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Django’s story:Ordeal On the streets

Athreya Kadambi delves deep into the intricate relationship between humans and dogs and tries to raise awareness on the issue of dog accidents

Our lives are just a collection of our memories. These memories alter and define our lives. They redefine our value systems and, change us for the better or blemish our identities for the worse. In these moments, we come across someone who changes everything. They waltz into our lives like wispy down feathers, changing it for ever and making lives truly worth living for. That’s exactly what Django did to me. She taught me how to deeply care about somebody I barely knew and my life has never been the same again. But who’s Django? Django is my black-coloured, indie-breed, four-legged friend. she’s a source of joy. a bundle of sheer energy who wags her tail at strangers and greets them with unmatched enthusiasm. she resides outside our community gate on the outskirts of Bangalore – a sparsely populated community who are a mixed lot. a few of them love Django just like me, while the others detest her to the bones.

Django mostly spends her time chasing tumbleweeds or squabbling with other dogs. she’s an absolute rowdy when it comes to keeping her territorial feuds. Otherwise, her life is as simple as it gets for a dog. no fuss, no problem.

Now, I generally go outside to meet her every evening. But one day, I had a bad dream.. I woke up with sweat spots all over my body. Without giving it much thought, I dashed out of my apartment towards the community gate. “Django!!” I yelled as soon as I reached the gate. she sprang to her feet and raced towards me like an unsteady toddler, wagging her tail as if she were waving at me.

Just as she was about to cross the road, a car rushed towards her. I froze. My eyes remained wide open as I held my breath. “Django! no!” I gasped.

I shut my eyes tight as the car whizzed past us with its horns blaring. I struggled like a neonate to open my eyes. after squinting for a few moments, I noticed that Django had vanished. and so had the car. I turned around. and there she was, chasing her tail in circles. she pranced around for a few moments before settling close to my feet. I knelt and gently brushed my hand over her forehead, “Django, please be careful,” I whispered. Oblivious of the danger that had just brushed past her, she tilted her head with a curious expression and licked my hand to console me.

“Look what I got for you today,” I revealed a few treats from my pocket. she was elated. On cue, she did a little dance and then gobbled all the treats at once. “Easy now,” I said while gently caressing her back.

“aye, shoo!!” abdul chacha, the security guard, yelled while rushing towards us. Django got defensive and tried to hide behind me. “sir, what are you doing with this dog? she’s dirty, keeps rolling around like a mad dog. Full on trouble!” he fumed. “arey, abdul chacha, it’s okay. Django is not a trouble, she’s special!” I calmly replied with a smile. “Heh! Django? What sort of name is that?” he chuckled. “Like I said… special!” I retorted while looking deep into her eyes. It almost felt like she was thanking me for defending her. “Ha! she sure is special! All I see is filth!” he shot back.

“stop right there!” I raised my voice. He was taken aback by the sudden aggression. “I’m sorry,” I apologised after a moment. “But it wasn’t always like this. I was cold. Even a little rough when I saw her four years ago,” I paused as she swivelled around with joy. abdul chacha scratched his head bemused. “I used to walk past her. I remember shooing her once for following me. Oh, how I regret that even today. all she wanted was to be friends,” I remembered with remorse while looking down at the pavement.

Then how did it all change?” he asked.

“Well, that’s why she is special. she won me over with her affection. I kept ignoring her but she kept coming back to me,” I replied. “I remember this one time when I was having a rough day. Oh, it was one of those days, you know, when you think nothing good can happen to you. I was sitting right here on this pavement wondering what I would do,” I looked at her while she listened with patience. “That’s when she sauntered towards me. she did not judge, mock, laugh or ignore. she looked at me with kindness in her eyes. as if to say, “It’s okay.” sometimes, that is all you need. someone to understand you. someone to tell you that it’s okay,” I narrated wistfully.

“achaa, that’s why you like this dog so much,” abdul chacha said with a bright smile which revealed a gap between his incisors. “Yeah, that, and more. That’s the thing about dogs, chacha. Once you open up to them, you open doors inside your heart that make you a better person,” I replied while he looked on without a response.

“chacha, I’ve got to go now but promise me that you will take good care of her when I’m not around?” I asked looking straight into his eyes. He simply nodded with a salute.

“Okay, here are a few treats but please don’t overfeed her,” I requested while getting off the pavement and handing him the packet.

“Okay, sahab. Good day!” he said. I looked at Django’s innocent face one last time before making my way back home. The next day, I decided to treat her with a few chicken bones. The plastic bag bobbed up and down as I hopped and skipped like Django on my way to the gate. nobody was guarding the gate and the street seemed deserted. It seemed strange but I didn’t think much of it.

“Django! Django,” I called her out. as always, I had expected her to jump out from some corner. To my surprise, she wasn’t there. I looked left and right, but she was nowhere to be found. I crossed the road and scanned the corners. still no sign of her. “Djangooo!” I yelled one last time. still no response. I turned my back and started walking towards the gate. That’s when I heard a snivel. I froze in my tracks.

“Django?” I whispered into the empty air. after a couple of moments, I heard it again. It felt like my heart had stopped beating. a pit had formed in my stomach. I turned to the right. still nothing. I had to squint a couple of times to spot a black patch buried in the depths of a thick bush. I dropped the food packet and ran towards her frantically. “Django! no, no, no, no, no. no, baby. Oh my God, no. Who did this?” I groaned as I knelt next to her.

Django was covered in a pool of blood. Her hip was severely injured and her eyes were barely open. The air smelled sickly of blood and flesh. I took my sweatshirt off and tried to cover her wound. she shuddered with pain. My mind went numb and tears trickled down my eyes like raindrops on a window pane. I yelled in despair. after a few moments, abdul chacha arrived. “Ya allah, what happened?” he asked. I shook my head with dismay. He quickly flipped his phone open and called for help.

The next few moments were a complete blur. I remember people coming in a van. They checked Django’s vitals, transferred her on to a stretcher and drove away. “Go home, sir. You can meet her as soon as she reaches the hospital,”
abdul chacha tried to console me. I was distraught, all I could think of were her innocent eyes. I wanted to rush to her aid and make sure that she was okay.

The next day, I drove across the town to the rescue centre. as soon as I got there, my eyes darted around hoping to see Django. My heart was restless. “Yes?” the attendant asked. “I…uh, want to see Django,” I replied with a deranged look. “Django?” she asked with a confused expression. “I mean, the dog who was admitted yesterday after an accident,” I clarified. “Sir, we get five such cases every day. All of them are involved in accidents,” she said. “Okay. a black colour dog with a severe hip injury,” I tried to provide context. “alright, let me check,” she said while browsing through her laptop. “Oh, right. You’re probably talking about 12036. We call her, alexa,” she paused for a moment to go through her details and continued, “sorry, sir. she was admitted just yesterday, we can’t let any outsiders meet her right now. You’ll only be able to meet her after she recovers,” she said.

“Not even for five minutes?” I pleaded. “No, sir. I’m sorry,” she replied. “Okay, but can you tell me how she is doing?” I asked worriedly. She empathised with me, “I can’t confirm anything, sir. she was very critical yesterday. But rest assured, we’ll do our best,” she said. I simply nodded and walked away with a heavy heart.

A week passed. I called every single day to check up on her. all I could get was, “she’s recovering.” I did not know what that meant and I wasn’t going to wait for them to clear the meeting request. I rushed over to the rescue centre, hopping and skipping just like Django would. The musky odour of dogs greeted me while I made my way to the admin’s desk. Before I could say anything, she prompted with a smile. “alexa, right?” “Yes!” I responded with a nod.

“Please, come with me, sir,” she guided me inside the rescue facility. I saw dogs of different breeds. a few of them lay docile while the others ran around in circles. some of them were inside cages. as soon as I entered Django’s unit, I heard a thin wail from the corner. I ran towards her cage to find her innocent face whimpering and trying to bite the metal barrier between us. “Please, let her out,” I requested the welfare worker. He gently rested Django on the floor. Her eyes were moist and her barks were filled with joy. She tried to lift her lower body but winced in agony. Her eyes met mine and nothing around us mattered. It felt like two friends were united after a long separation. “Django! How are you doing, Django?” I asked with tears in my eyes. Django shook her head in excitement relentlessly.

“she’ll be okay, right?” I asked the welfare worker. “Yes, sir. But she’ll need to be here for another month or so. after that, she should be good to go,” he chimed in. “so, are you planning to adopt her?” he asked with curiosity. I looked at her innocent face. I guess, I’ve always wanted to take Django home. after a few moments, I replied. “no.” “Oh, why not?” he seemed confused. Gently stroking her head, I said, “Django is beautiful, bold and a fighter. She means the world to me…” I stopped abruptly to look at her.

“But?” he prompted. “But she wasn’t meant to be caged in a house. she enjoys my company, I know that. But if I would take her freedom away, she would hate me for it. she has spent many years at the community gate. That’s her home and I would never take it away from her.” I whispered. I had to pause before I continued, “she deserves all the love in the world. and if she does get adopted, I’d be happy for her. But to be honest with you… I would rather see her just the way she is.” He looked nonplussed. “Let’s just say that she is meant to be free. Untamed and unleashed. My Django was always meant to be… unchained.” I said as her eyes flickered almost like the time when she used to dance and prance around me. after that accident, Django’s hind leg was deformed forever. she continues to live outside our community gate but her step doesn’t have the same spring. she doesn’t hop or skip anymore and her eyes are those of a cautious bird rather than that of an innocent child.

That accident changed her life forever. What hasn’t changed is her boundless love for humans. Athreya Kadambi is a professional content writer at a Bangalore-based advertising agency with a degree in Literature and Psychology. He started publishing professionally seven years ago with his blog called fortitudewriter. His recent piece was published in Kitaab

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Why Brush Dogs’ Teeth and How Often?

Problems Caused by Insufficient Dental Care

Proper dental hygiene will help prevent your pet from developing a wide range of dental health complications, such as periodontal disease caused by mouth bacteria accumulation. These bacteria produce a film over the teeth called plaque. They become calcified by the calcium in the saliva as the bacteria die. Tartar is considered as the calcified plaque, and it can ultimately lead to gingivitis, which can lead to an inflammation of the tooth’s root. The tissues around the tooth are damaged in the late stages of periodontal disease, and the socket that keeps the tooth in place erodes, which makes the tooth loss. Broken teeth are another common dental concern. It can break your dog’s teeth by chewing on rough toys and bones. A broken tooth, which is very painful for your pet, can expose the tooth’s nerve. In addition, the exposed nerve can become infected and cause your pet even more problems. The tooth will need to be removed at this stage.

The Right Choice For Your Pets

As veterinary dentistry can dissolve built-up plaque, which is why pets must go in for periodic dental cleanings. There are a few things you can do at home, however, to help keep the teeth and gums of your pet safe as well. Brushing their teeth is the best thing you can do with your pet’s oral health. Tartar and plaque build-up can be avoided by frequent brushing.
You can start brushing your pet’s teeth slowly by buying pet-specific toothpaste and either a normal or finger toothbrush. You’ll want to continue in a way that makes it easier for your dog to get used to brushing. Enable your pet to lick off the brush with some of the toothpaste. This helps them get used to the toothpaste’s taste and the brush’s feel. Only brush the fronts for the first few days. As time passes, you can start brushing all their teeth if your pet feels more relaxed. For a little reward, follow the brushing with a treat.
You can also buy oral products with liquid and foam that help kill some of the bacteria in your dog’s mouth. There are also toys and treats that can help clear the build-up of plaque and tartar from the teeth of your pet, but not all of them. Dental treats and dental toys also work. Thus, dental care will definitely improve your dog’s overall health in the following ways by preventing:
– Tooth loss
– Bad breath
– Oral pain
– Organ damage
– Worsening dental disease
Get your pet the best treatment and secure their health for a lifetime!

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Spaying & Neutering – How Essential is it For Dogs?

What is spaying and neutering:

One of the most important health choices you can make is to spay or neuter your dog, whether you’ve just adopted a pet or you’re considering it. Spaying is the removal of a female dog’s reproductive organs- ovaries and uterus. It’s a veterinary operation that needs limited hospitalization and provides health benefits for a lifetime. Neutering is removing your male dog’s testicles that will significantly enhance your pet’s behaviour and keep him within boundaries. Many states and counties have built low-cost neuter/spay services that make surgery readily available and affordable. 

Here’s a list of reasons to spay/neuter your dog if you haven’t already:

  • Health benefits: In addition to eliminating unnecessary litter, testicular cancer is avoided by neutering your male dog.
  • No heat: Although cycles can vary, during the breeding season, female dogs typically go into heat four to five days every three weeks. They’ll yowl and urinate more often in an attempt to mate, often all over the place!
  • Longer and healthier lives: In about 50 per cent of dogs, spaying helps avoid uterine infections and breast cancer, which is lethal. The best protection from these diseases is given by spaying your pet before her first heat.
  • No roaming far away from home: To find a mate, an intact male can cross limits. That involves digging his way under the fence and letting himself escape from the house. Plus, he risks injury in traffic and battles with other males until he’s free to roam.
  • Better behaviour: Cats and dogs that are neutered focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs can cause a havoc by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. By early neutering, many aggression problems can be prevented.
  • Fit pets: Spaying or neutering does not make your pet fat. A deficit of exercise and letting your pet binge-eat will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds. As long as you continue to provide exercise and track food intake, your pet will remain fit and trim.
  • Pocket-friendly: The cost of spay/neuter surgery for your pet is much less than the cost of having and taking care of a litter. In cases when your unneutered dog escapes and gets into fights with the neighbourhood stray, it also beats the price of treatment!
  • Benefits the community: In many parts of the country, stray animals pose a real problem. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, harm local wildlife and scare children. In reducing the number of animals on the streets, spaying and neutering is a real boon.
  • Reduces overpopulation: Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer like strays every year. The peeking stats are due to a poorly estimated litter that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Get your dog neutered now! One of the most important choices you make to affect your long-term health and your wallet could be the option to spay or neuter your pet!

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Imagine how do you want your drawing room look like? See, drawing room is a space where the family members spend a lot of time. Besides, people visit you in the same place. So, it’s vital to decorate your bedroom to showcase your taste of art to friends, neighbors and relatives. However, we offer you a vast collection of paintings for art nouveau room design.

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Heard of dog cafés? Chennai’s Twisty Tales has special treats for furry friends

“Animal-assisted therapy is something that interested me. I wanted to start a place where people could come play with puppies and de-stress. After four years of building on that idea, we finally started Twisty Tails in January this year,” says Dandey.

“Animal-assisted therapy is something that interested me. I wanted to start a place where people could come play with puppies and de-stress. After four years of building on that idea, we finally started Twisty Tails in January this year,” says Dandey, who has 13 puppies of her own. They are all at the cafe, eagerly entertaining diners and their pets. These include Havanese, mix of Havanese and bichon frise, and shih tzus. The café has three sections: puppy love (where Dandey’s pets chill), dog café (where humans and their furry friends can enjoy a meal together), and restocafe (where pets are not allowed). There are two separate menus for pets and their owners. There are separate kitchens and washing areas to maintain hygiene. “Chicken puff and ice cream are a huge hit among the doggies. The seasonal ice cream contains watermelon, tender coconut and mint,” says Dandey, adding, “The menu was rather elaborate at first. Then we saw what most dogs liked and retained those.” Big dogs eat everything. The small dogs are fussy eaters, she says. “But one of my pets, Yummy, eats whatever it can find,” she says pointing to a little ball of fur that’s busily sniffing the grass and surreptitiously trying to eat some mud. When she sees us looking at her, she lets go of the grass and walks away with the grace of a dignified old lady. The café is a great place for a few laughs that the antics of the four-legged brigade provides. Since Chennai lacks pet friendly places, this is a great place for pets to socialise with other pets. On weekends, the premises is teeming with owners and their little companions. This concept also works well for people who want pets, but can’t keep one due to rules by apartment associations, monetary issues or lack of help at home. They can come play with the residents of Twisty Tails. “I’ve also seen clients who visit us to get over their fear of dogs,” she says. And over time, they find themselves a new best friend here.

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Tips for caring for your dog this summer

Summer is upon us, and as temperatures rise, it’s important to remember that dogs are feeling the heat more acutely than their owners.

Summer is upon us, and as temperatures rise, it’s important to remember that dogs are feeling the heat more acutely than their owners. To better understand how to keep your canine friend safe and comfortable during the hotter months. “Dogs don’t really have the same cooling method that we have. Whereas humans have sweat glands covering the length of their bodies, dogs have sweat glands only on those areas not covered with fur. This leaves canines much more susceptible to heatstroke, especially as temperatures and humidity continue to climb.

When the heat is too much, sometimes the simplest solution is simply bringing your pet indoors. “For those that have outside dogs or whose dogs stay outside while they’re at work, making sure they have plenty of shade for that dog and plenty of fresh water.” If your animal is eager for exercise, try limiting walks to the earlier or later hours of the day when the heat is less intense. If your animal is exhibiting signs of exhaustion, cut the walk short or limit the amount of exercise on any given day. If you do decide to go for a walk, always try to steer toward grassy areas. In extreme cases, asphalt temperatures can rise as high as 140 degrees, which can easily burn the pads beneath your pet’s feet. Even on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to 110 degrees. Temperatures rise rapidly the longer the car is left unattended, which can then lead to heatstroke or death for any animal left inside.

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