly evening when Champ and his family were casually lying around, happy and safe in each other's warmth and company, when a vehicle ran over them, killing everyone but our little Champ.
The accident traumatized and also paralyzed Champ. It took away Champ's front limbs.
Ashish took this pup to various local vets who suggested that he should get him euthanized to end his suffering and pain. Ashish could not prepare himself to do that and decided that he should let Champ have his fair chance at life.
It wasn't easy to see a childlike pup struggle to do simple puppy things like walking running and playing. Ashish got a walker made for champ but unfortunately, it didn't work out. He still didn't lose hope and decided to teach Champ to live the way he is. Today, Champ walks and runs on his two legs, like a happy baby kangaroo. It was Champ's stubbornness to live a happy life that made Ashish realise that he did deserve a chance at least.
Champ will never be a normal dog, but perhaps he wasn't meant to be one. Like his story, he's an extraordinary pupper who looks in the eye and tells that life isn't fair to anyone. If we just believe in ourselves, we can win over any challenge that comes our way.
Today, Champ lives in the warmth of his forever home with his hooman, and a doggy brother. He loves ‘destroying’ furniture, biting and tearing off shirt sleeves. He loves treats and playing, without even realising what he's missing. It's not like he doesn't know the reality but Ashish says that Champ, in all his little ways, tries to love and tell that he is capable of loving like any other dog. That is something Ashish cherishes and appreciates the most about Champ.
He says Champ teaches him that you can be someone who has everything and still be sad. Or, you can also be someone who doesn't have much and still be a Champ!