When Aditya Raheja and her husband, Sanjana Madappa, of Bengaluru, India, found out they were expecting their first child together, many of their friends, family members, and even doctors advised them to get rid of their five dog for the health of their future firstborn.
But as an employee of , there was no way Aditya was ever going to give up the fur babies that she lovingly adopted and cared for. So instead, she and her husband incorporated the dogs in a maternity photoshoot by Bhargavi Naveen. They did this to send a message to all her critics, showing them how important their dogs were in their lives.
Shravan Krishnan, founder of in India, shared their beautiful story in a Facebook post that has now gone viral. This is what she wrote:
Being in animal welfare, one of the most common reasons i hear for giving up a pet is ' I'm pregnant'. When I have tried to counsel these families, i get it thrown back in my face that since I don't have children and haven't experienced a pregnancy, I don't get to have an opinion. So last year in April, my ever supportive husband and I decided to see what the fuss was about.i had an unreasonably difficult pregnancy. For the first 6 months, i was glued to my toilet, even hospitalized because i was throwing up blood. The morning sickness really took a toll on me and I didnt think i would make it to the end of the pregnancy. I had a few weeks of respite before issues from a car accident four years ago started cropping up. My pregnancy became a high risk one for pre term delivery and i was restricted to the confines of my home. I cannot even begin to describe all the thoughts that went through my head but what i can tell you is this; not once did I think ' hmmm my dogs have got to go.'My dogs are the reason i got through my pregnancy with my sanity intact. The days i spent crying, I had the comforting weight of Diegos head on my lap reassuring me things would be ok. the nights i spent on the bathroom floor, Leo kept me company, gently pawing me now and then to see if i was okay. I lost a very special little girl along the way, Leela, who kept me smiling with her silly antics till the end. When i could finally fall asleep, I had Cujo resting at my feet. I couldnt afford to stay in bed feeling sorry for myself when i had these kids depending on me.
Eight months later, her son, Ayan, was born, happy and healthy. We think that not only will her and her husband be even better parents, thanks to these devoted and loving creatures, but her son will grow up that much happier.
"I was told by family, friends and even my doctor to get rid of my dogs, that my baby came first. I was told the same things that all those people who have given up pets tell me. To all those people I can just say this. I couldn't ever in good conscience give away an animal that loves me and trusts me with the same innocence and purity that my baby does. I couldn't abandon a family member to bring in another. I will not betray a life that depends on me as much as my son does. To all those people I will always say, NOT WITHOUT MY DOGS."