Petathon 2016 – A Howling Good Time

The pack at Petathon

The Petathon was one of a kind fun event that that took place in Chembur, Mumbai on the 23rd of Oct was sponsored by Sai Estate Consultants and Ghostweis – The Long & Short Of Weimaraners Ghostweis - The Long & Short Of Weimaranersand was organized by Princely Paws – Canine Training, Behavior Modification Consults, Grooming, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Bach Flower Remedies & Animal Communicator services, Traiblazers & Rythmic Running.

A part of the proceeds from Petathon would go to our charity partner In Defense of Animals at Deonar for the countless work that they do for Rescues & Animal Birth Control programs(Spay & Neuter).

Petathon was a 1 mile walk/run that you had to do with your dog. Participants with their dogs started pouring in post 5:45Am. One of the few that came in early were 3 Siberian Huskies that started a howling melody that woke up any sleepyheads at the venue instantly. By 6Am the Happy Tails Veterinary Facility Team – Dr Umesh  & Dr Hrishikesh Karkare & Dr Namita Nadkarni had done a quick check on all the dogs participating for the event.

We had a mix of various dogs, Siberian Huskies, Neopolitan Mastiff, Spitz, Labrador Retrievers, Indian Pariahs,Pekingese, Daschunds, Shih Tzus, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever etc. The Petathon was flagged of at 6:20 once all the humans were briefed to keep a walking pace with their dogs until a certain point to warm up after which they could either run or walk till the finish line.

The best part was that the Happy Tails Veterinary Facility decided to join in the run/walk to make sure that they were available to attend to any untoward incident with first aid(Yay!! for committed vets). It was interesting to watch how “monkey see monkey do” came in to place when one of the dogs  started running the rest followed and then it was a race to the finish line.

The line up of the first 3 winners were 2 huskies followed by a German Shepherd. The participants were all given medals and goodie bags. Special prizes were awarded to the first 3 winners additionally.

Who better to award those prizes and goodie bags to all the participants than a hero that makes a difference in the lives of the dogs that we love so dearly, so we had Dr Karkare do the needful!!

Pet Parents Speak

Most pet parents admitted embarrassed that they couldn’t keep the pace with their dogs and slowed them down. They vowed to do better not just for themselves but for their dogs too by running every day if they could because they knew how much they had enjoyed themselves.

Pictures from the Petathon

The Huskies that Howled & woke up any sleepyheads at the Petathon The wait before the Petathon

Petathon flagged off!! The walk/run to finish line

Participants at the PetathonTaking a breather after the race at the PetathonThe 3 winners at the Petathon A tired dog is a happy dog at the Petathon

Participants at the Petathon

An Indian Pariah with his human at the Petathon

In Defense of Animals at the PetathonDr Umesh Karkare doing the awards at the Petathon A kiss to clebrate reaching finish line at Petathon Logan standing proud at the Petathon




Anand Siva a participant went live from the event and this is what he had to say

Here is another video of the youngest participant Leo the Boxer racing to the finish line

All images were taken by my dear friend & professional wedding & lifestyle photographer KarenLisa Studio

Princely Paws Agility & Training Club

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Does Your Dog Have Bad Breath?

Dental Hygiene For Dogs

We put in a lot of thought in keeping our dogs healthy and fit with quality food and exercise.  Dogs can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. But it’s not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to worry about. As with humans, these canine dental problems can actually lead to life-threatening infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease.

Start early with your dog as a puppy!

Grown dogs can learn to become comfortable with dog teeth cleaning, but make things easier for yourself by working with your dog as a puppy

How to brush your dogs teeth

Your dog might not take to tooth brushing at first, but hopefully, you can make it a reasonably pleasant experience for both of you. Try and choose a time when your dog has had a decent amount of exercise, so he’s more inclined to sit still for the procedure. Don’t overdo it the first few times. Start slowly and quit if your dog gets agitated, even if you don’t brush the whole mouth. You can

Tooth Brushes For Dogs
Tooth Brushes For Dogs

increase the time every day as he gets used to it. Also, make sure to speak soothingly and pleasantly during the brushing and reward your dog with a treat afterwards. Before too long, your dog should start looking forward to the event.

If not every other day stick to a target of doing it once a week where you brush your dog.


One of the best ways to insure optimum oral health is to provide the dog with a well-balanced, meat-based dog food. Meat assists in keeping the mouth environment healthy. Actively encouraging the dog to utilize chew treats that require some “exercising” of the teeth, such as is provided by compressed rawhide chewies, hard rubber or nylon chew toys, can assist in keeping the mouth structures vital.

There are many synthetic bones and chew toys that are specially designed to strengthen your dog’s gums and teeth. While i don’t particularly like the rawhide ones because of hygiene issues if you have one that your dog has been gnawing on lying around the house for a while. It is  time to  sanitize it by boiling it and then putting it in to your deep freezer to cool.Just make sure you’re providing safe objects for your dog to chew on. Hard objects can cause broken teeth.

Giving your dog a good mutton hollow marrow bone to chew on can help get rid of build up and keep teeth strong, Chicken bones are not advisable especially when they are cooked because they splinter easily and could hurt your dogs gums or gut.

Dental issues that plague your dogs

  • Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums
  • Periodontists: Disease of the oral cavity that attacks the gums and bone and tissue around the teeth.
  • Pyorrhea: Inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth and accompanied by pus.
  • Plaque: The first buildup of material adhering to tooth enamel. Composed of a mix of inter-cellular matrix of bacteria, salivary polymers, remnants of epithelial cells and white blood cells, it can cause caries, calculi buildup and periodontal disease.
  • Calculus (Tartar): Calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate combined with organic material, deposited on the surface of the tooth.

When to see a veterinarian

Whether you brush your dog’s teeth or not, you should have a look inside his mouth every week or so. If you notice any of these signs of dental problems, then take your dog to the vet:

  • Bad breath
  • Change in eating or dog chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Depression
  • Excessive drooling
  • Misaligned or missing teeth
  • Discolored, broken, missing or crooked teeth
  • Red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums
  • Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
  • Bumps or growths within the mouth

Cons of poor oral hygiene

The adverse effects of periodontal disease are when the toxins the bacteria secrete and the damage these toxins cause to delicate kidney, cardiac, and brain tissue. The toxins from periodontal disease are absorbed into the dog’s blood stream.  As the kidneys, liver, and brain filter the blood, small infections occur causing permanent and at times fatal organ damage.

Before & After
Before & After

When my Prince was 13 years old i had to put him through surgery for wart removal and decided to get his teeth cleaned at the same time but to my dismay because i had not paid attention to his oral hygiene. The surgeon had to knock of 11 teeth 🙁

Prevention is better than cure after all. You might never know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it’s very advanced.




PETATHON Oct 23rd 2016


Trailblazers & Rythmic running – 10 km Marathon & Princely Paws PETATHON – 1 mile on 23rd Oct in Chembur at 6:00Am powered by Sai Estate Consultants.

Run or Walk with your dog and then enjoy the Agility games by Princely Paws as your dogs do the weave poles, tunnel and jump. Part of the proceeds go towards In Defense of Animals(IDA). Don’t miss out on this one of a kind Pawsome event!!

Rules For Participants

  • On registration a copy of the dogs updated vaccination certificate must be emailed

  • Every pet parent is responsible for their own dog during the event
  • Only healthy dogs free from any ailments, hip related issues and injuries are allowed
  • Aggressive dogs are not allowed
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times(use of pinch collars, choke chains, flexi-lead are not allowed)
  • Dogs on heat are not allowed
  • Brachycephalic dogs like Pugs are not allowed to participate




List Of Dog Movies

List Of Dog Movies

When i am not working with dogs, next in line is my love for movies. Here is a list of some of my favorites,  that made me laugh and some cry;grab those tissues and watch away!!

101 Dalmations
!01 Dalmations released in 1996

A couple must rescue the puppies of their dalmatians from a crazed woman named Cruella De Ville, who wants to use their fur to make a coat.

102 Dalmations sequel released in 2000 starring Glenn Close reprising her role as Cruella de Vil as she attempts to steal puppies for her “grandest” fur coat yet.



Snow Dogs released in 2002
Snow Dogs released in 2002

Dr. Ted Brooks, a Miami-based dentist, inherits a pack of sled dogs. He must learn the tricks of the trade or lose the dogs to Thunder Jack, a mountain man.






Hachi: A Dog's Tale released in 2009
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale released in 2009

A professor finds an abandoned dog and takes him home. Over a period of time, he forms an unbreakable bond with the dog.







Eight Below released in 2006
Eight Below released in 2006


The tale of a friendship between 8 sled dogs who become stranded in Antarctica during a particularly cold spell. Their guide Jerry will stop at nothing to rescue them and both dog and man overcome incredible obstacles to reach each other.






Homeward Bound Journey released in 1993
Homeward Bound Journey released in 1993


A heartwarming story about a golden retriever – shadow, an American bulldog – chane and a Himalayan cat – sassy who are separated from their family. Fearing the worst for their family, these three set out on an incredible journey to find them.

Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco released in 1996 is a sequel to the first movie where the family plan a trip to Canada the animals escape after Chance panics and breaks free from his carrier. After eluding airport authorities, the animals find themselves in the city of San Francisco, with home on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hotel For Dogs released in 2009
Hotel For Dogs released in 2009


Two foster siblings Andi & Bruce are forbidden to bring animals home secretly take in stray dogs at an abandoned hotel, thus creating an ideal shelter by transforming the hotel into an incredible paradise for dogs.








Beethoven released in 1993
Beethoven released in 1992

The Beethoven film series is a series of eight American films, in which the plot revolves around a family attempting to control the antics of their pet, a Saint Bernard

Beethoven 1: A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen.

Beethoven 2: Was released in 1993 where Beethoven rushes to rescue his wife Missy and his puppies after they are kidnapped by a gang of kids.

Beethoven 3: Was released in 2000 where Newton family is tasked with the responsibility of transporting Beethoven, a dog, to California. Two criminals are following Newton’s RV to recover the DVD kept in the truck. Will Beethoven save them?

Beethoven 4: Was released in 2001 where a A lovable but naughty family dog switches places with a meek and obedient lookalike canine.

Beethoven 5: Was released in 2003 where Sara Newton goes on a summer trip to visit her uncle, Freddy , who resides in a small mining town. Accompanying Sara is her mischievous St. Bernard, Beethoven, with whom she and her family have enjoyed an abundance of adventures. When Beethoven discovers a clue that might lead to buried treasure, the eccentric locals embark on a treasure hunt, a few ghosts make an appearance and chaos consumes the normally peaceful little town.

Beethoven’s Big Break: Was released in 2008 where Eddie, a widower and a struggling animal trainer, gets his big break when a St. Bernard who follows his son home is selected to play the lead in a movie.

Beethoven’s Christmas Celebration: Was released in 2011 where Beethoven takes the responsibility of rescuing the Christmas fairy and locating the missing sledge of Santa. He must also find and return the magic toy bag in order to save Christmas celebrations.

Beethoven’s Treasure Trail: Was released in 2014 where Beethoven gets stranded in a small coastal town, and helps a local boy find a pirate map leading to lost treasure.

See Spot Run released in 2001
See Spot Run released in 2001

Gordon Smith, a mailman, is entrusted the responsibility of a dog. However, the dog is an FBI drug-sniffer who has run away from the witness protection program.






The Ugly Daschund released in 1966
The Ugly Daschund released in 1966


Suburban couple Mark  and Fran take their beloved dachshund, Danke, to the vet’s office to deliver her first brood of puppies. Before they leave, Dr. Pruitt persuades softhearted Mark to adopt Brutus, a tiny puppy that has been abandoned by its mother. As the puppy grows into a full-size Great Dane that raises a ruckus around the house, Fran tries to convince Mark to find him a new home — until a brave act helps change her mind.




Top Dog released in 1995
Top Dog released in 1995


A streetwise cop teamed with a slobbering mutt investigates a fellow officer’s murder.








Turner & Hooch released in 1989
Turner & Hooch released in 1989

Scott is a compulsively neat detective who is forced to team up with the only witness to a crime, a slobbery dog named Hooch. The result is a big mess in Scott’s life, but as he tries to get the dog to help him solve the case they form an unlikely friendship.







Underdog released in 2007
Underdog released in 2007


A watchdog gets exposed to a substance that gives him the powers of a superhero. He is adopted by a 12-year-old boy and uses his superpower to protect everyone from the evil Simon Barsinister.





White Fang released in 1991
White Fang released in 1991


Jack, a Yukon gold hunter, forms an affectionate bond with a dog-wolf, White Fang, whom he rescues from a man who is ill treating the dog. He forms a unique companionship with him over time.





Zeus & Roxanne released in 1997
Zeus & Roxanne released in 1997


A marine biologist is annoyed when a dog named Zeus stows aboard her research boat. Nevertheless, she is intrigued when the intrusive canine makes best-friends with her captive dolphin, Roxanne.




Marley & Me released in 2008
Marley & Me released in 2008


A happily married couple’s life changes after they adopt a dog named Marley who with his antics manages to teach them important life lessons.



Marmaduke released in 2010
Marmaduke released in 2010


After moving to California with his owner, Marmaduke, a Great Dane, makes new friends and even loses his heart to Jezebel, a rough collie.





Stay posted will bring you more of these lists every month. Hope you have a Howling Time!!

How To Tame A Teething Puppy

How To Tame A Teething Puppy

Why Puppies Bite?

There are a number of reasons puppies nip, bite, and chew. This behavior starts before puppies even leave the litter—as soon as they begin to develop teeth, they begin receiving feedback on their bite strength from their mothers and litter mates. With their litters, puppies learn that biting other puppies hard will result in them not playing with him or biting the mother dog too hard may result in him not being fed or a growl or bite from her.

Puppies also bite and nip to learn the social nuances of dog culture. Dogs play by chase, race, tackle, play face-bite games, pounce, tug, and wrestle. This play actually serves a more serious purpose, teaching the lessons that need to be learned so that a dog can survive in canine society. Dogs don’t communicate with verbal language; they communicate physically, through body language and contact. Because dogs either growl or indulge in biting.

When well-socialized dogs find themselves in conflict, the interaction often looks very scary—teeth flashing, growling. More often than not, these interactions are brief, however, and both dogs walk away without injury.

While bite-inhibition training begins while a pup is with its litter, training must continue throughout the dog’s life, with special emphasis during puppy hood.

How Long Do Puppies Teeth?

Puppies begin teething at around 3 months of age and should have all of their adult teeth by 8 months of age.  Large dogs tend to fill in their teeth faster than do smaller breeds. During the teething phase you will want to keep an eye out for any retained baby teeth.  Sometimes the adult tooth will come in beside the baby tooth, and fail to push it out. These will need to be removed by your veterinarian

Puppy Teething Solutions

  • Never Punish: Never squeeze your puppy’s mouth shut, grab him by the scruff, slap him or use any type of physical punishment, since it usually makes the behavior worse.


  • Taste deterrents: Are meant to discourage dog teething, as well as, the urge to chew and lick things that should be off-limits. Pet parents can apply taste deterrents to various off-limits objects outdoors and around the house-and even to their own hands. There are lots of options available in pet stores but you can make your own spray by combining 2 portions of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 portion of  White Vinegar in a spray bottle , ready for use. This spray has prevented most dogs from chewing on their leashes and furniture.


  • Mental Stimulation & Exercise: make sure your puppy is receiving adequate physical and mental stimulation. Sometimes, puppies bite because they are bored and it’s something to do.


  • Set Up Play Dates: with appropriate puppies and tolerant, well-socialized adult dogs. Your Canine Behaviorist – Trainer will instruct you about how to select appropriate playmates, read canine body language and stress signals, and how and when to intervene if play gets out of hand.


  • Use Chew Toys: Introducing your puppy to age-appropriate dog chew toys early can also save your precious household items. Chew toys designated for puppies are a little smaller and softer than the adult toys. However, they still should be durable enough to handle aggressive mouthing. In fact, monitor your puppy during playtime and remove any destroyed chew toys immediately to prevent accidents from occurring. Don’t confuse your puppy by providing him with cute toys that resemble objects that you don’t want destroyed, such as rubber tennis shoes with squeakers, imitation remote controls or cell phones.Teething Toys For Puppies
  1. Rope toys are some of the best teething toys as they are inexpensive, easy to clean, versatile and last a long time. Rope toys are great for teaching fetch, tug or for solitary chewing activities. They also promote dental health by helping to clean teeth and strengthen gums. Rinse the toys with plain soap and water every few days, and freeze them while still wet for extra soothing chewing.
  2. The Kong Company makes a variety of tough toys that are great for all levels of chewers. The original Kong product line includes hard rubber toys in which treats may be hidden. Puppies will work these toys for hours trying to dig the treats out of them.
  3. Cold Carrots: A cold carrot soothes the gums, tastes great and is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids, Vitamins A and K and Potassium. Puppies love chewing on carrots and watching them disintegrate. As carrots are also high in fiber, limit the puppy to one carrot per day to avoid stomach upsets it is best to clean, boil and then freeze. I prefer cold carrots to raw hides and bones which are more likely to cause a stomach upset in your dog.


  • Play The Right Kind Of Games: Persuade your puppy to take part in non-contact forms of play, such as fetch and tug-of-war, rather than wrestling and rough play with your hands.


  • Don’t Just Tell Him “NO”: Whenever you find your puppy chewing on something inappropriate, correct him with a “no.” Then give him a toy that you know he likes. Once he starts chewing on the correct toy, praise him.


  • Train Your Pup To Not Teeth On You: If your puppy does nip you, say “ouch!” in a high-pitched voice and walk away. The best way to teach your puppy that nipping is bad behavior is by withdrawing your attention from him. When he stops nipping, reward him with affection and praise.


  • Crate Training: Using a dog crate is a super way of toilet training your pup, as well as curb attention seeking behavior patterns of barking, whining or any bouts of anxiety and teething issues. If crate training is carried out properly, the dog will soon start using it as a den. However the crate must never be used as a means of punishment.

Remember that consistency is the key to all successful puppy training – the teething phase won’t last forever, but the good habits you instill in him or her now will last a lifetime!

The Indian Dog

Indian Pariah/Stray Dogs

The Indian dog is a mix of Indian pariah’s and urban street dogs. The urban street dogs are mixes of Indian Pariah and  European breeds. These dogs are free ranging dogs that live among us on the streets. The Indian Pariah dog has a heritage that dates back to nearly 15,000 years and is referred as a class of primitive dogs that is not commercially bred or recognized.

The Indian Pariah dog is one of the few pure bred that originated in our country without any human intervention in their breeding process or through any kind of selective breeding process. Animal birth control programs are in place to get their ever increasing numbers in to control; as there is no effective garbage disposal system and due to the presence of slums in our country.

However in recent years it has been steadily gaining in popularity as a house pet. Here are some reasons why

 Perfect For Indian Weather: Pariahs adaptable to our climatic conditions  not to mention good-looking and well-proportioned.  They are usually healthy and sturdy, and particularly hardy in our sweltering tropical climate.

Alert & Good Watch Dogs: They are very alert and naturally good watchdogs.

Easy to groom: Their short coats make it very easy to manage them where grooming and hygiene is concerned. A bath once a week and they are good to go.

Intelligent & Trained Easily: These dogs can be trained with ease and are so intelligent that they tend to outdo their humans in a good way. Watch  video of a Indian Pariah/Stray pup being trained.

Health: These dogs are very often mixed within breeds and aren’t pure-bred. Since they have a lower risk of obtaining purebred genetics that lead to inherited diseases, they are healthier than other dogs. With lower rate of hip dysplasia and spinal diseases. It is a safe bet to speculate that Stray/Indian Pariah dogs are healthier than pure-bred dogs.

So “Adopt Dont Shop” – Save A Life!!





First Aid Kit List For Pets

Pet First Aid Kit

Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand.

An ideal pet first aid kit includes items that you will be comfortable using and will cause no harm to your pet.

First aid kit items should be stored in an easy-to-open, transportable box with a handle. A plastic box works well. Clearly label the box “Pet First Aid Kit” and store it in an accessible area. If you often drive with your pet, prepare a duplicate kit to keep in your car.

Mark the expiration date of first aid kit items that have a shelf life with a permanent pen and replace them before they expire. Marking them will serve as a reminder to check the date, as well as make them easy to spot.

If an emergency should occur where there’s more than one person on site, let the person most trained in first aid handle injuries. This is especially true if the pet’s parent is too emotional to make decisions.

Before and after you or anyone else administers first aid to a pet, wash your hands in hot water to avoid infection. Be very careful, any pet in pain will bite or scratch; even gentle pets will bite or scratch when in pain. Consider using a muzzle when dealing with wounded pets.

Keep in mind that the purpose of administering first aid is to stabilize a pet until he or she can be brought to a veterinarian. If the incident occurs away from home (beyond traveling distance to your regular veterinarian), having contact information for a local emergency veterinary clinic with you can save your pet’s life. Add your veterinarian and emergency clinic’s address to your GPS, so you can easily access it in an emergency.

In case of an emergency, are you prepared to help your dog or cat until you can reach the veterinarian? To be on the safe side, stock up on these easy-to-find items.

  • Veterinarians Contact Information
  • Rolls of 2 & 3 inch gauze: To wrap wounds or use as a safety muzzle.
  • Gauze pads in variety of sizes: For cleaning injuries.
  • Non Stick Bandages
  • Betadine Solution or Calendula Ticture Liquid: For wound healing
  • Antibiotic Salve 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: To clean wounds. To induce vomiting- do this only when your vet has advised because your dog has ingested something poisonous(not to be used in cats).
  • Tweezers: For removing objects from skin or paws.
  • Scissors: For cutting hair and bandages
  • Cotton
  • 5 ml Syringe: To administer oral medication.
  • Glove: to help protect you and keep the wound sanitary
  • Muzzle: To prevent your dog from biting you or chewing an injury while in pain.
  • E Collar:  Available in a variety of sizes, this opaque or clear plastic, cone-shaped protector attaches to your pet’s collar and can be found at veterinary clinics and pet stores. Prevents your pet from accessing a wound or injury.
  • Ice Pack: To reduce swelling or pain
  • Digital Thermometer: to find out if your pet is running a fever.
  • First Aid Book: Ask your veterinarian for a reference or to teach you basic first aid.
  • Styptic Powder: Used to control nail bleeds when you have cut in to the Quick.
  • Sterile Saline Eye Wash: If your dog gets debris or a harmful substance in his eyes, you won’t have time to get him to the vet before serious damage to his eyes occurs. Flushing his eyes out with sterile saline solution could prevent long-term damage.
  • Medications. There are a few over-the-counter medications that are safe to use in a variety of emergency situations. Talk with your veterinarian about which medications would be appropriate for your pet’s first aid kit.
  • Treats: Don’t forget the treats! It’s a great way to calm and distract an injured pet. This is especially helpful during bandaging, but really can help in any stress-filled first aid situation.
  • Collar & Leash.



In addition to your first aid kit, several household items can be helpful in case of emergency. A blanket or large towel can be used as a stretcher to transport an injured pet.



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