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Sacred dog leaves intensive care with fanfare
A dog worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu saint has left an Indian animal hospital after recovering from kidney problems.
Sai, a seven-year-old white Spitz, is believed to be Shirdi Saibaba, a saint who lived in the western state of Maharashtra around 100 years ago.
A special exit was arranged for the dog as he was discharged from the intensive care unit of an animal hospital in Bombay.
Devotees distributed biscuits and sweets to the other animals, draped a shawl around Sai and applied a vermilion dot to his forehead.
Sai lives at an ashram south of Bombay, where he sits on a throne to worshipped by the public twice a day. He travels in a limousine, lives in air-conditioned quarters, eats out of special cut class crockery and has four attendants.
Locals are known to carry the animal through town on Mondays and Thursdays.
Beliefs about the dog being a reincarnation of the saint are reportedly partly due to his perfect mannerisms and temperament and his apparent enjoyment of prayer sessions.
Neeta Parvate, a spokesman for the BSPA hospital, told Mumbai Newsline: "He took treatment in a dignified manner. It was as if he knew someone was taking care of him. Looking after Sai was a different experience."
Swami Narayan, the spiritual guru who owns the dog, said: "Sai's journey in this life needs a deeper understanding of the complexities of existence."
Tuesday 6th August 2002
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