Last year, Farzana Contractor and her team behind the Dog A’Fair Carnival got two Shih Tzus hitched. Dressed in a white gown and tuxedo, the two pets exchanged diamond-studded dog collars. This year, in its fourth edition, Contractor’s team has grand plans for the two-day carnival.On cards are ballroom dancing and even a session with a tarot card reader! Wondering how your furry friend will pick their destiny?
“Using their paws,” replies Contractor nonchalantly. “Last year, we had a tarot reader too and from the feedback we got, it really worked. Pet owners swore by the results. Moreover, it helped unblock a lot of obstacles that were troubling pets and their caretakers.”
The other attractions at the do include celebrity pet spotting.
“A lot of them just turn up since they want their dogs to have a good day out. In the past, we have had Zayed Khan and Tara Sharma attend. This time, Gul Panag will be coming. But it’s not about the celebrities, it’s about their pets,” Contractor insists.
“The idea is to make it a learning experience for dog owners as well as for those who have no idea about pet care. Last year we had a Chow Chow, a Chinese breed that aroused everyone’s interest. People ended up learning a lot about it,” says Contractor, who will also be hosting a day-long dog camp for pets and their doting parents, end of this month, at her farmhouse in Karjat.
Around the same time as Contractor’s carnival, another dog care workshop will be held at Malad and Vashi. Organised by Inorbit Mall, it will take care of everything from nutrition to veterinary check-ups, grooming and even paw-fashion.
Later, joining the dog bandwagon is Apeksha Harihar and her team at pooch magazine, Where’s My Bone Magazine, that will host a flea market featuring merchandise from her online pet fashion label, Urban Dogs.
“The idea is to let your pets have fun,” says Harihar, whose flea market will offer mutts dog-friendly treats from city Barkerys. Another highlight at this animal fiesta is the Doggie Music. And no we are not talking about Who Let the Dogs Out here.
“We have a complete playlist of dog-themed songs,” she explains, adding, “Songs like Patti Page’s (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window… is one of the classics we’ll play,” adds Harihar, who plans to make this a quarterly affair from now on.
Outings for your pet
Dog A’Fair Carnival: At Radio Club, Colaba, on January 7 and 8, 2 pm to 10 pm. Entry free.
Dog Care Workshop: At Inorbit Mall, Malad and Vashi, on January 7 and 8 respectively from 11 am to 4 pm. Entry free.
Doggy Flea Market: On January 15 at Bandra Hindu Association Hall, Bandra (W), from 11 am – 6 pm. Entry free.