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Ten months into quarantines and working from home because of the pandemic, household pets’ lives and relationships with humans have in many cases changed, and not always for the better.(Unsplash)

Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets

Cincinnati | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 01:51 PM IST
For many dogs, this is life as it was meant to be: humans around 24/7, walks and treats on demand, sneaking onto beds at night without resistance. Cats — many of whom, let’s be honest, were already socially distancing before humans knew what that was — are more affectionate than ever, some now even acting hungry for attention.
Kangana Ranaut and Diljit Dosanjh are engaged in a Twitter war.
Kangana Ranaut and Diljit Dosanjh are engaged in a Twitter war.

Kangana Ranaut-Diljit Dosanjh fight turns ugly: She calls him Karan Johar’s pet, he says she has no ‘tameez’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:26 AM IST
Kangana Ranaut has hit back at Diljit Dosanjh after he tweeted against her for commenting on an elderly Sikh woman who had joined the farmers’ protests. Kangana called Diljit Karan Johar’s pet and denied tweeting about Mahinder Kaur.
An image from the rescue posted on Facebook.(Facebook/Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services)
An image from the rescue posted on Facebook.(Facebook/Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services)

Dog survives 70 foot fall from Texas cliff. Tale of its rescue is winning hearts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Kohli
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 02:30 AM IST
The post about the rescue has received several wonderful reactions from people on Facebook.
Experts recommend keeping pets distracted with indoor activities(Photo: Shutterstock. For representational purpose only.)
Experts recommend keeping pets distracted with indoor activities(Photo: Shutterstock. For representational purpose only.)

Paw-some Diwali: Keep pets safe and happy!

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Sanchita Kalra
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 07:05 PM IST
From dietary advice to tips on coping with loud sounds, follow expert tips to make Diwali celebrations comfortable for your pets

Shaheen Bhatt: How an eating disorder points to mental health, and a husband who doesn’t like pets, must be abandoned

Hindustan Times | By Shaheen Bhatt
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 11:10 AM IST
The author and screenwriter clears the air and encourages animal love
This post about communicating with ones pets has collected nearly 73,000 upvotes and lots of comments.(Unsplash)
This post about communicating with ones pets has collected nearly 73,000 upvotes and lots of comments.(Unsplash)

What would you say to your pet if you could understand each other for 24 hours? Here are some wonderful answers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Kohli
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 10:49 PM IST
“Honestly, it would be so fun though. Just this post makes me wanna talk to my dog,” reads a reply on the post.
Tahira suggests giving someone with a rude behaviour a dose of their own medicine if talking to them doesn’t help
Tahira suggests giving someone with a rude behaviour a dose of their own medicine if talking to them doesn’t help

Pets and pet peeves

Hindustan Times | By Tahira Kashyap Khurrana
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 07:15 AM IST
Author and thought leader Tahira Kashyap Khurrana on how to inspire empathy and deal with jealousy
The image shows a kitty and the animated cat character it was named after.(Twitter)
The image shows a kitty and the animated cat character it was named after.(Twitter)

People share who or what they named their pets after in this feel-good Twitter thread

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanya Budhiraja
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 08:03 PM IST
Actor Briggon Snow asked tweeple to post pictures of their pets and what they were named after. The results are as wholesome as you’d expect.
It is mandatory for dog owners to register each pet at the municipal corporation office once the canine is four months old.(Getty Images/For representation)
It is mandatory for dog owners to register each pet at the municipal corporation office once the canine is four months old.(Getty Images/For representation)

HT Chandigarh Our Take: With adopting a pet comes great responsibility

UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 10:43 PM IST
Increased fines for non registration of dogs will deter people from getting pets on a whim without assessing their own capacity to nurture and protect the animal and ensure it does not get into trouble
The image shows the vet and the dog she’s examining.(Reddit/unnaturalorder)
The image shows the vet and the dog she’s examining.(Reddit/unnaturalorder)

Video reveals how vets treat people’s pets behind the scenes. It’s beyond adorable

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2020 04:24 PM IST
You may have seen The Secret Life of Pets, now get ready to witness The Secret Life of Vets.
Four pets, including two Shih Tzus, a Golden Retriever and a Lady Pheasant bird are booked on the jet.
Four pets, including two Shih Tzus, a Golden Retriever and a Lady Pheasant bird are booked on the jet.

Private jet, at Rs 1.6 lakh per seat, to fly six pets from Delhi to Mumbai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Kohli
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2020 01:16 PM IST
The jet will fly pets that were stranded in Delhi when the lockdown was announced back to Mumbai.
Scientists have called for the urgent need for research to understand the potential impacts of COVID-19 in certain animal species, the transmissibility of infection between humans and those animals, and the impact infection could have on food security and the economy.(Unsplash)
Scientists have called for the urgent need for research to understand the potential impacts of COVID-19 in certain animal species, the transmissibility of infection between humans and those animals, and the impact infection could have on food security and the economy.(Unsplash)

Covid-19: Urgent need to study coronavirus impact on pets, livestock

New York | By Indo Asian News Service | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 01:57 PM IST
Scientists have called for the urgent need for research to understand the potential impacts of COVID-19 in certain animal species, the transmissibility of infection between humans and those animals, and the impact infection could have on food security and the economy.
Pets may help relieve stress for both children with autism and their parents.(Unsplash)
Pets may help relieve stress for both children with autism and their parents.(Unsplash)

Pets may help relieve stress for both children with autism and their parents

New York | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 12:52 PM IST
Some of the core challenges that children with autism face include anxiety and difficulty communicating.
A man feeds stray dogs at a park in New Delhi.
A man feeds stray dogs at a park in New Delhi.

In Delhi, pets abandoned, strays face cruelty due to Covid fear

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Baishali Adak, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 03:55 AM IST
Members of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists say that instances of pets, mainly dogs and cats, being abandoned during the lockdown have gone up significantly, with most winding up at shelter homes.
Here’s the cutest looking study-buddy we have ever seen.(Twitter/@ProfMAGeorge)
Here’s the cutest looking study-buddy we have ever seen.(Twitter/@ProfMAGeorge)

Get ready to appreciate a photography genre you didn’t know you needed but definitely wanted in your life: pets doing homework

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanya Budhiraja
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 08:22 PM IST
Here are some pictures of those hard-working furry friends of ours that are trying to enlighten themselves with academic readings!
You are not the only one distressed because of the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and if you have noticed your pets behave strangely, you are not alone.(Unsplash)
You are not the only one distressed because of the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and if you have noticed your pets behave strangely, you are not alone.(Unsplash)

Playing paw-fect: How to keep your pets busy in the times of lockdown

Hindustan Times | By Nascimento Pinto
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 07:53 AM IST
Several pet parents around the city are noticing a change in their pets’ behaviour because just like you, they are experiencing it for the first time.
Since pet salons are shut due to the Covid-19 lockdown, people are facing a tough time grooming pets at home.(Unsplash)
Since pet salons are shut due to the Covid-19 lockdown, people are facing a tough time grooming pets at home.(Unsplash)

Pet peeves during lockdown: Troubles in grooming animals at home

Hindustan Times | By Aprajita Sharad and Naina Arora, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 09:38 AM IST
From hygiene cut and wash to nail clipping, pet parents have taken the task of grooming their pets at home during lockdown. Pet groomers and vets advice how one can groom their pets at home.
Image shows a cat ‘working’ on laptop.(Twitter/@gottapatchemal)
Image shows a cat ‘working’ on laptop.(Twitter/@gottapatchemal)

10 tweets that prove pets make the worst co-workers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2020 04:58 PM IST
The Internet is a treasure trove for videos that prove how pets make the worst co-workers.
The image shows a woman and a dog.(TikTok/@Larissa Gacemer)
The image shows a woman and a dog.(TikTok/@Larissa Gacemer)

This hilarious TikTok trend is confusing the pets. Will you try it?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Srimoyee Chowdhury
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2020 12:43 PM IST
The videos show humans and dogs taking part in this hilarious TikTok trend.
Many people working from home are sharing images of their pets with witty co-worker related caption.(Twitter/@sposhe)
Many people working from home are sharing images of their pets with witty co-worker related caption.(Twitter/@sposhe)

People working from home in isolation get new ‘co-workers’… their pets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2020 12:03 PM IST
Some people working from home, quite amusingly, discovered that they’ve “new co-workers” at home waiting eagerly to give them company.
With a list of more than ten health benefits of owning a pet, a professor having studied human-animal connection has revealed a scientifically proven fact that pet owners “are more likely to be lonely, depressed, and have panic attacks.(UNSPLASJ)
With a list of more than ten health benefits of owning a pet, a professor having studied human-animal connection has revealed a scientifically proven fact that pet owners “are more likely to be lonely, depressed, and have panic attacks.(UNSPLASJ)

Here are some shocking facts about owning a pet

Washington D.C. [USA] | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2020 03:30 PM IST
With a list of more than ten health benefits of owning a pet, a professor having studied human-animal connection has revealed a scientifically proven fact that pet owners “are more likely to be lonely, depressed, and have panic attacks.
Legal action to resolve the four-year dispute ran up lawyers’ fees of more than £20,000 i.e over 18 lakh. (representational image)(Unsplash)
Legal action to resolve the four-year dispute ran up lawyers’ fees of more than £20,000 i.e over 18 lakh. (representational image)(Unsplash)

London couple spend over 18 lakh in court battle with neighbour over pet cat

London | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2020 05:08 PM IST
Nicola Lesbirel, an award-winning landscape gardener, made legally binding promises not to feed Ozzy cat food, tinned fish or meat and to restrict her involvement with the animal, reports said.
With over 24,000 followers, ‘dog with sign’ is already a hit among netizens.(Instagram/@dogwithsign)
With over 24,000 followers, ‘dog with sign’ is already a hit among netizens.(Instagram/@dogwithsign)

Wonder what pets have to complain about? ‘Dog with sign’ may give a clue

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2020 01:27 PM IST
The Instagram account with the name ‘dog with sign’ shows a dog with some complaints that maybe every dog will relate to.
Despite the squeeze on their wallets in a country where the average monthly wage is just $600, Jordanians are forking out to pamper their pooches with accessories and top-notch care.
Despite the squeeze on their wallets in a country where the average monthly wage is just $600, Jordanians are forking out to pamper their pooches with accessories and top-notch care.

A dog’s life? For Jordan’s pampered pets, not so much

Amman | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 11:03 AM IST
Where strays were once mostly left to scavenge for food, Jordanians in a new trend in the Arab kingdom are increasingly willing to foot steep bills to care for beloved dogs and cats.
A maternity shoot by Prathima Pingali of Pawparazzi. ‘In a good month, I do about six shoots,’ says Pingali, who gave up her mainstream photography career to specliase in pets, after she saw how her pictures of the family Labrador were helping her parents and brother grieve after his demise.
A maternity shoot by Prathima Pingali of Pawparazzi. ‘In a good month, I do about six shoots,’ says Pingali, who gave up her mainstream photography career to specliase in pets, after she saw how her pictures of the family Labrador were helping her parents and brother grieve after his demise.

Lights, camera, wag: Pet photography is catching on in India

Hindustan Times | By Cherylann Mollan
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 07:05 PM IST
Professionals are offering outdoor, indoor or studio shoots; props or nature settings; bibs, bowties or tiaras - so pet parents can capture the perfect moment with their dogs and cats.
Keeping arctic dogs as fashionable pets in Indian climate seriously hampers their health.(HT)
Keeping arctic dogs as fashionable pets in Indian climate seriously hampers their health.(HT)

Keeping indigenous dog breeds as pets the right choice?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 03:37 PM IST
Owning exotic dog breeds is a global trend that has also started in India. Keeping arctic dogs as fashionable pets in Indian climate seriously hampers their health. Consequently there is critical neglect of indigenous dog breeds some of which are nearing extinction.
The device detect when a child or pet has been accidentally or deliberately left behind. (Representational image)(HT file)
The device detect when a child or pet has been accidentally or deliberately left behind. (Representational image)(HT file)

Researchers from University of Waterloo developed device to save kids and pets in vehicles

Toronto | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2019 02:52 PM IST
According to the researchers from University of Waterloo, the device sends out radar signals that are reflected back by people, animals and objects in the vehicle. The built-in AI then analyses the reflected signals.
A pet owner carries her Poodle dog dressed in a gown at a pet fashion show celebrating World Animals Day in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez(REUTERS)
A pet owner carries her Poodle dog dressed in a gown at a pet fashion show celebrating World Animals Day in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez(REUTERS)

Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing on World Animal Day

Manila | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2019 11:52 AM IST
Elaborately dressed cats and dogs were among the animals blessed outside a Philippine mall in celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and World Animal day.
Last year, consumer spending on pets hit a record $72.6 billion.(Unsplash)
Last year, consumer spending on pets hit a record $72.6 billion.(Unsplash)

Pets in America now get human treatment

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse, Washington
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2019 03:06 PM IST
Pets are now increasingly seen as genuine family members.
Senior veterinarian Dr Pramod Kumar said, “Worm infestation is very high during the monsoons.(HT Photo)
Senior veterinarian Dr Pramod Kumar said, “Worm infestation is very high during the monsoons.(HT Photo)

Prevent infections and ailments in pets during monsoons

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 05:39 AM IST
Veterinarians recommend a thorough fortnightly bath and cleaning routine for pets with more fur and a monthly shampoo and clean-up for pets that have less hair.
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