6 habits to learn from the furry guru!

New Year is a time to look back at all the good things in our life and of course plan for the next year. Our pooches make our life beautiful…there’s never a dull moment when they are around. So, this New Year, let’s recollect the good habits we learn from them.

Sridevi with Bruno

Sridevi with Bruno

My pet dog Bruno (a Beagle), who is now five years old, has been with us since he was just 32days old. The five years of life that we have lived with him are undoubtedly the most amazing years ever for us. A lot is always said about the unique and unmatchable companionship that a dog extends to a human’s life. With my five years of experience with my dog, what I wonder apart from being a great companion, how excellent teacher is this living being.

1. Forever young
It is said that you grow younger if you have a dog. The 30-40 minutes’ walk for Bruno, both in the morning and evening is compulsory for Bruno. This has made us more disciplined; he wakes us up in the morning for his walk. If one of us (me and my husband) is already awake, he would go and wake the other person up. Unless not possible, we try that both of us go for a walk along with him. That walk time is so relaxing and playful for us also, we get the fresh air in the morning and exercise in the evening, and we have some fruitful discussions over the walk which gets missed out during the usual times, due to our work schedules mostly. Besides, it keeps us physically fit and younger.

2. Tolerance
We are a nuclear family and both my husband and I go out for our respective works in the morning and come back in the evening like a usual office day.
Bruno is alone at home throughout the day. He has got used to the fact that he has to stay alone at home; I think he somehow knows our routine and the fact that we are going to come back in the evening. The amount of tolerance he shows in understanding us and adapting to our routine is commendable.

3. Unconditional love
The best instance when we get to know about our Bruno’s unconditional love is when we get home from office. One evening, my husband called me from office that he would get late and I didn’t like it since we had planned for the evening much earlier. Bruno waited at the door for more than three hours for my husband and finally when he came home, Bruno pounced on him with much more enthusiasm than usual and it was a grand welcome that brought a BIG smile on my husband’s face. Needless to say, my response was not that happy.
Bruno can sense our emotions like an expert. He can sense when we are happy, angry or sad. At these times he is constantly around us to check if we are fine and communicates his love in a million ways. He will not sleep until we sleep, if we are working late, he will sit with us and not go to sleep in the bedroom.
I love the way he sits outside the kitchen as if he has been waiting for me to make food for him for long. And finally when I give him the food, he finishes it and cleans the entire bowl nicely in the blink of an eye. That very moment is an enormously precious one for me.

4. Pass smiles around
When I walk around with Bruno, I see a lot of people (kids and elders) smiling looking at him, some come closer to pat him; some adore him from a distance. The kids adore him. This 5-10 minutes of joy that he passes into those kids’ lives and those 2-3 seconds of hearty smiles that he brings in people who adore him from their respective places, is unmatchable. There is an unexplainable connection between kids and dogs.

5. patience
When Bruno was small, he used to pounce on me when he knew I was giving him food and had developed a tendency to snatch the food item from my hands. I taught him to sit down if he wants something. It took five minutes for me to teach him ‘to sit’ and this learning he has himself extended. He just sits down if he wants anything, he will just sit and stare at us for all his wants.
The amount of patience he shows is remarkable. Under circumstances especially not in our control, we tend to lose our patience but he has taught me to keep cool and be patient to see things going right ultimately.

6. Be a child
A dog is after all a child who never grows up; you become a child with the dog and remain a child till he is there with you as a companion!
There may be many many more things which we learn from our pooches everyday…let’s all bask in their love and companionship all the year round. Happy New Year!

Where our furry babies slumber?

Snoring in her cosy bed is Laila, a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel. While Romeo, a three-year-old Labrador is cuddled alongside his pet parents, it’s Romeo’s wish as to where he wants to sleep. But the question is that where exactly should dogs sleep? The answer to this question is as varied as the breeds of dogs.

Sleeping pattern…

It’s a well-known fact that on an average a dog and a cat would sleep for about 12–13 hours a day depending Care 24 * 7on their age and breed. In most cases, pets modify their sleep cycle according to the family members. But the amount of time the pet sleeps also depends on the physical and environmental conditions prevailing. They are more active when all the family members are around and try to catch a quick nap when they are on their own. Sleep is a coping mechanism for both humans as well as pets. In every day scenario if we are stressed, tired or unhappy about a situation, we try and sleep it over. Although the problem is not sorted that way, by sleeping we certainly get the energy to face that tough situation with new positivity and zeal. The same is the case with our beloved canine friends. They cope with their stress by sleeping, as by sleeping they would avoid that situation. It is very important that our pooches get a good sleep as it is essential for their emotional as well as physical well-being. Thus as pet parents it becomes our prime responsibility to provide our pets with a warm cosy bed at a quiet place away.

Pets have their favourite places and it is these places that they prefer over all other because they feel a sense of belonging, comfort and security with that particular place.

Pawfect bedding…

Pet parents should make changes in their pooches’ bedding according to the seasonal changes. In summers, the fabric should be soft and breathable. The best option would be cotton as they would not feel the heat and since it is soft it would not cause any sort of rashes or infection on their skin. While, winters are best enjoyed when you are warm, so provide them with an extra layer of insulation from the chilling floor in those breezy winter months.

Sleeping place: with us or not?

It is we who decide that whether they should be allowed on our beds and couches. For some people it is a regular thing to be sharing their bed or the couch with their canine friends but for others it can be difficult. So, should dogs be allowed on beds?

Well, everything has its own advantages and disadvantages; it is upon us how we perceive a particular thing. The pros include – greater bonding, relationship building, sense of security for both the pet and the pet parent whereas the cons can be – health and hygiene issues in terms of their hair, nails and many more. But for most pet parents these are secondary issues and what matters most is that their pet is with them.

Vet’s viewpoint…

Dr Mohan M Deshkar, Canine World, Pune believes that our canine friends should sleep on their own beds. He recommends that when you make a puppy a part of your family, you should try and crate-train him wherein he can sleep inside the crate. For most pups, crates are a great sleeping environment as it is safe and secure, he says. The second option is to let the pup sleep in a separate room, by doing so, you teach the puppy independence. It is a good idea that you leave at least one piece of your clothing like a shirt or a t-shirt with the pet because that way he would have that sense of proximity by sensing the smell. The third option is for those pet parents who just cannot bear the fact of being separated from their pets even when they are sleeping. They can put the pet’s foam bed (the market is full of various kinds and styles of beds depending on the size of your pooch) in their rooms. The fourth option is to have a bed in the living room where the family gathers to spend time or watch TV. As your pet is also a part, if they also have a bed in the living room they can also be comfortable.

Dr Mohan further says that as pet parents we should make sure that our pets have different beds so that they can choose the place according to the mood. Kanta Sharma is a school teacher and a pet parent of Tipsy, a mischievous Lhasa Apso abides by this rule. Tipsy has three beds in three different rooms, one in the drawing room, second in Kanta’s bedroom and the third in Kanta’s daughter’s bedroom. She wanders and sleeps wherever the family members are and often when she gets bored of all the three beds, she hops on to their bed to get that extra dose of pampering.

For Monika Maan (from Delhi) and her five-year-old Labrador Brunie, the situation is similar. On talking to her we found that Brunie has a lot of options. “He sleeps on his own bed, the couch and my bed – all depending on his mood,” says Monika.

Groomer’s viewpoint…

Zulekha Khatri from Dogaholics, Mumbai is a groomer, who firmly believes that our pets are like our babies and they sleep peacefully when they are with their pet parents. But amidst all this she adds a very important point, the bed/bedding should be kept at such a place that you don’t accidently step on them and hurt them.

Another groomer, Sadhwi Sondhi from Red Paws Spa at Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi says that just like we have our own bed, our pets also need their own beds where they feel safe. Thus it is important that we establish a set sleeping place for our dogs in our home and for that you would have to keep a watch as to where the dog prefers to doze off. Our pets keep sleeping here and there because they don’t have a proper place and leave them with no choice. The main thing to keep in mind while buying a bed for your pooch is the size, shape and fabric of the dog bed. A good dog bed for your dog is one which is soft (in terms of the cushioning and fabric), comfortable and easy to clean. Make sure that your beloved would fit in with ease even when he is stretching, she adds. Smaller breeds prefer to curl up hence round beds are good for them. On the other hand, large dog breeds sleep lying down, so rectangular beds will be good for them.

While, Sherry Daroch of Shevar – Spa & Grooming Parlour for Pets, Bengaluru is herself an avid dog lover and she enlightened us by sharing with us something that can be overlooked in most cases. For our senior furry friends, especially those with arthritis, there are special arthritic beds available in the market nowadays, which will give him some relief from pain. Just because a blue bed matches the décor of your house would not mean that blue bed would be the best for your pet. Consider factors like material, size and the overall comfort before you purchase a bed for your pet. She adds that when her pet sleeps with her, she feels de-stressed and relaxed.

Trainer’s viewpoint…

R Senthil Kumar from Shekas Home Dog Training, Chennai believes that the dog’s affection makes them a part of our family. “Our pets like to sleep with their pet parents because the pet parents’ smell will help the dogs sleep happily and securely. Sometimes our pets are more attached to one specific family member and like to sleep with them only. The problem arises when they are not around and your pet is in distress,” he says. But there is a solution. Senthil suggests that by making your pet speak to that member on phone, you can calm him down. How this would be possible? Simple – just call that person and turn on the speaker phone. By hearing the voice, your pet would feel at peace.

Breeder’s viewpoint…

Shatrughan Dubey – breeder at Tinytoys Kennel, Agra has a different opinion. He says that we should not spoil our pets by letting them sleep in our own beds; this will later become a problem for the pet parents. “Also we can keep their toys in the bed so that he loves sleeping at that place and considers it as his own bed,” he adds.

How about a special treat?

Divyang of Pet Inn, a pet store, spa and clinic in Ahmedabad shares that sleeping with your pet is somewhat similar to sharing your bed with a sibling. “The pet arranges the cover and pillows according to his liking; sleeps on his favourite side of the bed, may rest on your feet/arm or keep kicking. It all depends on their mood. Most pets have a favourite blanket or a cushion which they are attached to the most,” he says. He adds that it’s normal for our pets to doze off in the master bedroom when the house is empty during the day because the room smells like you.

But he asserts that the dog should never be led to believe that he has a right to your bed. As a pack animal, he understands that claiming the obvious position of power atop the leader’s bed will make him your household’s dominant member. But if you do want to have them on the bed with you, save it for the rare Sunday morning when it’s understood to be a special treat.

Pet parents’ viewpoints…

For most of us, our pets are our family which means that they are treated equally like any other family member. The Jaiswal residence in Jabalpur city is always bustling with activity and why not, after all they have five pooches, namely Audi Jr – the Pug, Fido – the Labrador, Dodo – the Golden Retriever, Pishtoh – the Bull Mastiff and Max – the German Shepherd. Anisha Jaiswal tells us that while Audi Jr sleeps in her bed, the other four share a common bedroom in which each one of them have their own bed, besides TV because they love music and AC to beat the heat. It is a rule that they all are only allowed on the beds in the kids’ room and the best part is they all obey this rule very happily.

While, Sarbani Das from Odisha shares that Scotch, her Spitz sleeps inside the house but only on his own bed which is made of colourful rugs and blankets. She says that usually Scotch is not allowed on beds but when everybody is too busy and occupied, Scotch stealthily jumps upon her bed.

Our pooches love to break the rules and so do their little pet parents. Zoobie Doobie and Bagheera, the two naughty Labradors of Inam Sarah from the beautiful state of Arunanchal Pradesh, happily sleep in the outhouse where both have their own beds. Usually they are not allowed inside the house because the mischievous duo tear away all the shoes and clothes. Even though they sleep in the outhouse they are not left in the cold. In winters, extra layers of blankets are given to them to keep them warm and cosy. But when Inam’s mom is not around, both Zoobie Doobie and Bagheera get into the house and hop around on the beds with great joy.

For Neha Sabharwal from Delhi, it is a matter of great pride and joy to share her bed with her seven Labradors. She tells us that Candy, Cheeto, Heidi, Mougli, Resin, Browny and Coco hardly know that they are dogs. They are treated like family members and are allowed on all the beds and couches despite each one of them having a separate bed of their own. In winters, they are all given cute blankets which are especially handpicked for them by Neha and her mom. Neha says that it is their choice where they all want to sleep and we have to adjust according to their mood.

On a concluding note…

Everyone has their own opinion based on their routine and comfort. For a breeder, a crate seems to be an ideal sleeping place for dogs and for a passionate pet parent, it is nothing less than a punishment when they can’t cuddle up with their pets. So, it is just a matter of perception. Inside or outside, on your bed or on the couch, wherever your pet sleeps, make sure you don’t forget to give them the big warm bear hug and the goodnight peck for their sweet and meaty dreams. Till then, the debate is still on – should pets be allowed to sleep in your bed or not?


Friendly furry bird chasers!

Bird watching–don’t we all love? Bird chasers are not less attractive either. Here we talk about friendly bird chaser Border Collies at King Shaka International Airport, Durban.

Mac chasing birds…

The very first Border Collie dog to start working at the Durban International Airport–South Africa, the first in Africa and in the Southern Hemisphere, was Mac and I was his proud handler. It was way back in 2002 and he was just two years old at the time. This was a new challenge for the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) in Durban as all eyes were on us to see if this would be successful as it were in the USA?

And yes, it was successful! Soon, we had three dogs with three different handlers for both Johannesburg International Airport, now called Oliver R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) and the Durban International Airport. Currently, Mac is working at King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), Durban where these dogs help to chase birds away. They are driven on an ATV (all terrain vehicles) or quad bike to chase birds.

Under commands…

Verbal commands, hand signals and most importantly sheep dog whistles are used to control them. Care is taken not to tire the dogs. Whenever they are tired and need a rest, fresh water is given to them, besides time to recover. It’s really interesting to note that these dogs never just jump off and chase as they are very disciplined. Discipline, obedience and control are of utmost importance before a Border Collie can be put on work on an airfield. It is a safety hazard if you cannot control your dog to come or obey your commands, etc. Luckily we have never had that scenario at KSIA.

Bond of understanding…

Being a handler for these dogs is great, because they keep you on your feet and they are very alert and are hard workers. It takes around 15 to 18 months before the dog is ready to be deployed to an airport, but in those months, the handler meets and bonds with the dog and learns more about the character of the dog as well, because, like us, each dog has his own character. Trust is also very important between the dog and the handler. They have to learn to trust each other; they need to know their dog 100 percent at all times.

When the dog arrives at the airport and is ready to be handed over, it takes the new handler at least another 4 to 6 months to really bond with the new dog. No one is allowed to take the dog on the airfield, but the selected handler. In those months at the airport, the dog starts getting used to the environment, handler, etc which is very critical. The dog and handler are assessed after a few months and again after one year.

Special care…

Great care must be taken for these dogs. They work very hard every day, but they have their off days and play days as well. Good care is taken for their grooming and health needs. We play every day with them, even after their duties; play time is a good bonding time with not only the handler but other dogs as well, and remember your own dog will always be focused on you.

Act of compassion…

They are not trained to catch or harm any birds, but they are intelligent enough not to do so. By the time they get to 10 or 20 meters from the bird, the bird sees them and flies off. Once Mac was chasing birds, he stumbled upon an injured bird that was in the group of birds. Once he realised this bird was not flying away, he just stopped, looked back towards me, as if trying to say, “Why is this bird not flying away?” He then sat next to the bird and waited for me to arrive with the ATV, load him on the back and took the bird to C.R.O.W. (a rehabilitation place for animals). Indeed a commendable act of compassion!

Legacy continues…

Mac is 12 years old now and might retire soon. But the legacy would continue… we are training a 22 months old dog to replace him and we are sure pooches would continue to serve us unconditionally. They are really a Man’s Best Friend, for life.


Frightened furry friends@vet

Doggies’ day out at vet’s place is an ordeal for most of the pet parents. But with a better understanding and a

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Dr Hitesh Swali attending a furry patient

few precautions we can make it easier for our furry friends.

Let us start with understanding the problem first. Dogs show stressful symptoms once they are exposed to an unfamiliar environment. And at a vet’s clinic, other dogs and different smells add to their fear. As a pet parent we know the various fear signs: my dog refuses to get out of the car, my dog recognises the road leading to the vet – he just stops moving; my dog starts growling; my dog starts tugging in the other direction; have to carry my dog in the clinic; my dog is nervous. The list is endless! Here are a few tips which will definitely make your next vet visit easier.

Your responsibility

Your pet is your responsibility. If you notice a medical problem or regular examination please do take out time to take your pet to the vet. Your pet will be more confident, calm and will feel nurtured with you around. Comfort and cuddle him with your touch and tone of your voice. Try not to delegate the vet visits to your household help.

Socialise your dog

Yes, dogs need to socialise. Moving out to different places and meeting more people makes a dog comfortable even in an unfamiliar situation. Dogs should be taken to regular outings to avoid stressful symptoms at a vet’s clinic.

Playing doctor-doctor

This is for sure, a most important technique to make your dog vet-friendly. At your home…when dog is in a playful mood, play this wonderful game. Bring stethoscope, injections, dog carrier, etc and check his feet, abdomen and ears. And at the end praise him…for being a good boy. So, next time when you both visit the vet…he knows that it won’t hurt much.

Calm your emotions

Dogs have amazing power to sense human emotions. When we visit a vet…it’s obvious for most of the pet parents to be nervous and this in turn adds to his terror. In fact, be calm and composed…first. Share good positive vibes with your furry angel.

Bow treat

One of the most important ways to create positive impact of any situation in a dog’s memory is to reward him. At a vet clinic, always carry treats and every time your cuties show good gesture…reward them. A pat on the back, a hug or a treat…this surely will make the fearful experience a little better.

Prior appointment

At a vet clinic, dogs become nervous when they see other dogs barking, whining and this adds to the internal fear. So, take an appointment.

Tips to comfort your pet


Do ensure that the pet goes to the vet with a family member.
Do take a prior appointment.
Do talk to them in a clam and comforting manner.
Do give special treats and rewards.
Don’t send the house help for vet visits.
Don’t overfeed before a car ride.
Don’t shout or yell at your dog’s annoying behaviour.
Don’t punish them for their fear.
Don’t place a muzzle at once.
Don’t force them to get examined.


Tarot readings for you and your furry pals

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

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

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

(April 21 to May 20)

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

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

(May 21 to June 21)

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

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

(June 22 to July 22)

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

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

(July 23 to August 22)

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

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

(August 23 to September 22)

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

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

(September 23 to October 22)

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

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

(October 23 to November 22)

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

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

(November 23 to December 21)

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

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

(December 22 to January 20)

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

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

(January 21 to February 19)

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

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

(February 20 to March 20)

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

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

Keep your furry friend cool this summer

Summers can be testing time for your pooch. Here are few tips to keep your pooch cool this summer:

  • Keep her indoors during the sunny hours.sun
  • Take her for a walk early morning and late evenings when the weather is slightly cooler.
  • Give her lots of water to drink throughout the day.
  • Never leave her in the parked car as it becomes really hot and can be dangerous.
  • Watch out symptoms of heat stress such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, etc.
  • If any of these symptoms occur, cool her body temperature.
  • Move her into a shaded or a cooler area.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck and chest.
  • Give her cool water to drink.
  • Consult your vet immediately.