I remember when I was a kid, there were very few cars that were suitable to an active lifestyle. A close friend’s father drove a rickety old SUV, and I laughed at his father’s choice of wheels but it served a purpose. When not ferrying his large family in questionable comfort, the SUV had enough space and access to get his German Shepherd in, drive comfortably to his factory and back home where the said canine was a guard dog. The kids ran for their lives at the sight of the beautiful giant. The misunderstood dog was actually quite a mellow creature once you got to know him and I even remember going camping in this van with my friend, his dad and the German Shepherd. These days, living an active lifestyle is getting more and more important. City life sucks your energy through the week, you work long hours and a quick weekend trip is almost impossible if you have a pet at home and a car unsuitable to carry your dog with you. Cars like the i20 Active seem to be made for just that; getting out, living life and not leaving anyone behind, especially the most loved member of your family, your dog.
Meera and Mira sharing a nice moment in the i20 Active’s boot
The Hyundai i20 Active is the perfect mix of a city car with outdoorsy tweaks. The suspension is raised by 20mm from the Elite i20, so when you step out of town, the ground clearance is good enough to go over poor roads and large speed breakers. You can venture off-road, tackle the odd dirt trail and even drop two wheels off the shoulder of the road without worrying when you drive through smaller villages. We did that on a recent drive to catch up with an animal behaviourist on the outskirts of Pune.
Nothing better than a animal behaviourist giving tips for my dog
Animal behaviourist must be a job description coined by a very serious person. A glance at Meera Thosar, dealing with her 9-month old Rottweiler Mira will make you forget about fancy job titles though. Meera is more of a friend to Mira, one who understands her as well as good friends understand each other. There’s an active dialogue of gestures and energies passed on between the two, without much talk or bark. Meera has been dealing with animals for over a decade and a half. Turns out she started off as a snake catcher, rescuing snakes from residences in the city. She was bitten twice in her career as a snake rescuer but that didn’t stop her. She turned her attention towards dogs, trained herself extensively and is now a professional canine trainer and behaviourist.