Committed to love, committed to your pooch!!!

January 2011

New Year resolutions

This new year (and all those that will follow), let’s resolve to be as committed to our pooches as they are to us. Since they depend on us for all their needs, it is our responsibility to take care of them in the best possible way. Well, it’s a small price we pay for their unconditional love and care!!!

February 2011

Valentine pooch

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate all your loved ones and pooches definitely need to be pampered and loved on this special day. Make the day special for him – take him to a garden – let him romp and play, buy him a gift he loves (a treat or a toy), take him out for a ride – in fact, do whatever you think will raise his spirits high!

March 2011

Colourful ‘Holi’ pooch

Holi is the festival of colours but we all know, colours can be harmful to our pooches. So, how can we celebrate this festival? Well, you can add colours to the life of a pooch in need– that little dog on your street who keeps looking for food in the garbage cans or the big dog that sleeps under your car. Get them vaccinated and sterilized, give them food and clean water – simply bring out the compassion in you!

April 2011

Begin anew

With April comes Baisakhi, beginning of a new solar year, and new harvest season…a day to rejoice! If you wish to bring home a pooch, why not do it now! If you already are blessed with a pooch, spend some quality time with him, pamper him or simply love him.

May 2011

Vacation pooch

Since May marks the beginning of the summer vacations for kids, it is the best time to plan a vacation from the busy and sometimes mundane life. Look for a pet-friendly place and bring home beautiful memories of the precious family time spent together!

June 2011

Summer ‘n’ shine pooch

Summers can be too harsh on the pooches. Take good care of them, give them plenty of water to drink, provide them a cool place to stay, do not exercise them in sunny hours, watch out for symptoms of heat stroke…our responsible pet parents do know how to take care of our pooches!!!

July 2011

Tick-free pooch

With rains come the dreadful ticks and fleas problems. Keep your pooch dry, groom him regularly, remove any ticks you find, consult your veterinarian for an effective ticks and fleas treatments.

August 2011

Best bro pooch

Raksha Bandhan is the festival of siblings. Encourage your children to develop a loving bond with your pooch. Let them treat their pets as their siblings. This love and compassion will go a long way in building your kids as responsible and loving individuals.

September 2011

Canine heroes

The world cannot forget the tragedy of 9/11 (2001) and the role our canine heroes played in rescuing the victims.

Yes, dogs are our best friends and time and again, they prove it all along. Love your dog and cherish the bond you share.

October 2011

Festive pooch

October is the festive month – songs & dance at the famous Navratras & Diwali. Have a dancing twosome pair – you and your pooch and enjoy the festival of lights with care.

November 2011

Celebrating pooch

The last two months of the calendar are filled with a lot of occasions to celebrate – Id, Christmas, New Year, etc. Let your buddy enjoy to his fill, just take care of what he’s eating and pet proof your home at this time as well. Do not leave anything harmful in their reach – the decorations, lights, candles – all need to be put at a safe distance. Enjoy the festivals together, let the spirits be high!

December 2011

Cold but comfy pooch

Your pooches need a lot of care in winter season. Keep them warm, use a dog coat if required. Give them a nice cozy place to sit and sleep. Take care of their food and keep them safe away from chilly winds. Play some indoor games with him, chill out inside homes when the temperature dips!

Do you know who loves me?

Pets in childhood: Never had a pet as a child. Calvin and Hobbes are my first pets.

Any special favourite: Though I love them both, Hobbes, the Golden Retriever, is close to me!

Incident you would like to share: When we first took them to swimming, it was a treat as they are natural swimmers. Hobbes loved the water; he kept diving in and out! Calvin, the Lab, was as lazy as ever, swimming a bit and then lazing on the stairs of the dog pool.

Special antics you cherish: I love it when Hobbes does a little dance on the sofa when he sees me after a gap. Hobbes has a funny bark when he misses you, and Calvin is possessive about my dad… no one can touch him when Calvin is around! Calvin is very cute when he wants food – he just stares at you with those lovely eyes, making your heart melt.

Spending time with your dog: I play whenever I get a chance. Sometimes they sleep on the bed with me; other times it’s fun to tease them with a toy or something.

Favourite activity together: Calvin likes sleeping in my lap while Hobbes likes to chase me for my hairband.

Annoying habits: Calvin barks when you say ‘bye bye’ while Hobbes eats cotton!

What you love most about them: They love me to unconditionally except the food of course! Seriously, they make all the day’s troubles go away! They are so intelligent and funny! Love it when I say ‘Let’s go for a bath”. Calvin hides between my legs, Hobbes can’t wait to take a bath! And they both love long drives.

What do you think your dogs love most about you: That I give them treats!

What is a special treat for your dog: Lots of them- biscuits, special doggy treats made of beef, chicken, lamb, fish, etc.

Your pet’s favourite dishes: Hobbes loves mangoes, watermelons, and chicken-anything! Calvin loves ice cream, chicken, but he is a bit choosy.

Tip you would like to share: Keep the weight in check! And it’s always good to groom them everyday.

The Lil’ Yoga masters!

Dan Borris is a well-known photographer, widely recognised for his portraitures, which have appeared in many leading magazines as well as used by many corporates. Interestingly, Dan didn’t get into dog photography (other than personal photos of his own dog!) until he started on the Yoga Dogs project. “That was about four years ago… and I’ve learned a lot since then!” he said.

The million-dollar idea…

The idea rolled suddenly. “A friend of mine thought it would be funny to do photos of her and her English Bull Terrier, Otis, while she was practicing yoga. Otis was always sniffing around or licking her while she was in a pose. I laughed and said wouldn’t it be funnier if Otis was doing yoga. That was the beginning,” he shared.

The first calendar…

“The first calendar was the 2009 Yoga Dogs published by Brown Trout in the US. I had sent sample images to them with the idea of making a calendar. They thought it would be great… and it has been! The first shoot I did was with our dog Mela, a yellow Lab-Golden Retriever mix. Alejandra worked with Mela while I shot the photos. We had made a plan for the shoot, and Mela was pretty easy to work with, but of course Mela had some other ideas!” he shared.

The exact pose…

But how does he get the exact pose? “I start with many photos of the same dog. Alejandra gets them as close to a position as possible. We always, always make it fun for the dog and never pressure them. The process of shooting the photos can be pretty funny as you can imagine. I then go to the computer and edit until I find the right combination of shots to make the pose. It’s a long process in Photoshop,” told Dan.

The 2011 calendar…

The 2011 calendar is based on the theme of Yoga puppies and Yoga kittens. It is available for sale at www.yogadogz.com.

So, what are you waiting for? If you wish to have the pictures of these lil’ performing artists, grab your copy now!

Conversation starters

Our furry friends are considered to be the best conversation starters who help their human friends know each other. There are instances of people even getting married through conversations started by their pooches. Let’s find out how it happened!

 

Conversation-startersDogs are man’s best friends. I’m sure that many a time you must have come across this term. But have you ever heard of people saying ‘Dogs are best conversation starters’? Let me tell you why. On your daily walk to the park, give a little attention to fellow walkers who come along with their dogs. You will notice that they are the ones who exchange the most number of ‘Hi’ and ‘Hello’ and they are the people who wear smiles permanently even with sweats dripping down their jaw lines as they exercise. Dogs, irrespective of their breeds and looks, tend to attract conversations. Being a canine companion, I have made friends with people who have approached me just to pat my dog. I also know a couple who fell in love and got married through these ‘doggie’ conversations.

Wedding planners…

Sarika was a weight conscious woman who bought a dog, Cujo, thinking that the pet will motivate her to go on daily walk and also be a companion to her lonely life. Companion and motivation had certainly been what Cujo turned out to be. One day, on their regular high-intensity walk, Sarika noticed an average looking, trying-hard-to-exercise guy, jogging passed her. On the third day when they crossed paths, the guy (Manoj) shouted out a “Hey!” With knitted eyebrows, Sarika shot back a look and said, “Do I know you?” Pat came the reply, “No, but I was talking to your dog, what’s his name?” “Ask her directly”, said Sarika. But even before she realised, Cujo was wagging her tail and extended the handshake for friendship. With another exercising companion, Sarika, Manoj and Cujo cemented their relationship…three years later; Manoj and Sarika are happily married and Cujo stands as a testimonial for conversation starter.

There are many instances where pet owners would use ‘doggie’ topics to break the ice. Vivek, a running enthusiast said, “One has to note the body language of their pet as well. I remember my daily walks with my German Shepherds, Sheeba. None of the girls would want to talk to me for the fear of Sheeba, but now I have a cute Cocker Spaniel, Goldy and when she is with me, I have more people talking to me because she is super friendly…and yes I have loads of walk friends now, that too girls! (winks). But I still maintain that Sheeba was a super dog.”

No more loneliness…

Loneliness is the first thing that will be ruled out once a dog steps in to your life. From single people to families with children to everyone with dogs in their lives show willingness to get out there and make friends and may be smile at strangers.

Adolf Hitler too had a dog named Blondi. The dictator that he was, he also felt the need of having a companion, someone more than his human followers. Hitler was very fond of Blondi, keeping her by his side and allowing her to sleep in his bedroom in the bunker, the affection not even shared by his girlfriend. It was learnt that Hitler would talk to Blondi on a day-to-day basis.

Recollecting how she made friends for life because of a dog, Saina, a PR professional said, “I used to live in an apartment and being a single woman I didn’t go out to make friends, I used to notice a Rottweilers in my neighbourhood. As I had been wondering about the furry friend’s owner, one day I met someone talking about the dog whose name was Tiger. Tiger was the sole reason for us to start a conversation and we have been best friends since then.”

So, next time you hear a greeting directed at you when you are accompanied by your dog or if you make friends with like-minded people through such conversation, don’t forget to give your dog a much deserved tight hug. It’s good for your soul.

A page from the diary of a doggone doggy!

Dear Diary,
It’s time to type out my TV trauma. My two-legged parents call it ‘idiot box’. Yet they gather in front of it every night… hypocritical hawks! Grrrhmphhh…! My two-legged siblings call it ‘time-pass’. After all, to not be tuned in to the latest sporting drama is a faux pas.
Coming to the point… My opinion of the good ol’ television…I call it ‘Temptation Island!’ Yes it’s even better than a belly rub! Well…almost…(wag-wag-wag-wag-wag wag-wag…! WAGGG!) Oh no, not because of the latest canine couture on ‘Poo TV’. Not even because of the visual feast on ‘Top Chef’…oooh yummmeaaaah! (Excuse the drool.)
I call it ‘Temptation Island’ because television is like fantasy land…Rather, it is utopia.
I ask you… where else does it rain balls day and night? Add to it…the replays and highlights!
Last month it was the T20 World Cup. Then the FIFA drama showed up. Talk about
topping off the double chicken burger with a splash of ketchup… Not  to forget the Wimbledon mania! (Chicken burger… sigh…back to drooling…hic-hic-hiccup!)
Nowadays all I see are cricket balls, soccer balls, tennis balls…even
golf balls juggling around me! And it’s driving me crazy! C-R-A-Z-Y!
They throw, they fetch. They kick, they catch. They hit, they head bang.
They shoot, they smash. They also trip, slip and crash.
What fun! It sure looks like living heaven! How I wish someone would invent a TV where I could jump in and join the real action… Or maybe even initiate a sporting event called Canine Catch Cup? What say? All those in favour, yell HIP HIP HURRAY.
Or Waka Waka woof woof in your own special way!

The mythical canines!

Man’s association with dogs dates back to centuries. The ubiquitous dog has been considered man’s best friend for as long as this universe existed. So, have our Gods also felt the canine love? Sure, here’s more on our legendary canines!

Pooches in Hindu mythology

Animals have played a significant role in Hindu mythology. Almost all Gods and Goddesses worshipped by thefeactures fun and frolic Hindus have been associated with some animals or the other. Lord Ganesha has the mouse as his vehicle, Lord Yama is seen riding a buffalo, Lord Vishnu flies on Garuda, the eagle, Lord Shiva has a snake wound around his neck, while a peacock carries Lord Subramanyan and Goddess Kali has the royal tiger to take her around. And here’s more about the Gods and their canines:

Lord Shiva’s various incarnations: Bhairava is Shiva’s fierce manifestation, who is accompanied by a dog. Feeding and taking care of dogs is another way of showing devotion to Lord Bhairava. So, devout Hindus on a pilgrimage to Kasi (Benares) visit the temple of Kalabhairava without fail and they believe that the best way to seek His divine blessings is to feed sweetmeats to 11 dogs every Saturday.

Another incarnation of Lord Shiva in other parts of India known as Khandoba, also had the same attributes. Legend has it that Khandoba rode on a dog. Deities such as Rudra and Virabhadra, both incarnations of Lord Shiva, were associated with dogs, and a soubriquet describing Rudra characterizes him as ‘shvapati’ or ‘master of the dog’.

Lord Dattatreya: Lord Dattatreya has four dogs, considered to symbolize the four Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda and Sama Veda. They follow the Lord as “hounds of heaven -and watchdogs of truth” and are owned by Datta, the greatest hunter for the souls of men.

Yama: Who doesn’t know Yama, the God of Death, who had two ferocious dogs, the offspring of Samara, which guarded the herds of Indra, the king of gods? These dogs reportedly wander among men as messengers of Yama. They also guard the roads leading up to His abode.

Yudhishtira: The last part of the Mahabharata narrates the story of Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, during his journey to heaven. At the peak of Mount Meru, Yudhisthira met Indra, who refused to admit Yudhisthira to heaven because he insisted on bringing along a stray dog, which according to Indra, was an unholy creature not worthy of a place in heaven.

This dog had been a faithful companion to Yudhisthira throughout his long journey on earth. When Indra questioned, “You can leave your brothers behind, not arranging proper cremations for them…and you refuse to leave behind a stray dog?” Yudhisthira replied, “Draupadi and my brothers chose to leave me, and it is not I who left them.” Saying thus, he refused to go to heaven unless the dog was allowed entry by the sentry. At that moment the dog changed its form into God Dharma, Yudhisthira’s father, who was only testing his son.

Kunnathurpadi Sree Muthappan temple: Have you ever heard of a temple where two majestic dogs guard the royal deity? Yes, I am referring to the Kunnathurpadi Sree Muthappan temple in Kerala’s Kannur district. Dogs are considered sacred at this temple and one can see plenty of dogs roaming inside and around the temple. Devotees feed these dogs and the camaraderie between man and his best friend is very much in evidence here. Bronze temple dogs guard the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, which is a concrete structure with tiered roofs that is supported by pillars and decorated with elephants. Even today, the glorious legend of the dog is carried forward by the devout, who care for the animal and feed it religiously at least to cleanse their sins and guarantee a berth in heaven, if not for the love of dogs.

Shirdi Sai Baba – a dog lover too: Anyone who has visited the holy shrine of Shirdi will not miss the divine sight of scores of stray dogs roaming freely within the temple premises unmindful of the lakhs of devotees milling around them. It is believed that Sai Baba loved dogs immensely.

Thus, dogs have a sacred place in our hearts and lives and when they are associated with our Gods, they are divine!

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Our gorgeous pets have exciting names. Here are a few and the reasons behind these exquisite names…


    • My female dog Miu is a Bujop Chi Mollosser breed from North East India. Since she is a Himalayan breed, I gave her the name Miu meaning doll in Tibetan.
      –Ravi VS Prasad

    • I have named my Chow Chow breed Koda because he is huggable and lovable like the bear in Brother Bear movie.
      –Amethyst Jamiro

    • My Labrador was named Allan because it is customary in our religion while assigning name to a baby to take first alphabet from our holy book. Starting with the alphabet ‘A’ which is a variant of the name Alan (Old German) and Allen (Gaelic) and the meaning of Allan is ‘Precious’ (as he is precious too).
      –Jaspreet

Rush in your pooch’s name and reason behind it; send in the entry with your address at info@dogsandpups.net and win exciting ribbed non-skid dog bowls by:

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Your K9: the whiz kid!

If you think, humans can only understand arithmetic, then you are wrong because our pooches can count upto five and do simple arithmetic calculations as well!

If you have a two-year-old child and a pooch at home, you must have felt it many times that both are equallyfeactures fun and frolic intelligent. Well, it is now a proven fact. At the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Stanley Coren, a well-known expert on canine intelligence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, stated that our dogs are capable of understanding upto 250 words and gestures. Not only this, they can count upto five and can even perform simple calculations.

The intelligence level of the pooch will undoubtedly depend on its breed as well. For example, Border Collies and Retrievers are two of the most intelligent breeds while Hounds and Terriers are the backbenchers.

Nevertheless, our K9s are intelligent and we all know that…

On common grounds

While many of you, would be counting what you and your beloved pooch have in common, here are a few scientifically proven facts about the similarities we have with our pooches.

 

  1. On-common-groundsOnly two of us have prostates: Dogs and humans are the only living beings who have prostates. What’s more, even the canine prostate gland and its diseases are very similar to that of humans.
  2. We both can be a lefty or righty: As per the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington DC, dogs, like people, are either right- or left-handed. And we just wondered whether our baby would be a lefty or righty! Do you know whether your pooch is a lefty or a righty – no, so, what are you waiting for? Just check it out.
  3. We play the same game to woo our women: How many of you males have let girls win, even if you could have easily won the game? For most of you, a game lost now is love earned; our pooches also let their lady love win.
  4. We behave the same way: Our pooches are the best models for understanding social behaviour. We share similar traits like co-operation, attachment, ability to imitate, etc. And this is all because humans and dogs have been friends for time immemorial and they have lived together for centuries.
  5. We both feel jealous and hurt: Jealousy and feeling hurt are universal emotions and guess what our little pooches feel the same way to. So keep this in mind, handle his heart with care.

Pawsitively precious
My pooch is my baby; here are reasons why I can’t live without her.

  1. Warm hearty welcome: She is always happy to see me when I am back home. She always welcomes me with a wagging tail and a happy mood.
  2. Unconditional love: She is always there to love me and listen to my woes.
  3. No complaints: She never complains about bad weather, people or any other thing.
  4. Companionship: She always gives me good company. She is a companion I can rely on.
  5. Free spirit: Her zest for life is contagious. Whenever I am with her, I remember to enjoy life’s little pleasures.

Pawsitively mine
My pooch’s valuable possession

  1. Me (her most valued possession!)
  2. Her favourite toy (my soft chappals!)
  3. Her dog bowl (of course full of her favourite treat!)
  4. Her daily walk in the park (where her crush also comes for a walk!)
  5. Her comfy bed (of course my bed!)

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.