Holi commemorates the arrival of spring, the ending of winter, and the blooming of love, and it is a joyful day where many meet loved ones, play and laugh, forget and forgive. The celebration also marks the start of a prosperous spring harvest season. Pets have painted and coloured our lives with numerous shades of love, happiness, and lots of licks. 

For every pet parent, the arrival of their paw baby was no less than a grand celebration; it is marked as the day that commemorated the blooming of love and the start of a beautiful journey. On speaking to a few pet parents about their pets, we got the answer to the question that many have been pondering on.

How have pets coloured the lives of humans? Pets have changed our lives and made a very colorful impact on our lives. Let’s see what some of the pet parents we talked to have to say about their beloved pooches.

“Life is golden with Oreo!” 

Sonali Gupta is the pet parent of our beloved Oreo. Speaking about Oreo brought a unique shimmer in her eyes; it was magical. “I remember when I finally got my Oreo in my hand. I had always waited for him my whole life; Oreo is my childhood dream.”

“Just like most Indian moms, my mum said ‘pehle tum log to pal jao’ whenever I insisted on getting a puppy. I met my fur baby on Facebook. I never got a puppy when I was younger but when I shifted to Bangalore with my husband, we got a Goldie. My husband and I would watch cute puppy videos for hours every day. We always admired Golden retrievers for their happy and beautiful nature; we started thinking of bringing home one but couldn’t convince our mind easily as we had a busy work life.

After months of discussions on how we will manage, we finally decided to do this. We started looking for a Golden pup and that’s where we saw Oreo’s picture. It was love at first sight. We are so happy that we brought him into our life. It was the most special moment; it brought to me tears of happiness. I remember taking him in my hands and he embraced me in his little arms like I was the one he was waiting for; I had never felt so warm and emotional ever. It has been 13 months since he came into our lives and a lot has changed ever since. 

Oreo has filled our lives with lots of colors. In other words, he has painted our life like a rainbow. I don’t know how to describe the feeling when you always have someone who understands you so well without saying a word. I don’t know how someone can pump up your spirit just by his face and eyes. I don’t know how someone can lighten your heavily tiresome day with sloppy kisses. I don’t know how to describe the feeling when someone loves you unconditionally. I don’t know how to describe the feeling when someone is ready to wait for you forever. I don’t know how we can describe the feeling when someone gives you such a warm welcome even when you return in 5 mins.

I don’t know If I can describe love but these are the true colors of life; for us, it’s Oreo.”

~ SONALI GUPTA (@megasonali007), OREO (@oreo_thefluffyboss)

“Because of Oscar, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more!” 

“Due to my health issues, I shifted to Mumbai and set up my own business. I lived alone in Mumbai and that’s when my father decided to bring Oscar into my life. When he came home, he was only 3 months old. I remember seeing him; he was a British American exotic shorthair cat with a flat face & big round eyes full of curiosity. Oscar came across as a very different personality to me; he loves bird watching and his sunglasses. Everybody knows him because of his sunglasses. He also loves to travel and explore new places with his hoomans.

He is my therapy cat. Having Oski in my life has helped me deal with my anxiety issues and has kept me sane during the pandemic. He’s the one who fuels me and understands the fact that ‘it’s okay to not be okay at times and this is how you roll on with life. Life is happy & content with him. He makes me feel proud, alive, and he makes me feel that no matter what the world has to say, you shouldn’t be bothered.

He’s THE CAT BOSS teaching me the best in life.

The one thing that stayed with me is never settling for less in life. Don’t like the cat bed? Don’t use it. Don’t like the food? Don’t eat it. I feel each one of us is blessed as we have them in our lives. Nobody in this entire universe can understand emotions better than animals. With most of us going through emotional turmoil and losing hope in life, I believe these little furballs are just a stress buster. Enjoy every moment with these little cuties as when time passes, these will become memories to cherish for a lifetime.” 

~ Shifa Kazi

“My life is filled with utter joy and happiness” 

There is so much to say about Oscar. 

Where to start about him; the day I lifted him for the first time was one of the most precious moments of my life. Since then, I have lived my life to the fullest, keeping myself busy with him.

Due to his presence, my life is filled with utter joy and happiness, and we are somehow spreading positivity and happiness wherever we go. Oscar is not a dog for me, he’s my lifeline, he keeps me motivated, devoted, and always happy.

His personality is as colorful and as beautiful as the rainbow. We do everything together and it has been a wonderful journey ever since he has come into my life.

I had never thought that being with Oscar would make my life so different. Oscar is the only one in my life with whom I share my secrets and spend my whole time with. From waking to sleeping, we stay together and live our life to the fullest.

All my stress, work pressure and distress disappears whenever I see him because he always welcomes me with so much love.

Oscar is one hell of an intelligent dog and he loves car rides and beaches as much as I do.”

~ Sushil

“Posto helped her recover”

 “Posto entered my life after I met with an accident and I had a ligament surgery. All this happened during the pandemic and the gloomy and dull atmosphere made it worse for me to recover. My confidence was down and I didn’t know whether I would recover or not. I never thought I would recover but Posto boosted my confidence and we always played together and did everything together. It was almost as though he healed me. Posto was unique but it never felt as though we recently met; it always felt as though we knew each other for a very long time.

Posto had a problem with his vision but it never felt that way; he was full of energy and would zoom around the whole house. He would always be with me the whole time and within a few days of him living with us, everything started changing. All these activities with Posto helped ease the movement of the surgery and he helped me recover from the surgery quicker than we imagined.

Posto was the reason our lives came back on track and our new life with Posto was filled with flying colors of joy and togetherness. If Posto didn’t come into my life, I don’t know whether I would have been able to boost my confidence enough to recover as quickly as I did after Posto came into our family.“

~ Tiu Hazra

Pets are as beautiful as the colors of the rainbow and this Holi, let us celebrate the unique relationship between pets and pet parents. This relation is incomparable and as unique as the shades of colors and patterns on a peacock. 

Rightly said by Irene M. Pepperberg that ‘clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know.’ They know more about us than we do, and they think about us more than we know. From knowing when we’re not feeling well to thinking about what will make our day, they know it all. 

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