So much fun for Esha Gupta with pooches!

Beautiful Esha Gupta made her Bollywood debut with Mahesh Bhatt’s Jannat 2 opposite Emraan Hashmi in the lead role and won million of hearts with her sweet girl look and for some she is Indian Angelina Jolie. She loves to spend time with her family and most importantly her pet. Here Dogs & Pups chats with her to explore her PUPPY love for pooches.

 

Esha started her career as a model, and came third in the Femina Miss India in 2007 and went to compete in the Miss India International contest. Esha Untitled-20appeared in Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar in 2010. In 2012, she was signed by Mahesh Bhatt for a three-film contract with Vishesh Films and made her screen debut in Kunal Deshmukh’s Jannat 2 which was commercially successful, and followed it with Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz 3D and Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh.
She was born in Delhi. Her father is a retired air-force officer and her mother is a homemaker. She was studying Mass Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication prior to auditioning for Femina Miss India, and got a law scholarship at Newcastle University, but she pursued a career in Bollywood instead.

 

Pooch affaire!
To start with, we asked Esha how it all started, to which she shared, “I have had pets all my life. And luckily I have parents who love pets more than anyone. My first ever pet memory is of having rabbits. Over the years we have a couple of rabbits, and dogs. But before I was born we’ve even had a monkey and a parrot. So, my pet companionship started even before I was born…I feel I am blessed.”

 

Treasure trove!
Having so many pets over the years as pets is a testimony to her fathomless love for animals. On asking her about any special favourites, we got the expected reply, “All of them have been special. But our first ever dog, Grazy, she was a Dachshund, she made me into a caring person even as a child. And she was partner during my growing up years. A cherished childhood memory is about Crystal (Indian breed), who had her litter; I was amazed, when she gave birth to her puppies.”

 

Candid moments!
She feels lucky to have a company with her current pet Nawab, who is a bundle of joy. When she is in Delhi her day revolves around him. To add more about her day, she added, “When I am in Delhi, Nawab is always at home with me, even travel in the car with me. I just love when he makes an innocent face to get his work done. And it’s so much fun having a pet.”
On asking about what she loves most about her dogs and vice versa, she laughed and added, “I just love their unconditional love and they just love luxuries of my home.”
We asked her to share about any memorable experience of taking pets on vacations and she shared, “We took our first dog to Harsil, a hill station at the foot of Gangotri. She learned how to climb up and down the stairs there.”

 

Canine care!
Esha feels that she is lucky to have parents who are also pooch lovers and promote animal welfare. “Since I am not with my furry angels, my father takes care of everything and my mother also looks after them. We all are pampered by our parents. My mom gives them special treats. And we never give anything to them which is not advised.”

 

Message
Don’t feed them human food. And give them enough love. They will love you forever!

 

PawFun
Favourite activity together
Sleeping and cuddling.
Annoying habits
They wake me up when they are up!
Qualities you love Everything.
Funny/crazy antics
They know how to get their way around; they are too smart and cute.

A Newfound love called ‘DEXTER’ for Gurmeet & Debina!

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Gurmeet Choudhary & Debina Bonnerjee won accolades, when they played Ram & Sita in the 2008 television series Ramayan. After that they appeared together in a number of reality shows. They fell in love and got married. It’s only love all around and to add more, they brought a bundle of joy on the very first day they moved to their new home in Mumbai. In conversation with Dogs & Pups, the actor couple shares their mutual love for DEXTER—a brindle Boxer!
 
Gurmeet Choudhary is an Indian television actor, model and dancer, who played lead roles in several TV shows and also participated in dance reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Season 5), Nach Baliye 6 and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (Season 5). He was also seen in Bollywood film Khamoshiyan. While, Debina Bonnerjee is an Indian TV actress, her first television role was in a Tamil TV series called Mayavi (2005). Her other roles include Mayuri Narayan in Chidiya Ghar. Both share their life with their pet dog Dexter.
 
To Alpha…with Love!
For Debina, it was a long tale of fun, adventure, emotions and love, when she was asked to share her pooch love. “I love dogs more than anything, it all started as a kid, when one of our neighbours went on a vacation and left their pet dog with us. He was a big dog Brownie – an Alsatian and I was not at all scared of him. But when they returned to take him back, I was furious, not at all ready to give him back as he became my best buddy. But he had to go….and immediately after that I started feeling alone without a dog and used to go to bus stands and parks to play with pariahs. My mom was not at all happy with this. It was a crazy childhood…roaming in the streets to play with puppies, when most of my friends were playing in parks and gardens,” she shares.
 
“My mom was upset as I was always playing with puppies and even started bringing them home. So, when we shifted to a bigger home in Kolkata, we got our first pet – Alpha, a Boxer. I was on cloud nine. But as I was too young, just 10 years old, so I could not take care of him and my mom decided to give him away after six months. It just broke my heart. It was an emotional moment for me, I sat next to him and promised him “Alpha, don’t worry, when I grow up, we would be together in my own home and have lots of fun,” she shares with a heavy heart.
 
Welcome Dexter!
Years went by, but Debina still remembers the promise she kept. In 2010, when she (with husband Gurmeet) bought a home in Mumbai, they added a new love to their life – furry angel DEXTER, a brindle Boxer. Gurmeet is equally passionate about pooches and shares, “We take care of his needs and I personally look after his needs including exercise and walks. We have a full-time caretaker for Dexter, who is a pampered boy of our house and life is great when we share our joys and sorrows with furry friends.” Debina adds, “We are very particular about his health and wellness.”
As a message to readers, Debina conveys, “Love one…love all!”
 
PawFun
Favourite activity together: Playing fetch
Annoying habits: Dexter is too scared of everything new…
Qualities you love: Everything
Funny/crazy antics. He tries to lay his bed down to sleep and even sleeps on the other side of the bed, if I forgot to arrange bedding for him.

Eternal pet adoration of KEITH Sequeira

Dogs and Keith are inseparable…they just enjoy being together… we have seen a bit of this wonderful man-canine relationship on television show ‘Heavy Petting’.
So, it won’t surprise our readers, if we share that he is a big time animal lover and is a comrade of real life furry friends too! Dogs & Pups discovers this furry bond in a tête-à-tête with Keith Sequeira.

 

Keith Sequeira

Keith Sequeira

Keith Sequeira, a known face on television, often seen petting dogs, made his big screen debut with the film Sixteen as a main lead. His famous stint was as VJ with B4U music channel. Post which he became a lifestyle presenter and did shows for other premium channels like AXN, NDTV Good Times, Star Plus, VH 1. Later, he shifted his focus to sports and was a presenter with NEO Sports and Star Sports. He has also featured in popular commercial ads for Raymond, Femina, Dabur Honey, Maruti Wagon R, Timex, etc.

 

Well begin is half done!
Once a dog lover always a dog lover! His love for animals is as old as he is, and on asking about beginning of this comradeship, he replied, “Yes, I always had pets since childhood, my mum really loved and cared for animals, so we had dogs, cats and injured birds as pets around and I clearly remember my first pet dog named Sandy (adopted). In total, I had seven dogs, cats in and out and some birds who were let loose once they were nursed back.”
On asking if there was anyone special, he replied that it’s not fair, “All have had a special place…‘Blonde’ who passed away three years ago was the matriarch of the current lot.”

 

Pawtails!
“Bingo, a black cross bred played with me when I was young. We dropped a bottle of milk on the floor while playing and so we both hid under the bed to avoid getting caught by mom and dad. Each time someone would come to get me out, he would growl and come closer, so no one would touch me…we lay there ‘hiding’ for almost three hours,” he chuckled.

 

On responsible pet parenting…
As per Keith it is very important to know your pet and understand their temperament, that’s how they communicate. “Also make sure to give them plenty of exercise. Never over-feed your pet and also groom them well…that’s like getting fresh clothes every day. Talk to them, they understand more than you think,” he concluded.

 

Rapid fire round
Spending time with your dogs: I have three dogs
and when I’m at home, I spend most of the day with them.
What you love about your dogs: Their love and affection…
Also they remind me of special moments in my life.
What your dogs love most about you: I play a lot with them.
Your pet’s favourite dishes: Chicken soup with carrots.
Special treat for your dog: Occasional spoonful of ice cream
Favourite activities together: Playing hide n’ seek and
fetch the ball.
Annoying habits: Licking my face when I’m asleep in the morning.
Qualities you love: Their unconditional love and temperament (they are like buffers after a stress filled day) plus they
don’t judge.
Funny/Crazy antics: When they are upset, they need to be hand-fed and pampered.

World for all – STARS on Awareness & Adoption of STRAYS!

World For All has revolutionised the adoption of stray dogs and cats from Mumbai streets and it runs an active population-control campaign, provides SOS treatment and conducts awareness drives. A brief.

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Established on 17th January 2010, World For All was started by Ruchi Nadkarni and Taronish Bulsara, enterprising college students with the cause of animal welfare close to their hearts. “It all started with a single puppy called Angel who went through a leg amputation surgery and had to be released after post-op. Because the puppy was a handicapped orphan, leaving her back on the street didn’t seem like an option. At the time, Facebook was fairly new and a FB group was created for Angel’s adoption. The pup eventually did get adopted and surprisingly a number of people were interested in adopting Indian breeds. Our personal finances were also not permitting us to do animal welfare on the required scale and hence we decided to create an organisation for animal welfare with our main forte being animal adoption,” shares Ruchi.

 

Journey so far…
“Running an organisation on the lines of social entrepreneurship has been extremely challenging on a day-to-day basis. Nevertheless, while we started off as two young individuals with very little work experience, today World For All runs a functional office, adoption programme, feline post-op centre and three ambulances which take care of animals in distress,” adds Taronish.

 

What keeps them going…
“At World For All, every animal who gets adopted, and every life that gets saved is an achievement in itself. It is very rewarding and fulfilling to see an animal who otherwise would not have made it, healthy and happily homed. This in itself keeps us going and encourages us to continue serving these animals. We are extremely passionate about our cause and enjoy doing what we do,” shares Ruchi.

 

Message to readers…
“We do understand that not every individual would feel as compassionately about our four-legged friends. However, they have as much right to life as any of us and hence should not be discriminated or treated badly. It requires basic humanity to call in and report an animal in danger. If you can’t help a needy street animal then the least one could do is arrange help for it and if you cannot help then do not harm it,” concludes Taronish.

 

World For All #WhyAStray Calendar 2015 by Sahil Mane

  • Unveiled by Dino Morea. 
  • Shot by celebrity portrait and fashion photographer Sahil Mane. 
  • Theme: ‘Every star has a reason for why a stray’. 
  • Stars portrayed – Arunoday Singh, Dino Morea, Imran Khan, Isha Koppikar, Kalki Koechlin, Kunal Khemu, Mandira Bedi, Sarah-Jane Dias, Shreyas Talpade, Siddhanth Kapoor and Erika Packard, Soha Ali Khan and Vivek Oberoi.
  • Stars call attention to only 12 of the many reasons why Indian-breed animals are just awesome!
  • Priced Rs 400 each, for both the wall and table versions.

 

Milestones…

  • 6000+ successful adoptions of pups and kittens.
  • 90 percent adoptions of Indian breeds. 
  • Largest annual adoption event, Adoptathon, gets 100+ animals adopted over a weekend. 
  • Ambulance service takes care of street animals in distress. 
  • Approximately 10-15 animals treated on a daily basis. 
  • Spays/neuters 45 dogs and 60 cats every month. 
  • Other projects – Meow Mumbai, 100 Happy Meals, Mini Adoption Camps, Animal Know it All Conference, Fundraiser events, Awareness marches, etc.

Stars & Strays Calendar

World For All’s stunning #WhyAStray Calendar 2015 by Sahil Mane has 12 big Bollywood stars in support of stray animals. A must-have for all animal lovers this New Year!

 

The World For All Calendar is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever before! The calendar last year captured the candid moments of pet parenting with

Ruchi Nadkarni, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Sahil Mane, Tara* Kaushal have fun behind the scenes.

Ruchi Nadkarni, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Sahil Mane, Tara* Kaushal have fun behind the scenes.

celebrities like John Abraham, Nimrat Kaur and Bruna Abdullah, this year has each celebrity’s reason for #WhyAStray, as closely related to their public personas as possible. And kudos to the lovely animal-stars who’ve come out in support of the #WhyAStray cause: Vivek Oberoi, Imran Khan, Kalki Koechlin, Dino Morea, Kunal Khemu, Mandira Bedi, Arunoday Singh, Siddhanth Kapoor-Erika Packard, Shreyas Talpade, Soha Ali Khan… does it get any bigger than this?
Celebrity photographer Sahil Mane, who has worked on the project with Tara* Kaushal (the producer and art director of the project), says he hopes so. “By making the calendar bigger every year, we’re just doing our bit to spread awareness and raise funds for the movement Because we have six Indian breed babies of our own.”
World For All works towards the adoption of stray animals from Mumbai’s streets, through ongoing efforts and at the annual Adoptathon. Ruchi Nadkarni, who co-founded it along with Taronish Bulsara in 2009, says: “We still encounter reservations and misconceptions about strays, and a campaign like this—with star endorsement, a product we are proud of, the support of big brands and the media—will make a huge difference to on-ground perceptions.”Untitled-3
Dogs & Pups too shows its support for the cause, and brings you some exclusive pictures from the calendar and the excitement behind the scenes! While the star-studded launch of the calendar is at The Leela on the 27th of November, you can pre-order the calendar now at worldforall.co/store.

 

 

 Stars in the calendar tell us their reasons for #WhyAStray

 

Imran Khan

Imran Khan

“They’re Unique”
No two stray animals are alike, unlike those bred for uniform looks and characteristics. This makes each one of them unique and distinctive. They come in all shapes and sizes, in a whole range of colours, hair lengths, and, of course, personality types.
Imran Khan’s family has always adopted strays. His first pets when he was a toddler were a dog called Luke and a cat (who he imaginatively) named Kitty. Over the years the family, where animals are always “multiplying” (now: six cats and three dogs), has found ways for the dogs and cats to grow happily together. The new dad to little Imara also says he has always wanted his kids to grow up in a house with animals—they develop a sense of compassion. “Adopt a pet and make it a part of your family.”

 

 

Mandira Medi

Mandira Medi

“They’re Desi”
The stray animals on our streets are as uniquely Indian and ‘sons of the soil’ as they get! Mandira Bedi celebrates their Indianness, as she does through her eponymous brands of sarees.
She narrates a beautiful story about her first dog, who she got with husband Raj Kaushal. Buster was old and ailing when Mandira was pregnant, and she bid him farewell before leaving for the hospital for her C-section. “I was told later that he died half an hour before my son was born… I like to believe his soul is still with us and that he’s Veer, he’s my son!” she laughs.
About strays, she says, “Like Narendra Modi, I am proud of our country and its heritage.” When the whole world is acknowledging the greatness of all things Indian, should our great Indian street animals be far behind?

 

“They’re Simply Magical”

Vivek Oberoi

Vivek Oberoi

Vivek Oberoi believes that stray animals “are able to reach out deep inside the human inside us and bring that human out.” The crazy dog lover elaborates: “The kind of smile that automatically comes on your face when you see a little puppy, the sense of urgency and care that even a child feels when he sees a puppy trying to dodge vehicles to cross the road…”
The dog at his farmhouse was a stray, and he describes their connection. “She just walked in and decided she would be part of the family. She was just incredible. ”He finds strays sharp and street smart, perceptive and communicative.
“The relationship they build with you—that is pretty special.” He believes that when you rescue a stray, it is your life that fills with magic.

 

 

 

 

“They’re Strong”

Arunoday Singh

Arunoday Singh

Animals on the street have undergone the process of natural selection over thousands of generations. As a consequence, they have incredible immunity, and are generally healthy and resilient. In addition, being indigenous makes them most suited to the conditions in our country. This makes them live, on an average, longer than all breeds, greatly reducing your worry and vet bills.
Arunoday Singh, who has had animals his whole life, also believes that strays sense that you’ve gone out of your way to give them a home and are grateful, making for a stronger bond with you and the home. “It’s just that there’s a lot more love,” he asserts. “It can’t be explained, you have to experience it to believe it!” he says of the “amazing thing” that is adopting a stray.

Tanishaa Mukerji’s pooch affairs

Tanishaa Mukerji, an Indian actress, has recently gained a lot of fame with her stint in the popular television reality show Bigg Boss 7, where she ended up being first runner up. She considers her mother, actress Tanuja, as her lifeline whereas Kajol (multi-award-winning actress), her elder sister and her brother-in-law actor Ajay Devgan are real buddies in her life. Undoubtedly, she is the youngest and most pampered one in the family; yet she herself loves to pamper her poochie pals. Here Dogs & Pups brings tidbits about her pooch affairs!Tanisha Mukherjee

 

Hailing from a prominent film industry family, Tanishaa Mukerji is an Indian film actress, known for her work in several Bollywood flicks like Ssshhh…; Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao; Tania; Tango Charlie; Neal N Nikki, etc. She has also been part of Marathi, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil films. Her recent appearances on TV in reality show Bigg Boss 7 kept her in news for many months. But still a few would know about her pooch love.

 

Pooches…since childhood!
“I have had pets all my life. I was gifted my first pet at the age of three. He was a black Pomeranian whom I named Bimbo. Over the years I have had lots and lots of dogs. I lose count thinking about them but they have given beautiful memories and some great times,” shared Tanishaa.

 

Tell-a-Tale!
Having countless dogs over the years as pets is a testimony to her fathomless love for dogs. But there is always one or two who must be really close to her heart. On asking her about any special favourites, we got the expected reply, “I cannot make any one my favourite as they all were members of my family and each one was special in their own sense. But yes, there’s one fond memory of my first dog. I used to have birthday parties for my first dog Bimbo as a child. My great grandmother used to make little cakes and we would invite all the dogs in the building.”

 

Doggy dairy!
She feels lucky to have company of her new found canine love – her current pet named Leo. Her day revolves around him, when she is at home. Sharing more about her day with Leo, she added, “The way Leo jumps up every time I come home is really admirable. He cuddles and sleeps with me all the time. There’s nothing more beautiful than having a loving and caring pet.”

 

Love…Love…Love
According to Tanishaa, the unconditional love that one gets from the four-legged companion is matchless. She feels it’s the only love that makes this relationship wonderful. “My dogs love the way we play, do crazy things together. And in return I get loads of love and pampering too,” she added.

She also loves to take her pets on a vacation, but only if it is comfortable for the dog. “I only take my pets to Lonavala because we have a family home there. I don’t travel on flights with them as not only is it inconvenient for me but more so because it’s uncomfortable for them. We have a great time together,” she told.

 

Paw parenting!
Being a pet parent for long, she knows all the dos and don’ts of pet parenting. And as per her, she is a responsible pet parent, who herself takes care of all her pets’ exercise and nutrition needs. “Leo loves to gorge on chew sticks,” she shared.

 

Message to pet parents…
“When you have a dog, take care of him like a family member,” she concluded.

Arunoday Singh: The hero who loves ‘Daku’

Arunoday Singh is a well-known Bollywood hero. And when we discovered that there is just one love, which he is following since childhood we wanted to know more. So, here, Arunoday shares his story of love and compassion for pooches.  

 

Arunoday Singh was recently seen romancing Nargis Fakhri in David Dhawan’s Main Tera Hero. He Arunodadebuted with Sikandar and has given some great performances in Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi and Pooja Bhatt’s Jism 2. According to him, it was after watching actor Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront that he decided to become an actor. He also shared about his constant companions, who were there with him all through his life. No price for guessing, they are his DOGS & PUPS.

 

Arunoday

Arunoday

Pooch lover…since childhood
Grandson of Arjun Singh, an Indian politician, and belonging to a reputed family from MP, Arunoday always enjoyed opulent childhood. He shared good times with numerous pets and dogs. As per him, “I had dogs throughout my life. It is really difficult to remember a moment without them. And similarly, it’s hard to imagine my life without them.”
Till now, he has been blessed with 10-12 pets and there are no favourites…all are equally special in their own way. But suddenly, he shared with a smile, “At my parent’s place, we have one big dog Leo – a Collie, he is really big. He is most loving and loyal dog with a big heart.  There’s also a miniature Pomeranian named Tuki. They both have great temperament, they are really sweet.”
There are endless stories about Arunoday’s pets, which he cherishes till today. He feels that out of all the pets that he has had over the years, his current pet Daku – a Rottweiler – is his very own. “My earlier pets were all my family pets. There were many people, like my mother, father and sisters, who were looking after their all needs. But one which I am having with me in Mumbai is my first very own pet as I am responsible for all his needs. It’s a special feeling.”

 

Doggy Daku!
They both have great fun together. “My dog Daku doesn’t like to run or walk. He just loves swimming andPaws & their Star 1 we both go together for swimming in the sea. He also loves to play in water,” he shared. Their fun and adventure is not just confined to Mumbai, he often travels to new places with him, “We often go to Goa, and he accompanies me in the car. He just loves Goa. And whenever, I go to my parents’ place, he just loves to spend time there with his other furry pals. They all have a gala time together.”

 

Chewy bites!
On asking about uniqueness of this pooch-pal bond, he told that every relationship has its own specialty and uniqueness as he shared, “One thing which I find really strange about him is that Daku just loves to chew my hand, though he never bites or hurts me. It’s really strange to see him enjoying while doing so. Sometimes he sleeps while chewing my toes…he is so adorable.”

 

Smarty kiddo!
While sharing more about intelligence of his four-legged companion, he mentioned, “He is very sharp and intelligent dog. He learns things quickly. While training him, it’s very easy to make him understand things and he just learns any new thing in just 2-3 days. Whenever I am talking to him, I feel he just understands everything.”

 

Message to pet parents…
“Be responsible to your pet. We can have many pets in our whole life, but our pet will have just one parent for life. Get a dog only when you are prepared for it,” he concluded.

To the tune of Monali Thakur’s pooch love

Monali Thakur, an Indian playback singer and actress, rose to popularity after appearing in Indian Idol 2 top 10 contestants. Her songs for the film Race in 2008 helped carving her niche in Bollywood. Recently she won Filmfare Best Female Playback singer award for the song Sawaar Loon from the film Lootera for year 2013, which further confirmed her strong foothold in the music industry. She recently made her Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi and will also be seen in Abbas Tyrewala’s multi-starrer Mango. In her life there are only two loves…one is music and the second one, no prizes for guessing…it’s our lovely furry pals.

 

Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur comes from a musical family; her father Shakti Thakur is a renowned Bengali singer. She was trained in Hindustani classical and started singing in school and college competitions and performing at local functions at a very young age. She received the Best Playback Singer award at the Anandalok Awards for the serial Sri Ramakrishna when she was 14. And in all her growing up years, she had one pet dog, who was there with her for 16 years.
“I literally grew up with my pet dog Suzie–white Spitz. She was with me for 16 years and it took me five years to recover her absence. We were inseparable; she was my best friend and a companion for all my life. And even today, I miss her so much,” she narrated.

 

Partners in crime – Suzie
Getting nostalgic about the sunny days with her, she shared an incident, which is really close to her heart, “There are so many stories about both of us…she was my partner in crime. As a young girl, I used to steal flowers from my neighbour’s house in Kolkata and she always accompanied me. The strange thing was that she sat on my bicycle back seat with complete stability. Nobody taught her how to balance herself; on a moving cycle…it was natural. And people just admired our companionship. While I was stealing flowers, she would never make any noise and moreover acted as a watch dog for me. Sometimes, she got also hurt in the process, but she never left me alone. Whenever I moved out of home, she would just follow me.”
Not only this, when Monali practiced music or singing, she would just keep looking at her admiringly. “I was amazed with her expressiveness, I wonder how without uttering a word, she could communicate so much with me. No words can describe our companionship; we were together as a child, teenager and youngsters. It was a great feeling to have a pet companion. Luckily, I grew up with lots of pets…we had 18 cats and a goat too.”

 

Dude of the millennium – Daithy
Once a pet lover, always a pet lover…she could not keep herself deprived of pooch pal for long. It was a great emotional setback for her to lose Suzie and it took her five years to accept her absence. And today, she has a powerhouse of energy at home – Daithy – a one And a half years old Beagle who is full of starry tantrums. “Suzie and me were like nice girls…growing up together, whereas Daithy is a total brat. He is my spoiled son. He has so much of energy…woof!” she shared.
Sharing more about his crazy antics, she laughed out loud for a minute, as she showed umbrella to Daithy – the super brat. “He is my cutest champ. He challenges everyone at home, and does all the things he wants to do, but the moment we will open an umbrella, he changes instantly and follows all the commands like a nice obedient chap. It’s really strange, but very funny. And whenever I am moving out of home, he will pick my things and keep it in front of him and starts giving me a look ‘If you go…I will mess up with this’ and if I try to ignore him, he will just rush to the door and sit in between my legs. After pampering him for a while and promising him a coffee and walk together, he allows me to step out of the home,” she explained.
Another interesting antic she shared, “One day my father was playing my song on YouTube, he came rushing to the living room as he recognised my voice. But I was sitting on a sofa quietly, he was amazed and nobody can imagine his confusion. He was jumping here and there as if he was asking how it is possible.”
And here comes another one, “He is a city boy, who spends most of the time in peaceful atmosphere. Even when he goes out for walks, there’s not much noise within our locality. And the moment he hears auto-rickshaw noise, he gets frozen with fright,” she added.

 

Spending time together!
Being a busy celebrity, Monali sometimes has tight schedules but still she manages to spend time with her pampered pooch. “If I am in Mumbai, we have a blast together…we play together, go on walks, and sing together…it’s a great fun.”
“Moreover, I take good care of his nutritional requirements as well. He loves to gorge on chicken rice, which I give him as a treat,” she added further.
“Like most of the moms, I too can never be harsh to him. As he is growing up, I appointed a trainer for him, and personally see to the training,” she added.
“Be nice to animals, don’t pretend love…express it. And never harm any animal, be it your pet or a stray…. they make our world beautiful… love one, love all,” she concluded

Randeep

Wagging all around with Randeep!

An intensely handsome actor who has begun to draw attention after his impressive performances in movies like  Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Jannat 2 and Murder 3, little do people know that Randeep Hooda is not just an intense actor but an equally passionate animal lover. Interestingly, Candy (Randeep’s pariah pet) accompanies him to shooting locations…. And there’s no moment when she is not around as she’s jealous of Randeep’s female friends… especially with a handbag! Read on to unfurl this wonderful tale of poochie-pal.

Randeep’s pets…
Randeep spent early years of his life with his grandmother and always had pet since childhood. The story of how he got his first (own) pet is really

Randeep and Candy

Randeep and Candy

wonderful, he exchanged two-in-one music player for a pet dog with his school security guard. “I was so happy that I got my pet but when I reached home, my nani was terrified, when she realised what I have done,” he disclosed. This is how this pooch-pal companionship started. “Since childhood I had pets, my first pet was a Pomeranian – Duke.”
In addition to acting in films and theatres, Randeep regularly participates professionally in equestrian sports such as polo and show jumping. But for him the biggest relief is to be with his pets as he finds solace in animals. Besides dogs, he also has horses as pets. “I have very meaningful names of my horses and I call them Ranji, Johnny Walker, Simply Supreme, Rommel and Atillay… I can recognise them and so can they,” he said while introducing his five horses.
Guess who’s the most wanted and loved companion in this macho domain… no point for guessing… it’s Candy, a stray dog who is omnipresent. On asking more about having Candy as a pet, Randeep shared with a smile, “I always imagined having a dog follow me around, a big Rottweiler or Doberman called Butch or Don and here I have this white little thing called Candy. That’s what life gives you, be happy with it. But that doesn’t mean I won’t have Butch in the future. Right now I’m very happy;
Candy has been my best pal. She was there even on the sets of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.”

Candy: God’s gift…
Randeep feels it was God’s plan to gift this bundle of joy to him, “One day while waiting at airport, I saw this sweet little puppy and watched her antics for a while. My parents were with me and I told my mom that if nobody is adopting her I am taking her home. She was amazed while I picked her up and brought her home.” And today Candy and Randeep are best buddies. She rides in his jeep….travels with him to places and accompanies him to stable as well. So, how horses treat our furry angel? “They all are really best buddies and it’s strange to see Candy going gaga with these big macho players. She gets open spaces to play around and she is very good with the horses,” he added.

A well-behaved pooch is a delight…
On asking about the antics, he added, “Candy is a great pooch… she’s well-trained and disciplined. She goes with me on movie sets but has never created any fuss. Interestingly on hearing ‘Action!’ she stands still like a statue.”
“She is really scared of ladies with handbags. She just can’t handle that. I think there might be some bad memory associated with a handbag,” he shared. Randeep feels proud of Candy as she is really obedient and well-behaved furry friend, and he remarked, “Candy is trained so well. She will never jump on sofa or couch. Moreover she won’t sleep or sit in my bed too. So, always train your pooch.”

Saina Nehwal’s pooch Love

There is something more than badminton in the life of Indian shuttle queen Saina Nehwal.  That’s pooch love which this world badminton champ shares here.

Saina Nehwal's

Saina Nehwal’s

Saina Nehwal’s brilliance in badminton has made India proud for giving birth to such a young sportswoman of exceptional talent. Saina achieved her first shot to the fame when she ranked 2nd by Badminton World Federation in December 2010. She is the first Indian badminton player who bagged an Olympic medal which she accomplished at London Olympics 2012. In addition, Saina is the first Indian shuttler to win the World Junior Badminton Championship held at Pune in 2008 and the first Indian badminton ace who won a Super Series Tournament in 2009. Besides all her adoration and achievements in badminton, what she reveals here is her love for her pooches – Macho and Chopsi.

First pet: Black-coloured Macho, who lived with us for good 13 years.
Worst pet parenting moment: When Macho died, I was in China and I wept bitterly.

Chopsi

Current pet: Chopsi
What’s special about your pooch: I like them profusely. They are innocent and try to elevate your mood by playing with you even when you are not well.
Special paw moments: It happens when I return from a foreign tour, Chopsi will not allow me to enter the house, unless I love and pet him for 10 to 15 minutes.
Special moments that touch your heart: Chopsi sits outside my room till I come out.
Daily pooch time: About half an hour everyday.
What you love about your pooch:  Their affection towards me. Sometimes, Chopsi licks my toe to show his love and will keep on doing it until I scold him.
What your pooch loves about you: We are family.
Exercise for your pooch: We take him out 4 times a day for 6 to 8 km walk daily.
Your pet’s favourite dishes: Pedigree Dentastix, rice with curd, milk.
Special treat for your dog: Tiny shoes for him.
Message to pet parents: They keep us happy, it’s our responsibility to keep them happy too.