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Did you know many of the dogs living on the street are native Indian breeds?

Do you know their breed names or have you tried to learn more about them? It is the harsh reality that many Indian dog breeds aren’t popular among the pet owners. This has led to the downfall of such native breeds and placed them on the doorstep of extinction.

Often mistaken for stray dogs, some of these breeds are registered in the Kennel Club of India. In fact, their pedigree is well maintained by many breeders. These dogs have the history that reaches back to the ancient times, from monarchies & nomadic tribes to the stories of Mahabharata.

History of native dog breeds

Around three centuries ago, these dogs were exported to countries like Babylon, Egypt, and even Rome due to their excessive demand. These pups were famous worldwide for their hunting skills, making them sacred for many native hunting tribes. Even the aristocracies from ancient India, known for their enthusiasm for hunting games, seemed to be fond of such breeds.

Most of these breeds are ‘Sight-hounds’ just like the famous Afghan hound. ‘Sight-hound’ is a type of dog breed who instead of sniffing out their prey uses sight. Their sharp sight, quick reaction, high speed, and scissor-like jaws help them to hunt – even big cats like tiger and cheetahs. In addition to this, shorter and shinier coats help them cope with humid environments, where most of the dog breeds fail.

In his book, ‘The book of Indian dogs’, Mr. S. Theodore Baskaran elaborates about the history of how these dogs received special social status during ancient India. According to Mr. Baskaran, during the colonial period, around 50 breeds were recognized. But, as they were shunned by the British for European breeds, these dogs were left for crossbreeding. This resulted in the extinction of around half of these native breeds, leaving only around 25 dog breeds today – most not recognized by the Kennel Club of India.


However, some sheepdogs from Himalayan regions raised curiosities among the colonials. These were large and furry dogs, suitable for the colder temperatures. Having Tibetan Mastiffs for their ancestors, a lion-like look makes them exquisite. Their guarding nature and the strength to repulse attacks from bigger cats made them the first choice for a guard dog. Breeds like Kumaon Mastiff, Bakharwal, etc. are considered ‘Himalayan’ dogs.

What are we dealing with in present?

In today’s world, breeds like Bakharwal, Kumaon Mastiff, etc. suffer terribly due to their non-professional breeding and less fame. Ever since foreign breeds were introduced in the country, these dogs lost their existence from event the biggest dog enthusiasts. People actively search for breeds like Labrador, German shepherd, Pug, etc. They even pay for these exotic breeds, but when it comes to adopting these native dogs, they have no interest.

Some dog lovers tend to think that these native breeds of dogs love freedom, need more exercise, and are not suitable for apartment living. Although we could accept the fact that smaller apartments are not suitable for hunting and guarding breeds, we could not deny their replacements for guard dogs and family dogs.
Just like other breeds, these dogs are pedigree maintained from ancient times and are well preserved by some dog lovers. Some villages in Southern India have taken up the responsibilities to preserve breeds like Chippiparai, Kanni, Pandikona, Kaikadi, etc. While in rural parts of North India, breeds like Bully Kutta, Gull Terrier are still viewed as prestigious.

Kanni Breed

What are some initiatives in preserving these breeds?

Well, to be honest, there aren’t any bigger steps taken by the government for protecting these breeds. Being a developing country often leaves topics like these in the hand of society. But, there are some initiatives taken by the local government to preserve these breeds. The Animal Husbandry Department of Tamil Nadu has created awareness among the people by introducing them in dog shows.


Many dog enthusiasts and NGOs have come up with the awareness program in rural areas of Tamil Nadu & Karnataka to preserve these breeds. Villagers have accepted some of the breeds like Pandikona, Kaikadi, Jonangi, etc. as a perfect guard dog to protect their livestock and farms. In the northern part as well, many NGOs have worked to halt some of the dog fight organizations which include breeds like Bully Kutta & Gull Terrier. Dog fights are illegal in the country right now.

Gull Terrier

It is also interesting to know that to show respect to these native dog breeds, the Indian Department of Post had issued four postage stamps for breeds like Rajapalayam, Mudhol Hound, Himalayan sheepdog or Gaddi Kutta & Rampur Hound. Even the Indian army couldn’t resist their interest in these breeds, recruiting 6 Mudhol or Caravan Hound into the squad.

Gaddi Kutta


But despite these initiatives, the only thing that could stop their downfall is awareness about them. Not only the dog enthusiast, but other people should know about these native dog breeds. Social media could be the best way to promote these cuties. The love for these furry creatures could be guessed from the recent trend by Google where dogs and cats video are actively searched online during the lockdown period. There is a huge eye feast for dog video on various social media online.

So , if are you planning to adopt a dog, I would highly recommend you go through this list here and then decide which native Indian dog suits you instead of adopting from a breeder. I know you will find a loyal companion in your new dog; after all, they are ‘Man’s best friend’.


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Prior to COVID-19, most of us had obligations that kept us from being at home with our pets most of the time.

We worked full-time jobs outside the home and had social lives that took us where pets cannot go. That included going shopping, eating at restaurants, and visiting with friends. If you have children, you may have attended their extracurricular activities and taken them to the movies or the museum or all sorts of other events where pets are not allowed.

By the end of the day, it was hard to find time to cater to your pets. However, social distancing and self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic provide far more opportunities for quality time at home with your pets. Making the most of your time at home to get quality time with your pet can be a great way to find a silver lining in the midst of all the uncertainty.

Make Play Time a Daily Activity

Most young and middle-aged pets love to play. Many even carry this trait into their senior years. Picking up a rope to play tug of war, grabbing a ball to play fetch, and pulling a string in front of your cat are classic ways to get them excited. Playing fetch can be best done inside as well as in your yard. Since you know your pet best, you will be able to find the games they enjoy most for both indoors and outdoors. Even if you only get to play with them for 30 minutes a day while you work from home, they will look forward to this daily activity with you. Children love playtime with pets, so get the rest of your family involved, too! 

Pets Crave Exercise

Most pets spend the majority of their lives inside your home. They don’t get the opportunity to go shopping, travel, work, or go to school to break up the monotony. Giving your pet daily exercise outside of the home is the best way to keep them physically and mentally active. That means taking them for a walk. While you may have a fenced in yard for them to play in, that can get boring. Taking them for a walk around the neighborhood, at the park, or in the woods lets them smell new scents and see what’s going on outside your home. And in most places, exercise outdoors is still permitted as long as you observe social distancing measures! Walking your pet is also a great activity for bonding. Many pet associations recommend your pet gets an hour of exercise per day.

Give Them Pets 

When you’re kicking back after a busy day working from home, it can be easy to get sucked into your cell phone, computer, or television to relax. Luckily, you can still do these activities while paying attention to your pet. Encourage them to sit with you so you can pet them and give them affection. If your pets aren’t allowed on the couch, sit on the floor with them for some belly scratching time.

If you’re struggling with anxiety or stress during these unpredictable times, good news! Quality time with pets has been clinically shown to reduce stress and provide many other health benefits.

Give Treats as a Daily Reward  

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Every pet has some food that they go bonkers for. It may be store-bought treats, real jerky, peanut butter, or something else. When you give pets a daily treat, they come to look forward to it. Even overweight pets can enjoy treats, as there are many specially formulated low-fat, low-calorie options available. Some dogs love munching on vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, and green beans. Some treats, like those with CBD oil and other natural supplements, even have health benefits!

Enjoy Your Time With Your Pets Every Day

Owning a pet is a commitment that lasts for their entire life. They will always need attention, love, and exercise. But it’s not a chore or a burden; caring for pets offers so much more than you give to them. Though you may have a busy schedule and a lot on your mind, don’t forget to make time to show your pet how much you love them. Even the little things, like giving them extra pets and treats, make a big difference in their lives. Treat them as the important part of your family that they are, and include them in new activities whenever you can. Get your family involved in all aspects of taking care of your pets, and your life will be immeasurably enriched! 


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Have you ever wondered what it means to be lost? Or being….unfound? That’s what I felt before Akanksha took me in and said, “It’s ok.” 

You might be wondering who I am. I am Angel, a street dog, who roamed the streets of Dharamsala, India. The day I came to Akanksha’s dog shelter, I met a dog named Billee. I laughed when I heard her name. I hadn’t laughed in a long time. The reason I laughed was Billee means “cat” in Hindi. Billee was a brown dog with a short tail. Scars coated her fur, just like all other dogs. Seven of my scars had come from when I was pregnant and some drunk people attacked me with knives.


When weeks and months move slowly like this, I make tea. I don’t care much for the taste, but stirring the milk and doing that motion that my nani taught me, it takes me back to a peaceful place where the taxes don’t need to be paid, and I’m happy. 

No dogs have been adopted in a long time. Finally, the phone rang. I answered. The conversation that changed Angel’s life began. I don’t remember the details, but the main thing was that Angel had a home. A home. Only some dogs get to see that.

The ones who deserve it usually do. Angel deserved it. No doubt about it. But one thing had me concerned. Angel hates traveling, and her new home was far away – a sixteen hour flight! Talk about luck. Another thing is on my mind. Angel is like family now. She is like Billee, who has been here five years. It would hurt me if Angel left, but I always hurt when a dog leaves. Before Angel, I never thought about how the dog felt about leaving.


I’ve been friends with dogs before…But nothing like Angel. She’s like a sister to me. She’s always been there, trying to make me laugh even in the worst of times. I overheard Akanksha talking on the phone yesterday evening. I heard her talking about Angel leaving. I hope with all of my heart that I was dreaming. Which I wasn’t. I think. Hopefully I’m wrong. In my experience, hoping works. The belief that something will happen is usually enough to push someone to do something. Hoping works because it says to you, “you can do it.” But I’ve hoped for a home for five years.


I am with Billee, playing a game of tug-of-war with a stick. I won, which is weird because we’ve played thousands of times, and I haven’t ever won. Something is up with Billee. She used to play with me all the time, and now she either doesn’t want anything to do with me, or she’s all over me. 

I dropped the stick and looked Billee in the eye. “Billee, tell me.” 

“What?” asked Billee. I gave Billee the look and she sighed. “Fine. You win. I overheard Akanksha. She was…well, she was talking to a buyer. For you. In America.” 

I took this in, wondering what my response would be. “Why have you been acting this way Either really close to me or far away”” 

“I want to spend time with you Angel, but I don’t want to be too connected and then when you go away, I’ll be really sad. Sad isn’t even the right word.”


Angel’s last full day came. Tomorrow she’ll be on a plane to America. I kept thinking about all of her lasts. Last breakfast. Last first walk of the day. Last lunch. The last list grew and grew and grew. All the other dogs said goodbye to Angel. I thought about how they felt about this. Angel made a huge impact on everybody’s life in Dharamsala. I wished she could stay. 

The night came. Last night of sleeping in the crate. I snuck out of my crate at midnight and snuggled with Angel. I wondered if I would ever meet another dog like her. 

Day came. Angel’s last time in Dharamsala. I watched as Angel got out of her crate. I would never see her do that again. Never. I watched as she walked out the door. I said goodbye to her. She said goodbye to me. And then she left. I barked. She barked. We stopped barking when we couldn’t hear each other anymore. I never saw her again.


You must be thinking what a sad story this is. I am assuring you that it will be okay. For Akanksha. For Billee. For Angel. Let me tell you the story. Or, at least part of it. Angel got into the truck to go to Delhi so she could be at the airport where there was a plane that would take her to America. She was in the truck for a long time, when finally, it halted to a stop. 

She walked out with an itchy collar on her neck. 

She waited in a room. It was gray with paint peeling in places. The ground was hard concrete. There was a desk with an old woman sitting at it. She got up and walked Angel to the plane. Angel fell asleep and didn’t remember the plane ride.


I have a home. That’s what Akanksha said. In Punjab. I don’t feel bad about what happened to Angel. Sure, I miss her, but I feel happy for her. I don’t wish for her to be anywhere else. I’m not in Punjab yet, but tomorrow I will be. Angel is in America. My little Angel. Oh, Angel.


Angel and Billee are still friends, though they cannot see each other. 

They both have purpose. 

They both mean something. 

They both have forever homes. 

They have been found. 


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If you own a dog that you love very much, you are probably familiar with that worried feeling that every loving dog owner gets when you spot symptoms that seem to indicate a major health problem in your dog.

You probably take good care of your dog but there are some illnesses that not even the best dog owner in the world can predict or prepare for. For this reason, it is important to be aware of some vital signs that your dog could be seriously sick.

If you see the following signs of a health problem in your dog right now, you should immediately contact a licensed professional for help.

Loss of Appetite

Although you cannot automatically assume that your dog is sick when it refuses food, it can be alarming, particularly if your dog used to be quite enthusiastic about eating. Loss of appetite may be indicative of many possible illnesses. Some of these illnesses are:

  • Systemic infections
  • Cancer
  • Liver problems
  • Renal failure
  • Pain in the mouth, possibly from dental problems
  • Side effects from recent vaccinations
  • Motion sickness such as when you’re on a boat or a moving car

If you are worried about loss of appetite in your pet, schedule your pet for a vet or pet clinic to check up the dog’s health.

Favoring a Limb

One sign your dog could have arthritis is if he seems to be favoring one limb or all of his limbs when walking, climbing, or running. This can mean that the joints of its legs are painful. This is particularly important if your dog is already aging. Because the symptoms may worsen over some time, it is vital that you monitor and closely observe such behaviors in an aging pet. If this happens, be sure to bring the dog to the vet right away.

Excessive Sleeping

Another common symptom of dogs that are sick is when they seem to be sleeping more than usual. If you notice this, try and check if the dog refuses to get up. If it won’t get up even for mealtimes or playtime, try and look for signs of pain, particularly when you gently poke or caress its abdomen. There may be something seriously wrong with your pet if he whimpers when you do that. This requires the attention of a vet as soon as possible.

Coughing And/Or Sneezing

If your dog seems to be in the pink of health then suddenly develops a nasty spate of coughing or sneezing, you should observe the symptoms first to see if it is repeated many times over. If the coughing or sneezing happens just a few times then stops, you probably shouldn’t worry because even humans do that sometimes when dust particles get into the nose or throat. However, if the coughing or sneezing seems to be repeated many times over throughout the day, you should probably play it safe and bring your pet to the vet to determine the cause. Continual sneezing and/or coughing could be indicative of an infection in the upper respiratory system.

Cloudy Eyes

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Some dogs may develop cloudy eyes because of the natural aging process. However, cloudy eyes may also be a sign of other health problems such as:

  • Nuclear Sclerosis – This illness won’t blind your dog, but it may be hard for your dog to focus on anything. You know its nuclear sclerosis if the film over the dog’s eyes looks kind of bluish and cloudy. It is the lens of the eye that is affected.
  • Cataracts – This condition occurs quite often even among the most well-cared-for dogs. You know that it is cataracts when the eyes look white and opaque. It is treatable through surgery but may be an inconvenience for your pet while the cataract remains. You should take cataracts seriously because it might lead to a worse problem called glaucoma that does affect your pet’s vision when left untreated.


Many dog owners worry when their dog displays symptoms such as these. There are other symptoms that may also indicate a pet’s health problem. If you feel like your dog has a serious health issue, it is wise to bring your pet to its vet for a thorough check-up. Explain the symptoms you observed to the vet so that those symptoms can be evaluated and addressed. It is possible that there is an underlying health problem that the vet will be able to diagnose and treat if you bring your dog to the vet in time.


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Flying with a dog or in fact any other pet can be pretty stressful. It’s normal to feel scared and worried. 

Arranging all the necessary documentation, getting the right reservations, all the proper documentation, it’s a hassle. And that’s before you even start flying. Dealing with your pet on the plane, or accommodating its trip, is trouble too.  

Well, part of flying safe and having a stress-free trip is being prepared and having a good plan. For this reason, we have written up the article below. You can find some tips and tricks on how to make your flight as easy and as stress-free as possible.

Talk to the professionals

First  of all – always talk to your chosen vet. Whether it’s learning the best approach for lowering your dog’s anxiety or simply checking whether it’s ready to fly, you should speak to your vet. You need to get a professional’s approval that your dog (or whatever pet you have) can actually handle the trip, both in terms of its destination, and the flight itself. Visit a vet a month or two in advance, get his approval, and see if you need to get another check-up very close to your trip. Note that some airlines require direct authorization from the veterinarian if your pet is to travel.

Avoid sedatives

Don’t give your pet tranquilizers before a trip. Tranqs can mess with your pet’s ability to regulate body heat at high altitudes. Talk to your vet, see if they have something smoother or gentler as far as lowering your pet’s anxiety is concerned.

Book in advance

The golden rule for all travel, one that goes for pets as well. Namely, an airline can only accommodate a limited number of pets, either because of cargo limitations or international law. The sooner you do this, the better, otherwise you can pretty much cancel your trip.

Get it used to your carrier

We advise you get your pet used to its carrier. The sooner you do this, the better it will handle the trip and will get minimal stress. Get the appropriate one – you want a good kennel for your dog, the right rabbit carrier if you got a bunny… It’s always best to go with specialized pet equipment.

Do this well in advance. You want your pet to think of its carrier as a safe place, as a pace that they can relax and hang out in. Put its favorite toy there, give it treats in there, and soon it will associate the carrier with positive things.

Keep your papers with you at all times

Always keep your pet’s health documents by your side. Airline staff members might ask for your papers, and keeping them close by will make everybody’s lives that much easier.

Are there any pet relief areas?

For longer trips, with layoffs, you want to seek pet relief areas. This allows your pet to stretch its legs, take a potty break, and get out of the carrier. Note that not all airlines have this and that furthermore, these might be only restricted to dogs.

Do your homework

Do your research. Airlines are putting more and more restrictions on certain breeds, and you might not be able to travel with your pet at all. For example, boxers and bulldogs commonly face limits on airlines. Some can allow you to fly with your pet in the cabin, and others might need to move them in restricted areas.

There is also homework tied to your pet. For example, you need to learn how to take care of an older dog, and how it will handle a trip. Does your dog have any inner ear or pressure problems?

Of course, you also want to make sure that the airlines know what they are doing. Sadly too many of them do not know how to do their work and don’t take proper care of your pets. To avoid a tragedy and trauma to your dog, we suggest you ask around, check some online forums and reviews.

See if you can board early

One of the many benefits of traveling with your pet is that you can most likely board early, all you have to do is ask. Since it takes some extra work to situate yourself and your pet on the plane, you not only can, but you should ask to board early.


Flying with your dog, traveling the world with your best friend, there is nothing like it. But, you need to approach it correctly. Keep an eye on your documentation, and keep your papers with you at all times. Do the research you need before you start on your journey, see if there are any pet relief areas, and prepare your pet for the trip. Listen to your vet’s advice, and you should be good to go.


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Man’s best friend is an incredible animal, one that has become a loving part of millions of families around the world.

Whether you have a German Shepherd or a Desi Dog, you know just how fantastic a dog can be. If you needed any more proof, check out these 10 facts about dogs that all pet owners should find fascinating.

10 facts about dogs | Ultimate Pet Nutrition1. Human Yawns Are Contagious To Dogs

Like humans, dogs yawn. You already know that yawns are contagious between humans. But it appears they’re contagious between humans and their dogs as well. Research shows that when you yawn, there’s a pretty good chance your dog will soon follow suit. It’s not clear why they do this. They may be empathetic toward their dog parents, or they may just be mimicking what they see from their humans.1

2. There Are Reasons Why Dogs Often Curl Up Into A Ball When They Sleep

10 facts about dogs | Ultimate Pet NutritionYou might not have given it a second thought, but your dog doesn’t curl up into a ball when sleeping just because it feels good. The reasons for this have a lot to do with the evolution of the domesticated dog.
When a dog in the wild wants to sleep on a cold night, they will dig a hole in the ground and curl up inside. It not only helps them retain their body heat, it also helps to protect their vital organs from attack. Dogs who like to stretch out when sleeping are either hot or they feel comfortable and secure.2

If dogs feel uneasy with their surroundings, they will typically go back to their instinctual behavior of sleeping curled up.3


3. Dogs Have A Sense Of Time

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How often does your dog get excited during a certain portion of the day? It might be feeding time, snack time, or when it’s time to go out for a walk. If you think your dog has a sort of internal clock, that’s somewhat true.

It appears that dogs have the ability to look forward to things in the future based on things that happened in the past. They don’t conceive slices of time, such as minutes or hours. But they do have a sense of how much time has gone by since the last time they had a meal or a snack.4

There is also evidence that dogs do have an idea of how long their pet parents have been gone. If you leave your home for a couple of hours, your dog will be happy to see you when you return. But that sense of happiness and excitement gets stronger when you’re gone for a longer period of time, such as when you leave for a few days on vacation.5

4. A Dog’s Sense Of Smell Is Incredible

dog sniffing grass | Ultimate Pet NutritionYou already know a dog’s nose is amazing – but you might not realize just how amazing it is.

One of the more interesting fun facts about dogs is they have a sense of smell that is one million times more sensitive than that of humans. They are particularly sensitive to changes in smell, especially when it comes to their parents. They might be able to tell, for instance, if you’re not feeling well. The reason is that many people who are sick have chemical changes in their mouth that can make their breath smell different.6

Dogs can also use smell to pick up on your emotions. If you’re scared or anxious, you may start to sweat a bit. A dog can smell that perspiration, even if you can’t.7

5. A Dog’s Wet Nose Serves A Purpose

dog nose | Ultimate Pet NutritionYou’ve no doubt had some sort of encounter with your dog’s nose. Most likely, it was a wet one. Your pooch may have jumped up on your bed and nudged your cheek, telling you it was time to get up. Have you ever wondered why a dog’s nose is so wet?

One of the reasons is that it helps keep the body cool. A dog’s sweat glands don’t work the same way as a human’s. Dogs perspire from the nose and the paw pads (more on this in a bit). That said, if you notice more mucus coming from your dog’s nose than normal, see your vet. That could be a sign of an infection affecting the respiratory system.8


6. Dogs Sweat Through Their Paw Pads

dog paws | Ultimate Pet NutritionDogs have sweat glands in their paws. When your pet gets hot, these glands (known as exocrine sweat glands) help cool them down. If you’re outside on a hot day with your dog, and you see wet paw prints on the on the ground, that’s sweat evaporating from the paws.9

There are other glands, known as apocrine sweat glands, that actually don’t help keep your dog cool. They’re called sweat glands, but they actually release pheromones that help other animals identify them.10

7. Dogs Lick For A Lot Of Reasons

A dog may lick as an affectionate gesture, but they may also do it because it’s pleasing to their taste buds. Licking is a natural canine behavior. As soon as a dog is born, the mother licks them. This is not only done in order to get a puppy to breathe, but also to clean the newborn. Licking is also an important part of pack behavior. Subordinate members will lick dominant dogs in order to promote harmony within the pack.11

Dogs also lick because it makes them feel good, and makes them feel comfortable. It may also help relieve stress.12

8. There Is Such A Thing As A Barkless Dog

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One of the more interesting fun facts about dogs is that not all dog breeds bark. One example is a breed known as the Basenji. This breed makes a sort of yodeling sound instead. The Basenji, with its expressive eyes, is a small hound that stands a little less than 18 inches. In addition, this breed is very picky about cleanliness. Much like cats, they groom themselves many times a day.13

9. Dogs Kick After They Poop – But Not For The Reason You Might Think

dog kicking dirt | Ultimate Pet NutritionMore than likely, you’ve seen your dog kick with their back legs after pooping in the backyard. A lot of pet owners think they’re trying to cover up the poop, kind of like a cat in a litter box. But that’s not the reason at all. Dogs do this because they’re marking their territory. When they kick they release pheromones onto the ground. It’s kind of their way of telling anyone who’s around that they were there.14

10. A Dog’s Tail Wagging Can Mean Different Things

As a pet parent, when you talk to your dog, it may be music to your pup’s ears. You can bet that some tail wagging will soon follow. But dogs don’t wag their tails just out of happiness. The reason a dog does this sometimes depends on the situation.

dog tail | Ultimate Pet NutritionTail wagging is sometimes like when you see an acquaintance and give a polite smile and say, “Hi.” It can also be a sign of being relaxed. Conversely, the higher up the tail goes, the more threatened the dog may feel.15

If the tail is pointing straight up, that’s often a warning that the dog might attack. The lower the tail, the more submissive the dog may be feeling. It could also be a sign they’re not feeling well.16



Dogs Are Fascinating In So Many Ways

Again, these just scratch the surface of the many interesting fun facts that pertain to your beloved companion. Dogs are some of the most fascinating creatures on our planet, and we’ll always be lucky to have them by our side.

Learn More at Ultimate Pet Nutrition:
Can Dogs See Any Colors or Are They Totally Color Blind?
Strange Dog Behavior: Weird Pup Habits And What They Mean
Paw Chewing: What Does This Strange Dog Behavior Mean?

1 https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/contagious-yawning-evidence-of-empathy/
2 http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-does-my-dog-curl-up-in-a-ball-when-he-sleeps
3 http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-does-my-dog-curl-up-in-a-ball-when-he-sleeps
4 http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/can-dogs-understand-time/
5 http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/can-dogs-understand-time/
6 https://www.doghealth.com/behavior/how-and-why/1994-how-dogs-sense-emotions
7 https://www.doghealth.com/behavior/how-and-why/1994-how-dogs-sense-emotions
8 http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-does-my-dog-have-a-wet-nose
9 https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/do-dogs-sweat/
10 https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/do-dogs-sweat/
11 http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/its-me-or-dog/training-tips/dog-licking/
12 http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/its-me-or-dog/training-tips/dog-licking/
13 https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/basenji/
14 https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/dog-kicks-poop-behavior/
15 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/201112/what-wagging-dog-tail-really-means-new-scientific-data
16 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/201112/what-wagging-dog-tail-really-means-new-scientific-data

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When you look into your furry friend’s eyes, you see a true confidant—someone you can trust never to tell your secrets, and someone who will support you through thick and thin.

So, to learn that your dog is suffering from an ailment can feel like a punch to the gut. You feel helpless yet hopeful that you can make your pet feel better. The question is, how exactly do you go about helping your pets through their ailments?

Fortunately, by taking a holistic approach to your dog’s ailments, you can help your dog experience a better quality of life. Holistic care essentially involves taking a more common-sense and natural approach to pet care while considering both their body and mind. Your goal with this approach is to help heal, rather than treating symptoms.

Here are five ways on how to take a holistic approach to your dog’s ailments this year:

1. Diet  One of the best moves you can make to improve your dog’s health is to give nutritional supplements that will help maintain a strong immune system and healthy weight. After all, being obese or overweight can spark many ailments in pets, just like it does in humans.For example, consider giving your dog fish oil. In dogs, fish oil can be helpful for treating skin allergies. Thus, with fish oil, you could improve the quality of your dog’s coat and also decrease the chance of having to use prescription-strength products for itching. Fish oil may also help dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.

In addition, if your dog suffers from acute idiopathic diarrhea, he may benefit from probiotics. That’s because probiotics have the potential to restore your dog’s digestive balance brought on by situations like stress, medical treatment, or infections.

2. Canine Acupuncture  Another tool to incorporate into your holistic approach to your dog’s ailments is canine acupuncture. This practice involves stimulating pressure points located on your dog’s body using needles. This method helps to release chemicals in your dog’s brain, muscles, and spinal cord, which ultimately stimulates healing. As a result, it can be an extremely useful tool for relieving your pet of muscle and joint pain. It can also help with cancer and diabetes symptoms, as well as encouraging healing following surgery or trauma.

3. CBD for Animals  If you’re having trouble getting conventional medicine to work for your dog’s ailment, consider alternative treatments like CBD for animals.The reality is, dogs with ailments that impact their livers or kidneys may not be capable of handling conventional pharmaceuticals. Likewise, older pets may require alternative treatments, as their bodies might not be operating at 100% capacity. However, CBD has the potential to treat a wide variety of ailments in an affordable, safe, and non-toxic way. These ailments include seizures, arthritis, cancer pain, and even anxiety.

Note that CBD dog products have only trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid known as THC, so you don’t have to worry about your dog getting high while consuming them.

4. Hydrotherapy If your dog loves the water, then hydrotherapy is yet another excellent way to address your dog’s ailments holistically. Hydrotherapy is essentially physical therapy that takes place in water. It is ideal for dogs who need exercise that is low-impact because they are recovering from surgery or injuries, for example.

Hydrotherapy can also help your dog dealing with arthritis or joint issues. In addition, this type of physical therapy is recommended for dogs who are overweight or older and need a cardiovascular activity that is safe.

5. Herbal Medicines  Herbal medicines can also serve as an important component of holistic pet care. For instance, California poppy, chamomile, and Valerian are natural relaxants that can help your dog. In addition, they offer the bonus health benefits of lowering blood pressure, fighting pesky parasites, and helping with asthma.The extract, tincture, and tea forms of these relaxants all work well. However, with Valerian, your dog may only need a handful of drops to experience its health benefits.

Improve Your Dog’s Overall Wellbeing Today! Now couldn’t be a better time to get your dog on track to experiencing better health. The sooner you apply the above mentioned treatment options, the sooner you’ll likely witness the healthier, happier dog you’ve always known. Incorporate these approaches into your daily regimen today to give Rufus the higher quality of life that Man’s Best Friend deserves in the months and years ahead.


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Being a dog parent is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

And pet parents all over the world know how special it can be to have your woman’s or man’s best friend by your side. But when your dog’s health seems compromised it can be worrisome. And if your pup starts taking a liking to munch on grass, you may have concerns.

Dogs will eat almost anything — especially when they’re puppies. But there are some special reasons why your dog might be eating grass all of a sudden. It’s likely there’s not one simple answer. Different dogs may dine on grass for different reasons.

But knowing why your dog devours grass might help you address the behavior. Let’s dive deep into discussing your dog’s recent diet of grass and weeds and see how it may be affecting them.

Sometimes, This Behavior Is Simply Boredom Or It Might Even Taste Good To Your Dog

dogs that eat grass | Ultimate Pet NutritionTo a dog, grass can be a tasty treat. Naturally, your dog is a scavenger. In the wild, dogs are built to look for nutritive food wherever they can. Your dog might simply like the taste of grass. Or maybe your pooch is searching for a little more fiber in their diet.1

If your dog is constantly consuming grass, you might want to talk to your vet about high fiber food options.

Or your dog might simply be experiencing boredom. If your dog knows the yard is their domain, then everything in it is theirs too. And if they’ve made their rounds to ensure the yard is safe, they might be done with their “security shift” and turn to eating grass because there’s just not that much more to do in the same yard day in and day out. It might just be a case of puppy boredom.

If your pup is eating grass out of boredom, it could be a sign that your pet needs more exercise. Challenge your dogs by playing fetch with them. Do their grass-eating habits spike when you’re walking them less? Eating grass could be your dog’s way of communicating they need more playtime.

If you don’t have time to take your dog for a long walk or to play games and run around, offer your dog a healthy chew toy to engage them. You might also consider taking them to a doggie daycare where they can socialize with other pups. Or perhaps a few weeks of dog training will engage your pet enough to distract them from eating grass all the time.

When Your Dog Eats Grass And Weeds: Does This Mean They Have An Upset Stomach?

dog not feeling well | Ultimate Pet NutritionWhen your pet is experiencing an upset stomach, they might turn to grass for relief. Dogs might try on their own to remedy a gassy or sick stomach.

One theory is that when a dog ingests grass and weeds, the blades tickle their throat and the lining of their stomach. This tickling might help by inducing vomit.2 In this case, your pet is just trying to be their own vet.

If your dog’s grass-eating is a sudden behavior and your dog seems to need the grass, it’s more likely their trying to feel better. In any event, if grass-eating behavior begins suddenly, it could mean something more serious is at hand.

It’s worth a visit to the veterinarian to make sure your dog isn’t experiencing digestive discomfort.

Your Dog’s Food And Diet Can Affect This Behavior: Try A Change In Your Dog’s Diet


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If your dog’s grass-eating behavior continues, try adjusting their diet. In most cases, it’s likely fine that your dog eats a little grass here and there. But if your yard is treated with harmful pesticides or herbicides, you don’t want them to eat grass under any circumstance.

Again, you might want to consider a high-fiber diet for your dog. But don’t make any decision to change your dog’s diet or meal plan without touching base with your veterinarian first. They will be able to suggest the proper food products for your pet and their unique needs.

A Special Treat For Your Special Pet

In the end, you want your dog to be healthy, happy, and always comfortable. Just keep an eye on your pet while they play in the yard and visit your vet if you have any concerns. They may find that your pet just loves a grassy delicacy from time to time.

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My name is Pimpom, and my story began in a small village in the Himalayan Mountains.

My siblings and I were born at the edge of a busy road, full of bustling cars, autos, buses and motorcycles. Our mother always did her best to warn us of the dangers of playing too close to the traffic, but we were such excited young pups that we rarely had time to listen.

When I was just three months old, I was hit by a car. It struck me so hard that I was thrown into a ditch where my family couldn’t see me. I was so scared, and every bit of my body hurt.

Just when I thought that no one would ever find me again, a group of children passed by on their way home from school. They stood around staring at me, asking each other what to do. Once they had made a decision, they scooped me up and took me to the Dharamsala Animal Rescue. There were so many barking dogs at the shelter, and I didn’t recognize any of them, so I felt really scared, and missed my mom, brothers and sisters so much.

The veterinarians checked me over and found that I had fluid in my lungs and bruised ribs, but luckily, no broken bones. They said that with some time and the right medicine I would heal and could be released back to where the children had found me. I couldn’t wait to return home and tell my family everything that had happened.

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Recovering at Dharamsala Animal Rescue

The people at the animal rescue were so kind. They fed me and took good care of me, and slowly I began to feel better. When I had lived in the streets, we had to eat whatever food we could find. Sometimes we didn’t find anything at all, and other times the food was so spicy that it felt like a thousand fire ants were biting my tongue and my belly. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have to worry about being hungry or eating unpleasant food. I only wished that my family could experience this nice feeling with me.

It was there, at the animal rescue, that I met Aunty. Aunty is from a far off land called Canada, and was volunteering at the shelter for a few months. She says that at the moment she first saw me she fell in love. She brought me to her home in the village where she cooked special food for us and kept me warm and safe. She gave me lots of hugs and always told me that I was beautiful.

Once I was stronger, we went on walks together in the mountains and met many people from the village. Everyone would greet me, “Namaste, Pimpom! How are you feeling today?” It was so nice, because I was beginning to feel cared for by everyone.

Aunty loves all animals, so each morning we would stop and say “hello” to all the goats, cows, horses, buffaloes, and dogs in the neighbourhood, and give them treats on our way to volunteer at the shelter.

When Aunty was leaving the village for good, she decided to adopt me and officially make me part of her family. It was such a joyous time, and I knew that even though I wasn’t going to go home, that I would be very happy living with her.

I realized that life would be different once we left the Himalayas, but I never could have imagined in my wildest puppy dreams, all the exciting adventures that were in store for us…

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Ready to travel

After experiencing my first bus, plane, and car rides, we arrived in a village called Shivamogga, in the Western Ghats, where we stayed at an old farm surrounded by a giant forest. The people there were really nice to me and nicknamed me Shiva, after their favourite Hindu God. They made delicious foods for me, with ingredients that they picked each day from their garden, and said that if you eat fresh, healthy food, which has been cooked with love, then you won’t get sick or need medicines. They said that their life was very simple, but I saw them working hard from early morning to evening. I think they enjoyed it though, because they were always smiling and singing, and took some rests in between. They made everything by hand; from the foods we ate, to the home we were living in, and they didn’t have to leave the farm much to buy anything because everything they needed was grown or made right there. Aunty says that they know how to live in harmony with the land.

At the farm, I learned how to protect a home from intruders. There was a troop of very naughty macaques in the area that were notorious for stealing fruits from the garden and raiding houses for anything they could get their hands on. It became my responsibility to sound the alarm and chase them away, but I was pretty certain that if I could steal yummy treats and make a great escape by climbing trees and jumping over houses, then I would do it too. With this in mind, I always gave them a minute or two to grab some bananas or chiku fruit before I alerted the farmers, and once the chase was on, there was so much excitement in the air that I think everyone was having fun, especially the monkeys.

Our next stop was at a reserve that was reforested by some very caring people. The land was really special because it was an elephant migration route, but someone had fenced it off and cut down all the trees so the elephants and other wild animals were no longer able to live there or even pass through to reach other forests. These people decided to buy the land, take down the fences and plant hundreds of new trees just for the animals to have a home again. Aunty wanted to spend time with them so she could learn how to do this too. She says it is very important for us to respect and protect the forest and all the creatures that live in it. Now the elephants, tigers, birds, snakes, insects, plants and everyone else can all live there happily once again.

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Respect the Forest

From there we took a jeep to a mountain peak called Kodachadri. Up there, I felt like I was on top of the world, looking down at the valleys, rivers and forests below. We spent the early morning watching the sun rise, and Aunty told me to make sure to greet the sun with a smile, and tell him to please shine on everyone, so we can all be healthy and happy. I sat on the hilltop with my eyes closed, enjoying the fresh breeze, and wished as hard as I could that the sun was shining on my family in the Himalayas just as it was shining on us.

Once we left the mountains we stopped in a small town where we saw a tiny puppy that had an injured leg. We bought him two little bowls and filled one with fresh water and the other with some of my food. He gobbled it up so quickly, just as I used to when I lived on the street. Aunty told the people in the nearby shops to please fill the bowls daily with food and water for him. They promised that they would, and one man stepped forward and proudly announced to everyone that he has been giving the puppy a bit of rice and milk from his restaurant every day. We all were very happy to hear this, and were reminded just how important it is to always take care of each other, especially the animals without a home.

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Feeding a Stray

Some of the people asked what kind of breed I was and if I came all the way from Canada too. They were very surprised when Aunty explained that I was a pariah from the Himalayas, and that with proper care this little puppy could grow up to be as healthy and handsome as me, so we gave him a little bit more food to enjoy before we set off on our next adventure. This time we were heading to a giant waterfall called Jog Falls.

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Jog Falls

There, we sat and watched the water flowing and splashing for ages. It was so beautiful, and the sound was so calming that I felt like everything in the world was just as it should be.

As we got ready to leave, a group of dogs came closer to smell me. We noticed that a few of them had tumors from an illness that I remember some of the dogs having at the animal rescue. It was sad to see that these dogs weren’t getting the medicine that they needed to feel better like the ones at the shelter were. At that moment, I realized just how lucky I had been to be brought there when I was injured, and that without their help I would be suffering in the streets too. Before we left, I took one last look at the waterfall and wished with all my might that every dog could be as fortunate as me, to get the care they need, and find a loving home just as I did.

On my journey, some people have laughed and called me a pariah or street dog, as if it was a bad thing, but Aunty always tells me that I make her happy. I have realized that finding happiness and a sense of belonging are really the most important things in life, so I feel very special knowing that I bring happiness to Aunty, and that we both belong to one another.

We plan on leaving India one day to visit other parts of the world. I can’t imagine what else there could be to see out there, but Aunty has told me stories about her travels to Africa, Australia, South America and even the Arctic. She told me about the different animals, landscapes and people in each place. No matter where we go, I know it will be an exciting adventure, and I can’t wait to experience it.

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Sarah Foster Sarah Foster is an animal welfare and wildlife conservation enthusiast from Toronto, Canada. She founded Nosara Animal Care, in Costa Rica, and has traveled the world, volunteering for various animal organizations throughout South America, Africa and Asia. Sarah is presently writing books for children.  She volunteered at Dharamsala Animal Rescue in 2019 and fell in love with Pimpom.

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In India, it is hard to find the right dog food for our lovely fur babies.

The lack of canine nutritional knowledge in India has made many dog food companies popular – companies that add a lot of table scraps and unnecessary fillers in their products are able to sell them openly in India. This is why Dheepakh Rajaram decided to start his own company, Goodness Pet Food.

Goodness Pet Food is one of the few grain-free dog food companies in India and its main focus is to make nutritional pet food available to all dog and cat owners in India at reasonable prices.

Goodness is a family-based company. All products are directly imported from the United Kingdom, eliminating the middle man. All of their products are of premium quality and are sold at reasonable prices. Goodness has launched 9 dog food recipes and 3 cat food recipes to date.

The products are more than just grain-free but also include the right kind ingredients to give your pet a complete an wholesome diet. Each recipe has something unique about them and are made keeping individual personalities in mind.

We have categorised our dog foods based on individual requirements from pet parents:

Recipes for Picky Eaters

Picky eating is a problem. You can buy the best food on the planet, but if your dog doesn’t want to have it, it is of no use so Goodness comes in four varieties for picky eaters.

  1. Multi Meat Puppy With Sweet Potato, Carrots & Peas Grain Free Dog Food
  2. Pork, Sweet Potato & Apple Grain-Free Adult Dog Food
  3. Duck, Sweet Potato & Orange Grain Free Adult Dog Food

Even the pickiest of eater will not be able to resist the aroma of this food!

Recipes For Dogs With A Sensitive Stomach

Dogs with a sensitive stomach also cannot make good use of premium ingredients if they cannot digest it. You may give them the best ingredients in the market but if the product contains artificial colours and preservatives that don’t agree well with their stomach, they may get diarrhoea or nausea.

For these dogs, it is essential to feed them light yet healthy meats and vegetables. Products that are easy to digest are the best for these dogs.

We provide the following recipes for picky eaters:

  1. Salmon, Trout With Sweet Potato & Asparagus Grain Free Adult Dog Food
  2. Turkey, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Grain Free Adult Dog Food

Salmon, trout turkey are all lean white meat. They are easy to digest are very healthy for dogs. Same goes for sweet potato, cranberry and asparagus. They are lightly cooked to make them readily digestible.

Single Meat Recipes

As the name suggests, single meat recipes are those that contain only one meat. Single meat recipes are perfect for hyperallergic dogs. If a dog is allergic to specific meat, even a small portion of it can cause an allergic reaction. This is why we have many single meat recipes. You can simply pick the meat your dog isn’t allergic to.

Here are our single meat recipes:

  1. Turkey, Sweet Potato & Cranberry Grain Free Adult Dog Food
  2. Pork, Sweet Potato & Apple Grain-Free Adult Dog Food
  3. Chicken, Sweet Potato & Herbs Grain Free Adult Dog Food
  4. Duck, Sweet Potato & Orange Grain Free Adult Dog Food
  5. Large Breed Puppy Salmon With Sweet Potato & Vegetables – Grain-Free Dog Food

Having only one meat in the recipes makes it easier to digest among dogs with a weaker digestive system.

Multi – Meat Recipes

Opposite to single meat recipes, multi-meat recipes are those that contain more than one meat. We have quite a few multi-meat recipes to offer.

Here are our multi-meat recipes:

  1. Salmon, Trout With Sweet Potato & Asparagus Grain Free Adult Dog Food
  2. Multi Meat Puppy With Sweet Potato, Carrots & Peas Grain Free Dog Food

If you have a healthy happy dog, we don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t have a multi-meat recipe. A combination of meats and vegetables provides for a very balanced diet and wholesome nutrition.


If you don’t have any specific requirements, you can go for our puppy/adult dog food recipes.

Other Products

Apart from dog food, we also sell treats, food toppings and salmon oil. Just like all our other products, our treats, and toppings are also imported from the U.K. and are made keeping their standards in mind.

We really hope this helped you understand a little bit about who we are and what we do. Goodness is fairly new when compared to other companies in India but we are determined to spread awareness on good nutrition in India. After all, if you feed them well they can live long lives, free from ailments – Dheepakh Rajaram

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Dheepakh Rajaram - Founder - Goodness Pet Food

Goodness is an independent family run natural pet food business that is established to provide our market with natural and nutritionally complete pet food with a variety of meat ranges at an affordable price. Our dogs are like our own children, and it is important for every pet parent to find out each and every ingredient and its goodness.

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