Energy, excitement and exuberance…

Recently- I met Bakhtawar – a mischievous Lab – all of four months. The moment he Editorialstepped in our house, there was excitement, shrieks, endless energy and tonnes of chaos. Kids were scrambling to entertain Bakhtawar – and our bundle of fun and energy had only one thing on mind – how do I have more fun? Water was spilled from the bowl and our guest of honour merrily plonked himself in it. The amazing part is he would rest – all for 30 seconds – and then become a WHIRLWIND again. He was around the house and we after him. He actually left everyone enamoured, entertained and exhausted. Our Tornado Bakku (that’s what his parents call him) – reminded me of Sparkle when he was about the same age. Sparkle, perhaps, thought that he was a rocket – his main mission was to zoom from one room to another.

Puppies/dogs show us what’s best in life – and simply how to enjoy and have fun each second. So, here’s to our Precious Paws – take great care of them – spend quality time, find the right trainer, groomer, veterinarian…but before that choose your paw-member from a reputed and reliable source.

Summer is in and your pooches need extra care and attention, take good care of his coat. You will need the assistance of a groomer to keep him sparkling.

When it comes to celebrations and good times, there are a plethora of options to choose from. Check out our article titled ‘We like to pawrty’ where one can spend precious moments and mostly have a great time together. Take him out – travel with him… don’t worry, many destinations are now becoming pet friendly. I was pleasantly surprised when a resort near Mussoorie told me ‘PETS ARE MOST WELCOME’… the same question five years back had a different revert. Things are changing fast, so check out the places you wish to visit, who knows they actually welcome pooches. Plan well and carry all the necessary items and just ensure that wherever you go, keep the place clean. If you are relocating to another country- hang in to take assistance of professionals to help your pet relocate – read our articles on Pet Travel.

Today, pampering has so many new ways you can get picture perfect memories framed… there are professional photographers to get the right click.

We at Dogs & Pups are also very excited and happy. Like Sparkle – we are zooming towards completing eight years with our next issue- July-August 2012. It’s been excellent eight years of Responsible Pet Parenting- and with every issue we look forward to making it more informative and interactive. Do join us in our weekly contests on facebook, sniff us on your i-pad, check out different categories on our website, e-magazine, subscribe us online.

A heartfelt thanks from all of us here for making this journey so special with your feedback and appreciation which we receive. Sparkle says, do write in….


Strengthening this bond of love… with your time

Facebook, Twitter, screen awards, advertisements… our pooches are everywhere. The Editorialrecently concluded Golden Collar Awards came as a pleasant surprise – our pooches really deserve to be awarded for their hard work. Whether they are on or off screen, they are true companions… truly a delight for all. Their unconditional love, loyalty, friendship is unmatched… sprinkling magic in every moment. Pooches have thousand different ways to show they care for us – we have few… let’s use them for strengthening this bond of love.

Take care of your pet… his diet, exercise, grooming and of course his health. Oral hygiene is an integral part of his health and make sure your pet is free from dental problems. Brush his teeth regularly and consult your vet if you notice any early symptoms like bad breath, tartar, etc. You are responsible for his hygiene and a little awareness can go a long way ensuring that your pooch leads a happy and healthy life.

Make today special – Go to parks, holidays together, join agility clubs, join pet camps – make it special for both. Visit a dog salon, look at the wide range of grooming services available (I bet you will be surprised there are so many innovative services available), choose the one which suits your dog’s condition… let him indulge in the exhilarating experience, while you sit and relax and watch him enjoying! To make it easier for you, we have listed a few grooming options in this issue, which are sure to tantalize your pooch’s senses.

The idea is to let them know how much we care for them, how much we love them and how important they are for our life – specially by spending quality time with them.

Sparkle wishes you happy sunny days ahead – do take care of all your happy stray friends who just need compassion care from your end.

Do participate on- and win gifts for your beloved friends.

Happy reading!


Dog Breed

Here is the list of 165 dog breeds.

  • Affenpinscher
  • Afghan Hound
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Standard American Eskimo Dog
  • Miniature American Eskimo Dog
  • Toy American Eskimo Dog
  • American Foxhound
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Water Spaniel
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Australian Terrier
  • Basenji
  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Shepherds
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bichon Frise
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Bloodhound
  • Border Collie
  • Border Terrier
  • Borzoi
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Boxer
  • Briard
  • Brittany
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Chow Chow
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Collie
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • Dachshund
  • Dalmatian
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Doberman
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • English Foxhound
  • English Setter
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Field Spaniel
  • Finnish Spitz
  • Flat-Coated Retriever
  • French Bulldog
  • German Pinscher
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Golden Retriever
  • Gordon Setter
  • Great Dane
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greyhound
  • Harrier
  • Havanese
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Setter
  • Irish Terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Japanese Chin
  • Keeshond
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Komondor
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Maltese
  • Standard Manchester Terrier
  • Mastiff
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Otterhound
  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Plott
  • Pointer
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Pomeranian
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Pug
  • Puli
  • Red Setters
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Saluki
  • Samoyed
  • Schipperke
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Shar Pei
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Shiba Inu
  • Shih Tzu
  • Siberian Husky
  • Silky Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Standard Poodle
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Swedish Vallhund
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Toy Manchester Terrier
  • Toy Poodle
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Whippet
  • White Swiss shepherd
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Labrador Retriever:

The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built and medium-sized dog. His head is broad and round. He has a wide skull, powerful jaws and a wide nose. His eyes are medium-sized, brown or hazel. His kind friendly eyes express character, intelligence and good temperament. His ears are fairly well back, neither large nor heavy, falling against the head.

His body is powerful and roundly built. His clean-cut neck, wide chest, well sunk and fully-arched sides and short, broad, powerful loins make him distinct from other breeds. His muscular limbs and round compact paws make him a pillar of strength.

His tail is very thick at the base, tapering towards the tip. It is medium in length with no feathering but completely covered with short, thick, dense hair, giving it a rounded, otter-like experience.

A Lab’s hair are short and dense, without waves or feathering, fairly rough to the touch. Their undercoat is weather-resistant that provides protection from water, cold and all types of ground cover. The coat of a Lab is black, yellow or brown (liver-chocolate). The yellow ranges from pale cream to reddish-brown (fox red).

Cocker Spaniels:

Cocker Spaniels are compactly built with bundles of energy. They are medium-sized dogs with long ears, reaching at least to the nose when pulled forward. They have dark oval eyes, with a melting yet intelligent expression. The nose is either black or brown, depending on the colour of the coat. Their legs and underside of the body are well feathered. The feet of a Cocker Spaniel are round like a cat with tight, arched toes. Mahesh Chaudhary, a well-known hobby breeder of Cocker Spaniels in India, particularly admires their lobular ears and lovely expression of intelligence.

This is one breed, who comes in a variety of colours such as black, red, golden, liver, blue roan, orange roan, black & white, black & tan, etc. According to Chaudhary, “A Cocker Spaniel sets herself apart with good demeanor, outline, balance, size, sound, action and merry disposition.” The average height of male Cocker Spaniels is 16-17 inches while that of females is 15-16 inches. Their average weight is 13-16 and 12-15 kg, respectively. They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years.


A Pug is decidedly square and cobby which means short bodied, thick and square. This muscular dog has a short, shiny coat. “Pug should give a strong impression of squareness when viewed from any angle. All the parts must fit together to form a harmonious unit. The most important concept to remember is square,” tells Mustafa Hussiani of Indane Kennels, Hyderabad.

The Pug head is one of their most important features. The head is large, massive, round and impressive. Her eyes are dark in colour, very large, bold and prominent, globular shape, soft and solicitous in expression. The ears are thin, small and soft like black velvet. The wrinkles on the Pug’s face around the eyes and nose contribute, along with its round deep brown eyes, to the Pug’s characteristic expression. And her tail is curled as tightly as possible over the hip. The tight and double curl tail is perfect.

They are available in a variety of colours such as black, apricot fawn or silver. The average height of these dogs is 12-14 inches while that of females is 10-12 inches. The average weight of dogs is 6-9 kg while that of females is 6-8 kg. Their life span is 12-15 years.

“They are ‘Multum in parvo,’ a lot of dog in a small space. They are the largest among the toy group. An ideal Pug must have a nice, round head with correct ear placement, good wrinkles on forehead, nice level topline, clear coat, tight double curbed tail, good front and hind angulations,” summarises Dr Ravi T of Aareltee Pugs, Karnataka.


A GSD is a handsome and well-proportioned dog. He is strong with a sturdy, muscular and slightly elongated body with a light but solid bone structure. He has a harmonious development of forequarter and hindquarter. “Position and setting of limbs harmonise in such a manner that a far-reaching endurant trot is assured. The gait is supple, smooth and long-reaching, carrying the body along. His croup is long and gradually sloping,” adds Giri.

His head is proportionate to his body with average size ears, which are wide at the base and high on the head. His almond-shaped eyes are slightly slanted and their colour matches that of their coat. His eyes radiate intelligence and confidence, full of life. His tail is bushy and his coat is thick and dense, comprising of straight, rigid hairs, tightly layered on the body. There are different colours of coat found in GSDs, which include black with tan, all black and steel grey.

According to Giri, he has a beauty which is undisputed. “He is stamped with a look of quality and nobility, which is difficult to define, but unmistakable. He gives an impression of perpetual vigilance, liveliness and watchfulness, alert to every sight and sound, with nothing escaping attention,” she adds proudly.

The average height of dogs is 24-26 inches while that for female dogs is 22-24 inches. Their weight ranges between 35 to 40 kg. They have a life expectancy of around 13 years


A look at Boxer brings out varied emotions – dignified, beautiful, well-muscled and square in proportion. “The coat is tight-fitting to body and gives an appearance of a ‘poured in look’ so that one can see the muscles of the dog rippling out of the skin, giving an exotic look,” tells Shyam. It is a treat for the eyes to see a Boxer walk – his muscular body moving proudly and his strides firm.

The most unique feature of the Boxer is its head and that is why it is called a ‘head breed.’ “The muzzle is two-third of the skull and has a pronounced stop at the nose bridge and the length of the muzzle is short, giving a square look,” tells Mehta. The eyes are placed far apart and give an intelligent expression (And yes, they are an intelligent breed!). The ears are placed on the highest point on the skull.

The Boxers can be fawn or brindle-coloured. The shades of fawn range from light honey colour to dark stag red while brindle-coloured have a brindling pattern on top of base colour which is well defined and profused. “The white markings on certain body parts (like muzzle, forehead, chest, neck and legs) give a flashy look. In all, white should not exceed one-third of the total body colour

Lhasa Apso:

Lhasa Apsos are small breed dogs who are not very tall and the proportion of their length and height is almost 2:3. They measure 10-11 inches at shoulder. They have a dense, long, heavy and shiny coat with an undercoat. Their long coat serves as an insulation barrier, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The coat grows to floor length, even covering the eyes, which are protected by long eyelashes. The texture of the coat is neither soft nor silky. A puppy starts developing coat between 4-6 months. “When they sit, you cannot distinguish between their head or tail,” says Kumud Singh. They have a healthy bushy tail which falls on one side of the waist line and is not hooked. Their eyes are covered with fur and the only thing that you can notice on their face is the tip of their nose. But, once a Lhasa looks into your eyes, you will be floored, such is the power and the charisma of this breed. Their eyes are simply adorable and the way they look at you is totally mesmerising. Their ears have a black outline.

“Their coat varies over a wide range of colours and shadings from black at one end of the spectrum to solid white at the other,” tells Partha Sekhar. They are found in a lot of colours – golden, tri-colour on white (black, brown and golden), liver, sandal and sable, etc. They have a long life of upto 16 years and weigh around 5.9-6.8 kg.


A Bulldog is a complete people’s dog. Intelligent, bold, alert, quiet and courageous, he is extremely affectionate, tolerant and patient with children. He even gets on well with other pets, including cats and birds.

Fiercely loyal and protective of their family, Bulldogs can become aggressive to protect them, if the need so arise.

The most characteristic feature of a Bulldog is his massive head, fairly large in proportion to size and his wrinkled face. His short muzzle and the saggy skin of the face give him a frowning look. A typical Bulldog expression!

Bulldogs are medium-sized, smooth-coated, with a compact body and short sturdy limbs. Eyes are round and dark in colour while ears are set high and are small and thin. The overall look of a Bulldog conveys impression of determination, strength and activity.

Bulldogs come in dazzling colours like white, red and white, brindle and white, white pied, fawn and smut, etc. The male dogs usually weigh around 25 kg while females weigh around 22.7 kg. The average height of Bulldogs is 12-16 inches.


His appearance is natural and rustic, his behaviour self-assured, steady and fearless. His gait is balanced and powerful, his motion effortless and efficient. He is calm and courageous and he seldom barks. He is a Rottweiler – who is a perfect pooch companion–strong, good-looking, calm and composed.

Rotties are black beauties with hints of tan or mahogany. Two upsidedown triangles can be clearly seen on his chest while his cheeks sport spots. Other marking areas include muzzle, eyebrows, legs and base of the tail. “Perhaps their most distinct features are good head and strong back which gives an appearance of overall strength and vigour,” adds Kalaiselvi.

This medium-sized dog is muscular and athletic. He has a medium length coat. His undercoat is waterproof and present on neck and thighs while topcoat is dense, coarse and straight. His eyes are brown and give a warm and loyal look to his face, which in turn is placid. His ears are placed wide apart and are small, triangular in shape.

The height of males is 24-27 inches while that of females is 22-25 inches and they weigh around 50 kg and 45 kg respectively.

Saint Bernard:

Known for his hauling abilities, intelligence and gentle ways, St. Bernard is a gentle giant. Who seems to have sixth sense about impending dangers and beneath this powerful body lies a heart of gold…he can be your true companion…for life.

A St. Bernard was originally bred for rescue and working dog. There are two varieties of the St Bernard: short-haired (smooth coat) and long-haired (rough coat). “Both varieties are of notable size and have a balanced, sturdy, muscular body with imposing head and alert facial expression,” tells Vishal Sethi.

They are powerful, strong and muscular … with the most intelligent expression. Their head is strong and imposing. The skin of their forehead forms noticeable wrinkles. Their muzzle is short, nose is broad and ears are set high. But their eyes are fascinating…dark brown, mediumsized with friendly and intelligent expression. Their tail is broad and powerful but ends in a powerful tip.

Their coat is dense but smooth. They are found in many colours like splash, mantle or broken mantle, (white, black, with a primary third colour ranging from light brown to orange to red to mahogany). A full-grown male can weigh between 72.5-110 kg and the approximate height is 27.5-35.5 inches.

Golden Retriever:

Friendly, kind and well-mannered dogs. They are intelligent and easy to train. Devoted to their pet parents, they are extremely good with children. A Golden Retriever is the most popular assistance dog, due to their detection and working abilities. They are trained for search and rescue, therapy dogs, hearing dogs, guide dogs for the blind, handicap assistance dogs, drug detection, etc. Their eagerness to learn makes them excel in agility too.

The golden lustrous coat of the Golden Retriever requires regular grooming. Prevention of matting in his dense undercoat is very important. Bred for retrieving waterfowl, the Golden maintains this trait – he loves a good game of fetch, is a natural swimmer and is happiest when he is actively involved with his family.

They gain weight easily, so do not overfeed them. Get the diet chart prepared from your vet. Other problem may include hip dysplasia, skin allergies and congenital eye defects.

Wagging Happiness!

New Year is a time to rejoice – celebrate the best we have and forget the rest. It is also the editorialtime to count your blessings and all pet parents would thank God for the wonderful wagging delight. They bring so much love and joy in our life that it makes our life worthwhile.

Besides, all the health and therapeutic benefits our pooches bestow on us, there’s something more…they teach us life’s little lessons every day. Have you ever seen a pooch who leaves his plate dirty – food is precious – let’s not waste it? Whenever you have time – take a nap – there’s nothing more refreshing than it. When you go out to a garden in clean air – just sniff the air, take a deep breath – it is so refreshing. Go for a walk – it makes you healthy and uplifts your mood as well. If you want to do something whacky – go on – who cares? And when things go wrong, just shrug them off and forget about it…there’s so much more to look forward to. Most importantly, if you love somebody, express it and look at them with fresh eyes…there would be something you still do not know about them…and if you are not happy with something – express it too…they need to know what is bothering you! And if you have been naughty, how about the cute adorable look that can melt hearts away?

Life is bliss when you share it with your pooch…specially when you see the black nose sharing the pillow with you — one feels blessed! But nature has its own way of teaching things – our little ones grow up in no time and before we know, they are already in their geriatric stage. But this is the time we need to be extra caring about them…they need us more than we need them. Never think of abandoning them at this age…they may not get over with it. Life is a commitment…if you are ready for it…let’s all shout in unison – I do!

With these thoughts in mind, let’s start this New Year with a loud woof to all pet parents and of course our darlings! Sparkle says keep wagging…


Double your happiness!

Winter is the time to snuggle together – you and your tiny bundle of fur. Sit together in aeditorial cosy place, watch a flick and rub his belly for that extra attention you can splurge on him.

It’s also time to welcome new pups in the family. Whether you are adopting a pup or the mommy pooch is expecting a litter of pups – the excitement is infectious…There are hundreds of questions in your mind – how to take care of the little ones, how to take care of the mommy, etc. We know how important this time is for you and for those tailwaggers. In our ‘Puppy Special’ section, you would find useful information on welcoming the puppies in this world. Care has been taken to give comprehensive information on taking care of the mom and her newborns. It’s an exhilarating experience to see those tiny bundles open their eyes in this world–read up here, ask your vet, BE READY!

Winter becomes Merry with Christmas carols and festivities and the New Year fun. Whether you like a quiet New Year or a loud musical one – don’t forget to give your pooch another reason to smile – make his day special by taking him out to the place he loves, gift him a toy or a treat he will love or simply spend some time pampering him.

In the ‘Angels Together’ articles we focus on developing a bond between kids and pets. Kids learn a lot from our Prof PAWS the most important being COMPASSION. So, nurture this special bond and create many magic moments. “The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher ‘Proverb from Plymouth Pulpit’.

Sparkle and we all wish you a sparkling Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year!

Happy reading and happy parenting!

Paw-precious gifts

Amidst all the activities which surround you, take time out and spend moments with your 001cherished ones. Make their little hearts happy and their eyes sparkle. Most of all, pamper them with your time. Notice their gait, the wag and body language when they get to share time with you. The games you play, the walks you share and the care you take will keep your canine member sparkling.

Different parts of the world are celebrating the National Dog Week in the fourth week of September and the World Animal Day in October. Pamper your pets – play with them, take them out for a walk in lush surroundings, go out for a vacation with them, make some mouth-watering delicacies, give them a treat, buy them toys they will love – just make them happy. If you haven’t taken him to a vet since a while, take time out for the visit. His health is important because your pooch is precious.

Also, join us on Facebook and pamper your buddy with gifts by participating in contests like – If your dog was famous who would s/he be? His favourite games; If your dog could steal something rare/unusual, what would s/he sniff out? Your favourite dog movie, etc. To know more about these contests and winning exciting gifts, join us on –

While we all are gearing up for a host of festivals, undoubtedly our tailwagers will tail behind us, rejoicing in our celebrations. Our spirits would be high…basking in the festivities, the delicacies, socialisation with friends and relatives, et al. But as responsible pet parents, we need to make the festivals safe for them. We need to keep them away from lovely decorations, glittering lights and of course, crackers – the worst part of the festivals.

Sparkle wishes you a great time ahead …love them- both pets and strays- and be sure to be loved hundred times more in return – what more can you ask for?

Sparkling seven!

The number ‘seven’ has always been important: Seven Wonders of the World, seven editorialcontinents, seven colours of the rainbow, seven days in a week and even seven basic musical notes. Throughout the ages, the number 7 has defied the law of averages and confounded mathematicians. For many, the number 7 is a symbol of luck and good fortune.

Dogs & Pups has recently completed 7 wonderful years of proud pooch parenting, helping readers to be responsible pet parents. In these 7 years, together with our readers, we have applauded the people and organisations who have diligently dedicated their life for the welfare of strays, we have cried together and raised our voice to the injustice meted out to our four-legged companions. Then, we have laughed together at the crazy antics of our pets and shared the treasure of love and care for our beloved canines. The journey has been good and your trust and faith have made it even better.

We salute to all pet parents for making life beautiful for their pets. And it’s time we all make this world a better place for our strays as well. Let’s protect them, feed them, vaccinate them, neuter them and most importantly, love them…’cause pedigree or stray – they are all lovable. We welcome our readers to share any interesting incident, experience or an anecdote about our pariahs. Let us all help people understand them better and give them a life they deserve.

“Monsoon is here and the pitter-patter of raindrops gives a big relief from the sweltering heat. But, with monsoon, comes the dreadful ticks and fleas…

so take good care of your tailwagger and keep him dry… drenched only in your love,” says Sparkle.

Happy reading!

Angels together…

Expression is the ‘key’ – we learn about this more everyday from our cool canines. Alsoeditorialby, Shweta Khurana they are always in the moment –not thinking about what’s happened or worried about the future. Many of life’s simple yet Valuable lessons can be learnt from our precious paws who are always giving.

Kids too enjoy each moment and when ‘two little feet & four paws’ get together – under supervision, love, care and nurture they create Magic Moments. Kids learn a lot from our Professor Paws – the most important being compassion for another living being.

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Pawssionate parenting!

Life is beautiful- each moment ever changing, filled with new challenges – amongst all the Editorialwhirlpool of activities which surround me – I stop and look at Sparkle & Suhaan (my 3.5 years old) – and their attitude towards life…if they are happy, they show it; if they are sad that is visible too; if they want love, they simply come and snuggle. What they both want is expressed loud and clear – toys generally for Suhaan and walks for Sparkle.

Zest for life is expressed with exuberance, and a twinkle of the eye. Sparkle’s little wag and Suhaan’s bell like laughter – both make my day. Both constantly look at me for assurance and hugs. What puts me in awe is their patience, kindness and concern for each other. It’s a big challenge being a parent to both of them but I learn a lot from both of them too. Mornings are my favourite when I have both of them at my either side…simply PAWFECT! (Have to say touchwood here!)

To all parents out there –this is a bond so true… kids and dogs share a beautiful relationship… so if you are planning to get a puppy home, get her for all the RIGHT REASONS. Make the pup a part of your family and if you already are a pet parent…waiting for your baby to arrive…with the right care and attitude, you will have millions of memories for a lifetime.

So this issue is dedicated to PAWSSIONATE PARENTING of your four legged furry babies – taking care of them in a holistic manner – health, nutrition, training, grooming, mental stimulations, feelings, understanding them and looking at the world from their eyes, not yours and most of all… at all times showing that you love them with all your heart.

There is more good news – taking care to a different level is the emergence of special veterinary diagnostic labs, which have veterinary diagnostic machines designed for animals specifically. Also the opening of CGS Hospital for pet care in Gurgaon will surely help pet parents greatly in the time of need and emergencies.

Amidst all this…please do not forget to extend your parenting skills to our stray friends…get them neutered, provide them warmth in the cold and water on the sunny days ahead. Standing up for them when they need us and do protest against animal abuse afflicted on them.

On this happy note, Sparkle woofs you to enjoy each moment – love, live life and laugh…together today and all tomorrows!

Toast to our loving buddies…

This new year, let’s give a toast to some pooch-stories being told and the millions Editorialexperienced, shared, loved and remembered…we love you all – big or small, black, white, brown, grey etc, pedigreed, mixed or stray.

For people who have not been blessed with dog might feel that all dogs are same. But we all know, how wrong this statement is. Each pooch is an individual – different from the rest, having his own personality and quirks. But yes, they all are same in some respects – love, care and loyalty. Pick up the story of Marley & Me which is an emotional and loving tale of an havoc creating, boisterous and certified un-trainable yellow Labrador. Despite all odds, Marley was loved by the family and his death was a major blow to them.

Then, there’s the tale of loyalty of ‘Hachiko’ who waited for his human friend-the deceased professor for nine years at the train station. He would escape his current caretakers and come back to the station to wait. Many people started noticing this faithful Akita and gave him food. In 1934, at Shibuya Station in Tokyo, a monument was erected for his unending love– finally Hachiko died in March 1935. There are many, many more such real-life incidences. And all dog lovers would agree that these are not just stories, we all have stories or anecdotes of their love and loyalty engraved deep in our hearts.

If we can show an iota of love and shining sincerity like our canine buddies- what a wonderful world this will be! Let us all strive our best to make this world a better place to live – not just for us but for our canines as well. The efforts have already begun, but still there’s a long way to go. Every small deed counts – take care of the strays while you drive, give them food or shelter in the chilling cold, get them vaccinated and/or neutered – the list is endless.

Sparkle gives a big woof to a joyous New Year to all pet parents and their buddies. A Sparkling Year to all!!!