Life is complete with pets… and Shweta Rohira seems to have taken it to the heart. She is blessed with two dogs, huge fish tank, nine white mice and two hamsters and she still has room for more. Here’s more on her love for pets.
Shweta Rohira is known for her paintings, ingenious writing and working as a community worker with ‘Selfie With Police’ and her association with beauty and health makes her totally exceptional in her own intelligence of fine art. She has really come a long way and achieved it effectively in her grand inventive profession. Little known is that She is in love with pets as well.
Pets in her life…
“I never had pets in childhood though I was very keen. But, now I have many pets.
My dogs, Dollar and Bhagheera, are my two lovely kids while I have a huge fish tank which has lots of colourful fishes. Then, my white mice couple Ratatouille and Stuart and there with their seven children. I am also blessed with my hamsters, Ki and Ka. And that’s not all! I would love to have more pets,” she shares excitedly.
Like a responsible pet parent, Shweta says that there is no favourite, she loves all her pets but as Bhagheera is the youngest, he gets more pampering.
Incident that touched her heart…
“Once, when I was hospitalised, Dollar had given up eating and once I was back, I was on bed rest for few days. Dollar did not leave my bed side and it would be so tough to send him for his daily walks. Even when I would be asleep, he would be just staring at me and there used to be so much sadness in his eyes as if he too was experiencing my pain. He was my constant companion…he made me feel so special, I can’t even express it,” she shares.
There’s never a dull moment in a house with pets. As Shweta shares, “As soon as I enter my house, Bhagheera gets a sudden sugar rush and he starts running in the whole house and his running is so fast that many a time he slips.” Another special antic Shweta shares is that Dollar has a very special habit for eating. “Before eating his food, he wants me to eat first and then only he eats. Also, he does not eat in his bowl though he drinks water in any bowl. He needs a plate identical to what I use. If I change my crockery, one plate and a bowl is kept separated for him,” she laughs.
Spending quality time…
“My morning cup of coffee is with them. I also play with them in the morning. Dollar and Bhagheera and I have our breakfast together. At night, Bhagheera sleeps with me and Dollar waits till I sleep; only after I sleep does he go to his bed,” shares Shweta. “I would love to go for vacation with them but Dollar has motion sickness and Bhagheera enjoys running in the garden more than travelling. But, he enjoys his trips to the swimming pool,” she adds.
What she loves about her dogs…
“I really love the way they pamper me with their affection and unconditional love. They are the ones who totally understand my silence,” she shares.
What her dogs love about her…
“I think they love the toys that they get and the time when we eat together. Bhagheera loves sharing my pillow and blanket too,” tells Shweta.
Caring for the pets…
Shweta is very particular about her dogs’ exercise and nutrition needs. “With Dollar, I need to be very careful as he is a foodie and hates his walks and exercise. He tends to put on weight fast as well as he has asthma; so, we need to be very careful with him,” she adds.
“Both Dollar and Bhagheera love chicken and ice-cream is very special treat,”
Tips for readers…
“I feel that whenever there is any stress or tension, we should be careful and not to talk near them as they tend to take too soon at their heart. It is also very important that when we scold them to bring in discipline, we should show our affection and care. Communication is very important; we should spend quality time by talking to them and if required explain them. When we chat with them, they reply back with expressions and actions. I believe that we should spend quality time with them and also learn to understand their silence,” concludes Shweta.
Directed by Gurpreet Singh Chawla (Monty) and Utkarsha Naik—avid animal lovers—who decided to let the world know the incidents of mass stray dog culling in Kerala, Wake Up Kerala is a movie based on the inhuman act.
So, we worked together, made a script and then we approached Shraddha Joshi and Gahna Verma, who were eager to work in the movie, tells Gurpreet. It took approximately two months for writing, screenplay, dialogues and shooting of Wake Up Kerala.
Every small thing counts…
What’s more? “We approached few theatre artists from a college and they were ready to work in the same. We even have some real-life people (characters) working in the movie. For example, the character of coconut seller in the movie is a real one, not an actor. When we told him about the movie, he was initially reluctant to support us as he was also in favour of culling dogs. However, after explaining him about dogs being killed brutally and how it will impact Kerela, he agreed to act. After completing the shooting, he told us that he has also become a dog lover and started feeding stray dogs in his area. That was our real win,” explains Gurpreet.
Only a dog lover can do that…
“Killing dogs is like killing your best friend,” says Utkarsha Naik, who is also a massive animal lover who feeds stray dogs in her area and also rescues injured animals. The reason she got involved with the movie was that she wanted to tell people how kind dogs are. Utkarsha and her actor daughter Gahna Verma are blessed with three-year-old Cocker Spaniel named Fluffy.
“Dogs are human’s best friends and let’s help our best friends,” says Gurpreet Singh Chawla, founder of HALT – Stop Animal Abuse (an NGO). “My entire family is crazy for animals. My mom feeds more than 150 dogs every day. I have been fighting for animal cruelty cases across Mumbai. I got involved in such cause because I wanted to show people how bad is dog culling,” he says. Gurpreet is blessed with four dogs— Blacky, Billo, Romeo and Bumblee, all of them Indian breeds.
“Let’s make Kerala more beautiful by helping animals,” says actor Shraddha Joshi, who is always ready to fight for the rights of animals. She helps around 100 stray animals near her home. “Dogs are loyal to humans, let’s be loyal to them,” says Gahna Verma, an upcoming actor cum model and an ardent animal lover.
Behind the scene
July 09: To curb dog bite menace, Kerala government announced to cull strays; and vigilante groups in the state in turn started killing stray dogs in the following days.
July 26: Activists started staging #BoycottKerala campaign.
Sept 14: Taking strong note of the merciless killing, Supreme Court (SC) ordered the state government to file its response with details of the action taken on the offenders.
Sept 19: Social worker Jose Maveli arrested for heading the culling drive.
Nov 17: SC restrained all the vigilante groups responsible for culling the strays and distributing subsidised guns.
Every dog lover would agree that dogs carve their ways into our hearts. They even turn a non-dog lover into a dog lover. Celebrities across the world love to show off their pooch love…pampering them and even making red carpet entries with them.
Here we have compiled a few Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities who love their pooch pals, as much as we love them.
A Bollywood actor, best known for the film Iqbaal, who feels that playing with dogs is de-stressing and joyful.
Pooch pals: Don & Knight (Labradors, 7+ years)
Known for his film Hate Story-2 and TV series Kamayath, Jay feels that dogs do not have mood swings and they are indeed the Man’s Best Friends.
Pooch pals: Figo (Shih Tzu, 6 years), Tim Tim (Shih Tzu, 6 years) and Katori (Pug, 2 years)
Indian Punjabi singer, songwriter, composer and performer, Mika Singh is an avid animal lover. He has a farmhouse for dogs, horses, etc. He feels that dogs are his closest friends as they can gauge his mood at all times.
Pooch pals: Various breeds
Bollywood actress and theatre artist Tanishaa Mukherjee feels that dogs bring a positive impact at home.
Pooch pal: King Leonidas (Lhasa Apso, 5 years)
Renowned dress designer Nachiket Barve feels that dogs should never be gifted as they are like family members.
Pooch pal: Sir Theodore Goldenridge (Labrador, 9 years)
Popular TV actress Debina, best known for her role as Sita in Ramayana, is an avid dog lover. She and her husband Gurmeet Chaudhry provide home to an abandoned Ladrador Lucky, who completes their family.
Pooch pals: Dexter (Boxer) & Lucky (Labrador)
Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner is blessed with numerous pooches, the latest one being Penny.
Pooch Pals: Many including Penny, Norman & Bambi (Greyhounds)
Oscar nominated British actor Tom Hardy, best known for the film The Dark Knight Rises, loves dogs for their loyalty and sensitivity.
Pooch pal: Woody (Mutt)
Popular Hollywood actor known for her films Mama Mia and Ted 2, Amanda fell in love with Finn, who she once rescued. Now, she can’t imagine her life without him.
Pooch pal: Finn (Australian Shepherd)
Liam, yet another popular Hollywood actor known for his blockbuster movies, Hunger Games, The Dressmaker and The Independence Day: Resurgence, rescued two dogs – Tani and Dora. He feels that if anyone wants to adopt a pet, they should go for rescue a dog.
Pooch pals: Tani and Dora
Suicide Squad actor and supermodel Cara recently got a dog to satisfy her maternal cravings.
Pooch pal: Leo (Husky cross-breed)
We love Sherlyn Chopra for her looks and curves. According to her, being loved is a greatest feeling and she makes sure that she reciprocates the same to those, whom she loves the most. And no prize for guessing it right! Yes, all her love is for her FURRY ANGELS. Here she shares more about her love for her pooches.– by Smita Dwivedi
Sherlyn love for pooches is eternal; she always wanted to have pets. On asking about the initiation of poochie-pal love, she shared, “When I was a little girl, I had an Alsatian who was raised by my late dad. The pet was more attached to my dad than to anybody else in my house as it was my dad who would attend to all the pet’s needs and wants. I got little annoyed by this as a young girl and today I am a proud parent of three little bundles of joy.
On current pets…
“A few years ago, I desperately wanted to have pets in my life as I missed being alive, playful, bubbly and chirpy like the way I was when I was a child. So, now I am blessed with two Maltese, out of which, one is 7 years old and the other one just turned 1. I also have a Chihuahua who is 6 years old. The youngest of my three pets is my favourite…her name is Cherry and she is super naughty,” she added further.
Eternal furry bond!
Sherlyn feels that her pets are gift of God to her. “Even in my dreams, I cannot think of having a day without them. My pets add great joy to my life – all day and every day. The little things that they do – make my heart melt. My sunshine doesn’t come from the sky; it comes from the love in my dogs’ eyes,” she shared.
House…full of antics!
A household full of cute canines must be a lively place 24×7; on asking her about the cute antics and activities, she lovingly said, “My miniature pets love to wrestle with each other when they are super excited. And often, it’s the youngest one, Cherry, who wins hands down as she’s a great bully! Watching my pets play is a sheer delight! I enjoy taking them along for a drive and getting them yummy, healthy treats, upon seeing which, they sometimes do a crazy tap dance! Adding more about her fun filled activities with four-legged friends, she said with a smile, “My pets love it when I’m playful. Our favourite game together is hide & seek. But most times, they don’t give me enough time to hide.”
Caring and sharing!
Now, to explore her parenting skills, we asked her about how often they go on vacations and outings to which she explained, “My pets are prone to motion sickness. So, I don’t take them to faraway destinations. I generally take them in my car to Bandra Sea Link and on the way back home, I buy them treats. My pets go on a walk twice a day and eat healthy food. They have a caretaker who takes care of them 24X7. They visit their veterinarian once in two months for a general check-up.”
On a concluding note…
“When we begin to treat our pets as our extended family, a sense of duty compels us to take care of them on a regular basis. What I love most about my pets is their unconditional love for me. The best part of my day is coming home to a wagging tail,” concluded Sherlyn.
Favorite activity together:I enjoy grooming my pets.
Annoying habits: My pets love to play with my cosmetics. Every time I get annoyed with them for misplacing my cosmetics, they lie down on the floor with a baby face and I end up bursting into laughter!
Qualities you love: I love their playfulness and also their emotional understanding.
Funny/ crazy antics: My youngest pet throws a huge tantrum every time she’s taken to the washroom for a shower. After the shower, she makes an angry face that makes her even cuter! She’s quite a handful and keeps her nanny on her toes all day!
Jennifer Winget has stolen many hearts through her mesmerising looks and acting prowess on the small screen. Little do people know that this young lady’s heart is stolen by Breezer, her pet dog.
Beautiful actress Jennifer Winget has appeared in many Indian TV shows like Kkusum, Kahin to Hoga, Saraswatichandra, to name a few. She won the Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress Critics for her leading role in the Star Plus romantic series Saraswatichandra. Eastern Eye placed her at 21st position on its list of World’s Sexiest Asian Women for 2012. Much has been written about this young lass but there’s more.Breezer.
My first pet….
“As a child I remember how I always wanted a pet but mum never let me have one. She was afraid of dogs and still is but now with my Labrador, Breezer that has changed. He is the child she loves the most now and gets along with him excellently,” shares Jennifer.
What makes my day?
Every pet has a unique quality or antic, which just melts our hearts. On asking Jennifer, she replies sweetly, “ He makes the cutest face when he wants a chewy to eat. He looks at me and tilts his head a little bit. It’s the cutest face I have ever seen.”
Life with my pooch…
“I enjoy driving with Breezer and simply hate leaving Breezer behind every time I go to shoot. I guess I am the one with separation anxiety when it comes to him. He is six now and unlike most dogs, thoroughly enjoys a drive, popping his head out, with the wind on his face. Though neither of the two of us are early risers, an occasional Sunday early morning is marked for me to take him on a nice long drive followed by his walk,” she tells.
What I love about my pooch?
“Definitely his eyes. He speaks straight to my heart with them. I believe that there is just so much unconditional love that dogs, or any other animal for that matter, can give you for the little that we give them in return. You get a glimpse of this love through their eyes, like a doorway to their soul and they’ll always let you in,” tells Jennifer with a twinkle in her eyes.
What my pooch loves about me?
“I, no matter how naughty he’s been, I will always melt with one of his characteristic puppy-dog looks and also that I let him snuggle on the bed and sleep with me,” tells Jennifer.
“The two of us have both been on a sabbatical this past year and have been enjoying a relaxing time away at my new holiday home in Goa. He loves it there and I was surprised how easily he made himself at home. The beach is in close proximity so he enjoys his long runs, chasing the waves. What he couldn’t get enough of, though, was swimming in the pool on the property. Every time we got him out, he couldn’t wait to jump right back in,” shares Jennifer.
Taking care of pet’s needs…
As a responsible pet parent, Jennifer makes it a point to take care of his pet’s exercise, nutrition and other needs. “Though I’m not as disciplined as I should be with myself when it comes to the right nutrition and exercise, but with Breezer, I’m like an over-cautious, nit-picky mom. As he grows older, I’ve grown even more careful and make sure he eats and exercises better than I do. Labs tend to get overweight with age and touchwood with regular vet checks and routine exercise, Breezer’s weight is ideal. He’s been prescribed a certain supplement for his bones and he surprisingly laps it all up along with his regular food, like a good boy. I try to play with him in my garden as much as I can; it’s a stress buster for me too,” replies Jennifer.
Most difficult thing about being a pet parent…
Being a pet parent is not easy…a pet is like a family member, who needs your love, time and care. “I know Breezer loathes it when I leave him for a couple of days during outdoor shoots. He lives with my mum on those days; but misses me. Once I was preparing to leave for a few days, he understood from all the packing that I wasn’t going to be home with him that night. That sad look on his face is now etched in my mind because just as we were loading the luggage in the car and he came down with me to see me off, he ran and sat in the boot of the car and refused to get out. My heart breaks every time I have to leave him,” tells Jennifer.
On a concluding note…
“To me, Breezer is family, my most prized and cherished member. We’ve been through great memories and hard times together and though my emotions have their highs and lows, his love for me is unconditional and consistent. It’s the one thing that comes, rest assured, when anything else isn’t going your way,” concludes Jennifer.
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Karuna Pandey, a Bollywood actress, who acted in films like The Bypass (2003), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) and Bollywood Diaries (2016), is talented, dignified face of the small screen too. In her busy life, the only thing that gives her immense pleasure is her love for animals. Dogs & Pups discovers her happy soul with happy heart…brimming with compassion for the animals.
Karuna Pandey is most often remembered for TV series like Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali, Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, Bhaage Re Mann and many more. Here, she shares her love for canines. To begin with, we asked how this eternal journey of poochie companionship actually started, and she revealed that she has always been an ardent animal lover.
Sherry – my love
Getting nostalgic about her first pet, she narrated, “My dad was in the army and we used to get big bungalows to live in, so I loved that time of having pet. Dogs by nature love mud, grass, open space, etc. During that time, we had many pets which included dogs, cats, deer, rabbits and birds. Both my parents were also animal lovers.” Her love for Sherry, a GSD (her first pet dog) was eternal…remembering her fond memories, she shared, “When my dad got posted to Chennai, we got Sherry. She stayed with us for 12 years. And strangely, the moment my dad was diagnosed with cancer, she silently passed away. We feel that she realised that now we are going to get busy taking care of dad, so she left for heavenly abode without asking for any care from us.” On asking about any special moment she shared with Sherry, she added, “Sherry was divine, she was so wonderful. She never complained about anything. My dad used to get posted to new places after every two years and she used to travel on bus, truck, train and airplane without showing any tantrums. She was a part of our lives; every morning she went to garden with my mom to collect flowers for puja. She was part of our family, we loved her very much.”
Smitten by paws!
Today, Karuna is blessed with three canine kids. “My pets Romeo, Barbie and Maw brighten my mood at any given time. In general, I am an animal lover, so I try to take care of stray dogs as well. Hence, the mere presence of them around me makes me happy. Animals are great companions and I love spending time with my pets. My favourite thing to do on film sets, besides shooting, is to spend time with them – before, after and in-between shots,” she shared. She also brings food for strays to the shooting sites from her home every day!
To know more about her current pets, we asked her to share a story of their homecoming and she explained, “Barbie and Romeo are like my son and daughter; I can’t imagine my life without them. I belong to them. Romeo had hip dysplasia when I adopted him and Barbie too was suffering from skin infection, she was three and a half months old. Both of them are fine now and have actually brightened my world.”
Caring ‘n’ sharing
On asking about taking care of them, she said, “My maids are always there to take care of my pets and I love the fact that they are also equally compassionate about them. Moreover, my husband is a film director and he has his office at home, so most of the time he is there at home. We have this policy to never leave them alone at home.” “I take extra care of their food needs. They are getting regular rooming sessions at Tailwaggers and Dr Talwarkar (in Mumbai) is always there to take care of their health issues, including regular vaccinations,” she added.
She is a compassionate animal lover, who believes in giving natural environments to animals and feels that natural instinct of dogs should be nurtured by us. Dogs by nature love space, grass, mud and water, so we must take initiatives to give them all those necessities, which they love naturally,” she added. On asking about Romeo and Barbie, she shared, “My dogs love freedom…they are enjoying all the luxuries. We take them for walks every day on Malad Road in Mumbai. When we have time, we take them for camping. They enjoy vacations at pet resorts… my babies are well pampered.”
Message to pet parents!
“Love your pet like your own children. Dog lover is a special person and no other person can feel the same love as we do,” concluded Karuna.
Hunar Hale, the smiling beauty of Indian television is loved by all and the secret of her happiness is unconditional love… for our four-legged furry friends. Dogs & Pups finds out more about this beautiful soul, who just loves to embrace pet parenting and enjoy and companionship communication with pooches.
Hunar Hale is known for playing the lead role of Aditi Jaiswal in Chhal – Sheh Aur Maat and currently, she is playing the role of Nandini in Ek Boond Ishq on Life OK channel. She first appeared on television with Star Plus show Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii in 2007. After that she did Grihasti as Soni Khuraana and essayed the role of Ankita in Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zara on Sony India.
A love for life!
Hunar claims that her love for dogs is as old as herself. There was never a time in her life that she was without a pet dog. On asking how this all actually started, she shared, “My first memory of having a pet was when I was three years old. I got a lovely puppy named Whoopie – a Lhasa Apso. As per my parents, he was scared of me rather than me being scared of him. The moment he saw me, he would hide under the bed. I would pull him out and hug him. I loved him so much that I always wanted him besides me. He was with me for only four months.”
She still wonders, what might have happened to him, “Sometimes, I think what might have happened to him, he got lost…or met with some misfortune, and these thoughts still haunt me. So, recently, I brought a new Whoopie to my life, my pet.”
Having so much fun growing up with furry angels, she couldn’t imagine her life without them, and sharing about her current pets, she explained that she has her homes in Delhi, Mumbai and Punjab and all homes have pets. The best part is that all pets at all houses are looked after by her family members. As soon as she visits any one of the homes, the pets stay with her. “I want to be surrounded by my loving pooches in all the places I belong. So I have pets at all my homes, including Mumbai, where I stay most. Whenever I am with my pets, I feel less burdened no matter what the situation is. They make me feel positive and all my negatives vanish,” she says.
She is such a genuine dog lover that she asked us not to give any special importance to any of her pets, to her every pet is special in some or the other way. So, she purposely not mentioned the names and breeds of her dogs as she feels it’s all about love and nothing else. “I had so many pets over the years, of different breeds but one thing which is common to all is unconditional love. I am a difficult person to handle but my pets understand my emotions without saying anything,” she adds.
Sharing one of her experiences, she said there was a time when she was completely heartbroken and depressed but she was behaving normally externally. “When I entered my room, my pet Beagle who otherwise was so noisy became mum and kept looking at me. When I sat on my bed, he sat next to me and started rubbing his body against me, as if he was saying don’t worry, everything would be just fine. This incident was truly amazing as it’s quite difficult to explain your condition to human beings but being animals, pets understand it without telling them,” she shares.
On asking about outings and fun together, she shared that they go on regular walks on beaches but not on vacations. “In Mumbai, they are always in my car riding along. At times, they accompany me to my film locations, so they are aware of my routines,” she replies.
Another thing she shared was that she loves to read a lot but the moment she wants to read something, her pets don’t like it as they feel that she is ignoring them. “The moment I pick up my reading glasses, they start barking and jumping all around. So I have to get extra pair of glasses and a nice pictorial book so that I can settle them first and I can enjoy my reading uninterrupted,” she shares.
Message to pet parents…
“I want to appeal to all who just love to give sweets to dogs to stop doing so as sugar is quite harmful to our furry angels. Although it’s a nice gesture to do so, but unknowingly we are harming them. If you really want to help them, feed them healthy stuff and most importantly save them from loud noises. Pets are so much scared of loud noises, so we should be sensitive about them during celebrations, especially during festivals like Diwali. I request everyone to stop using crackers as they not only harm our environment by creating air and noise pollution, but also harm our pooches,” concludes Hunar.
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