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Meet Mitali Salvi, A Dog Trainer, Whose Doggo Helped Her Follow Her Dreams. This Is Such An Adorable Story

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Puppies are the cutest little things in the world. There is nothing that can make your heart melt faster than a goofy puppy looking at you with those big puppy-dog eyes. I remember throwing a fit as a child when my mother wouldn’t let me keep a stray puppy that I’d brought home. Thinking back though, I realise the best decision for us and puppy. It would be horribly wrong to adopt a puppy and not be able to give our 500 per cent.

Most people can claim to be dog lovers. However, there are still only very few people who genuinely know what it means to be that. Those people are like dog-whisperers and it’s almost like every doggo they have ever met has accepted that them like their own. It’s amazing how many people can communicate so much better with these canines than I can with most humans.

The reason I am talking about doggo love today is that Humans of Bombay did a very interesting interview with Mitali Salvi, a canine trainer. In 2017 when Mitali got married, a picture of her and her rescue dog dressed in matching outfits at the wedding took over the internet. It was one of those picture-perfect photos that made anyone who saw it go “awwww”.

The story behind how she found her dog, panty (I love the name) is just as adorable. She was in college when her boyfriend (now husband) saw a shopkeeper beating up a puppy, She rushed to rescue the puppy and fostered it in her hostel, secretly. After that, Mitali says she just couldn’t give her up and let’s be honest, who can?

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“I’ve had 13 dogs in my life till now! Growing up, after school, I’d go straight to the kennel and spend hours with my puppies until granny dragged me home. I was 5 when mom passed–they were my therapists with furry noses and wagging tails. They helped me through the heartbreak and every time we snuggled, life seemed easier. ⁣ Naturally, I dreamed of becoming a Vet. I helped out at my Vet’s office since I was 10, volunteered at animal welfare NGOs and rescued injured puppies. But there was no convincing my family of this ‘unconventional’ career–I was pressured into studying Engineering. ⁣ By the time I was 19, I was in college and dating Ali, my now husband. One rainy day, Ali and I saw a shopkeeper beating up a helpless puppy–I ran to pick her up. She was so tiny that I fit her into my bag and snuck her past hostel security. We weren’t allowed pets, so I fostered her till she found a home. I taught her tricks so that my peers warmed up to her and smuggled her in and out of the hostel so we wouldn’t get caught. ⁣ Once, she jumped out of a laundry basket with a bra and underwear hanging off her and came running to me. That's how Panty pretty much named herself! Over time, I just couldn’t give her up. Honestly, it was Panty who saved me–she brought me closer to my dream career. During one of her vaccinations, the vet saw how well trained she was, and asked, ‘Why don’t you try dog training?’ A light bulb switched on– I even found a course for it, but my family refused to pay, because it wasn’t a ‘real job’. So Ali and I pooled our savings, and I went for it. Soon after, I got my first client through that same vet. Word spread and more clients poured in! Panty became my little helper and came along for every appointment. I’ll never forget the joy I felt when I trained a rescue dog to overcome his past trauma and connect with his new family! ⁣ It’s been 8 years and I’ve trained 500 dogs, but the feeling of spending every day with my fur babies is like no other– all because of Panty! From giving me my dream career, to being the cutest ring bearer while I married Ali, she’s been my best friend. Also, just how cute is her name?”

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Talking about her dog’s unconventional name, Mitali said, “Once, she jumped out of a laundry basket with a bra and underwear hanging off her and came running to me. That’s how Panty pretty much named herself! Over time, I just couldn’t give her up. Honestly, it was Panty who saved me–she brought me closer to my dream career.”

In the interview, she talks about how she loved dogs since she was a child and would go to kennels straight after school to play with dogs. Talking about her childhood, she tells HOB, “I was 5 when mom passed–they were my therapists with furry noses and wagging tails. They helped me through the heartbreak and every time we snuggled, life seemed easier.”

Mitali talks about volunteering at vet clinics since she was 10 and how she too dreamed of becoming a veneration doctor. But her family was against this “unconventional” career and forced her to study engineering. It wasn’t until she found Panty that she found her true calling – canine training.

She says, “During one of her vaccinations, the vet saw how well trained she was, and asked, ‘Why don’t you try dog training?’ A light bulb switched on– I even found a course for it, but my family refused to pay because it wasn’t a ‘real job’. So, Ali and I pooled our savings, and I went for it. Soon after, I got my first client through that same vet. Word spread and more clients poured in! Panty became my little helper and came along for every appointment.”

She has been training dogs for eight years now and has trained 500 of them. How awesome is that? Talking about Panty while signing off, Mitali says, “From giving me my dream career to being, the cutest ring bearer while I married Ali, she’s been my best friend. Also, just how cute is her name?”

Mitali’s story has all the right elements- a dog, love, following your dreams, passion and a wedding. I wouldn’t surprised if they turned it into a movie soon. We are living in such dreadful times that it has become vital that we focus on happy and breezy things right now.

After all, what can spread more joy than a doggo?

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