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Written By Disha Ramanan
Holi is right around the corner, and most of us await the festival of joy and colour with glee. Faces will again be awash in every imaginable hue and the streets will be full of the kind of vibrancy that only Holi can bring. People come together and exchange the usual, decadent Holi delicacies with cheer.
It's no wonder then that many of us also want to include our pooches in the festivities. Our furballs of love are such an important part of our world and we love celebrating anything and everything with them!
However, in the heady exuberance of Holi, it's important we still remember the fact that the things that are safe for us may not always be safe for our animal companions.
Let's explore some things which we should refrain from this Holi, for the sake of our dogs. And further, in the article, we suggest a few ways you can make Holi a true celebration for the animal members of your family (we know how important our animals are - we are pet parents too!).
What Not To Do
Some Ideas for an Inclusive Celebration
Holi is all about colour, so it's understandably annoying if your pooch can't participate. But colours being unsafe are best stayed away from. So how about this Holi you do something unique! Get your dog all ready by buying her some wonderfully vibrant dog bandanas, dog bow-ties and accessories? Check out our selection of bandanas and bowties in all hues (hey, a bit of self-promo never hurt anybody, right?!) and include your doggo in the colour and cheer.
Also if your dog likes water, why not get an inflatable kiddy pool and fill it with water to be kept on your terrace, balcony or yard so that your doggo can join in the fun, in her own way! Or set up a nice bath for her with the shower on and some new bath toys so that it's a nice rain dance she can enjoy?
Okay so there are some alternatives for colour and water, but how about when you're munching on all those delectable gujiyas and malpuas that are an inevitable part of Holi and your furball looks on, making those big, puppy-dog eyes at you? What do you do then? We certainly shouldn't be giving her any but it's not a crime to want your fur-baby to be a part of the fun, right?
Time for a compromise, then. How about you indulge your pet and make her some delicious, safe and home-made treats she would love? Here are some super easy-to-make yet delectable treats for your furry best bud!
There are some great recipe ideas on this website - including frozen peanut butter and yoghurt treats, healthy pumpkin balls and apple crunch pupcakes!
This blog shares some healthy and easy recipes for yummy grain-free treats for dogs! Great alternatives for dogs who may have grain allergies.
Over here are some other recipes too - really simple ones. Check here for two-ingredient recipes, cheesy bone treats, and even some diabetic dog treats!
And finally, how about this compilation of treat recipes which includes doggo donuts, flavoured biscuits and more?
So there you have it…some great ways you can make this Holi an inclusive one for the two-legged as well as the four-legged members of your fam!
Oh, and a final word - make sure to also have an eye out for the community dogs near your house. They are unfortunately the biggest victims of a festival that's supposed to be about the power of love and goodness! It's a great idea to educate the kids in the area beforehand about the dos and don'ts as well as keep in mind some basic tips of precaution and first aid so that it can be a happy, cheery, lovely celebration for all.
We wish everyone a very happy, colourful and safe Holi!!