MAGICAL Eyes & Cuddles and MORE Splash Fun!

Magical Eyes – Ever wonder why you melt, give in, or just find those drooling doggy eyes – simply irresistible? Does theUntitled-1gaze, the look, the melting eyes just captivate and spellbind your heart? There is no escape…best is you are happily smitten and completely under their charm and spell.

 

Well, there’s now a scientific evidence for the same. Japanese researchers have found that dogs when they make eye contacts with their pet parents induce increased level of oxytocin in pet parents. This is very similar to the feeling that bonds together parents and children. No wonder, as pet parents, you experience so many magical moments and realise that life is about the moments which steal your heart away!

 

Magical Cuddles – The student union at University of Central Lancashire in UK is teaming up with the charity Guide Dogs to raise money for charity and to help students de-stress during exams by cuddling a puppy in a dedicated dog room. Based on a research done in Japan that pictures of kittens and pups could increase concentration levels.

 

More Splash Fun – Many of us take our furry kids along on vacation as we get to spend a lot of quality time with them. Every trip with them is memorable. Once on a trip to Rishikesh with Sparkle, Sparkle decided to have a swimming gala on the banks of the river Ganges. Under our supervision, wearing a harness and a long retractable leash we let Sparkle cautiously in the shallow part of the river. To my amazement, joy and excitement, Sparkle was simply ecstatic, not only was he paddling and swimming, but also diving in like an OTTER and picking up pebbles and bringing them up – ‘See mama- what I can do!’ Honestly- it did make my heart so proud, not only that while remembering this incident which was so many years back… brings a BIG sparkling smile to my heart.

 

Yes, pets can surprise us with their skills. Those who are still hesitant to let your pooch swim can get some real handy tips in our special feature titled Swimming: A splash of fun, frolic and exercise. Let the water beauties show their skills! After all it is summer time… time to relax and chill. Take good care of your pets in this season. Sparkle and team wish you a fun-filled summer ahead and do CONNECT with us on our facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dogsandpupsmag) having 1,45,000 plus ‘Likes’ for your daily dose of fun, information and interaction.

 

Wishing you all happy & safe summers!

Shweta
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Just do it – RIGHT!

Time to do the right thing and most importantTIME to say NO!Shweta

As pet parents, we often go overboard in pampering our pooches. In our attempt to make them look smart and trendy, we dress them up with spectacles or human clothes. Though they may look cute and make up for some sweet pictures, they are actually very uncomfortable in human dressing.

 

Another major mistake we do is to give them a human treat – especially chocolates…they are overtly harmful to your pooch.

 

Some even go to the extent of spraying them with their favourite perfume, which is not at all suitable for them. Remember they are not humans and they do not need human things.

 

And that’s not all. We even treat them like humans. We hug them, which most of the dogs dislike. We confuse them by not giving the specific commands and then expecting them to understand us. They can sense our body language – dogs know when you are happy and when you are sad. Another thing which they dislike is being patted on head/face. It disturbs them.

 

As pet parents, we would have come across situations where we want our pooches to meet and greet strangers. Let them become comfortable and then introduce them.

 

Whenever you go for a walk with your pooch, let him smell and explore his surroundings. He loves to do that…do not pull his leash every time he stops to smell something. Give him time…he appreciates it.

 

Just to summarise the points, there are many more….
Say NO to dressing your dog – with spectacles or human clothes.
Say NO to chaining your dog
Say NO to giving chocolates to them
Say NO to abandoning your dog
Say NO to table scraps
Say NO to throwing Holi colour on them
Say NO to cruelty towards strays….

 

Your pooch has a short life and he deserves your love in return of the unconditional love, loyalty and faithfulness he bestows on you. Let’s equip ourselves with the right knowledge to do the right things with our beloved pooches.

 

Our team with our pack leader Sparkle are happy that we have crossed one lakh and thirty thousand (1,30,000) ‘Likes’ on our facebook , creating a connect for doing the RIGHT thing… do connect with us on www.facebook.com/dogsandpupsmag.
Happy Pet Parenting!

Shweta
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Excitement & Exuberance – Each Day and Every Day!

Shweta What amazes me is how Sparkle greets us ‘Good-Morning’ everyday – so much excitement and exuberance every morning. He rushes up to me and Suhaan (my son) as if saying ‘WHERE WERE YOU? I have missed you so much and am meeting you after so long’. The feeling is so special when I see my Springer spring to us, cuddle and sniff us awake. Both me and Suhaan really look forward to this. In fact, if Sparkle is somewhere in the house, one of our favourite moments is to watch him running to us when we call out for him. It’s as if ‘Wait for me – I don’t want to miss the morning ritual!’ The body language, fur, eyes, smile – all so happy, he actually leaves us “Sparklebound”. What also surprises me is how he takes up his daily activities with so much of enthusiasm and fervour.

 

The same I have noticed with our Pariah friends – every morning starts with ZEST. It’s most heart warming when Sparkle and I are followed by the friends, who adore us! I thought may be the crux is our darling furry friends do everything in the moment. They are there and nowhere else. They do everything they want to do with so much passion, energy, enthusiasm, concentration, persistence – leaving no stone unturned – and that is the key to their contented & successful lifestyles.

 

So as always, we commit to Happy Responsible Pet Parenting by learning and doing the right practise. We need to do simple things like focusing on their daily needs and requirements – the most important one is also to spend quality time with YOU – getting that belly rub which most of them love! It is important to note – your pet is your family member, so they are not destined to be secluded or shut in one part of your home. Also your pet needs to be free and never chained. I read a very interesting line, “A chained dog is like a chained soul.” So, always ensure they have the freedom which is their right!
Another important aspect is to respect their feelings. They feel happy, sad, they get jealous, they miss – their feelings are SO PURE in every sense. Enjoy them, cherish them each day and every day!

 

Do like our facebook page (www.facebook.com/Dogsandpupsmag) for your daily dose of fun, information and interaction and most important – CONNECT. We look forward to sharing your experience and having a platform for all people – who want to promote Responsible Pet Parenting. Sniff all the interesting and informative articles on our website (www.dogsandpupsmagazine.com) under the section ‘Article Library’. You can become a member and participate in the various interactives in ‘Readers Write In’ and see your inputs get printed in the magazine and posted on the website.

 

Our Team with our pack leader Sparkle wish you a Funtastic, Fulfilling & Fabulous 2015. Here’s to Health, Happiness and everything which makes your Heart Happy & more…!

 

Shweta
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Love is all around – adopt it!

Love is a loving heart, a wagging tail, a wet nose, heart melting eyes, somebody who greets you with a jump and a spring! Each one of us who has ever loved a Dog knows the meaning of unconditional love. Love is specially best when it comes to you – unannounced – this specially happens when I meet ‘STARRY’- my favourite brown and white very handsome pariah. My heart sure does smile looking at his big brown eyes! Like a cat- he goes all around me… I sure do bask in the attention I get!

 

Then there is ‘CRANKY’ as the name suggests – he is vocal in a whining manner for whatever he wants! Some mornings when Sparkle and I go for aShweta walk- we are escorted by Starry and Cranky- both really like Sparkle and the chemistry between the trio is quite a sight. On one such morning, Sparkle decided to have an adventure and ran off behind his lady love – little did he realise there were other Dogs. Behind Sparkle was – I and Starry- you don’t need to guess but Starry was definitely faster and chivalrously managed to ward off the other dogs away from Sparkle – meanwhile I in my full sprinting motion also managed to catch up. We sure did stir up quite a commotion, Sparkle was not happy that his rendezvous came to an abrupt end. Starry bravely saved Sparkle from getting bitten or attacked by other dogs!

 

On many other occasions I have noticed how are stray angels actually take it upon themselves to guard their respective colonies from unwanted elements – they just can sense when things are not right and do alert the night watchman with their barks!

 

It is indeed very heartwarming to see a lot of people – who have started working for this cause in providing homes and care for our Stray Friends. People from all walks of life are spreading compassion and kindness to make their lives better by either finding them a home, spreading more awareness through celebrity participation – providing food, water even medical care in situations. These angels are sturdy survivors – giving love manifolds.

 

It becomes important to give them right care by sterilisation – it is very sad to watch stray pup litters getting killed and hurt by accidents and other things. Pet parents have realised that strays also form excellent pets and more and more people are adopting them as family members. Lovable and loving – they are better attuned to the environment, they have fewer health issues and are sturdy. With proper training and socialisation, they are the best pals one can have. As Mother Teresa rightly said, “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”- so definitely – do greet our guarding angels with a smile and give them space in your Heart & Home!

 

Sparkle says – Hope you enjoy this issue – he surely has worked very hard for it! Pamper your pets with your TIME and take proper care of their needs! Do make EVERYDAY – a “Happy Day !”

 

Happy pampering! Happy Times! & Happy  Year ahead…

Shweta
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Treasure – that is what you are…

Treasure your dog as he treasures you. He senses your each and every move not to forget your emotions, tone of your voice- Shweta Khuranaspecially when you need that cold nose and cuddle- enquiring if all is great. They always have that- I AM THEIR….and I CAN HELP. In school – I lost a camera while on a picnic- on returning home, sitting on the dining table was very upset. My little four-legged friend (a growly Spitz by nature) – called Teddy (having attributes of a grizzly bear) – took it upon himself to wipe my tears away. He jumped on the chair then on the table- sat right in front of me and wiped my tears away… till date I do miss him and some of our childhood fondest memories revolve around him!,
 

These action and energy beings are multi talented- do read our article K-9 Superheroes with Super Powers where in you will get an insight into their tremendous capabilities. Small or large breed, pedigree or stray – they all know how to love and be loved. As pet parents there are some common mistakes which we should avoid. We talked to vets, trainers and groomers and have compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts for your pet. Pooches bring a lot of love and cheer in our lives. But, did you ever give a thought on whether your pooch is contented or not? In this issue, we also give a formula on how to keep your pooch truly contented.
 

With festivals just round the corner, do ensure your pet’s routine is maintained. Dogs become very restless when firecrackers are burst. So, be extra cautious during that time and give them all love and support they deserve. A few tips are being shared in this issue to make festivals an enjoyable time for all.
 

Sniff all the interesting and informative articles on our website (www.dogsandpupsmagazine.com) under the section ‘Article Library’. You can become a member and participate in the various interactives in ‘Readers Write In’ and see your inputs get printed in the magazine and posted on the website. Sniff a bit more and we will love to have you participate in our Blogs, Ask The Expert and Gift & Goodies sections on our website. Do check out our facebook page (www.facebook.com/Dogsandpupsmag) for your daily dose of fun, information and interaction and most important – CONNECT. We look forward to sharing your experience and having a platform for all people – who want to promote Responsible Pet Parenting.
 

Sparkle recently celebrated his birthday. A core bullying member of our team…
Sparkling Treasure always. We will love to wish your PAW’s health, happiness and more…do e-mail us their pictures and birthdates.
 

Happy Reading…Happy Times…Celebrations and more!

Shweta
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Celebrating Eternal & Timeless love…

Shweta KhuranaHEARTFELT HAPPINESS TO ALL – our team is jumping, sniffing, prancing with joy – as you hold our 10th Anniversary Edition. “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.” –Lao Tzu, each edition of Dogs & Pups has been bought out with passion to empower you to do the right ‘practice’ for your pet. It has been a fascinating journey of celebrating LOVE, which is unconditional, eternal & timeless. The very soul/core of our magazine is PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE PET PARENTING and it has been overwhelming to see that we share the views with so many like-minded people. Cheers to all- and hoping to see happy wagging tails, not just at our homes but also on the streets- happy.

 

Our Heroes Our Dogs – with their abundant Love, Loyalty, Intelligence, Friendship, Bonding, Bravery, Sensitivity, Adaptability… have made an incredible mark in our heart and soul. Dogs, through time, have enriched our lives, connecting with people in different centuries, countries and people of all ages. This friendship, so true, has surely withstood with excellence- the test of time and passed with flying colours. Dating- may be 12,000 years back or more when dogs initially settled with humans, where in they would alert people to any intruder entering the camps- because of their astute smelling powers. In return they too benefitted with a safe environment and food.

 

Dogs have had an important role to play in various cultures and mythologies. There is a depiction of dogs in various cultures- some being- Greek, Hindu and Chinese. We sure have come a long way- they have not only been companion to the elite but  they have also  performed and excelled in innumerable activities – protection, herding, search & rescue, hunting, assisting, companionship, etc. Currently they share our home and hearts- by giving us Unconditional Love. No wonder they have been christened as ‘Man’s Best Friend’.

 

Hope you enjoy reading 10 Essential Life-Saving Commands, 10 Crucial FIRST AID Ways to Save Your Pet’s Life and 10 Amazing Facts About Lovable Pooches! Come sniff important information on our website (www.dogsandpupsmagazine.com) and join us on facebook (www.facebook.com/Dogsandpupsmag) for some fun and gifts.

 

Every issue is dedicated to this bond of love. Sparkle and the team wish your furry friends and you Happiness. Let’s celebrate this bond so true.

 

Shweta
Shweta@dogsandpups.net

Protectors all the way!

Must watch – Swedish House Mafia – Save The World, the video catches the protective instincts of dogsShweta beautifully. On witnessing crime – one dog calls all the others – they not only save but comfort the victims. Our superhero canines – always make us happy and definitely make the world a better place! To ensure their happiness, it’s very important to learn their body language and needs – and understand what they are trying to communicate. Do read Decoding the ‘Bow’dy Talk! and Ways to comprehend canine conversations.

 

Our loyal buddies have been with many ROYALs who have loved and adored them. The Bichon Frise was a regular member at royal courts in Europe; Pekingese were kept only by emperors, relatives and courtiers at the Imperial Court in China; Pug was extremely popular in Victorian times; Maltese were owned by kings, queens and nobility in Egypt, et al. This issue, we bring you information on two such royal hounds – Rampur Greyhound (India) and Borzoi (Russia). Both these breeds have been noble companions in different parts of the world and now lovely companions for all pet lovers alike.

 

The summers are at its peak and it has become pertinent to keep our pooches cool and hydrated. But do we really know how much water is enough for our pooch? Sniff for answers in Why is water important for your pet? and Learn how to keep your pet safe this summer. And it’s not just the pet dogs who need our care; stray dogs need our compassion too. Provide them shade and a bowl of clean drinking water.

 

Our next issue will be our 10th Anniversary Issue, for us it has been a journey of celebrating love which is so TRUE, TIMELESS & ETERNAL. Love expressed multiplies, we look forward to your interactions with us in the magazine and on our website: www.dogsandpupsmagazine.com. Do also log on to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Dogsandpupsmag and get your daily dose of Unconditional love and Knowledge from experts – which empower us to do the RIGHT thing… for our canine protectors.

 

Sparkle says – do practise SUNSHINE SAFETY…for all. Enjoy the summers and have a wonderful vacation and most important…write in.

 

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”  —Milan Kundera

Happy reading!

 

Shweta
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You & I: Pawsome Twosome!

Love and time is what our furry angels need. This is true for both our pets and our delightfully expressive stray guardians. Do think of the amount of time you actually spend with them- keeping your daily activities/routine in mind. The moments you spend with them- you can see the happiness in their eyes and heart. Sparkle ensures he gets his daily dose of pampering by all- if someone is busy he just goes and keeps his head under their hand- I want and want it now. Same goes for our furry stray angels. Sparkle has a long list of stray friends- who come and say ‘hello’ to him and because of Sparkle we get special privileges- a nudge, a jump, a cold nose on the hand- we sure do feel special when love comes un-announced in the shape of four-legged waggy tails and warm eyes- it sure makes the moment and the day super special!

Recently on a radio chat on pets, I heard Dr Ajay Sud (a veterinarian in Delhi) saying that pet parents are more aware and he notices fewer problems in pets – Kudos to all pet parents who are making this happen by taking complete care of their four-legged friends through responsible parenting. For this, we need to first make our home dog-friendly. In this issue, we are giving an insight into common household products and plants which can be dangerous for our canine members, if ingested. Even a simple thing like a collar/harness needs to be a pawfect match for our pooch – and that’s exactly what our special feature talks about. Pooches touch our lives in more ways than one…read about Muffin, who reminds us that in spite of the short span of life that our pets have- they just give us millions of happy memories and learning.

We have also revamped our website – www.dogsandpupsmagazine.com – do check the ‘Article Library’ – a treasure of doing the RIGHT thing for your pooch, we have shared in the last decade. Also, it will be great to have your inputs in our section- ‘Readers Write In’- pawticipate, express, gain knowledge and have fun!

Summer is approaching…let’s keep our pooches cool and comfortable. Save your pet from heatstrokes… always provide clean drinking water to your furry friends at all time. Do take care of your furry guardians in your respective areas – they too need your love and tender care.

Sparkle and the team wish you happy sunny days ahead!

Shweta
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Why God made dogs?

Sparkle’s cuddle made me think- Why God made dogs? – the answer was simple for Happiness and Hugs, Love and Loyalty, Friendship and Fun, to Give and to be Grateful. Our Furry Gurus teach us a lot more- Mindfulness, Compassion, Perseverance, Never Give up Attitude, Express – wag when you’re happy, growl or give warning signals when you’re not. Simply put – Be true andUntitled-34 be you. Sniff for the daily dose of happiness in simple things. Enjoy the cold nip, snuggle in the blanket, give soulful looks for the things you want. Be demanding and most of all – Have fun! Lift our spirits, make us laugh, bark our blues away…with their numerous antics keep us amazed and alive. Most important – learn to say NO – if you don’t want to do something- don’t do it (this happens on a cold day when Sparkle refuses to go for a walk!).
Truly our best friends who not only give us the emotional support but since time have been helping humans in so many activities- herding, sledging, detection activities- bombs, drugs, health issues, helping people with disabilities, being a confidante to all – helping children, supporting the elderly – so many amazing abilities in one package – the dog!
A child who is brought up in the company of a pooch knows that he is responsible for his dog’s needs and thus develops compassion for all beings.
“The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887)
Some New Year resolutions by our loving pet parents: Varuna Divekar from Mumbai says, “My resolution is to buy more dogs and a farm house.” In Secunderabad, Manoj Khurana decides to sterilise more colony friends, already 100+fixed. Similarly, Nishi Chand of Lucknow goes for more awareness of adoption & sterilisation and Oindrila Ray will help stray dogs get some shelter, food and medicine in Pune. And in Delhi, Deepti Shukla’s dog Zoonie will share her food with street friends. Sanjana Ganguli in Ahmedabad and Ranjeeta Nath Ghai in Assam plan to reduce weights of their pooches. In Kanpur, Manisha Dubey says to have lots of fun and love each other more and Vatsala Shukla in Delhi gets set for longer morning walks and soaking up the morning sunlight with her pooch.
Sparkle and the team of Dogs & Pups wish you Furry happiness – have a fun-filled 2014!

Shweta
shweta@dogsandpups.net

Beginnings & Happy Memories

The first day of your pup/dog is very special. Happy homecoming is possible only with planning and doing the right thing – read, talk, explore. A lot of activities happen before the arrival of the pup- and a lot of work afterwards. It’s a new environment for him – people, smells, places to explore – they need extra love, care and attention. It requires patience, time and loads of love, but believe me, it turns out to be one of the most rewarding experiences and memorable memories.

My three canines – Beauty who looked like a bear cub, Teddy – the001 grizzly bear- a Pomerian with tonnes of attitude and Sparkle – were all tiny when they came. The excitement when we first met them was tremendous but each would miss their mom and littermates- and howl. But they easily settled in with lots of cuddles, warmth and of course work. Soon they were at their wagging, exploring and don’t mess with me- Best! Lots of patience and love gave them the confidence and kept them happy.

Beauty, my Labrador always wanted attention from my mother first. I specially remember an incident, when she actually pushed my sister off my mother’s lap to make room for herself – as if telling my mom – it’s me FIRST! My Black Beauty, as we used to call her, was an attention and sympathy seeker too. Once she got hurt and had her front paw bandaged- she came to each one of us and showed her bandaged paw. A boundless ball of energy-who my grandmother tried very hard to train- but Beauty had better ideas and would zip in our garden, always trying to evade her. All these memories really lighten and liven up the moment and make the heart smile. I see the same magic between Sparkle and Suhaan – my six-year-old son. The beginning of the day what three of us look forward to most is cuddled up canine moments! Sparkle is Suhaan’s self appointed alarm clock- feels delighted to wake him for school and once he’s up –Sparkle enjoys all the cuddles…

Children bond well with pets and are ever so excited- recently was a pleasure to see three-year-old Zaisha bond with Bingo- all of four months – a zesty Golden Labrador. Zaisha- took charge- her only care and concern Bingo. Not only that when Zaisha went for a three weeks holiday- she missed and worried only about Bingo.

In this issue, we have collected experiences from pet parents about the first day of pup at their home and much more. We are sure it would revive all your past memories and make you prepared for another beginning.
Dogs & Pups  team and Sparkle wish you a Magical, Sparkling & a FUNtastic year ahead.

Shweta
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