2018, the year of the dog!

the year of the dog

So there’s a fresh calendar on your desk. No highlighted dates or earmarks on it yet. Welcome to a new year, the year of the dog!

I hope you are among friends and family. Someone to hold and be held. But if you find yourself without people or plans, I want you to know ― you aren’t alone.

You always have me, your dog.

The lights shine too bright at this time of the year and still the dark finds a way to creep in. Do you smell despair in this cold January air? Do you wonder where the days swept by, weeks and months? There you were this time that year, and the year before, dreams beaming in your eyes.

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I want you to know that it may take time but you’d arrive where you intended to be. This world would keep reminding you ― there’s no time, rush!

Let this dog tell you something – there’s always time. Time to turn around, time to stay on-course… you live in moments, not months.

I hope you take time to look up. May your days feel the warmth of the sun and starlight shine through your nights. The light of these celestial bodies have taken years to reach you, in between, there were other heavenly bodies and black holes but this light didn’t strike any before touching your skin. You are that important.

The year of the dog

2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. It starts on February 16, 2018 (Chinese New Year) and would last until February 4, 2019.

As per the Chinese myth, if a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible god Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.

2018 Chinese year of dog

Yulin, are you listening?

Dogs don't care which holy book you subscribe to. Their questions, which they do ask, are never ever about your lineage, caste or profession. They don't care about real estate, stock market or the features of your fancy car. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your muscles don't impress them. Nor does your money. Their answers, short and sufi, come with unflinching love and camaraderie. Be a friend and they'll be one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Resilient and splendid, Beautiful and majestic. This year, get to know more dogs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Do you see faces of people you loved or lost in the clouds?

Come with me and let’s venture out of the cubicle. Let’s live out of the mobile screen and smell the world like dogs do. Contrary to newspapers, the world is still not that bad.

Happy New Year! May your paths align with your dreams.


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How to keep your dog healthy with Natural home remedies?

natural home remedies for dogs

As a dog lover, you want nothing but the best for him. But with so much literature available on diets and essential foods, choices and then some more – do you really know what’s best for your dog?

In the times of GMO food, we can’t stress enough about the importance of a diet with minimal artificial ingredients – additives, preservatives, and fillers. This is as true for humans as for the dogs. Take, for instance, Corn gluten – a common ingredient in commercial dog food and the reason behind most food allergies in dogs.

Natural home remedies for dogs:

1. Jambira (Citrus Limon) is a natural deodorizer that has a refreshing citrus fragrance and is great for your dog.

2. Aloe Vera is as good for your dog as for you. It can be applied in case of minor burns, skin irritation etc.

3. Ushira (Vetiveria zizanioides) is a root which has insect repelling properties.

4. Tulasi (Ocium basilicum) is an herbal antiseptic and antibacterial which soothes and cools your pet’s coat.

5. Calendula flowers have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and can be used to treat wounds.

6. Ginger is effective to treat your dog’s upset tummy.

Pro tip: Indoor plants like – Areca Palm, Anthuriums, Money plant, Spider plant, golden pothos, bamboo plant, ‘Song of India’ and Boston ferns act as natural air-purifiers and are safe for dogs. 


7. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Japapushpa) conditions and helps keep the coat healthy and shiny

8. Neem (Nimba) relieves itching, redness, and irritation. It combats bacterial and fungal skin infections, thus improving immunity against skin infections.

9. Eucalyptus (Tailaparni) has antiseptic and germicidal properties, which keep insects at bay and promote overall skin health. The essential oil of Eucalyptus also heals superficial cuts and wounds quickly.

10. Dill Oil (Anethum graveolans) eliminates gas formation. It promotes digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive fluids like gastric juices, acids, and bile in the stomach. Dill Oil’s stimulates the salivary glands and aids in the primary digestion of food in the mouth.

11. Cardamom (Ela) relieves stomach bloating.

12. Flax Seed is rich in Omega fatty acids that support skin health in adult dogs.

13. Gokshura promotes overall fitness.

14. Drumstick supports joint health in dogs.

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15. Carrot Flakes control stress in senior dogs.

16. Fennel Seed is a digestive stimulant that supports digestion in puppies.

17. Winter cherry (Asvagandha) supports the development of immunity in puppies. It is a unique herb that increases physiological endurance and protects against the effects of stress.

18. Tinospora Gulancha (Guduchi) strengthens the immune system and builds the body’s resistance against infections. It is also helpful in reducing fever.

19. Sweet Flag (Vacha) improves blood circulation and alleviates swelling. The essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, which relieves pain and inflammation.

20. Mouktika Sukti (Calcium) strengthens bones in dogs and puppies.

21. Chicory (Kasani) is helpful in the treatment of an enlarged liver and protects against hepatic damage.

22. Caper Bush (Himsra) extract is administered to treat preliminary cases of acute viral hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver.

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23. The leaves of Shilapushpa (Didymocarpus pedicellata) contain an essential oil which supports the urinary tract.

24. The rhizome of Pasanabheda (Saxifraga Ligulata) helps in maintaining the normal urine flow.

25. Turmeric (Haridra) is highly effective in relieving pain. It is also an antiseptic that heals wounds quickly.

26. Indian Pennywort (Brahmi) relieves nervous irritation or agitation.

In addition to the above herbs and natural ingredients that are beneficial for your dog, we also recommend adding Green lentils to your dog’s diet. Lentils are rich in protein, fiber, and lysine, an essential amino acid that can help boost the immune system.

We urge you to choose pet care products that are enriched with natural ingredients. Do you know which foods are safe for your dog?

Here’s wishing you and your dog health and happiness with the goodness of the herbs!

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