Pet Stories

Teach 'em Young - A guide for children (and adults) when dealing with dogs

Teach 'em Young - A guide for children (and adults) when dealing with dogs
A recent survey done by LANA Paws, Pet Dogs of India 2019, highlighted a significant observation. An overwhelming 95% of all the pet parents who took the survey felt the need for local authorities to run structured programmes to sensitise children towards being kind and compassionate towards animals. Cases of dog bites have been widely reported and, in some cases, even sensationalised by the media. Many of these cases have been directed at children. Public opinion regarding stray dogs is at an all-time low. As a result of this, some people (children in particular) panic upon the very sight of stray dogs.

My Cat, Igor

My Cat, Igor

The doorbell rings and the first person to zoom across the door to greet his guests is Mr Igor. He will scan every guest by rubbing himself against them. Few questions will be asked in the form of meows and purrs. The ones under suspicion are nibbled and left with a warning. Only after the security check is done, the person is allowed an entry. Every person who has visited our house would testify to this kind of scrutiny by our purr-master, Igor. Mind you, this is rather difficult for the faint-hearted or non-animal lovers!!

My cat Igor, better known as @igorkooka, turned 4 recently. In human years, he is as old as me now.

Dog-Ma

Dog-Ma
Almost two years of being a ‘dog-ma’, in every possible way a kaleidoscope of emotions, thrills, hopes and dreams. She has taken me to the moon and back - several times - and continues to do so in her magical way every day.

Jimmy walked into my life with her four little salt and pepper paws a year earlier. I believe she was God sent. Maybe my Guardian Angels realized the trough I was facing in life then and to bolster me out of my own crevice and had sent this furball my way.

On Dog Duty

On Dog Duty

We picked dogs up and  brought them into our home
They were also born to be free and to roam  
But they had very little choice
Because they do not have a voice

They are always so loving loyal and good 
And deserve much more than water, warmth and food
Give them something to play with and  enjoy
A dog friend,  and maybe  a toy they  can destroy

The Making of a Therapy Dog: the Story of Phulki

The Making of a Therapy Dog: the Story of Phulki

Phulki came to us in the spring of 2016 just as Delhi was transitioning from winter into summer.  Our first glimpse of her was a little puppy, honey coat gleaming in the brilliant sunlight of the spring, oblivious to her surroundings, fast asleep curled under a bench in a narrow lane next to a dhaba in Delhi’s bustling Shantiniketan locality.