South Delhi loves to pamper its pooches
It was a nightmare for Deepti to leave her pet behind during work hours and vacations, but thanks to pet care facilities, things have changed. South Delhi now has plenty of places where pet parents can keep their fluffy babies and pamper them with mental and physical activities, pool parties, spa services and more.Updated: May 05, 2016 20:46 IST
At a friend’s farmhouse in Chhatarpur, Deepti Ahuja is making preparations for a birthday party. The entrance of the back lawn has big paw-like prints to guide the guests. The decorations are subtle with words like ‘It’s a pawty’ written in a big cursive hand. Bone-shaped mini hotdogs and chicken sandwiches are the appetisers for the day. The cake with organic peanut butter icing has been delivered for her dog Laila’s first birthday celebrations.
Gone are the days when bulky dogs aka pets guarded the house. Pet parents now love to pamper their pooches with comfortable beds, spa sessions, fancy birthday treats, lavish gear and mushy hugs.
“My dog is my family and I want her to get the same love, care and facilities that we get. There were a few options available in the city till a few years back, but now people want special things for their pets, thus the boom in pet care,” said said Deepti Ahuja, a Green Park resident.
It was a nightmare for Deepti to leave her pet behind during work hours and vacations, but thanks to pet care facilities, things have changed. South Delhi now has plenty of places where pet parents can keep their fluffy babies and pamper them with mental and physical activities, pool parties, spa services and more.
At Mehrauli’s Canine Elite, a pet facility, dogs and cats have suites and beautiful rooms to choose from. “It is important to maintain a safe and nurturing environment. Pets like to mingle and we encourage socialising and offer fun activities like swimming, games etc. Every pet has a specially designed meal chart for their stay,” said Sonya Kochhar Apicella, founder.
At these places, as parents enjoy a hot cup of tea or a book, their babies can take a dip in the pool or soak up the winter sun in the lawns. “Our pet means everything to us, so it is important that he stays happy. Pool parties, spa, interactive games and dog shows keep them entertained. At many such gatherings, there are a number of awareness camps for abandoned pets which help raise awareness as well,” said Nakul Sahdev, a Chhatarpur resident.
Baby Bobo means the world to Nayani Tandon. She remembers when she was in her final year of engineering, Bobo joined the family. Bobo would wait outside the washroom whenever Nayani went in. Such was their bond and she would feel guilty whenever she went out. Three years, this attachment made her start a café exclusively for dogs and pet lovers.
“After completing my degree, I never had the urge to work as it would mean leaving Bobo alone. We have finally realised the importance of pets and their place in our lives and it becomes our responsibility to keep them happy,” said Nayani Tandon, founder, Puppychino, a café and dog boarding centre in Shahpur Jat.
“My dog is a foodie, so I treat him to his favourites like pancakes, muffins, risotto and spinach-parmesan chicken that these places offer,” says Mayna Bisht.
With day boarding and lodging centres becoming the need of the hour, finding a hygienic and safe place for pets is a challenge for pet owners. Prateek Kashyap started one such such facility, Nirvana Kennel, in 2000 that became home to various breeds such as Rottweilers, Labradors, Pugs, Beagles and Neapolitan Mastiffs etc.
“With these innovative and modern facilities coming up for pet care, we are moving towards a more beautiful world. Loving and taking care of dogs started as a hobby for me, but then I realised that it is important to save dogs from being surrendered to shelters or euthanised. A growing number of pet care centres in the city show that greater focus is being given to animals and birds,” said Prateek Kashyap.