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Pawsome weekend!

Weekends are special – for us and our pooches. We get to spend more time together. Our friends from Mumbai share the pawfect weekends with their pooches!

After a hectic week, we all look forward to the careless weekends – late mornings, late nights, outings, shopping, what not? But pet parents plan their weekends around their pooches, after all, the weekend is for them as well. So, what makes a pawfect weekend?

Anything and everything…

“I love my baby Chloe, so it’s inevitable, I love doing everything with her. For us, every day is a weekend. I Complete careenjoy the time we spend in the auto as she loves to sit on my lap and put her head out, enjoying the breeze on her face. We enjoy our walks along the seaside, sitting on the bench enjoying the view. Other options include playing fetch, holding her and just hugging her. These are the few things we enjoy. Oh! The best part is when she runs with something she is not supposed to take, it becomes an enjoyable dodging game,” shares Anju Jain.

While, Tisha Sudhindra Mannur shares, “I like to play with my pup and the best part on weekends for both of us is to get up late, roll on the bed, cuddle my pup…indeed it’s fun on weekends!” And Ravinder Pal Singh takes his pooch to the shopping mall.

Daily chores become fun…

While, Shrutika Rane takes her pooch Cookie for her shopping sprees as well. “Cookie and me get to spend good time during the weekend only. We share a bond of love, we wake up to sheer joy, play ball in the park or simply run on the beach. It’s so good to see her golden locks shining in the sun. She is my cradle of joy and shopping for veggies couldn’t get more fun with her. We even like going out for street shopping and experiencing Mumbai in the night…our rickshaw rides drive us wild. I think these small things in life make it all worth the while,” she shares.

An outing…

But weekends are happier when you plan a small vacation, isn’t it?. That’s exactly what Rani Boazz (Rohini Boez) thinks. “Preferably a very short and quick weekend in Mahabaleshwar is my idea of a perfect weekend, because that’s what my two pooches Kuppu Boazz and Zaara Boazz would love.” Excitement builds up amongst them right through the week when they see that their knapsack getting loaded with their t-shirts, treats, medication and finally the food. They are convinced they are off to their favourite spot. All you have to ask them periodically is ‘Where’s your bag? Only if it’s ready and packed, will you GO?’ They love the word ‘GO’. Their eyes light up. Early Saturday morning sees them ready to go as early as 4.00 am. They are the souls of obedience and decorum. Why? Just to convince you that you have made the right decision to take them for a trip,” she laughs. “They are boarded into the car at 6.00 am immediately after their walk. They dangle out of the car window, enjoying the cool air that hits their snouts, for some time. After that they are too tired to hold up any longer and rest most of the journey until they reach their favourite hideout in the mountains- Fredrick Hotel. This is one of the few hotels that allow pets along with their pet parents. They love to loll on the bed for some time, dangle out of the cottage front window calling out to all, especially kids, to play with them. Most of the other time, they set off along with us for long walks in and around the hotel gardens, pathways, golf course, etc. They love the food there- as they are indulged in everything sinful – human food which they do not get in Mumbai,” she adds.

At home…

Chaitali prefers to be at home with her doggie Persi. “When I get time from my busy schedule, I prefer to be at home with Persi. He is very cute and he loves to do masti…. So, I call my friends also and then we all play with him a lot. He loves food. And in the evening, I take him out to hangout. We have many pets in our colony, so Persi loves to mingle with them too,” she shares.

Preeti Fernandes is blessed with two Labs named Dexter (two years) and Queenie (three months). “They are sweet, playful and very naughty. I love spending my time with them, they make my worries go away. I like to spend my weekends with my pooches by taking them for a walk or a long drive or just spending the whole day with them at home,” Preeti shares.

While, Rahul Saigal shares that he and his pooch Ryan spend the day at home only. “On weekends we usually have a longer walk together. I recently figured out that there are a few pet hangout joints in Parel, so I am planning to check them out soon,” he adds.

Whatever be the plan, one thing is certain – loads of fun and pampering for our lovable tailwaggers!

(With inputs from Vaishali of Dawgz and Tushar Kulkarni of KPS My Pet Shop, Mumbai).

Weekend hangouts with your pooch

Just like us, pets like to feel loved and cared for. Moreover, studies indicate that spending time with pets helps reduce stress, fight depression, control blood pressure and provide a number of other physical and mental benefits. Here are a few simple ways for you to bond with your dog.

  • Get some exercise: Take your pet to the park for a game of Frisbee or just to run around and have some fun. You’ll get some good exercise in the process too! Figure out a time when the park is not too crowded- so that you can take them off the leash (if they are controllable!). During your walk- take notice of your surroundings and the little things we often overlook!
  • Go for a drive with music: Most dogs love the feel of wind on their face!
  • Set up a doggie play date: If your dog gets along with other dogs, call a friend who also has a dog and let the two of them socialise. Doggies like to make new friends too!
  • Take a dog friendly vacation: This requires substantial planning, so plan ahead of time.
  • Curl up with a book or watch a movie: Let your dog sit close to you or in your lap. The human touch is very comforting to them!
  • Teach an old dog a new trick: Yes, this is possible! Start by trying to teach him something simple. Show your dog a treat and guide him with it.
  • Dog therapy: Pet therapy is not for all dogs but if your dog is exceptionally well behaved and socialised, it is a very rewarding experience. I recently took my dog Sara to a children’s NGO- and spoke with them about dogs, and how to treat them on the road. It was a great time for the kids and Sara had a lovely time too!
  • Groom your pet yourself: Dog grooming is one of your dog’s basic needs and an important part of pet parenting. More often than not, many owners leave this task to household help. It’s imperative that you groom your pet occasionally yourself to check for rashes and skin infections. Also give your pet a nice scrubby bath!
  • Play an indoor game such as hide and seek. All dogs enjoy this! Hide somewhere easy in your home and call out to your dog. Make a huge fuss when he finds you, and soon there’ll be lots of excitement, wags and barks. Your dog will learn the game very quick and it’s a lot of fun!
  • Take some photos with your pet that will make for wonderful memories.
  • Take them along for errands: If you’re running simple errands such as picking up your kids from school, or taking a short drive to pick up groceries- take your pet along in the car. Your mundane errands will suddenly become a lot more fun and your dog will love the chance to be your companion. In case you need to step out of the car for a few minutes, do not leave your dog inside the car, especially in summer.
  • Go for a family picnic with your dog: We recently took Sara- our Lab to Delhi’s Lodhi Garden for a lovely early morning picnic. While we enjoyed our music and chat with family and friends- Sara sat right in the midst of all of us and loved all the attention and her own packed picnic breakfast!
  • Spend time at a dog spa together. Lavish your pet with therapies to make her relax.

So, you don’t have to actually take time out for bonding…anytime is good time!!!

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