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“Paw-Tails” l July-Aug-05

Beating the heat!!
Who says dog is man’s best friend. Let me tell you, Oscar is a fair weather friend. With the mercury skyrocketing, Oscar sleeps in Nandita’s room where the temperature is 5 degrees below our bedroom (Nandita uses an air cooler) and when he feels cold he abandons her and ventures into our room. When it gets even hotter and we start to use our air conditioner, I can imagine which way his loyalty would swing. He also likes to poke his nose into the refrigerator not because he has any interest in the food but because it’s thanda thanda cool cool. Oscar perhaps doesn’t know that most of Delhi is facing a major water crisis. He spills his drinking water and enjoys his hourly swims. The neighbours are not going to be happy if they found out about his wet and wild behaviour. Not all dogs are as resourceful as Oscar. This is what you could do to help your dog survive the summer: Get an extra tanker of water from municipal authorities. Keep the refrigerator door open at all times. Trim your dog’s mane. During load shedding, take your dog for a long drive in your AC car. When indoors remove the dog’s collar, it’s like you wearing a tie at home with nothing to do and nowhere to go. Avoid sticking to your dog, I don’t think they would appreciate it in this weather. There are other ways of showing that you care. And if you are suffering from the scorching heat, you could train your dog to wag his tail vigorously when there is no electricity. Believe me it works like a hand held fan. Please do not try this if you have a Doberman or Spaniel! All the best, save electricity and water.
–Sadhvi Narang Mathur

“Paw-Tails” l July-Aug-05

Sharing my life with two lil’ darlings
Thinking of the happiest day in my life, reminds me of the instance when I was asked to write down my happiest day in my life in a slam book. At that time, I wrote that I was still waiting for it and was absolutely sure that it will come soon.
Soon after that, my school closed down for Christmas holidays. A day after Christmas, my parents told my brothers and me that they were going to help a friend to look for a suitable computer and asked us to accompany them. As we thought it would be a boring affair, we decided not to accompany them. In the afternoon, when they came back, they were carrying a little basket with a tiny brown thing in it. To our utter surprise, we soon discovered that there was a cute lil’ adorable Cocker Spaniel pup. She felt at home from the very beginning and immediately waddled around the living room, stealing our hearts.
When my school started, I rewrote the slam book, citing my happiest moment as how Sandy, our Cocker, came into our family.
Today, we have Sandy for over 3 years and a new addition Kali, who complete our family.
–Rosanna D’souza, Goa

“Paw-Tails” l July-Aug-05

My dog Spikey
Want to know a little more about my dog? I can definitely say that no dog is better than mine!
My dog’s breed: He is a little Dachshund, the breed chosen by my brother.
His name: He is Spikey.
How he looks: Jet black with brown socks, beady eyes and a shiny sniffing nose.
What I love about him: He is naughtier than me – here I have full competition.
Spikey a glutton: Completely yes. He loves to eat. Even when his tummy is full, he would not stop. He reminds me of a lil’ fat pig.
Spikey’s antics: He loves his mom and in an unknown place, keeps looking at her for reassurance. If he gets too scared, he just goes and hides behind her.
Finally, I would proudly say that no dog is sweeter than mine.
–Anav