Family Orders Pregnant Woman To Get Rid Of Her Dogs, Then She Poses For Revenge Photo Shoot
When Aditya Raheja and Sanjana Madappa learned they were going to have a baby, they were, like all first-time parents, ecstatic. And like any other couple, they immediately announced the great news to their family and friends.
But while their friends and relatives were happy, they immediately started with unsolicited advice. The biggest point of contention? The couple’s many dogs.
Sanjana works with an animal rescue organization called CUPA in the couple’s home city of Bengaluru, India. As a result, she’s taken in five dogs and fostered many others. The couple loves each one of them, but other people had other ideas.
“I was told by my family, friends, and even my doctor to get rid of my dogs, that my baby came first.” Sanjana wrote. They were concerned for the safety of the baby, or that the dogs would demand too much attention.
But Sanjana, who has worked with animals for years, and has seen many dogs given up because of a new baby, was firm in her response. Her dogs were staying.
“I was told the same things that all those people who have given up pets tell me,” she wrote. “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.”
And to show her dedication to her family, both human and canine, she and Aditya posed for a fantastic maternity shoot starring all five dog siblings.
Sanjana Madappa and her husband, Aditya Raheja, had been married for two years when they learned their family was getting a little bigger. And their family already consisted of five rescue dogs.
When their friends and family learned a baby was on the way, they immediately told the couple to get rid of their dogs. The baby had to come first, they said.
But Aditya and Sanjana would have none of that.
To show their dedication to the furry members of their family, they arranged this adorable photo shoot starring everyone.
Sanjana works for an animal rescue organization in Bengaluru, where she sees many pets given up when someone gets pregnant.
“Being in animal welfare, one of the most common reasons I hear for giving up a pet is ‘I’m pregnant,’” she wrote.
“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.”
And it wasn’t an easy journey for the couple.
“I had an unreasonably difficult pregnancy. For the first six months, I was glued to my toilet, even hospitalized because I was throwing up blood,” she wrote.
“The morning sickness really took a toll on me and I didn’t 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.”
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