Paws for thought It’s tough-when it’s time to go…

Bruno, a 14-year-old Golden Retriever, was not fine and his pet parent called me for a home visit. Bruno was


Dr. Pradeep Sheoran

suffering from chronic renal failure, I patted his head and he made a brave effort to wag his tail. Bruno’s sufferings were unbearable. His pet parent couldn’t see his miserable condition. She patted his head and started crying. It was a tough time for me as well because I was emotionally attached to Bruno, we lost Bruno. I came back to my clinic with a heavy heart. After a few days, she called me again. When I reached there, I found someone barking at me. “Oh! That’s a really sweet Golden Retriever puppy. What’s his name?” I exclaimed. “Bruno-2” came the quick reply and then I realised life moves on and when it’s time to say Goodbye, one should let go.

Dr. Pradeep Sheoran, a pet practitioner based in Chandigarh

Thought for food!

When destiny portrays her darker side, she gets extremely unfair. As it happened with us, when we lost our 13-year-old Labrador named Ginger. We all curse that moment, when we bought her local chews that cost her life and left us bereaved.

Ginger was suffering from a kidney infection, and was operated on and was showing good signs of health gain. Her most recent blood report showed all positive signs. Unfortunately, her end came with a packet of chew sticks, which caused severe dysentery and her immune system and kidneys collapsed, and we were advised by doctors to put her to sleep.

We have not only lost a pet but a part of our family. I would strongly suggest all pet parents to buy only reputed brands for our precious canines…our loss is completely irreparable.

A stray thought!

Tail wagging, eyes hoping, seeking love, attention, food – you can easily spot them keeping a watch in your neighbourhood. Here’s a dog who is 001lovable, adorable and tough, with a determination to survive and living life against all odds. Heat, cold, rain, traffic, fights, no veterinary care – this brave heart goes through it all alone. Yes they are our own – The GREAT INDIAN Dogs – a term given by Mrs. Maneka Gandhi.

We have got a continuous feedback to create more awareness so that these angels too can get some help and support. A lot of organisations, individuals, shop owners, restaurants, local vendors are doing a great job in taking, caring and protecting their neighbourhood sweethearts. Vaccinations, animal birth control, creating awareness among children, emergency care, adoption drives- a lot is being done. But still there are so many more who need that care, which needs to come from each one of us. Little actions and kind gestures can help them live more healthy – simple things like driving carefully, providing water, raising voice if you see cruelty, supporting organisations, which are working for a cause etc, all can make a difference.

One such initiative has been taken by a group of students in Noida by Adhiraj and his friends who collectively contribute and take care of the furry angels by taking them to their local vet. Kudos to the students who along with compassion have taken action and have created a neighbourhood watch!

Another instance I would like to share is – one day I spotted a little child comforting a pup who was frightened, both sat in complete harmony and comfort – the pup just needed one friendly gesture to become happy again.

Sparkle also has a trio who watch over him, communicate with him and even come for walks with him. They are Sparkle’s buddies – they all love to communicate with each other. I really wonder what they say and share!!!

Sparkle hopes that you all had a great Holi and also asks you to take care of the homeless canine angels of your neighbourhood and around. As Sir Winston Churchill puts it, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Shweta Khurana