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Crackers!!! Too noisy…for pets

It’s festival time and the most dreaded time for animals. If given a choice, all the animals, mainly dogs and horses, would like to migrate out of India during this time. Dr. Milind Hatekar gives some guidelines to help your pets through difficult time. Festivals are so often celebrated with crackers and loud speakers without considering what animals go through. Dogs are most sensitive to sounds…

Celebrating festivals safely with your dog

I have always been a die-hard fan of festivals. They add colours to our otherwise grey and drab lives. My countdown actually begins days before the actual festival, and my shopping list comes out with ferocious intensity, as I tick off items like crackers, sweets, candles, cakes, decoration items etc. I always presumed that my dog, who was always with me with his four trotting feet, was having as…

THE TEN GOLDEN RULES OF PUPPY CARE

Rule 1 - Training starts on day one Since dogs aren’t born fully trained, your puppy will be looking to you for guidance. Good training plays a big role in ensuring a happy and successful relationship between you and your dog. Through puppy care and training, your dog will learn to understand what his human companions expect of him and be better equipped to fit into his environment. Likewise, the…

Paws to tango

Put on your dancing shoes, match your steps with the paws, twirl for fun, sing to the tune, share the spotlight, wear snazzy outfits and dance along……..dance lil doggy, dance!!!!!! A Dance Party, with a difference. If this doesn’t get your feet tapping think about the venue - the party is in full swing, the sound of music, the dancing lights are flashing, crowds are cheering, a ring to dance in,…

De-stressing your dog

It may come as a surprise for some of you to know that dogs, just like humans, also get stressed out. They too need to be rejuvenated. A simple T-touch, a Kong or making him yawn, can do wonders to your stressed out dog. Read on to know more about these simple calming techniques. – by Nicole Mackie He seemed totally irritated, and did not respond to my cootchie-cooing, that otherwise gets him all…

Basset Hound:eyes that take your breath away!

If you have seen that cute brand ambassador of Hush Puppies, then I am sure you will never forget those soulful eyes and the long droopy ears. Yes, I am talking about the Basset Hound. ABasset Hound is a dog you can never forget. His soulful eyes, the droopy look, wrinkled face, ears touching the ground, nose sniffing, all make him very special and different. A dog who brings out compassion and…

Atul Wassan

Mr. Atul Wassan – entrepreneur, cricketer, doting father, anchor, editor and Dog Lover! Atul is easily one of the most recognized persons around today. Simple yet stylish, friendly but packs a serious punch wherever he goes, Atul loves his dog and still finds time for him amidst all social, business and family time that fill up his life. Meet Atul & his Sultan. On Pets - We’ve always had pets.…

CUPA: where compassion becomes the passion

Betsy is a one-year old Cocker Spaniel dog rescued by Compassion Unlimited Plus Action?(CUPA). You will be mesmerised if you look into her eyes. She is a friendly dog and loves people, especially children. Raja is a one and half year old black Pomeranian dog at CUPA. He loves to play. These are just two bundles of joy at CUPA, there are many more. Some even have a mission. Just like Luxmi. Luxmi…

Holidaying with your dog

Want to go and freak out for holidays, but wish to take your dog along. Don’t worry! In this section, we will bring the holiday destinations where you can take your dog along. This time we are featuring Mercury Adventure and nature camp, Shivpuri (Rishikesh). It was in November 2000, that we had Angel (our Neapolitan Mastiff) coming to our home and it was a wonderful time that we had with her…

Bringing home a friend

When you have finally made up your mind to own a dog, you must seriously consider which breed you prefer and would like to have. Choosing the right breed :?One of the major factors that need to be considered before bringing a pet home is the space factor. If you have plenty of space available, a large garden, and adjacent fields or greens in which he can exercise, then your choice need not be…

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…

I was four months old when the rains came

I was four months old when the rains came. And with the rain, the sticks. It was a Sunday afternoon. I was making my way back to the building after scavenging from the municipality garbage bin across the road. The watchman on duty shouted at me before I reached the gate, the threatening tone in his voice saying, “Go away, you ugly thing, and don’t come back!” This confused me. How was I to know…

Greatness of the Great Danes

The Apollo of dogs, Great Dane is amongst the tallest of dogs. A dog who has it all — magnificence, royalty and power. Read on to find out more about Dane magic … Iwalked into a colleague’s house, just to be greeted by one of my favourite breeds — the “Great Dane”. Little did I realise that the people accompanying me disappeared, literally into thin air, my focus being totally on the dog — a…

Ojasvini Geetika

Says Ojasvini Geetika Ganju, Media Producer, Master-of-Ceremonies and TV Anchorperson, tipped by Femina as one of India’s most talented MC’s. Ojasvini Geetika Ganju has hosted and managed a range of activities like television shows, print campaigns, ad-films, tele-serials, events, product launches/promotions, beauty contests, music concerts, jubilee celebrations, film premieres/book releases,…

IDA : Defending a cause

In Defence of Animals (IDA) has completed six years since its inception in October 1996. Within five months, they had started a mobile sterilization camp at Usha Nagar Society in Bhandup. Three years later, IDA got its own place at Deonar from BMC (Bombay Municipal Corporation). Thus began a whole saga of animal care and welfare. The commitment to the welfare of animals is instilled in each member…

Preventing your pet from poisoning

What appears absolutely harmless to you can be extremely poisonous to your pet dogs. Dr Gautam Unny advises on how to prevent your dog from getting poisoned and what you should do, if unfortunately your dog consumes a poisonous substance. Snappy is a healthy nine- year-old Cocker Spaniel. Anyone who sees him ambling during his daily walks would hardly be able to understand the depth of his owner’s…

Monsoon blues Help your dog fight skin diseases.

Lustrous fur and skin free from any problem is the dream of every dog owner. But, this dream is invariably shattered during monsoon months. Most of the times, the owners do not know the reason why it happens. Inspite of the best of care, dog owners are often worried by numerous skin and coat problems that crop up during monsoon. It would thus be important to understand the root cause of these…

A date with Dog Squad team

Dogs are not only man’s best friend but they also very good detectives. Many of the dogs are used in police to detect explosives, find a culprit or even to find narcotics. There are 53 dogs at work with the Delhi Police alone. The newly established Metro Rail in Delhi is also guarded by two dogs named Tanuja and Shobha. These two dogs travel in the Metro every morning and evening, searching for…

Are you giving a nutritious diet to your dog?

There has been a lot of research in the field of veterinary nutrition to determine the role and most effective dose of nutrients essential to the health and well-being of animals. From mere survival, giving the minimum required for the animal to stay alive, the concept of diet was developed, making for more beautiful and active pets. Now, we have moved to the concept of nutrition including plant…

Pradip Burman

Keeping pets is perhaps one of the favourite pastime for even the busiest people in this world. Meet Mr. Pradeep Burman, the Chairman of Ayurvet Limited, who has loved pets since childhood. His ancestral home in Kolkata was a home to a number of dogs and once they even kept a leopard. Currently, Mr. Burman and his family share their moments with a trio (3 dogs). Their house at Shantiniketan in…