No other festival entails the sibling rivalries, the affectionate bond of friendship and everything foe and friendly, quite like Raksha Bandhan. It is surprising how the annoying anecdotes of youth turn to fond memories when you look back at them in the visage of a decade. As someone who is always there for you despite the nagging nature you so fondly associate with them, siblings in many a ways are like cats and dogs who have discovered friendship after a history of wars.
At Dog with Blog, our readers shared these moving montage featuring sisters tying Rakhi to their canine brothers.
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August 28th also saw the beginning of ten-day Onam celebrations, the harvest festival celebrated to honour King Mahabali, whose rule as the legend runs, coincided with peace, prosperity and happiness. To welcome him, entrances to homes are decorated with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns. Dr. Praseeda Satheesh has shared this innocent capture of his best friend Ruby lending more colours to the Onam festivities.
Unlike Holi and Diwali, these celebrations are canine friendly. We’d love to know how your dogs added to the festive charm…over to you!
Dogs and humans have lived together for about 15,000 years, so it comes as a surprise that it was only as recent as 2004 that the concept of National Dog Day was introduced by Animal Advocate Colleen Paige. Celebrated every year on August 26, it has transformed into World Dog Day by spreading from the USA to other countries and aims to draw recognition towards all that the dogs do for the betterment of human civic society. It also serves as a reminder for adopting and rescuing dogs over buying them from breeder mills.
“I want the world to celebrate the dogs for their capacity to love,” Paige said, “and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways.” From putting their lives at stake for national security to helping the disabled, from detecting terror threats to calming the grief-stricken, the friendly neighborhood guardian wins hearts like only a dog can.
Here’s appreciating the love and value that dogs bring to our daily lives, may we strive to do our bit for the homeless and abused dogs.
7 Ways to celebrate World Dog Day:
Adopt a dog from the street or your local animal shelter (And inspire your friends to do the same instead of buying from a breeder)
Get your neighborhood dogs sterilized and vaccinated (consult the local animal welfare NGO and municipal body on ABC – Animal Birth Control program.)
Try to help someone you know get rid of the fear of dogs. Offer them to walk your dog or play with him, dogs shouldn’t be feared. Given how great the dogs are, it is but too short a life to not discover these wonderful friends.