Archive | May, 2013

Lights, Camera, Woof!

31 May

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Wondering what to do over the weekend? Are the rains spoiling your plans of having some outdoor fun with your pooch? It’s time to snuggle up with your dog and watch some drool-worthy dog movies.  Here are some of our favorite ones.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Starring Richard Gere, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is based on the true life story of a Japanese Professor and his beloved dog Hachiko. A poignant tale about the unconditional love and faithfulness of dogs, this movie will tug at your heart strings and make you feel blessed about having a four-legged friend to share your life with.

Marley and Me

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and Kathleen Turner, Marley and Me is based on author John Grogan’s best-selling autobiographical book.  A must-watch for all dog-owners, this movie presents the challenges faced by a young couple after they get home a rambunctious Labrador puppy named Marley. Despite his naughty personality, Marley becomes an adored member of the house, teaching the family some valuable lessons about life.

Beethoven

Yet another family drama, Beethoven is the first movie in the Beethoven film series. The story revolves around the Newton family and their dog Beethoven, a Saint Bernard. When a local veterinarian Dr. Herman Varnick, involved in unethical animal experimentation, tries to kill Beethoven for his latest experiment; the family springs into action to rescue their beloved pet.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey 

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) is a remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. An uplifting adventure story, this movie chronicles the lives of two dogs and a cat as they escape from a ranch in California to find their owners in San Francisco.

My Dog Skip

Based on the autobiographical book My Dog Skip by Willie Morris, this movie revolves around the life of Willie, who as a shy school boy finds it difficult to make new friends and becomes a victim of bullying at school. Willie’s parents get him a terrier puppy named Skip for his ninth birthday. Skip completely turns around Willie’s life and helps him forge new friendships.

Which other dog movies did you enjoy watching?  Do share them with us in the comments.

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Wisdom of the Woofs – Life Lessons from Dogs

24 May

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They make us healthier, they make us happier. They fill our lives with love and joy. Our dogs teach us countless lessons about life. Take a look at some of them here.

Wag away your Worries

Ever seen your dog worrying about the future? No wonder our pets are much happier than us. Learn to live in the present moment, to be happy and sniff out negative thoughts about the future.

Express Gratitude

A bowl of food and some quality time with you is all your pooch needs to be happy.  You may dream to have a bigger house, a better job, a fancier car; but don’t forget to be grateful for the things that you already have. While you are busy running errands and dealing with the difficult challenges of day-to-day life, take time out to appreciate the beauty around you and enjoy the simple joys of life.

Forgive and Forget

You scream at your dog for damaging the furniture or soiling the carpet. Feeling all guilty and sad, he retreats to a quiet corner in the house. But, the very next moment you find him resting his head on your lap and running happily in the garden while you water the plants. Holding on to grudges doesn’t serve you in any way. Learn to forget your past mistakes and forgive people for having hurt you in any way.

Make others Happy

After a tiring day at work, do you look forward to meeting your pooch standing in the hallway, wagging his tail and with a wide grin on his face that says, “I am so glad you are here”? Dogs definitely know how to make others happy and love people unconditionally. Wouldn’t this world be a brighter place if everyone greeted others with the same level of enthusiasm and made sincere effort to express unconditional love?

Take a Nap

Dogs love to sleep. While we can’t afford to take naps as frequently as our pooches, we can definitely set aside 10-15 minutes a day to relax, meditate and catch a few winks. Even research shows that taking a 15-30 minute nap during the day refreshes our mind and makes us feel more creative and alert.

Walk Regularly

Dogs know how to laze around the house, but they also know how to walk, run and give their bodies a good workout. Your pooch looks forward to his daily walks and it’s time that you start enjoying them too.

Play

Dogs are naturally fun-loving and playful. Whether young or old, they never let go of an opportunity to tug on a toy or take on an outdoor activity. Let your dog be a reminder that playfulness is an essential part of your adult life. It’s time to let your hair down and engage in the activities that bring you true joy.

Be Yourself

Dogs never shy away from being their genuine self. They are not scared to express their funny, goofy and weird self. In this world where everyone’s trying to be somebody they are not, it takes courage to let our real self shine through. Your dog could be your  inspiration for being your authentic self and for embracing differences in others.

What other lessons does your dog teach you about life? Do share them with us in the comments.

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Monsoon Health Tips for Dogs

17 May

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While the rains during monsoon provide us and our pets with the much-needed break from the sweltering heat of the summer months, the season can bring with it some uninvited guests in the form of digestive disorders, skin diseases and a multitude of other health problems. With extra care and cautiousness we can ward off these potential dangers and help our pets enjoy the season to the fullest. Here are some tips to ensure that your four-legged companion stays fit and healthy during the monsoon season:

Diet

Contamination of food and water is quite common during monsoon. The consumption of contaminated food or water can result in gastroenteritis and other digestive disorders in dogs. It’s therefore advisable to avoid raw food stuffs and stick to cooked home food or commercially available pet food from a reputable brand. Provide your pooch with clean drinking water and ensure that the food and water bowls are washed carefully before feeding.

Grooming

Due to the swampy roads and the excessive humidity in the air, you may find your dog getting dirty and smelly even after regular baths. Use non-rinsing shampoos or sprays like PetHead Dry Clean or PetHead Deodorizing Spray to keep your pooch clean and smelling fresh in between baths.  You could also use Pup N Fluff Hypoallergenic wipes to clean up his coat and paws after walks.

Contaminated/polluted rainwater can damage your dog’s coat. Use a raincoat to protect his skin and make sure you dry your pet completely after taking him/her out in the wet weather. The feet and the spaces in between the fingers are commonly prone to fungal infections, so special care must be taken to keep these areas dry.

Disease Prevention

Dogs are prone to infections, allergies, ticks, fleas and other skin diseases during monsoon. Keep your pet up-to-date on vaccinations and de-worming schedules. Regular visits to the vet should help keep your pooch’s health under check and prevent common skin ailments.

Safety

Keep your dog indoors, and ensure that the sleeping area is warm, dry and comfortable. Some dogs get frightened by rain and thunderstorms. Symptoms of storm anxiety include shaking, hiding, biting, and excessive chewing. Try distracting your pet by bringing out his toys or turning on the TV to drown out the sounds associated with the storm. Your vet may prescribe medicine to keep your pet calm during storms, in extreme cases.

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How to tell if your Dog is Stressed out?

10 May

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Your dog might be your best stress-buster, but did you know that your pooch could also experience stress and need your help to deal with it? While occasional stress does not have any serious consequences, chronic stress can take a toll on your dog’s physical and emotional health. It’s therefore important to be aware of the causes of stress in dogs and make an effort to provide your pets with a stress-free and relaxed environment.

Causes of Stress in Dogs

Dogs generally experience stress when there is a change in their routine or environment. Here are some of the situations that may evoke stress reactions in pets.

  • Separation from the owner
  • New Home
  • Travel
  • Loss of a family member
  • New family member or visitor
  • New Pet
  • Boredom
  • Loneliness resulting from lack of socialization with other people or dogs

Signs of Canine Stress  

How do we tell if our dog is under stress? Each of us has a different way of coping with stress and the same applies to our dogs. Some dogs resort to destructive behaviour to deal with stress, others turn their stress inward and display physical discomfort. Here are some of the signs of stress in canines:

  • Excessive Barking or howling
  • Restless behaviour and destruction of household items
  • Biting or attacking people
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Illness such as diarrhea or vomiting
  • Lack of bowel or bladder control
  • Sweaty paws and stiff legs
  • Trembling and moving with the tail tucked between the legs

Coping with Stress

 The first step is to identify the cause of the stress. Only then can you take the action needed to help your dog deal with it.  For instance, if separation anxiety is what’s causing your dog to get stressed out, then you can think of ways to cope with it. You may consider working from home few days a week, or leave the television on at home when you’re out at work.

A healthy and happy dog can handle stress better. Keep your pooch physically active and look for ways to spend more time with him/her. Regular walking and games of frisbee, fetch and tug-of-war not only ensure that your dog gets good physical exercise but also allow you to spend some quality time with your pooch.

Regular trips to dog parks may help if your dog enjoys socializing with other dogs. Keep in mind, however, that some dogs suffer from social anxiety and may prefer more solitary activities. Consider getting your pooch some toys and games to stave off boredom and keep him/her mentally stimulated.

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Let’s get the Pawrty Started

2 May

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Throwing a party on your dog’s birthday can be a great way to make your pooch feel special and express gratitude for all that your four-legged friend has done to make your life wonderful.  It’s that one day where you can pamper your pet with limitless treats, toys and other gifts. For all those who have never celebrated their dog’s birthday before, it’s time that you give your furry buddy a big surprise by throwing a gala party on his/her next birthday. Here are some tips to help you organize the dog birthday party and make it a memorable event for everyone.

Deciding the Date

Even if you are unaware of your dog’s actual date of birth, you can celebrate the birthday on the day you brought him/her home. Just decide on a date and celebrate your pooch’s birthday on that particular date every year.

Crafting the Birthday Invitation

Crafting a dog birthday invitation card can be great fun. You can use computer tools to design it or make it manually with your hand. Consider including a paw print or bone pattern in the background or make the card in the shape of a dog or a big bone. Personalize the card with your dog’s name, picture and don’t forget to include your contact number and the time and venue of the event in the invitation.

Preparing the Guest List

Include your friends, family members and your doggie’s furry pals and their parents in the guest list. Don’t invite too many pets; else it would get difficult for you to manage the crowd. For every dog you invite, make sure there is atleast one person to manage and look after that pooch during the event. It’s also important to ensure that all the invited dogs are spayed or neutered and do not have any aggression and socialization issues.

Choosing a Venue

When choosing the location for your dog’s birthday, it’s best to opt for a wide open area like your garden or backyard. If you plan to host the party in your backyard, make sure it’s fenced so the dogs won’t be able to escape out. You can also conduct the event in other dog-friendly places like a dog park, a doggie daycare facility or a pet resort.

Here are some Pet Party Venues in Bangalore:

Petspace

Pet Stepin

Paw & Claw

Arranging for the Party Food

Order a personalized birthday cake for your pooch and other canine treats from a good dog bakery in your city.

Here are some dog bakeries that you can order the canine cakes and treats from:

Dog Bakeries in Bangalore: Pupcake, Bone Appetite

Dog Bakeries in Mumbai: The Spoilt brat Barkery, Waggy Bags Gourmet Dog Bakery

Dog Bakery near Delhi: DoggieDabbas

Don’t have any dog bakery or canine food stores in your city? Do a quick search online for dog birthday cake recipes and bake one for your pooch at home. It’s always better to speak to the dog owners who plan to attend the party, regarding their dog’s dietary restrictions, before you order food or prepare a meal for the party. While you are busy making food arrangements for the canine guests, don’t forget to order cakes, snacks and drinks for the humans attending the party. They too deserve to have a drool-worthy time at the event.

Decorating the Venue

Ideas for decorating the venue are limitless. You can cover the tables with paw-printed fabrics; paint bones or paws on balloons and tie them to chairs and other objects around the room/yard. You could further decorate the hall/yard by displaying your dog’s photos or some funky dog paintings and art pieces. Don’t forget to purchase some cute doggie bowls that you could use for serving food. You can shop for pet bowls here.

Getting your Pooch Party Ready

A birthday party is one such event where your dog gets a chance to show off his/her personal style and get decked up in cute clothes and funky accessories. Get your pooch party ready by dressing him/her up in pretty dresses( for birthday gals) or smart tees( for birthday boys). Even if your pooch is not comfortable wearing clothes, you could make him/her look like a rockstar with stylish accessories like party collars, bandanas, bowties, hats and hair clips.

Party Games and Entertainment

Purchase a variety of dog toys to keep the canine guests entertained. You can also organize Pet Fashion/Talent Show and other interactive games(Read this post for some dog game ideas) to engage both the dogs and their owners. Load up with some dog gifts that you can present the game winners and other canine guests at the party. Toys, Collar Charms, Leashes, Grooming Products and Dogs Treats make great return gifts for dog parties.

Have any other dog birthday party ideas? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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