On World Veterinary Day (April 28), Manjari Chaitanya, an animal lover from Bengaluru, took the opportunity to thank Dr Lohit, a well-known veterinarian running Bangalore Pet Hospital and Maruthi Pet Clinic, for being an inspiration to her son and saving her four-legged child Rodin.
Ask any child who their superheroes are and, at the age of four, it will be either “Appa” or “Amma.” Our little bundle of joy and sunshine Advaith’s choices are not ordinary. His most loved one has always been his Appa thatha – his paediatrician, Dr Srinath Herur, and now his superhero is Dr Lohit; not someone who’s a film star or one famous for his six-pack abs. My son’s Superhero saves lives of animals at our favorite animal shelter CARE; he does not wear a mask but wears the most simple and humble smile; he utters no famous dialogues because his actions speak louder than words. His rewards are most often wagging tails and teary eyes.
In today’s ever busy and commercial world, he runs two of Bangalore’s best veterinary clinics: Bangalore Pet Hospital – BPH; and Maruthi Pet Clinic – MPC. But what he does at CARE for Bangalore’s owner-less, less-fortunate stray animals, silently and with so much dedication, has us bow down with gratitude. My son’s super hero, his role model, lives every moment of his life saving lives of those who have no voice of their own. They don’t always have humans who can afford to pay their medical bills, or come back to take them home when they are better or even give them a decent burial.
Dr Lohit was in Tirupati when I was struggling to come to terms with my parvo recovered pup Rodin’s intestinal intussusception. All the good vets had pre-scheduled surgeries that day and my little Rodin didn’t have time. Dr Lohit heard me out as I sobbed in despair and he reassured me that he would see him the same evening. I waited and I saw how Dr Lohit’s face dropped when he saw how small Rodin was. I nearly gave up, but Dr Lohit did not. He operated on the tiny puppy for almost three hours to come out smiling. Rodin had at least 50% of his small intestine removed; so we had to wait and watch. He stayed at MPC for a week under Dr Lohit’s watchful care and on Valentine’s Day we took him home – the most precious valentine’s gift I have ever received. Today, we have a little puppy licking our faces every morning because his doctor didn’t give up on him. His canine mother was helpless when humans snatched and dumped her puppies in an open place. I was helpless when I was told that it was not worth the effort for such a small pup. But Dr Lohit gave him a new lease of life.
Parents worry about their children, about the choices that they will make. At four-and-a-half, my son wants to be like Dr Lohit and join CARE. As a mother, I can’t help but be proud of his choices already!
The only way children learn is by watching and I am so grateful that he has this real-life super hero who is a super power, saving lives and remaining so humble, simple and grounded. On World Veterinary Day, I would like to thank him for being such an inspiration and will be eternally grateful for what he has done for both my sons, Advaith and Rodin!!!