Magic & Moonshine, Sparkle & Serendipity… this goes to our adorable paws who get so much more meaning in our lives. When you fall in love with a paw, you fall in love fur-ever, when you look into their eyes, it is trust and friendship beyond care. When they sit beside you, it is warmth till eternity. Do have a magical Christmas and a cosy New Year – cuddled close to your paws, look into their eyes and tell them you love and cherish them, trust me they will understand each and every word, tone, gesture & action. There are moments I still do miss sparkle but his memories, eyes, nose dots, always keep my heart warm… I was lucky that I was his! My new heartthrob is a beautiful stray cat – whom I call Mau, she commands me for affection and food and orders me to pat her while she purrs, I everyday look forward to her love and paw-sitivity.

Recent research shows our super sleuths can recognise our human emotions through our facial expressions and make choices based on this. The study involved 90 dogs observing two actresses who were trained to have joy, anger and neutral facial expressions. When the dogs could interact with them, the actresses had neutral expressions with a jar of treats. Our decision-maker dogs interacted with the one who was happy earlier and completely avoided eye contact with the actress who had been trained to be angry. Choices and decisions – only the dog way!

A Pet Homelessness survey in nine countries by Mars Petcare India on a scale of 10 gave India a low ranking of 2.4, Germany 8.6, UK at 7.0 and US 6.4. Ganesh Ramani, Managing Director, Mars Petcare India, said, “Until now, there was no way to measure and track the scale animal homelessness across the world and in India. The index is a call to action and we welcome partnerships with the government, NGOs and individuals who want to ensure all companion animals are wanted and cared for.” Stating a reason of higher relinquishment levels in India, our appeal is to adopt and a pet is family and responsibility for life!

A big congratulations to Dr Thinlay N Bhutia, who has worked towards the creation of a rabies-controlled state in Sikkim, is the recipient of this year’s World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) One Health Award. A prestigious global award, it is presented by the WSAVA’s One Health Committee (OHC) to an individual or organisation which has promoted an aspect of One Health relevant to companion animals.

Wishing you all a magical Christmas and an enchanting New Year! As we bring in 2022, keep yourself and your paws happy, safe & healthy. Do enjoy our festive edition articles—All I Want for Christmas is ‘Bow’, Furry Friendly Fervor of Festive Gifting, and Pawsitive Love Forecast 2022. We bring to you a special feature on itch in the article Decode Itch Cycle, Causes & Solution. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Celebrate paws…Celebrate love…always!