Wagging all around with Randeep!

An intensely handsome actor who has begun to draw attention after his impressive performances in movies like  Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Jannat 2 and Murder 3, little do people know that Randeep Hooda is not just an intense actor but an equally passionate animal lover. Interestingly, Candy (Randeep’s pariah pet) accompanies him to shooting locations…. And there’s no moment when she is not around as she’s jealous of Randeep’s female friends… especially with a handbag! Read on to unfurl this wonderful tale of poochie-pal.

Randeep’s pets…
Randeep spent early years of his life with his grandmother and always had pet since childhood. The story of how he got his first (own) pet is really

Randeep and Candy

Randeep and Candy

wonderful, he exchanged two-in-one music player for a pet dog with his school security guard. “I was so happy that I got my pet but when I reached home, my nani was terrified, when she realised what I have done,” he disclosed. This is how this pooch-pal companionship started. “Since childhood I had pets, my first pet was a Pomeranian – Duke.”
In addition to acting in films and theatres, Randeep regularly participates professionally in equestrian sports such as polo and show jumping. But for him the biggest relief is to be with his pets as he finds solace in animals. Besides dogs, he also has horses as pets. “I have very meaningful names of my horses and I call them Ranji, Johnny Walker, Simply Supreme, Rommel and Atillay… I can recognise them and so can they,” he said while introducing his five horses.
Guess who’s the most wanted and loved companion in this macho domain… no point for guessing… it’s Candy, a stray dog who is omnipresent. On asking more about having Candy as a pet, Randeep shared with a smile, “I always imagined having a dog follow me around, a big Rottweiler or Doberman called Butch or Don and here I have this white little thing called Candy. That’s what life gives you, be happy with it. But that doesn’t mean I won’t have Butch in the future. Right now I’m very happy;
Candy has been my best pal. She was there even on the sets of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.”

Candy: God’s gift…
Randeep feels it was God’s plan to gift this bundle of joy to him, “One day while waiting at airport, I saw this sweet little puppy and watched her antics for a while. My parents were with me and I told my mom that if nobody is adopting her I am taking her home. She was amazed while I picked her up and brought her home.” And today Candy and Randeep are best buddies. She rides in his jeep….travels with him to places and accompanies him to stable as well. So, how horses treat our furry angel? “They all are really best buddies and it’s strange to see Candy going gaga with these big macho players. She gets open spaces to play around and she is very good with the horses,” he added.

A well-behaved pooch is a delight…
On asking about the antics, he added, “Candy is a great pooch… she’s well-trained and disciplined. She goes with me on movie sets but has never created any fuss. Interestingly on hearing ‘Action!’ she stands still like a statue.”
“She is really scared of ladies with handbags. She just can’t handle that. I think there might be some bad memory associated with a handbag,” he shared. Randeep feels proud of Candy as she is really obedient and well-behaved furry friend, and he remarked, “Candy is trained so well. She will never jump on sofa or couch. Moreover she won’t sleep or sit in my bed too. So, always train your pooch.”

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Wagging secrets revealed!

Do you know why your pooch wags his tail? The most obvious reply would be that dog wags when he’s excited or happy about something. But that’s not all… the way your pooch wags his tail shows how he is feeling… sometimes happy, sometimes sad and sometimes even angry. Here’s more on wagging tails.

As per Darwin’s Theory of Existence… all living organisms have to struggle for their existence. So, quest fordog Training food was the paramount issue for all organisms. And our pooches’ ancestors being pack animals developed this habit of tail wagging as a silent signal to express their feelings. Actually wagging tail is body’s physiological response for dissipating excess energy. Over the years, this habit became intimately intertwined with expressions, be it happiness, excitement, fear or anger.

The balancing act…

Centuries ago, tail movement played a crucial role in the dog’s ability to balance. When the weight of dog’s body was shifted to one side, the tail moves to other to counterbalance. To support this fact… let us take example of new born puppies. They never wag their tails until they are six or seven weeks old. Once they start interacting with the outer world… they start using their tails as a means of communication and social interaction.

A wag speaks louder than words

While we interpret what our pooch actually tries to say, we have to keep many other aspects in mind as well. The speed of the wag, the height of his tail and the stance of the rest of the dog’s body together helps to actually sum up what he’s communicating… is it happiness, anger, fear or anxiety?

I’m happy! When your pooch comes wagging his tail fast, he’s actually too happy to see you. He is sharing his inner delight with you.

I’m confident! And hey watch out for tail–wagging wide… our pooch means ‘I’m confident, happy and interested’.

I’m interested! While doggie’s relaxed horizontal tail, wagging slowly means he’s actually interested in you and wants to know more about you. If your pooch wags like this… just pat on his back and share a few words.

Grrrr… Stay away! And sometimes when we find a tail held high, stiff, possibly quivering or no movement, this clearly means that our furry chap is not in a very good mood… he’s agitated. Bow! Be careful. ‘Hey man I’m not in best of my moods, don’t mess with me,’ this is when the tail is held high.

Beware! A full tail wag can be a greeting, but if the tail stiffens to where only the tip is moving, then there is a greater chance that the dog is feeling challenged and may attack. The raising of the hackles, lowering of the ears, and sometimes a warning growl will accompany this tail behaviour.

Bow… I’m scared! Besides conveying ‘I’m happy’ or ‘Beware of me’ tail wag also indicates pooches’ fear and nervousness.

A tail tucked between the legs is evident of this emotion.

It’s me! Dogs wag their tail for identification purposes as well. While wagging anal glands are squeezed, this is an identification odour for distinct dogs, these pheromones help in identifying dog.

Thus, tail wagging is a far deep phenomenon than it appears… so next time your dog wags his tail, don’t just think that our pooch is too happy. Different wags have different messages to convey!

Wagging Happiness!

New Year is a time to rejoice – celebrate the best we have and forget the rest. It is also the editorialtime to count your blessings and all pet parents would thank God for the wonderful wagging delight. They bring so much love and joy in our life that it makes our life worthwhile.

Besides, all the health and therapeutic benefits our pooches bestow on us, there’s something more…they teach us life’s little lessons every day. Have you ever seen a pooch who leaves his plate dirty – food is precious – let’s not waste it? Whenever you have time – take a nap – there’s nothing more refreshing than it. When you go out to a garden in clean air – just sniff the air, take a deep breath – it is so refreshing. Go for a walk – it makes you healthy and uplifts your mood as well. If you want to do something whacky – go on – who cares? And when things go wrong, just shrug them off and forget about it…there’s so much more to look forward to. Most importantly, if you love somebody, express it and look at them with fresh eyes…there would be something you still do not know about them…and if you are not happy with something – express it too…they need to know what is bothering you! And if you have been naughty, how about the cute adorable look that can melt hearts away?

Life is bliss when you share it with your pooch…specially when you see the black nose sharing the pillow with you — one feels blessed! But nature has its own way of teaching things – our little ones grow up in no time and before we know, they are already in their geriatric stage. But this is the time we need to be extra caring about them…they need us more than we need them. Never think of abandoning them at this age…they may not get over with it. Life is a commitment…if you are ready for it…let’s all shout in unison – I do!

With these thoughts in mind, let’s start this New Year with a loud woof to all pet parents and of course our darlings! Sparkle says keep wagging…


Wagging welcome to 2009

The new year has begun…with new aspirations and renewed spirits. While some of youEditorialby, Shweta Khuranawould have spent the new year’s eve partying, others would have quietly enjoyed the warm comforts at home. A group of five students in Mumbai had an altogether different new year bash. While they were enjoying a walk after dinner, they happened to see a woman trying to slaughter a puppy as a ritual to gain wealth. The students not only rescued the puppy, but also took him to a veterinary clinic to ensure that the pup gets timely medical aid. Three cheers to these students! What a wonderful way to start the new year!

World over, people are talking about recession and everybody is feeling the pinch but we never thought that our dogs would also face the brunt. In these trying times, a few pedigreed dog owners in different parts of the world have abandoned their dogs as they are unable to bear the high cost of ownership.

However, little do they realise that dogs are our family members and it may be difficult for them to find new homes and adjust there. A responsible ownership demands that we should be prepared to take care of our canines in all situations. These loyal friends need at least this kind of loyalty from us.

Tiertafel (Animal Dining Table), a pet welfare association in Germany has come up with such an innovative concept of soup kitchen for pets where pensioners and those on the dole qualify for free pet food buffet. It thus helps people with no disposable incomes to keep their pets at home. Today, they have 19 soup kitchens across the country, with 30 more in the pipeline. So, let us all come forward and devise ways and means to help families who are unable to keep their pets with themselves. Sparkle gives a loud ‘Woof’ of approval and wishes you all a very Happy New Year.

– Shweta

Wagging their way to beauty

Our canine friends love to romp through the grass, swish around in the water and roll in the mud. Unadulterated fun – that’s what dogs are all about. But when they are done with all that frolicking, they also want to come back into the house and lie on the sofa like one of the family. And that’s where good grooming comes in. Regular grooming can not only make your dog look smart and tidy, but also help in avoiding many health problems. During our interactions with clients at the TailWaggers Pet Salon, we come across several people who have had and loved dogs for years but are blissfully unaware that grooming plays an important role in their pets’ well-being.

Grooming is more than just swiping a brush through your dog’s coat. Regular grooming keeps your dog clean and looking good. It also keeps shedding to a minimum and gives you a chance to inspect your dog to make sure his skin, teeth, eyes, ears and nails are healthy. Because grooming is important, dogs should be trained from an early age to associate it with a pleasurable experience.

Short-coated breeds are obviously much easier to groom than long-haired ones. With long-coated breeds, grooming is not only desirable but also absolutely essential. To leave a long-coated breed un-groomed is cruel. The hair becomes matted and dry, making the dog extremely itchy and uncomfortable. This can also result in skin infections and the end result is misery! We have seen dogs belonging to well-meaning people, brought in for grooming to our salon, so badly matted that we don’t know where to begin!

A good grooming schedule, for your pet, includes combing, brushing, bathing, nail clipping, ear cleaning and teeth brushing.

Combing and brushing your dog :

For short smooth coats, use a soft bristle brush and first brush against the direction your dog’s hair lies. This will help to remove any excess hair from underneath. Then, brush in the direction the coat lies to pick up loose hair from the surface. Brushing once a week will keep shedding under control. For long double coats, use a pin brush and start by taking sections of your dog’s coat and separating it with your hand, so there is a parting where the skin is visible. Then use the brush to comb out the undercoat, brushing outwards from the skin as you do. This is the best way to prevent matts from forming in the undercoat. Once you have finished with the undercoat, use the same brush to brush out the top coat as well. Brush your dog twice a week but increase it to several times a week in the shedding season.

Remember to groom the underbelly, behind the ears as these areas are most prone to matts. If your dog is already matted, it maybe difficult to get rid of the matts at home. You run the risk of injuring your pet if it is not done correctly. At such a time, it is advisable to seek professional help for detangling or hair-trimming. Also considering our hot and humid climate, it is advisable to keep your dog’s hair trimmed and neat, no matter how exotic a breed he or she is!

Another everyday routine should be to run your fingers through your dog’s coat to check for any skin parasites like ticks and fleas. Skin parasites multiply at an alarming rate and are best checked right at the onset. There is a huge variety of tick and flea shampoos available at all leading pet shops which are very effective. Please consult your veterinarian before using them since some of them can be very toxic if licked by your pet.

Bathing :

Bathing your dog once in 10-15 days is ideal. Bath time will go more smoothly if you’re well prepared. First make sure you’re not rushed. No matter how small your dog, a bath is not a ten-minute job. You should have a good dog shampoo, a couple of towels, and a hair dryer (for a long-haired dog) ready, before you bathe him. Do not use human shampoos for your dog since the pH level of their skin differs from ours. Soak the dog completely right through the hair with warm water. Rub the shampoo into your dog’s coat with your fingers or a bathing glove, taking care not to get any into his eyes and ears. Work it in all over his body, under his chin and neck, under his belly and bottom, right down to his toes. After this, rinse him well, starting at the head and working toward the back, taking care to remove all traces of shampoo. Squeeze out all the excess water from the legs, tail, underparts, and the top of the body, the ears and so on. Briskly dry him with a towel and finish the process with a hair dryer if necessary. For long-haired breeds also, comb the dog gently while drying to keep the matts from forming.

Ears and eyes :

When you sit down to groom your dog, you have the opportunity to take a closer look at his ears and eyes. Now is the time to check them for any signs of problems and to work at keeping them clean and healthy. Ears must be treated very gently. And to clean them, ease a piece of cotton wool into the ear and take away any visible dirt. Do not prod into the ear canal but make sure the inner ear flap is clean. If your dog is constantly scratching or shaking his ears, he is in obvious discomfort and you should seek advice from a veterinarian. To keep your dog’s eyes sparkling and clear, simply wipe them with a cotton ball dipped in luke-warm water. This will get rid of any discharge that may have built up in the corners.

Nail-clipping :

Your dog’s nails will need regular clipping, particularly if he doesn’t get much exercise on hard ground. The quick (the blood vessel within the nail) is easy to see in white nails but it doesn’t show that well on black ones and can get cut if you are not careful. If you are apprehensive about trimming your dog’s nails yourself, seek professional help.

Teeth brushing :

An important but often over-looked part of your dog’s grooming routine is the brushing of his teeth. Dogs need to have clean teeth in order to have fresh breath and a healthy canine smile. Poor dental hygiene can lead to tartar build up that can cause diseases in the mouth which can lead to other infections. To brush your dog’s teeth, you can either use a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger or a specially made dog toothbrush and Betadine mouthwash or dog toothpaste. Dog toothbrushes and pastes are available at all pet shops.

To keep your dog clean, healthy and looking his gleaming best , follow a grooming routine that suits him the best and follow it diligently. Grooming is easy to learn and no matter how much time it takes, both you and he will be proud and happy with the results.

(Gauri and Urmila at TailWaggers Pet Salon have been providing pets with the latest and best grooming facilities for the past 3 years. During this time, they have groomed hundreds of dogs and put a smile on many a dog and owners faces. Well, although they admit that it is not an easy job they do get bitten and sometimes smell like dogs at the end of a long day, they wouldn’t trade it for any other career for both of them love the hours they spend with four-legged friends. The services provided at The TailWaggers Pet Salon include haircutting, oil massage, shampoo and conditioning, tick and flea control treatments, ear cleaning, teeth brushing and nail-clipping, aromatherapy rinses, detangling treatment and hydrosurge baths. You can contact them on 9820127572 or 56067271.)