This blog is written by me – Malaika Fernandes, director at “Princely Paws – Canine Training, Behavior Modification Consults, Grooming , Pet Sitting, Animal Telepathy services and Bach Flower Remedies. I knew at a young age that I wanted my passion for animals to be my career so I devoted my life to them. After many years of being involved in voluntary work for animals in my area and with PFA (People For Animals). I decided to accept the position of an assistant to a veterinarian in Chembur (Mumbai) where I worked for a span of 7 years, where I not only handled dogs of various sizes and temperaments but also groomed them. During this interim I also worked for PETA for a year and a half as a monitoring supervisor at the”Jijamata Udyan Zoo”. I have been covered by several newspapers for various rescue operations such as the incident of Laxmi the Elephant which was hit on the Sion-Trombay road, for my voluntary work at 2 dog sterilization camps held at Chembur for stray dogs my work involved in raids on Nag Panchami day, rescue and rehabilitation of Bears etc.
After being bitten and mauled by a Rottweiler at the clinic in 2008, I knew that I was lacking in canine behavioral aspects and therefore decided to broaden my horizons by enrolling for a course with world renowned canine behaviorist and trainer Mr John Rogerson ( Nothern centre of Behaviour U.K) where I learnt dog training techniques for basic obedience training, scent and explosives detection, tracking, training for guide dogs for blind and deaf people and how to modify unwanted behavior in dogs. I won the trainer of the week award twice in succession and did a specialized course on aggression in dogs with Canines Can Care.
I also relearned the art of telepathically communicating with animals and was mentored by Manjiri Latey of Earthwise. Also did a course on Bach Flower Remedies for animals. I am constantly a work in progress where learning is concerned – all for the love of the dog!!
I have also written articles with respect to dog behavior in dog magazines, afternoon newspaper. I have also worked as a dog trainer in the “Garnier commercials” and the “Phatha Poster Nikla Hero” movie shoot.
I am a proud pet parent to Prince my English Cocker Spaniel dog(lost him 4 years ago to cancer at 13) , Pinocchio the African Grey Parrot, Mithu, Mickey, Mylo,Myra & Big Mithu( rescued birds), Oregano the Senegal Parrot, African Love birds and Cockatiels and the odd animal that is rescued & fostered until better.