Kristan Higgins once said, “When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” Such is the bond of Ranjana and her darling Champ, who has made her life a real heaven on earth. Here are a few glimpses of their mesmerizing journey…
How’s been your journey with Champ so far? When did she come in your life?
We found ‘Champ’ roaming alone on a busy road in Delhi; it was a winter night, when she almost met with an accident. We tried to find her mother or other siblings but no luck. She was shivering, hungry, and confused, so I brought her home and since then she’s become an inseparable part of our family. She is four years old now. Journey of these four years has been very beautiful because no matter how bad your day is, when you reach home, she welcomes you with so much love & joy that makes you forget everything and refreshes your mood.
‘Champ’… How did you come up with this name for her?
We named her ‘Champ’ because she was extraordinary, smart, and super active girl. She managed to steal & eat food on her own from the bowl of big dog of my house the same night she came to our house.
What is Champ’s diet? How do you plan her diet and take care of her nutrition?
Mostly we give her home cooked food like boiled eggs, chicken with rice/chapati & vegetables, and sometimes with curd or milk. She loves to eat raw vegetables, especially peas. We also give her Woof Yums dehydrated food that she simply cherishes.
How do you prefer to shop for her – online or offline? Do you prefer any particular e-commerce sites/pet shops?
I generally prefer to shop online for her and most of the products that I’ve bought for her are from www.binkymart.com (this site is run by a volunteer who supports stray dogs).
How do you like to spend time with Champ? What are her favourite activities?
Oh! I like everything… just sitting with her and watching TV or even talking to her. She loves to go out – always ready to go for a walk or to park. Her favourite activities are to play with her sister (my other dog Pihu) in the park and run after pigeons.
Do you take Champ along when you travel?
Actually, she’s got car sickness; she starts vomiting after an hour and becomes so restless that we can’t travel long distances with her but we do take her for short visits to our friends/relatives.
Considering the current situation of pandemic, it’s been tough for all of us locked up in our homes. How has been your experience with Champ?
You can learn so much from them like to enjoy little things in life, sit calmly without doing anything, and give selfless love to everyone!
Yeah true, pandemic is for humans, we can’t give punishment to our pets for that; we do take her for walks to park but we make sure to wear mask ourselves and wash her feet after each and every walk.
Do you think brands are doing enough to promote responsible pet keeping along with promoting their products?
Yeah, I think so but they can do much better like promoting Indian dogs, sensitize people towards stray animals etc.
Being parents of a desi dog, what message you wish to convey to your fellow pet parents?
I just want to convey that they are as good as any other breed dog and even better. They are low maintenance and can be easily house trained. They can endure the harsh Indian climatic conditions without any issue. So love them unconditionally!