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Friday, 03 December 2021 3.06 PM IST

Blackie waiting for three days, awaiting return of dear ones amidst rescue operations in Tapovan dam

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CHAMOLI: It is a proven fact that a dog is a human's best friend as he will stand with him or her through thick and thin always. One such instance has come about from the travesty that took place in Uttarakhand recently.

A two-year-old Bhutia breed dog named Blackie was spotted waiting outside the tunnel of the Tapovan dam that was destroyed by the flash flood due to the glacier burst in the Chamoli district of the state. For the past three days, he has been sitting there, awaiting the return of the workers who fed and petted him.

Blackie was born near the area where the NTCP's hydel project was being constructed. He grew up with the workers around him. He used to come in the morning, meet the men and go back downhill.

That fateful Sunday, he followed his routine and came back up there, only to find that his favourite workers were not around as the flood had hit.

Speaking to The Times of India, a resident named Ajeet Kumar said, "He must have realized something was amiss. The place was full of strangers who paid no attention to him." Further, he added that Blackie used to laze around close to the project site.

One of the workers named Rajinder Kumar said, "We would give him food, a sack to sleep on when we worked. Blackie would be around during the day and leave in the evening when we did."

With the rescue operation going on, the teams tried to shoo him away but he just did not budge and kept coming back to check. The local onlookers also noticed the canine's presence there and stated he was visibly anxious. Also, they are the ones who look after the dog as well as feed him. They hope that the workers are rescued soon

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TAGS: BLACKIE, WAITING, THREE DAYS, AWAIT, RETURN, DEAR ONES, AMIDST, RESCUE OPERATIONS, TAPOVAN DAM
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