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You & I: Pawsome Twosome!

Love and time is what our furry angels need. This is true for both our pets and our delightfully expressive stray guardians. Do think of the amount of time you actually spend with them- keeping your daily activities/routine in mind. The moments you spend with them- you can see the happiness in their eyes and heart. Sparkle ensures he gets his daily dose of pampering by all- if someone is busy he just goes and keeps his head under their hand- I want and want it now. Same goes for our furry stray angels. Sparkle has a long list of stray friends- who come and say ‘hello’ to him and because of Sparkle we get special privileges- a nudge, a jump, a cold nose on the hand- we sure do feel special when love comes un-announced in the shape of four-legged waggy tails and warm eyes- it sure makes the moment and the day super special!

Recently on a radio chat on pets, I heard Dr Ajay Sud (a veterinarian in Delhi) saying that pet parents are more aware and he notices fewer problems in pets – Kudos to all pet parents who are making this happen by taking complete care of their four-legged friends through responsible parenting. For this, we need to first make our home dog-friendly. In this issue, we are giving an insight into common household products and plants which can be dangerous for our canine members, if ingested. Even a simple thing like a collar/harness needs to be a pawfect match for our pooch – and that’s exactly what our special feature talks about. Pooches touch our lives in more ways than one…read about Muffin, who reminds us that in spite of the short span of life that our pets have- they just give us millions of happy memories and learning.

We have also revamped our website – www.dogsandpupsmagazine.com – do check the ‘Article Library’ – a treasure of doing the RIGHT thing for your pooch, we have shared in the last decade. Also, it will be great to have your inputs in our section- ‘Readers Write In’- pawticipate, express, gain knowledge and have fun!

Summer is approaching…let’s keep our pooches cool and comfortable. Save your pet from heatstrokes… always provide clean drinking water to your furry friends at all time. Do take care of your furry guardians in your respective areas – they too need your love and tender care.

Sparkle and the team wish you happy sunny days ahead!

Shweta
shweta@dogsandpups.net

Children and dog

Pawfect twosome!

There are many benefits to the relationship between puppies and children. Here are tips that will help make that relationship memorable and lasting.

Watchpoints: young children and puppies

Veterinarians often advise parents to wait until their children are between seven and nine before having a puppy join the family. But this is not always realistic and, with supervision, smaller children and puppies can live happily together.

Supervision is important for many reasons. Toddlers may think that puppies are toys who enjoy having their tails pulled, and puppies may mistake toddlers for littermates, and be rougher with them as a result. Children and puppies may decide it’s a good idea to try each other’s food; because of this, it’s important to keep dog food out of reach of babies and toddlers. Some types of puppy food and treats could lodge in a child’s throat, and a baby or toddler might cause a puppy to be ill by feeding him the wrong kinds of food, or too much food.

How puppies benefit children

As children become older, they can take some of the responsibility for the puppy’s care, as long as an adult supervises. Many parents bring a puppy into the family to teach their child responsibility. But it’s important to remember that children generally have short attention spans, and that the parent is responsible for the puppy’s care.

A puppy can teach a child many lessons. While learning about the importance of brushing their puppy’s teeth, for example, a child may understand why it’s important for them to brush their teeth and practice proper grooming. Puppies love unconditionally and children who are lonely, or have high demands placed on them, often find that a puppy provides a non-judgmental friend and relieves stress. And, because puppies communicate differently than humans, they teach children to be aware of body language and non-verbal communication. This helps to instill compassion and sensitivity in children.