By Neelima Sadanand (Petmate)

They said “they aren’t affectionate beings,

Their love is only for food it seems.

Getting a dog would be so much better.”

How could I explain to them, they hadn’t met her!

Billie Jean, name inspired by the song,

Came home tiny with a meow not very strong,

Week 1, she kept MOM #1 awake all night with her banter,

But by the morning, all mom wanted to do was pamper.

Week 2, I (MOM #2) was more than ready to take her on,

And yes that meant she was sprinting and bouncing – 0 yawns,

But nobody tells you how divine it feels,

When at the end of the night, a kitten chooses to sleep between your heels.

She would run to the door to greet us after work,

She would demand attention even if it meant sitting on our laptops while we couch surfed,

She would melt every house guest’s heart,

And in them, a love for cats she would start.

As she grew, she was more queen less cat,

Long gone were the days of her hiding, us panicking and finding her under a hat, 

She knew she had us all wrapped around the finger,

Wherever we travelled, memories of her little paws would linger.

So the next time you consider a cat,

(Of course they have a say in choosing you back),

Know that they can love and heal,

With a purr & tail whisk

Your heart they can and will steal!

Delicious Pet Treats

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits  INGREDIENTS   - 1 can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling) - 2 eggs - 1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain-free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain-free flour) - 3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten-free flour - 3...

Watch out for Dogs

While surfing through Netflix I chanced upon this documentary series Dogs. The topic was interested and I clicked to find out more about it and was fascinated by what I saw and thought it was worth a mention just in case some of you have missed it. These are stories...

The Indian Pet Industry Dialogue was held in Worli, Mumbai, at the Nehru Centre on 1 December 2022. 

The themes of this year's conference were, 'Growing the pet industry post-pandemic, tackling stray problems, The use of media maximise visibility and understanding pet nutrition,' proved popular, attracting 120 delegates representing importers, manufacturers,...