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 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.
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.