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Pawtails I Jan-Feb-2007

Rocking ‘n’ rolling with Rock Star
The innocent gazing eyes of the tiny pup, when I first saw him, had totally left me spellbound. All I could think was, I wanted him. I rushed to my parents and pleaded for consent to bring home the cute, lovable ball of fur. But, they gave no response.
Although dining with my friends, I could only think of those beautiful amber eyes. When I came back home, guess what! I found those most beautiful eyes staring at me with lovable pick-me-up look. I jumped with joy as my heart pounded with elation. I hugged him, close to my heart. The whole night he slept on my lap and next morning we were the best buddies in town.
I named him Rock Star, to me he is the most handsome, faithful, and trustworthy buddy ever, and no wonder he won our hearts. There is a special connection between us that will remain forever. He is the best, the one and the only rock star… so Rocky keep rolling.
– Reea Mehta

No strings attached…
here comes the Max
What does Max means, it means maximum fun, maximum naughtiness and maximum attitude to us. Yes! Our seven-month-old Lab called Max wants maximum out of life. As moon around the earth, planets around the sun, similarly he keeps revolving around us and just follows us everywhere. His attitude and tantrums are no less than any star and guess what! He loves Heavy Metal; believe it or not, he listens to Black Sabbath’s paranoid and goes to sleep…he’s one hell of a rocker.
The day we brought this bundle of joy to our home was my girlfriend Cathy’s birthday and she couldn’t have asked for anything better than Max. She hugged him tightly and was over joyous as if a new baby was born. Now naming him was a kind of problem but with everyone’s consent, we christened him MAX, after Max Caravela, the mighty growler of the metal band SOULFLY. Max is very clear about his likes and dislikes. He’s my best friend and I simply love him.
– Zak Abel

Jazzing all the way
Amor! Amor! The words, we keep chanting… no we are not looking for love. But it is the name of our beloved pooch. He is one of his kind and is our real treasure. He fills our lives with unmatched joy and fun. He came to us as a two-month-old chap and sooner became the ruler of our hearts. His antics spread far and wide; all the kids of our locality became his buddies. Even those, whom we don’t know are coming to meet Amor and he wags and sniffs his buddies, leaving us simply amused.
His popularity touched newer height, when he participated in one of the dog show. His fan following left the organizers spellbound and this tiny lad won the major title, there. He tends to practice his hereditary duck hunting on pests and lizards and tries to impress us all the time. Even if we try to ignore him, his innocent gaze speaks it all, and we can’t feign it longer.
He keeps jazzing around everywhere; enjoying himself walking boastfully all the way to glory. His admirers are not just kids and other pet pooches; he is even popular amongst the strays. He sprinkles joys here, there, everywhere.
– Tulsi Rani Puthran

“Paw-Tales” l Mar-Apr-2006

What’s so special about a Saint Bernard?
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” – Anatole France
People like us who own a Saint Bernard, know what wonderful companions they can be. These gentle giants really become part of the family. But, as much as we love and enjoy them, we do want you to know a little about what’s involved. Well, they are BIG DOGS.  Sure, you know that, but do you know how big they really are? It’s one thing to pick up a cuddly twenty-five pound ball of fur, but you’re really buying a dog who will be as big as you are. Try putting a grown one in the back seat of a car!!
There was a time when I considered myself a walking encyclopedia about dogs since I was in close association with them for many years, but trust me, I was faced with the reality about my misconception only when I brought these two balls of fur home and now I’m reduced to just wishful thinking…”Wish I knew everything about them and many a times I’m left wondering… What if they could speak?”
Believe me, nobody can fully understand the meaning of ‘love’ unless one is owned by a dog. A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of gestures.
Over the years, I’ve realised that the best part about your pet is the way he lets you know that you’re important to him. He looks into your eyes and finds contentment in simply being near you, he will run all over the yard, fetch a soggy tennis ball and bring it back to you. He wakes you up in the morning by pushing his cold wet nose in your ear and snuffing loudly. He shreds newspaper all over the house, because it’s fun even though he knows he shouldn’t. The way he comes over to me when he is sad; the way he wedges himself near me when I am sad to console me; the way he pounces on crickets in the garden and the way he looks perplexed when they escape; the way he loves you, even when you are impatient with him and have no time for his morning game; the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him; all in all, the way he finds wisdom beyond words. You can attach as many adjectives as possible to describe a dog and Saint Bernards live up to each one of them.
As someone once said: “He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” Today, I can proudly say that I
am what I am a human being only because of my dogs.
– Anurag Kakkar

“Paw-Tales” l Mar-Apr-2006

My buddy – Buddy
‘No’ was the only word, which was uttered by my parents, when I asked for a dog. But after much persuasion, I now proudly have a nine-month-old Pug named Buddy.
I brought Buddy home when he was just four-month-old. My heart just melted when I first saw him. He fit so well in the house with his sweet and friendly disposition.
Buddy loves to share my pillow and blanket, run all around the house, loves food, walks and car rides. He is possessive about his toys, likes his medicines (weird) and relishes whatever has been given to him. He follows me everywhere in the house and even into the bathroom, which is very funny. He is cute, playful, loving, huggable and a lot more. It was always my dream to have a dog and now that I have one I don’t ever want to lose him for anything in this world.
My mother was scared of dogs but now she’s just in love with him. He’s treated like the smallest child of the family and has won over everyone’s heart with his unique antics. We all adore him.
–Ameya Sirsat, Mumbai

“Paw-Tails” l Sep-Oct-2005

We love you Laika!!
Laika was an abandoned dog whose ladylike mannerisms and gentle disposition appealed to me and so I brought her home. Over this, my aunt warned, “Either that dog lives in this house or I do!” My mother also reproached me for the dharamsankat. While the next morning, I saw my aunt gingerly patting Laika, asking ”Kya khayegi? Omelette aur bread?” Thereafter, Laika adopted my aunt and in no time, the two of them got along fine and we soon had a roly-poly Laika waddling around the house.
“If the dog is fat, the owner isn’t getting enough exercise,” chided the vet, but my dad especially felt sorry for her and so her walks were restricted to 20-minute strolls down the lane. Laika spent her days leading a life of happy inertia, barking at crows twice a day for exercise.
One morning, she woke the household very vociferously at 4.30 am looking out, howling loudly, barking, crying, whimpering and making all kinds of noises.  I took her down for an early morning walk. She was followed by two dogs who weren’t exactly handsome specimens either but both were besotted by her. I accused her of not having taste but then I had to chaperone her strictly and my love sick loony Laika behaved like a complete tragedy queen. I realised that Laika was looking for affection, which we could not provide. Luckily, that phase passed out soon and due to some health reasons, she had to be sterilised.
Today, Laika is enjoying a life of sluggish lethargy and we all love her for her sweet disposition.
–Sunita Kripalani, Mumbai

“Paw-Tails” l Sep-Oct-2005

The gentle giants
I love Great Danes and have two as my family members. They are Ch. Kaizer (fawn, male, 15 months) and Ch. Liza (fawn, female, 15 months). My parents are extremely fond of them. I recently had a slip disc and was bed-ridden for almost five months. During this time, I had nothing to do but just lie down with unbearable pain. This is where my pets played a major role. Both Kaizer and Liza gave me 24-hour company and made me laugh with their sweet antics. I murmured about my pains in their ears and they listened with great attention. Whenever I moaned in pain, they came running to me and licked me until I laughed. I was simply touched with their thoughtfulness. All that time of pain flew easily with my Gentle Giants by my side.
The thing I like most about them is how they guard the house, not letting any stranger nearby and on the other hand socialising with anyone sitting with us, as if they know them since ages. On the whole, they are darlings and I love them dearly.
– Sahil Grover, Delhi

“Paw-Tails” l Sep-Oct-2005

Four for family
A dog brings a lot of happiness in our lives and when you have more than one, the joy multiplies manifolds. Although they come in various shapes, sizes and colours, one thing is common and it is the enormous love they give us back. I have four dogs: two Labradors, one Cocker Spaniel and one Golden Retriever.
My first dog was a brown Labrador, whom I got on my birthday. His love made me adopt three more. Two weeks later, I got a Golden Retriever and after 6 months, I got a Cocker Spaniel. More recently, I got a black Labrador home. They keep me on my toes all the time. Their antics amaze me. In order to greet us, Mr Black loves to bite as he is teething. My brown Lab, Mr Brown, jumps onto his hind paws. My Golden Retriever, Mr Gold is our personal guard dog and I simply love my Cocker’s ears, as they are completely irresistible.
Whenever I come home, my four-legged members are all around me. They are very adorable and their eyes are full of love for me. Our home is full of life and activities with them. They love their biscuits and come wagging their tails to get them. The love they give us is incomparable, they are my gems.
–Abhishek Swarup, Gurgaon

“Paw-Tails” l Sep-Oct-2007

Love of my life
I have always loved dogs and as a child, I used to dream of having a small toy breed. Since I could not find one in my town, thus all the strays in my colony came under my care. After completing my education and getting a job in a coal mine near Allahabad, my dream was fulfilled when I purchased a miniature smooth haired Dachshund pup, whom I fondly named Mini.
Mini looked stunning with black coat and two yellow circles above her eyes. She was active and sporty. She was a small dog with a loud bark. She always loved to sit on my lap. When I came home from a hard day’s work, she was a treat. She loved car rides. Mini lived with us for 11.5 years and died due to old age. She left us feeling miserable and we vowed never to keep a dog again.
But, my love for canines could not keep me away from these cuddly beings for long. After 2-3 years, I felt the need for my four-legged sweethearts. Inspite of my wife’s protest, I brought home another smooth-haired miniature Dachshund male pup and named him Jackie. Jackie is an intelligent pup. With his intelligent disposition, he quickly won my wife’s heart. Today, he follows her like a lamb. For the first six months, Jackie had a voracious appetite for chewing slippers, clothes and furniture. But all of that seemed petty in front of his loveable nature. Today, my wife gets anxious if he skips his meals and insists on medical help.
His manners and playful behaviour keeps us fresh and charged for the whole day.  I have trained him to wake us up at 5’o clock for his morning duties and jogging. He is obedient and brings his chain, when I ask him to. Sometimes, he even obliges me by bringing my slippers. Our world now revolves around Jackie, who has become the centre of our attention.
–A K Prasad, Sonebhadra (UP)

“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