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Sparkling seven!

The number ‘seven’ has always been important: Seven Wonders of the World, seven editorialcontinents, seven colours of the rainbow, seven days in a week and even seven basic musical notes. Throughout the ages, the number 7 has defied the law of averages and confounded mathematicians. For many, the number 7 is a symbol of luck and good fortune.

Dogs & Pups has recently completed 7 wonderful years of proud pooch parenting, helping readers to be responsible pet parents. In these 7 years, together with our readers, we have applauded the people and organisations who have diligently dedicated their life for the welfare of strays, we have cried together and raised our voice to the injustice meted out to our four-legged companions. Then, we have laughed together at the crazy antics of our pets and shared the treasure of love and care for our beloved canines. The journey has been good and your trust and faith have made it even better.

We salute to all pet parents for making life beautiful for their pets. And it’s time we all make this world a better place for our strays as well. Let’s protect them, feed them, vaccinate them, neuter them and most importantly, love them…’cause pedigree or stray – they are all lovable. We welcome our readers to share any interesting incident, experience or an anecdote about our pariahs. Let us all help people understand them better and give them a life they deserve.

“Monsoon is here and the pitter-patter of raindrops gives a big relief from the sweltering heat. But, with monsoon, comes the dreadful ticks and fleas…

so take good care of your tailwagger and keep him dry… drenched only in your love,” says Sparkle.

Happy reading!

Sparkling 6 !

As we celebrate the sixth anniversary of Dogs & Pups, we just cannot thank all of you foreditorial your love and trust you have shown us all these years. The bonding has been strong and together we have cherished our four-legged companions.

Another reason to rejoice is that besides our love and care, we can look forward to better medical care. Ramba (a nine months old Boxer) in Chennai met with a road accident which broke his spinal cord but thanks to the Madras Veterinary College where he got a stem cell therapy which helped him walk again. Then,

Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has recently started a blood bank–which is the country’s first. Precious K9 lives can thus be saved with timely help. Another welcome and much awaited move is a cardiac centre for pets in Parel (Mumbai) at a hospital run by Bombay Society for the Prevention of Crurelty to Animals (BSPCA). Kudos to the new developments and we hope in times to come there are many more–as the need of the moment is timely health care for our pooches.

There’s more– the Ministry of Environment is now set to regulate the pet shop owners and dog breeders through the Draft Pet Shop Rules and Draft Dog Breeder Rules 2001, proposed under Sub-section (1) of Section 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. With these draft rules in place, pet shops and breeders will need to obtain a license to keep, breed and sell pets and will have to adhere to certain guidelines with respect to the food, shelter and care to be given to the animals at their pet shops or breeding centres. Hope this helps to eradicate the puppy mills, which we all disapprove.

So, this anniversary is a big celebration for all of us. Sparkle is wagging his tail to all readers and giving a big woof to all his four-legged companions. Love shared–multiplies manifold–thank you for being with us for these 6 wonderful years and many, many more to come!

Celebrating 4 sparkling years of togetherness

4 Steps towards responsible pet parenting

  • Be aware of your doggy’s nutrition needs and feed her healthy food on time.
  • Even if you are not an outdoor person, take your dog for her regular walks and exercise.
  • Take your pet to her vet for routine check-ups and regular vaccinations.
  • Spend quality time with your pet because you will love to see her wagging her tail in delight.

4 Ways to be as happy as your pooch

  • Live for today. Have you ever seen your pooch brooding over the past or worried about the future? The answer would be ‘No.’ So, live each moment of your life to the fullest.
  • Do not complain for your shortcomings. Pooches never complain if they are not able to retrieve the ball or any other act for that matter. They just try it again and again, until they reach perfection.
  • Alone but not lonely. Canines know how to keep themselves busy and happy. They love to sniff around, play with their toys, etc. And when we are back, they welcome us with a wagging tail and not a sad face.
  • Pooches love to be loved and are like babies when we scoop them in our arms.

4 Steps to know you are a doggy person

  • You and your spouse call themselves the mom and dad of the little bundle of joy. (Even your nameplate and the cards that you sign for friends have his name!)
  • Your house and its furnishings are chosen keeping your pooch in mind.
  • Your friends can see strands of doggy hair on your clothes, car, etc., but you have no time to bother.
  • You receive gifts, not for yourself but for your cootchie-coo pooch as well.

4 useful pet etiquetes

  • Train your pet early so that she learns to behave properly, specially when meeting other people and dogs.
  • If your guests are scared of your pet, keep her on the leash to avoid discomfort.
  • Groom your dog and let her look her best. Who doesn’t like well-kept hair, properly trimmed nails and odourless body?
  • Before going to a friend’s place, check out if pets are allowed to avoid unwelcome situations.