Top ten doggie flicks of all time

Spend the lazy summer afternoons, watching a doggie flick which both you and your pooch would like. Here’s a list of top 10 most admired doggie movies.

Summers have set in…the scorching heat deters you and your pooch to spend more time outdoors. But despair not for there would just be few things which could be more fun than curling up on the couch with your furred friend and bond over a movie. Choose from the Top Ten List of Pooch Flicks–all of which are sure to be loved by adults, kids and canines alike!

Lady and The Tramp
Love knows no boundaries

This Walt Disney classic is a delightful watch for the whole family. The story revolves around the unlikely romance between a pure bred and uppity female Cocker Spaniel (Lady) and a free-spirited, rebellious male mutt (Tramp). Lady feels hurt and neglected after her pet parents Jim Dear and Darling bring home a new baby. The movie is both touching and funny; and also has a strong message for pet parents who are expecting a new addition in the family. One gets to see things from a dog’s point of view and learns how a pet dog feels when the family equation is suddenly altered one day.

Lassie Come Home
Love you always

Touted as one of the all-time classic dog films, this is a heart rending story about a loyal Collie named Lassie. Her poverty-stricken family is compelled to sell her off to a wealthy duke. But Lassie would do anything to get back to her original pet parents. Lassie’s love and loyalty epitomizes what all dogs are about. This tear jerker is sure to melt your heart. The success of this movie inspired several sequels and even a television show.

Old Yeller
A moving story of love and loyalty

Old Yeller is the finest among early Disney dramas. This classic dog movie is a sensitive and evocative tale of a stray mutt called Old Yeller. Little Travis is hesitant to adopt Yeller so much so that he flings rocks at him. However, he undergoes a change of heart after Old Yeller proves his mettle as an ideal dog. The dog helps the boy get over the grief of losing his first dog Belle and the movie traces a journey of personal growth in both of them. The climax of the movie is sure to make even the toughest of men shed a tear. Watch this with a bundle of tissue papers and a bucket. Even after decades of its release, Old Yeller still remains in the heart of many a dog lover.

Benji
A hero

It’s difficult not to love that shaggy-haired mutt known as Benji. Benji is taken in by two kids – Cindy and Paul but their father is strictly against having a stray dog in the household. One day, Cindy and Paul are kidnapped and nowhere to be found. Already a favourite among the townsfolk, Benji transforms into a true canine hero after tracking down and rescuing the two children. Even today, many owners name their pooches after this intelligent mutt, Benji.

Eight Below
We are the brave hearts

Eight Below is an inspiring story about brave sled dogs. Jerry shares an intense bond with his set of six Huskies and a couple of Malamutes. He treats them like family members. However, during an expedition, foul weather demands that the loyal dogs be left behind. A long and tumultuous journey in the Antarctic snow begins and the courageous and adorable dogs battle against all odds to survive. In the meanwhile Jerry looks for funding and means to get back to Antarctica to save them. This touching story is inspired by a true incident that took place in 1958. The dogs really steal the show by displaying their unique personalities and facial expressions.

Beethoven
Love finds its way

This slopy but lovable pooch has inspired many kids to ask for a pet dog as their birthday present. Beethoven is a St. Bernard pup whose clumsiness often results in a comic mayhem. Beethoven escapes from the clutches of dog-nappers and lands up at a Newton family’s residence. The kids immediately fall in love with the adorable pup but their dad resists the idea of letting the dog stay. Since nobody comes to claim the pup, the father has no choice but to relent. Beethoven grows up into a lovable, slobbering and messy dog who helps the kids cope with the pains of growing up. Trouble crops up when a cruel doctor wants Beethoven for a dangerous experiment…see the movie to know the climax!

Homeward Bound
The action heroes spring up into action

Homeward Bound traces the adventurous journey of a Golden Retriever named Shadow, a Bulldog named Chance, and a Himalayan cat named Sassy. The trio is separated from their family following a course of events. It takes a lot of stunts and surprises before they can be reunited. The animals put up a commendable act throughout the movie and the action stunts are worth watching.

101 Dalmatians
Spotted beauties steal your heart

This Disney flick centers around a cuddly bunch of spotted puppies and their loving parents Pongo and Pedrita. The Dalmatian couple lives with caring owners and is enjoying their first brush with parenthood. Trouble brews when the quintessential vamp Cruella Devil naps the puppies to make expensive coats out of their fur. Pongo and Pedrita have faced with the challenge of rescuing their children but it turns out that there are 99 puppies in all waiting to be freed from Cruella’s cruel clutches!

Air Bud
Learning the pooches way

Air Bud is a high-flying entertainment extravaganza for kids. This dog tale is packed with silly antics, goofy baddies and loads of adventure. The movie centers on the relationship between a fatherless child Josh and a tortured, abandoned dog named Buddy. Josh soon finds out that Buddy is no ordinary dog- he can perform all sorts of acrobatic stunts and can slam dunk like a pro! Most importantly, Buddy helps his new master deal with the grief of losing his father and begin life afresh.

Watch this movie and enjoy the bond of love loyalty and friendship between human and canine.

Turner and Hooch
Friendship with a comedy twist

Touted as one of the most delightful ‘cop and dog’ movies, Turner and Hooch features Tom Hanks as detective Turner and a French mastiff named Hooch. The sleek sleuth ends up with a mischievous and incorrigible dog to jointly investigate a murder mystery. The awkward relationship between the detective and the dog makes for some good laughs and their progression to close bond of friendship is quite touching.

My World

A sneak-peek into my world what I love and what I don’t.

 

My-WorldLong walks: I really love to go for my walks all day, everyday and any number of times. I make it a point to keep people around me busy and insist that all my needs are met— especially my walks. For me every moment is a walk moment, I enjoy the outdoors. If people around me are busy, I just don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I am very vocal about my needs. I go to my dad, throw a tantrum and ensure that he understands.

Lovely drives: Whenever we go for a car drive, I just love it. I love to stick my head out of the window, which is a strict ‘no-no’ by my mom. But just try putting your head out for sometime and you will love what you are missing in life!

Sinful food: I enjoy dog food, chicken, fish, mutton et al. But I really love the smell and taste of those lip-smacking momos and tandoori chicken too. How I wish I can dig my paws and teeth into them at least once a month!

Rocking parties: I am a pawfect party animal. And I definitely love people and parties as I can smuggle in a scrumptious snack or two. My mom keeps an eagle eye on me but to tell you the truth the soulful looks to guests always work…

Loving guests: I like only those people who love dogs, who love me and know my rules and if they can play ball or fetch with me, it’s simply awesome! Other people bore me and I simply prefer retiring on my bed when they come.

Smell like yummy food: Smells like chicken, mutton and fish feel like heaven. Keep the perfume bottle and the room freshener hidden, I simply hate them.

Well-mannered kids: I love to play with children only if they are nice to me and do not poke and pull. Thanks mommy dear for taking perfect care of that and ensuring that kids pet me gently or do not pet me at all.

Where’s the green grass? Have you ever smelled the grass, rolled and romped on it. If you haven’t, you are missing one of the biggest pleasures in life. I love to rub my back on the grass which is better than any massage in the world. I really miss it in the city life.

Vacations: I wish there are more dog friendly places. I have been to Naukuchiatal and Shimla and had a blast. Even vacation at Jim Corbett National Park was exciting but I was not allowed to go into the forest (naturally for my own safety).

Swimming delight: I love streams; you should see me dive and swim. I could beat Michael Phelps…at swimming. I am so natural…I can stay under water for long and my USP is in picking up pebbles from under water. We were playing a game of fetching pebbles when I discovered this inborn talent and boy I loved the experience. I would just dive in the water, swim, fetch the stone, enjoy myself and best part is everybody else loved watching me too. So I simply put my best paw forward and had a splash…

Mountain air: You will agree that mountain air is simply refreshing. Every breath you take is so delicious…let’s have more vacations at such places.

Chasing monkeys: I hate monkeys and try to drive them away by barking but my dad hangs on to me at that time. It is my basic instinct to chase them and I love doing that.

Sibling rivalry: My younger brother is two legged. I am getting used to him and occasionally when he displays good behaviour, I reward him with a wag and a kiss. He tries to take me for a walk but I simply don’t budge. He should be aware of my seniority…

Home alone: Even though my parents leave me with my grandparents when they are not at home, and my grandparents simply adore me and take full care of me, I sulk as I don’t like being left. Secretly, I love to be pampered in my parents’ absence.

Don’t be a chatterbox: Human love to talk but get angry when we bark, isn’t it unfair? I must say when we are out for a walk, I don’t like to stand and talk to a passerby who might be a friend.

Sleeping beauty: My bed with my spider man pillow is the best to cuddle in, especially in winters…

Music, nah! It’s noise: Please turn down that radio, television and music in the car, my ears cannot take loud music.

Office: I love to go to work. They say I’m an office going dog. I am the boss at work, I get my walks, pats and cuddles all by demand.

Visit to vet with family: My vet is a doll but still I am so scared of those medicines and equipments. So much so that as we reach his area, I refuse to get out of the car and have to be carried inside by my mom or dad. I also don’t like to see other four-legged patients who come to the clinic with domestic help. At such time, only your family should take care of you.

Stones: I also have a fetish for stones of all shapes and sizes. In spite of all my squeaky toys and fetching balls, I just love stones and every walk time makes it a point to pick a precious one and get it home.

Let’s go: I love the word ‘Let’s go’. I guess it gets out the gypsy spirit in me as I love to roam.

Last but not the least I love my mom & dad and must say I have trained them well. They certainly do dance to my tunes.

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New Year’s resolutions of a pet parent

The old year, for better or worse, is gone… the New Year has arrived. Here’s our chance to start fresh, to have another shot at success…at glory…at just accomplishing what we resolve to.

We all love our doggies…we pamper them and try to give them the best, but sometimes we forget to take care of their basic needs…we are either too busy or ignorant about some of their requirements.

As a pet parent, here are some of the New Year’s resolutions I would like to take for the love of my pet:

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  • No matter how much I love my sleep, I will get up in the morning and take Jimmy out for his daily walk.
  • I will be careful not to leave anything around that seems harmless to me but can be harmful to my doggy. In short, I will pet proof my home now.
  • My friend Jimmy is a Pomeranian but there are many facts about him that I still do not know. I will try to read more about the Poms and be a better pet parent (though I think I am a fairly food pet parent!).
  • Even thogh I love to groom my pet, I sometimes just let Jimmy have his way due to dearth of time. But now, I will groom him everyday.
  • Though I never leave Jimmy alone, still I will put an identification tag around his neck, just in case he decides to explore the streets alone.
  • I will teach a new trick to Jimmy, which can be fun for both of us.
  • I will spend atleast one hour of unadulterated fun time with Jimmy.
  • I dread visiting a doctor but still I will take my Jimmy for his regular check-ups to his vet.
  • I will make a resolution not to give him table scraps, which are not good for his health.
  • I will feed a stray animal everyday. After all, they also need our love and care to live in this world…and not to forget, they guide our housing societies in return of nothing.

New Year’s resolutions of Jimmy, my canine friend

  • I’ll remember that the ‘oh so tempting’ dustbin contains things to throw and is not a plaything.
  • Before entering the home, I will shake off rainwater off my coat and clean my paws on the doormat.
  • I will not look at my pet parents with adorable eyes when they are eating that delicious kebab cake.
  • I will not chew the ever-delicious crayons or pens.
  • On a drive, I will not insist on having the car windows rolled down.
  • I will remember not to pull on the leash even if I see my beautiful Jane passing by.
  • I will not run out every time the gate opens (though I would love to!).

My Christmas Gifts!

Have you ever wondered what your loving pooch would want this Christmas? To find out, here’s what Amrita’s dog Heera has asked Father Christmas.

Dear Santa, I have not only come into my desired loving home and family but also got a mommy who loves me a lot. Not only she shall buy gifts for me this year, but I want to be pampered by you too. So, here are my dream desires:A yummy bowl full of my favourite nuggets!
When the very smell of nuggets reaches my nostrils, it makes me get into a tizzy with a healthy appetite. I often think, if I were enjoying it anytime and at all times. But my folks feel that too much of it is not good for my stomach. So, it is only you who can make it possible, providing me a special bowl.

A really long leash!
O my Father! Actually, I want the freedom to walk long distances and do my own things such as chasing a squirrel without being pulled back, sniffi ng up all corners without being screamed at and also be able to pounce on any cat or dog full throttle, without being stopped. So, I urgently need to get my family having such leash that they have one end to themselves and I can feel free.

A large-size bed with lots of pillows!
O Divine Power! My family allows me to come up on their bed with them, but sharing it, I can’t keep changing my positions all over the bed on every cushion that I like. And of course, needless to say, my family will be more than welcome to share that giant-sized bed with me.

Boon for free access to all the chic dog stores in town!
O Boon-maker! I would love to just saunter in, pick up every chewy, dog-bone or other eateries that catch my fancy. I want to try their fish flavoured, chicken oil coated, mutton masala nuggets and bones that somehow my family thinks I’m too grown up for.

Our beautiful bungalow with a huge garden!
My Darling Santa! I know you can sniff my heart’s content, so needless to ask much for myself. But at least one more feeling I would like to share that I desire to get my family into a new large-size house, which has a huge garden, where I can play with all my local friends. Just because whenever I’m with my family member and meet these friends during my walks, they feel I’m an indoor’ kind of a guy. But if I have that kind of open space to play and jump with them, it shall become apparent how athletic and agile I really am.

Long life for me!
As you know Father, I’m growing older every day and the life span of my kind is not very long. I’ve just got a few more years with my family and would really like you to bless me with a long life so that I may spend more time with my adorable and loving family, whom I love from the bottom of my heart. In fact, if it’s a deal you are looking for, I am ready to give up non-vegetarian food in return.

I am looking forward to my gifts of this Christmas! Do say hi to the reindeers.

Your canine devotee,
Heera

-by Amrita Sharma

Diamonds are a dog’s best friend!!

i Love Dogs’ La Collection de Bijoux is a stunning line of dog collars that showcases over 100 carats of sparkling diamonds and exquisite jewels. These breath-taking, limited-edition collars are in a class of their own, and are most certainly the first-of -its-kind. Even the most pampered pooch will stop in his tracks for the chance to wear one of these elegant beauties.

Thousands of years ago, Pekingese dogs used to sit on the royal throne beside the emperors of China – that sounds pretty luxurious! And dogs in ancient Egypt were lavished with collars made from gold – and now www. ilovedogsdiamonds.com is setting new heights of luxury with their diamond dog collars!Pet luxuries on the rise…There are multiple reasons for the increase in luxury products and services for dogs – there are more people without children these days, or who are delaying childbirth until later in life, so dogs are acting as child substitutes for such people. This is even the case for many empty nesters who are waiting for grandchildren and in the meantime are lavishing their dogs with luxury products and services. Combine these demographics with the fact that many people have higher disposable incomes nowadays, millionaires are on the increase, and luxury is becoming available to a greater percentage of the population, and you can see how luxury for Fido and Fifi has risen to high levels!

Luxury at new level…

On October 15, 2007, www.ilovedogs.com and www.ilovedogsdiamonds.com were launched and celebrated with a big party in Torrance, CA offi ce – dogs were invited, of course! The designer of La Collection de Bijoux (designer diamond studded collars for dogs) is trained at university and has worked in the jewellery business for several years. Even though he specialized in designing diamond jewellery, but had never designed diamond jewellery for dogs, still he came up with such beautiful and luxurious creations that left all dog lovers in awe!

Inspiration behind designs for La Collection de Bijoux…

The designs are created to shower ultimate luxury and indulgence on our beloved pooches. Here, designers are inspired to set new standards in dog luxury and give dogs the same level of indulgence that we humans have – and isn’t indulging our dogs an extension of indulging ourselves. And designers here believe to treat dog collars just like a fine diamond necklace for women.

Each design as unique as the pooch…

Each collar can be customized to suit the needs of each pooch and his parent. Not even this, they can even create a matching piece for the pet parent as well. And what’s more, a percentage from the sale of each collar is donated to a charity of customer’s choice.

Present accolades…

The company has recently become the official sponsor of the AKC USA World Agility Team for 2008, 2009 and 2010. They are also actively involved in the SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups, helping to rescue and safely transport U.S. soldiers’ mascots and companion animals from Iraq. The fi rst dog, Charlie, will be arriving in the States on Valentines Day, with more dogs to follow, all going to loving homes and escaping the daily threats of the war in Iraq.

Besides, they also offer premium range of dog vitamins and supplements, such as Multivitamin with Green Tea, Glucosamine and Chondroitin with Green Tea, Omega 3 with Green Tea, Reishi with Green Tea and Green Tea. All these are veterinarianformulated and are made in the USA according to strict FDA standards. Each tablet is blister sealed for superior freshness and purity. Besides, a great feature of their website www.ilovedogs.com is that they have an online vet and professional trainer to answer questions, and both guarantee a personal response within 48 hours!

Building a sparkling future…

The company intends to be the Neiman Marcus of the dog industry, by providing premium, proprietary products and services to dog lovers. They are not only a very young company, but also aim to be the leader in the market for premium dog vitamins and supplements. They are also developing other premium products such as oriental silk portrait art, an exotic leather collection of dog carry bags, as well as a silver and turquoise collection of collars.

– by Varsha Verma

Celebrating 4 sparkling years of togetherness

4 Steps towards responsible pet parenting

  • Be aware of your doggy’s nutrition needs and feed her healthy food on time.
  • Even if you are not an outdoor person, take your dog for her regular walks and exercise.
  • Take your pet to her vet for routine check-ups and regular vaccinations.
  • Spend quality time with your pet because you will love to see her wagging her tail in delight.

4 Ways to be as happy as your pooch

  • Live for today. Have you ever seen your pooch brooding over the past or worried about the future? The answer would be ‘No.’ So, live each moment of your life to the fullest.
  • Do not complain for your shortcomings. Pooches never complain if they are not able to retrieve the ball or any other act for that matter. They just try it again and again, until they reach perfection.
  • Alone but not lonely. Canines know how to keep themselves busy and happy. They love to sniff around, play with their toys, etc. And when we are back, they welcome us with a wagging tail and not a sad face.
  • Pooches love to be loved and are like babies when we scoop them in our arms.

4 Steps to know you are a doggy person

  • You and your spouse call themselves the mom and dad of the little bundle of joy. (Even your nameplate and the cards that you sign for friends have his name!)
  • Your house and its furnishings are chosen keeping your pooch in mind.
  • Your friends can see strands of doggy hair on your clothes, car, etc., but you have no time to bother.
  • You receive gifts, not for yourself but for your cootchie-coo pooch as well.

4 useful pet etiquetes

  • Train your pet early so that she learns to behave properly, specially when meeting other people and dogs.
  • If your guests are scared of your pet, keep her on the leash to avoid discomfort.
  • Groom your dog and let her look her best. Who doesn’t like well-kept hair, properly trimmed nails and odourless body?
  • Before going to a friend’s place, check out if pets are allowed to avoid unwelcome situations.

Tarot readings for you and your cuddly delight

For pooch lovers it is always a good time, but we all would love to know, what our cards have in store for us. Here D&P brings tarot cards forecast for the months of July and August.

  • Aries
    (March 21 to April 20)Pet parents: The beginning of July indicates competition and struggle. Those who are planning to settle, marry or move house and plan a family reunion, this is a favorable time.Our furry pals: The cards indicate a message to be strong and not run away from situations, you are advised to be extra careful, especially while playing or crossing the streets, be alert and stay safe.
  • Taurus
    (April 21 to May 20)Pet parents: The beginning indicates a new message for an alliance, marriage or a good job offer, perhaps a promotion and appraisal.Our furry pals: You are advised to be strong and some of you will be generating money or trophies to their parents (pet owners). There is an indication of travel for some, new homes, and new cities, so friends be prepared to get adapted to your new environments.
  • Gemini
    (May 21 to June 21)Pet parents: The beginning of the month is wonderful as you will rise above materialistic things and will be content.Our furry pals: New energy beginning, and a brilliant time to learn new tricks.A probability of shifting to new homes, new surroundings and receive goodies. Super days for pet parents and their furry pals.
  • Cancer
    (June 22 to July 22)Pet parents: The beginning calls for introspection, spirituality, following a guru and seeking a path towards deep thinking. The cards indicate triumph in assignments, alliances, new ventures and business or education.Our furry pals: There is good news for those who shall participate in games, competition, and success as appreciation is in your kitty. However, you are warned to guard your health.
  • Leo
    (July 23 to August 22)Pet parents: The beginning brings a new message linked to your heart, a proposal or a job offer, perhaps your intuition – a message from your inner consciousness. There is good news for those in love, commitment and engagement. Our furry pals: The beginning indicates a little unhappiness, not able to do the right things, however good news especially for our female pals, indicating enthusiasm, and travel.
  • Virgo
    (August 23 to September 22)Pet parents: A favorable beginning for those who are planning or awaiting motherhood, favorable time to receive positive offers, work, business , increments in salary and opportunities for better prospects.Our furry pals: Friends may have to wait a little longer for adoption, as well as mating, although you will receive gifts and will be showered with a lot of attention. Your efforts will bring you lot of quick positive results.
  • Libra
    (September 23 to October 22)Pet parents: A family member’s health should be guarded; those in professions like stocks, marketing or bankers will do exceptionally well. There is travel on the cards for those who are planning a trip.Our furry pals: A good beginning, especially the females will seek a lot of attention, a few may perhaps not make friends easily, have a hard time getting adapted to their new environment and also feel scared in their new surroundings. Be brave and be strong.
  • Scorpio
    (October 23 to November 22)Pet parents: The beginning brings contentment, basically getting what you want, material gains and interestingly spiritual gains as well. Favorable periods for those who plan to tie the knot, commitment, love and planning for future is around the corner.Our furry pals: A few sacrifices perhaps moving away from loved ones, let go of the past and look forward to a bright tomorrow. The males will be highly emotional and also feel special like a king, you all will be energetic learn new tricks and gain loads of attention.
  • Sagittarius
    (November 23 to December 21)Pet parents: The beginning indicates making sacrifices, letting go of the past, missing and trying to bond with the elderly folks especially mother daughter relationship. Health should be on guard.Our furry pals: A time to make friends, be invited to parties, get adopted into new loving homes and be a spectacular performer. A brilliant time for those who participate in events.
  • Capricorn
    (December 22 to January 20)Pet parents: The beginning indicates quick positive results in your endeavors, work, vocation or love. There could be a slight waiting period for those who seek overseas opportunities which could lead to confusion and stress.Our furry pals: The time to chill, take things easy but warning on your cards, keep your goodies and valuable litter safely. A good time to expect gifts and trophies!
  • Aquarius
    (January 21 to February 19)Pet parents: The beginning brings in new opportunities, finance, appraisals and prospective projects. Your valuables should be guarded as there is a possibility of losing or misplacing important stuff.Our furry friends: Those who seek to find new homes will be successful, the females who are expecting will be blessed with sweet, cuddly litter, strange but true you are also advised to be extra cautious.
  • Pisces
    (February 20 to March 20)Pet parents: Try to be spiritual and strong. You will be trying to take charge and control, be it on the work front or home.Our furry pals: Same as your pet parents, health is of concern, do not neglect symptoms, you will make new friends and those who hope for litter, it surely is a favorable time to bring in those sweet loving little furry pals.
– by Varsha Verma

What’s your dog’s canine-ability?

Do you know your dog’s personality? “Of course I do!” would be your most likely answer. Just like those moments when you fail to understand the behaviour of a family member, you may at times be in a fi x to tell “What kind of a dog my pet is!” Though a lot has to do with his breed and genetic characteristics, many personality traits are acquired by nature and nurture. Here’s a simple quiz to decipher your pooches’ personality and bring you closer to understanding them.

1. When you have first-time visitors at home, your dog:

  1. Leaps, bounds and climbs all over the stranger.
  2. Hides under the table with his tail tucked between the legs.
  3. Takes a slow approach and sniffs before deciding to come closer.
  4. Barks, growls and bares his teeth.

2. Your pawed friend is happiest when:

  1. There is a party in the house.
  2. Left alone with a dog-biscuit or a bone.
  3. He gets to spend quality time alone with you.
  4. He gets to chase a mouse or play a rough game on the grass.

3. How often does your dog bark?

  1. Almost throughout the day.
  2. He doesn’t actually bark, he whimpers.
  3. Only when he feels like.
  4. Whenever he sees anything strange or moving.

4. What is your pooch’s favourite pastime?

  1. Being around with people and making new friends.
  2. Cosying up in a corner.
  3. Going out for a refreshing walk.
  4. Biting!

5. When you punish your dog for behaving badly:

  1. He sulks for a while and then returns with a bang…. in a few minutes.
  2. Gets traumatized and refuses to come out of a hideout for several hours.
  3. Sulks and waits for you to come, pamper and coax him.
  4. Doesn’t really care.

6. Among the neighbourhood kids, your dog:

  1. Is a celebrity.
  2. Is petted occasionally by serious dog-lovers.
  3. Is approachable but moody.
  4. Is a terror and makes kids scamper away even when he steps out to pee.

7. On meeting another dog, your dog:

  1. Rubs noses, paws the “new friend” and bites on the muzzle.
  2. Pushes his ears backward and lies on his back with the tail tucked between the legs.
  3. Sniffs up the new dog from all angles and makes calculated moves
  4. Meeting another dog? You must be kidding!

8. During a drive in the car, your dog:

  1. Loves to stick his head out of the window and catch the fresh breeze.
  2. Can’t help peeing and throwing up all the way.
  3. Has his initial hiccups but settles down soon.
  4. Catches up on sleep.

9. Your doggie’s soft spot is:

  1. Scratching on the under-side of the neck.
  2. A gentle stroke on the head.
  3. A firm rub all over.
  4. A wrestle.

10. Does your dog ever run away from home?

  1. Doesn’t really “run away”…but may go out for a stroll by himself.
  2. Wouldn’t even think about it!
  3. Sometimes, but doesn’t go too far.
  4. Yes! Stays out for days on end and comes back rotten.

Your Scores :

Mostly A’s: “Page 3 Personality”: This doggie survives on social contact and is the life of any neighbourhood. The “A-Types” like to welcome their guests with as much enthusiasm as the host and love to be the centre of attention. They tend to get cranky and upset if left alone for long. They are also more prone to attention seeking behaviour. They are good listeners and companions; especially for people who live alone. Full of energy and life, they revel in human or animal company. However, their over-enthusiasm may sometimes even land them in troublesome situations. Also, they have to be trained so that they don’t end up being too dependant. All they ask for is lots of love, food and a little bit of pampering.

Mostly B’s: “The Shy one”: These are overtly sensitive and reserved dogs probably bordering on insecurity and fear. They would turn into a bundle of nerves when faced with too many strangers (human and animals). They scare easily and prefer to play safe in every step they take. A harsh punishment can push them back into their shell and it may take long before you can win back their confi dence. These fragile beings need to be handled with utmost care and compassion in order to build their self-esteem. Think twice before scolding them and try to do with a gentle deterring technique. Use a lot of tactile stimulation as a sign of assurance. Nurture them so that they don’t grow up to be wimps. Physical activity with a lot of inter-personal interaction helps in most cases.

Mostly C’s: “Cool Dude/Babe”: These dogs are usually balanced in their everyday behaviour and not giver to extremes. They are cautious and careful with every move and tend to be moody at times. Being intelligent and alert, they are every dog-trainer’s delight. They adjust easily to new environments but may not be very social at times. They crave individual space and at the same time, need a fair amount of attention to keep them going. This brand usually knows how to chalk out plans and you may fi nd them playing by themselves, exploring around, taking a nap or chilling out in a cosy corner. The good news is that you have an independent dog who is co-operative, not too high in his demands. They tend to look up to their parents for leadership and guidance and your parenting will eventually determine what they become when they grow up.

Mostly D’s: “Angry Young Man”: Your dog is the leader of a wolf pack, not your regular pooch which kids go ga-ga over but a rebel who resists domestication! They love challenges, adventure and freedom. He is most probably a male and an alpha one at that! The D-types are less likely to appreciate too much petting and prefer to be by themselves. They derive thrills out of chases and testosterone driven encounters. These are internally motivated dogs and are not easily impressed by toys, treats and games, which make them diffi cult to train. They are usually unfazed in normal circumstances but can prove dangerous for an outsider if provoked. Fiercely loyal and strong, they make perfect police and guard dogs. Give them adequate exercise, food and space and they are good to go!

Tarot readings for you and your furry pals

Last two issues, we carried write-ups on ‘Dogoscope,’ which informed about the characteristics of your canine angel based on their star signs. As an addendum to it, here are the tarot readings for you and your sweet tail-wagger for the months of May and June 08. Aries
(March 21 to April 20)

Pet parents: The beginning of May indicates a good time for financial investments, expansion in business or thinking about a relationship. The females, especially those at work, will be focused on money or career, will be practical and head strong. It is a good time for buying property, shifting to a new house and settling down. There is an indication of receiving an inheritance for some of you as well. Those connected with spirituality will be inclined towards the same deeply; there is a probability of motherhood as well.

Our furry pals: The cards indicate focus on family duties and time to learn a few tricks. Canines involved in events will be successful and will enjoy themselves. Be careful about their health. Expecting mothers will be blessed with sweet little furry additions to the family.

Taurus
(April 21 to May 20)

Pet parents: The beginning of the month indicates travel, overseas business connections, new assignments and career opportunities. The males can be emotional and at times have mood swings; but they will be very compassionate towards family. There is an indication for some to be disturbed regarding finances or personal issues which may lead to health problems. The elderly male can be slightly authoritative and will be in control of situations, whether personal or professional. However, the young will focus on career and it will be good to be practical, sometimes aggressive and less emotional.

Our furry pals: This is a time for celebration, be it a tour with the family or welcome into new homes. It’s time to master some tricks, receive goodies and bond with new people.

Gemini
(May 21 to June 21)

Pet parents: The beginning indicates a slightly depressing and disturbed week. Take care of your health and please do not be stubborn, instead be less defensive in order to maintain harmony. However, the latter half of the month brings a good emotional beginning, love or a new relationship, a new project or job offer. For those planning a wedding or an engagement, it is a wonderful time to tie the knot. Please do not regret the past as this only brings unpleasantness, so try to be positive and make the most of life.

Our furry pals: It is a very good time for learning and picking up new traits. They will be blessed with emotional happiness, wish fulfi lment and fun. There are good chances for travel and to be surrounded with people in the mid of the month.

Cancer
(June 22 to July 22)

Pet parents: For those who are planning to buy or move into a new house will be successful in doing so. It is also a good time to consider investments. Mid month could bring some criticism or heartbreak or a delay in job offers or starting a new venture. The elderly male or female will be authoritative and certainly have their say in personal or professional matters. People who hope for a new alliance, marriage or commitment, it is a favourable period from May onwards, so be positive and be happy.

Our furry pals: The beginning indicates a blessed time for commitment, which all furry pals are best at, being appreciated for their achievements. Cancerians are moody, and so, it is best suggested to please let them be, as we all need our space.

Leo
(July 23 to August 22)

Pet parents: It is a great time for those in love or planning a marriage or commitment as love is in the air, especially in June. Men who are generally in careers will do very well, especially doctors, lawyers etc.

Our furry pals: The beginning indicates making new friends; especially the females will be bold, courageous and enjoy a sense of importance from their dear ones. There is a good and positive indication or commitment; either planned mating by pet parents or even learning some new tricks.

Virgo
(August 23 to September 22)

Pet parents: The beginning of May indicates a good time for mother-child bonding. The mid month certainly brings positive new beginnings with regards to career and monetary gains. Favourable months to achieve your goals as your stars are bright. Motherhood is on the charts for females while males will focus on career, fi nances, business and stocks.

Our furry pals: The month indicates expectations for new home adoptions. For those planning to enter a contest, victory is defi nitely on the cards.

Libra
(September 23 to October 22)

Pet parents: The beginning indicates criticism or lack of making the correct choices, competitions, quarrels, misunderstandings, and regrets. There will be delay in a travel plan or a project may be blocked and cause some delays in its progress. You all are advised to be cautious while signing any contracts or indulging in money transactions. Some may be inclined towards meditation or even follow a Guru who will be a source of solace. This is clearly a month of ups and downs. You are advised to try to be calm, wise and practical.

Our furry pals: Older furry pals will dominate and bully others in the neighbourhood or at home. Travel forecast for some but a delay around June with regards to being adopted and finding new homes.

Scorpio
(October 23 to November 22)

Pet parents: The beginning indicates for career women a good time, new business opportunity or job offers. It also offers spirituality and an amazing capacity to handle work or home perfectly. There is a wake up call for your consciousness and a blessed time to use your judgment accurately. The month of June is favourable for a celebration, party, rejoicing and making merry. This month also brings positive messages related to love, marriage, commitment and matters of the heart. Those who are in a litigation or matters with legal issues, there will be results.

Our furry pals: A good wish fulfilling beginning and a lot of goodies will be received. The mid month indicates an average time and some will have to be on guard as there may be a bully in the neighbourhood who will try to play Boss.

Sagittarius
(November 23 to December 21)

Pet parents: The beginning is a favourable period for marriage, courtship, commitment and love, also for those who are planning the coming of a baby; this is a good and favourable time to prepare for the new arrival. The men, especially professionals like doctors and lawyers, will be very successful in their respective careers. Those expecting results regarding new ventures will see their wishes fulfi lled by month end. A very vibrant period for the younger generation, who will excel by focusing and being practical. The month of June also indicates some introspection for those who are inclined towards spirituality.

Our furry pals: The beginning indicates some regret and running away from a bully in the neighbourhood. There is a strong indication that appreciation and awards are on the cards.

Capricorn
(December 22 to January 20)

Pet parents: The beginning indicates good time for shopping, indulging in luxuries and motherhood. The month of May is also favourable for making purchases, investments, buying property and fi nancial gains. June is a good time for family togetherness. The time for making donations, helping people or indulging in social work is ideal around the month of June while the end of the month calls for some celebration and party.

Our furry pals: They will be confused, especially those adjusting in a new environment. They may feel depressed but will soon be the centre of attraction and will have loads of fun ‘n’ frolic.

Aquarius
(January 21 to February 19)

Pet parents: This month indicates new beginning of a job via email or an important phone call. It is also a good time for marriage or a commitment. You can be on a spiritual path or think deeply. The month of June indicates good results of your effort. Some of you may be juggling more than one thing at a time – job or relationship. June end is certainly a period of concern, health and work.

Our furry friends: This month calls for extra special care, with regards to health or any decisions pertaining to physical call. A lot of attention is needed for those who may show signs of ill health.

Pisces
(February 20 to March 20)

Pet parents: The beginning of the month indicates confusion, anxiety, emotional regret, etc. There is a need for spiritual help, as you are likely to be over burdened on the home or work front. You may have to make sacrifi ces and probably let go of whatever you are holding on to. The month of June indicates disturbed and diffi cult period, so you are advised to be focused and assess your issues in order to find solutions.

Our furry pals: It is time to make your furry pal comfortable in a new surrounding. There is a possibility of them feeling depressed, confused and scared, but your love will make them feel safe and happy.

Dogoscope – Woof! Blame it on the Star Sign!

Ever-romantic Gemini Pug… creatively balanced Libran Beagle… and passionately devoted Scorpio Lab… I hope most of our readers know, what we are talking about. Yes! Star sign traits are not only for humans, it’s for our caninebuddies as well. Here’s a sneak peek-a-boo on these Bow star signs…Woof! Let’s explore.

Have you ever wondered why some dogs are snappy and some amiable; why some are moody and some forever enthusiastic in life; why some have a sweet tooth and some would literally die for spicy nonvegetarian food? Well, those who don’t care much for dogs would probably shrug and say, “That’s because they belong to different breeds!” But things are not that simple. Those who love and “know” dogs, also know that every dog is as different from the other as are two fingerprints. In fact, what I’m about to say will be scoffed at by non-dog-loving skeptics, but the truth is that regardless of breed, even dogs are born with different characteristics, depending on the zodiac sign he/she is born under. Ask any dog parent, and they will vouch for the fact that every dog manifests certain traits that are typical of their signs. For many pet parents, getting to know more about the corresponding signs of their dogs also helps in understanding their canine child better and facilitates better handling. And so, read on carefully to know the characteristics of the star signs of your adorable babies.

ARIES

(March 21- April 19)

If your baby is born under this sign, you have to be prepared to be in the thick of hurricanes all the time, because Aries dogs are full of energy and known to be hyperactive. So, if you are someone who is not too equipped to handle that kind of energy level, then don’t get an Aries pup home. But if you already have one, then learn to be ready for their power-packed performances all the time, and also be ready to “forgive”, since they are likely to end up breaking quite a few items in the house. But then forgiving them will not be a problem since they shower you with so much love that you can’t stay angry with them for long. But be very careful, not to scold them in public. That’s something that does not go down very well with these four-legged Aries.

TAURUS

(April 20- May 20)

If you happen to be a parent of the Taurus pet, then you can have some breathing space, since Taurus pets are known to be quite passive and easy-going. For children, it could be a dampener, since Taurus pups love to sleep more than playing. They also take time to like people, but once they do, they are yours for life. These darlings also love to eat because of which they are susceptible to obesity. So, be ready to take them out for regular exercise – even though they may put up a strong resistance to it.

GEMINI

(May 21 – June 20)

Gemini pets are one of those for whom you can say – curiosity is killing the dogs! They like to be a part of everything that is going around them and are also prone to sulking if you refuse to include them in all activities. So, be prepared to always pamper them and make them feel wanted. They hate to be left alone and feel very lost when they have no one around them. But what’s remarkable about them is their learning ability. They get trained really fast and are a pleasure to teach new things.

CANCER

(June 21 – July 22)

Like their human counterparts, Cancer pets are very sensitive creatures. They are among the most emotional of all signs. Which is why you must keep this always in mind when you scold them or have a few nasty things to say to them. What’s more, they also get irritated very easily, especially when their private space is encroached upon. Also, keep in mind that they like your undivided attention. So, make sure you always have enough time for these moody pets of yours.

LEO

(July 23 – Aug 22)

When you are a parent of the Leo pet, you will know exactly what I mean when I say that these are the pets with loads of attitude. The sense of ownership they move about with in the house actually makes you wonder if you are a houseguest with them! They have certain elegance about their movement, which is a pleasure to watch.

They also love adventure and are game for whatever new routine or place you come up with. They also end up being leaders of the group of local strays, without having to prove their supremacy. They are in fact, ideal pets for house with kids, since not only do they protect the kids of the house very well, but also love to play with them with all the energy possible. They love to be treated kindly and they know of numerous ways to show you how much they love you.

VIRGO

(Aug 23- Sep 22)

These pets are known for their “feminine” qualities. They make terrific companions and are blessed with such intuitive powers that they know immediately when you are not well. For them, physical proximity is very important. They love to just hang around you and be in the same vicinity. They are shy and not very expressive, but the things that they do, are enough to let you know that they are crazy about you. You only need to have a Virgo pet to believe what I’m saying.

LIBRA

(Sep 23- Oct 22)

These are the easy-going types, who often do not play favourites in the house. They are known to divide their attention equally in the house and deal with all the members at an individual level. Surprised, aren’t you? But then that’s how they are. And just when you think that you can’t be mire surprised, digest that these Libran pets are known to enjoy all the good things in life. They like good food, places and yes – good play toys.

But be prepared for their major mood swings. They may be playful at one minute and sulking the other. But what difference does it make when all you feel for them is just love and more love – and vice versa!

SCORPIO

(Oct 23- Nov 21)

Pets of this sign don’t trust easily, and especially when they have had a bad experience with someone early in life. So, next time if you see your pet snapping ‘unreasonably’ at someone, even if he/she is from the family, understand that your pet is most probably still smarting under past bruise and is settling scores! They are also full of energy and like to display that at every possible occasion. They are known to be very possessive and absolutely hate it when they see the affection being shared. So, next time when you see your Scorpio pet picking up a fight for no reason, understand that there is a “good” reason – that they are trying to get even for having their affection usurped! As for loyalty, well what can I say. They are the most loyal of all the signs in the zodiac.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

These are really the fun loving types, with no hang-ups whatsoever. What is also very endearing about them is their over eagerness to please, they will wag their tails, yelp, lap and lick your face – all to please you. Now, if that won’t melt your heart for good, what will?

They also like to stay outdoors a lot. And so, if you have a house with garden, they will have nothing to complain about. But they do have a tendency to go overboard with excitement and become forgetful. However, the good news is that they need to be disciplined very often. But the little darling that they are, they don’t mind that at all.

CAPRICON

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The most endearing thing about Capricorn pets is that they stay young forever – in spirit that is. They have endless capacity to play, which is why they make the best playmate for kids. And just like kids, they tend to sulk when they don’t get their way. In that respect, they are just like little children (which for all dog-lovers, I think they already are, no matter how “adult” they try to be).

One very conspicuous trait about Capricorn pets is that they are ‘family’ canines. They feel most at ease when they have a lively family around them. The dogs that you see most often in paintings and cartoons and books where the dog is contentedly sitting by the sofa by the family, is most likely to be a Capricorn!

AQUARIUS

(Jan 20- Feb 18)

These are gentle and loving creatures and ones who believe in “live and let live” principle. Also, they are very intelligent and blessed with a sharp mind.

One thing that the parents of an Aquarian pet will have to strictly keep in mind is that they hate to be ordered around. They also tend to be a little stubborn and can be slightly difficult to handle when they decide not to obey orders. They are also slightly averse to too much physical display of affection. But these Aquarian dogs are the only ones who give you the pleasure of a pet with whom you can expect some kind of peer relationship. They like to treated as an adult and give their best when treated as such.

PISCES

(Feb 19- Mar 20)

If you feel that your pet is most amiable, peace loving and gentle, then it’s most definitely a Piscean. They are ideal pets as they have a very strong intuition and are very likely to be sensitive to you moods and habits.

They also don’t crave too much of open space and are ideal pets for small houses aka apartments. They have the ability to make the best of everything, even the limited space available to them.

But having said that, all that these four-legged darlings crave for is your love and undivided attention. As long as they get regular supply of TLC (tender loving care), the only characteristic they display is – unconditional love, love and more love. So, Just keep loving…Woof!

– by Amrita Sharma