Unmasking of Zorro!

Unmasking-of-Zorro!I never completely believed in the general notion ‘A Dog is Man’s Best Friend’. But Zorro’s presence in my life made me believe and gave testament to this statement. He is three and a half years old and really adorable. Zorro likes my father the most out of anyone else in our family and he loves going out for walks with father. He also likes car errands and whenever he sees our car, he goes and stands near the car door, expecting someone to open it for him to get inside.

Zorro, our naughty little Pug, loves fetching stones instead of playing with a ball. He makes it a point to get a stone every night during his walk with my parents. We have so many stones at home now and since my bed is low, I often wake up to see a stone lying between my legs and a very sweet expression on his face, his eyes with a spark of mischief and his little tail wagging wildly.

Zorro is very cute and he loves eating – his favourite being fruits like papaya, watermelon and mango. He is also fond of vegetables and like every other dog – chicken. Our entire family love Zorro very much and I can never imagine my life without this little dog who made himself such a necessity in my life.

Picture perfect camera-shy Prince

Picture-perfect-camera-shy-PrinceMy sweet pup called Prince is a cute Lhasa Apso… He loves to eat ice cream, bread and butter. My mom calls him goat because of his longing for peas, green beans, and most of all, methi & curry leaves. He is my mom’s son without him she can’t live a single moment. Prince likes to play with his rings and balls. He loves to play hide & seek, but he is a camera-shy, it is very difficult to click him in the perfect pose.

–Michelle Moursund

Burpy – a gift from Santa

Burpy---a-gift-from-SantaWe have a three years old genuine ‘All Indian’ Mongrel whom I chanced upon three years back in our society. We named him Burpy because as a pup he burped a lot! But we eventually came to know that he could make all sorts of noise, such as snoring, etc. Since we found him coincidently on Christmas Day, we consider him as a ‘gift’ from Santa. Me and my wife Namita try and ensure that Burpy gets the best—be it medicines, medical follow-ups, dog foods, his own space, vaccinations, etc. I genuinely believe that more and more people need to adopt Mongrels off the streets or from our local animal shelters. The amount of unadulterated love and affection we have received from him is beyond words.

-Ankur Khanna, Ahmedabad

My name is Bond, James Bond!

Have been a pet parent for years, now I am the doting parent of ‘Bond’ named after James Bond, my adorable six years old white Labrador. He is the most good looking member of our family. With his huge head and melting eyes, he sure is a stunner and can win any pageant. As for temperament, he is the most amicable and friendly. He is also sharp and talks to us when he wants his ‘bikis’ or has something to say.

Bond has a favourite perch on the stairs in the dining room from where he loves to look at all the goodies on the dining table. Sitting on the seventh step, he also talks eye-to-eye to my sons as they discuss matters with him. Quite a sight to behold!

God plans and cares for every living creature!

This is the story of a stray dog named Sallu who was born and brought up in our colony but lost his way and disappeared on a Diwali night (perhaps escaping the fire crackers). Among the gang of stray dogs, he is the most docile, affectionate and good looking. One day me and my friends – Dr Sunder Raman, Saraswathi, Kannan decided to go out for dinner at Swarana Restaurant, Janpath, New Delhi. After which we all headed for Nirula’s located near the Bhikaji Cama Place petrol pump (just opposite to our residential colony Safdarjung Enclave where lived several stray dogs. Among them, I suddenly recognised Sallu, my long lost friend. He immediately identified us and while all other dogs left the spot, he kept sitting outside the main door of Nirula’s waiting for us to come out.

The petrol pump attendants and Nirula’s waiters were surprised by the behaviour of Sallu. I came out and told them that I will walk him home. But the main obstacle was crossing the busy main road at 9.30 pm. Kannan and I walked Sallu up to the main road where the furry buddy stopped and refused to cross. The vehicle lights were terrifying him. Kannan then lifted Sallu and waited for the traffic to stop, but it didn’t stop.

Then Nirula’s waiters also came over and told us to leave Sallu with them as they regularly feed them. We looked at Sallu and asked him whether he would like to go ‘home’ with us? What I saw was a remarkable expression! He raised his head and looked thoughtful – I could ‘see’ him making a decision! Then suddenly Romey told him – “Let’s go!” and we all three headed towards a subway. Sallu ran with us, so full of joy. He crossed the subway and stopped to sniff the outside lane of the colony (which smelled familiar to him).

While entering our colony gate, he jumped with joy! Romey went ahead to drop him outside his home located just seven houses away from ours. The watchman informed her that they had been searching for him for past one week. When Romey returned, Sallu also came back wagging his tail as if to thank us. It was so overwhelming to see such affection. We were so grateful to get Sallu back!

Raja of my heart!

My pet’s name is Raja. As his name denotes, he is indeed a raja (king)! He is a lovely German Shepherd Dog and we are inseparable. We are friends, companions and of course, in my son’s language, I am his mother too! When he gets angry, he throws a tantrum! We all love Raja – he is the raja (king) of our heart!

Buddy and the bone trick

I have two dogs, Buddy and Tommy. Buddy recently gave us a fright. In an adventurous mood, he tried to eat his bone while lying on his back. Unfortunately for him, the bone got stuck in his mouth! I ran to my father for help. We managed to catch Buddy. Our watchman and electrician held him tight and my dad with the help of pliers took the bone out. Whew! It was out! Buddy didn’t try any more tricks that day, thankfully!

Love gets a second chance!

Love-gets-a-second-chance!Bucher came into our life when my wife Gitanjali had a miscarriage. To help her cope up with the loss and bring some cheer to our home, I brought home Bucher, a Boxer pup. Though Gitanjali preferred felines, she soon came under the spell of unconditional love of the Boxer pup.

The young furry buddy loved her and followed her wherever she went – in the kitchen, living room, terrace, bedroom, etc. He eventually filled the cavity of loneliness in Gitanjali. But fate had something else in store! One gloomy evening before Diwali festival, we went for a party and someone stole the young pooch. We frantically searched for him the whole night and for so many days…still there was no trace of the lost Boxer pup! Gitanjali felt as if she had lost another child. Furious but helpless, I finally went to a breeder where I found 7-8 smart Boxer puppies playing around. One naughty dude just popped up to approach me and started climbing on me. He was the chosen one for us.

Gitanjali adored the new Boxer and named him Bucher as well. In the initial days, she guarded the young Bucher closely and carried him wherever she went. Butcher even slept with us at night.

Bucher is a smart pooch now and he understands all three languages we speak – English, Marathi and Hindi. He listens carefully to whatever we tell him. And he is the toughest pack leader my locality ever had so far. Having Pedigree in the morning, chapatti in the afternoon and meat at night, Bucher is quite a smart commander among his friends who are really afraid of him for his unique ‘throat catching’ tactic. But ‘Shoot’ is the command he always seeks from me to attack his opponent or enemy!

Our son Veer also loves him dearly, but Bucher is our first child and he will always have that special place in our hearts.

Rocker…the rockstar!

Rocker...the-rockstar!Rocker, who’s now eight and a half years old, came to us when he was three months old, though I first saw him when he was just a one-month puppy. That time, when I lifted him, he was just about the size of both my hands, and he promptly fell asleep on my lap. When he later joined our family, he had already grown so much!

Rocker, whose second name I’ve chosen to be Artemidorus (from a Shakespearean play), knows how I feel, understands when I speak to him, responds when I’m “different.” We love to play, talk, go for walks, eat together and roll around on the bed. He’s fond of everyone he meets and loves it when I have friends over.

Rocker had an accident with a motorbike at the age of one, ever since he has had various problems with his left front paw. My dad takes him to the vet regularly and my mum is also very caring and plays with him so he doesn’t get bored. We love our rockstar and are committed to his well being.

Awesome Threesome!

Awesome-Threesome!Pixie is an eight months old female GSD, who is extremely hyperactive but very sweet. She loves annoying my five years old Lab (Polo) especially when he is sleeping. Both of them gel very well and are great friends. Pixie is an avid collector of stones, especially when she is out for a walk. She would choose the biggest stone possible and carry it in her mouth till she reaches home.

While, Polo loves to laze around. Extremely moody, he plays only when he wants to play. He can eat 24×7 any time and loves to greet anybody and everybody who rings the door bell. He is a handsome, loving, sweet dude!! My nephew Neil loves dogs and ensures he spends maximum time possible with, whenever he visits our home. It’s a treat to see them playing together.

– Pravin Kora, Gurgaon