Pet owners often rely on boarding homes to take care of their beloved furry ones when they travel. If they have to take that vacation or go out of town for a few days, in India, many pet owners are left with few options--even if they can't be sure these will provide the love and care their pets should continue to receive.
This is where a Bangalore-based startup comes into picture.
When I enter Samira Abraham's apartment in Bangalore, she is chasing a dog around the dining table. Plastic balls, wooden bones and stuffed toys with chewed appendages are strewn around the room. Five minutes later, the dog climbs onto the sofa, panting. "She thinks that if she climbs on the sofa, no one can do anything to her," says Samira.
The culprit is nine-month-old Zoe. Samira and her husband got the dog when she was six weeks old. There were three other golden retrievers, but Zoe was the naughtiest. "She came and checked us out. Then she went to a corner of the room and was playing with herself. She was playing hard to get. We fell for her ploy and instantly fell in love with her," says Samira.
Dogs have not only offered us love and affection but have also worked side-by-side with humans for centuries. They not only help their owners to relax, but also take their attention away from all the problems and worries. Dogs decrease the feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing companionship to all generations. It’s also been proved that children who grow up with dogs have higher self-esteem and are less susceptible to allergies. With unconditional love, they give us a sense of empowerment that makes us feel better about ourselves.
Dog owners in the city who are planning a vacation will no more have to leave their pets with not-so-eager relatives or at kennels. While dog owners are away vacationing, Waggle, a service now being expanded to Mumbai, will ensure that pets stay with a host of their choice.
I do love animals, but never had one of my own. One of the reasons we never had pets was the thought of leaving them alone – when we go to work the whole day, or on long trips during vacations. Today there are options of shelters and boardings, but sometimes even those are not enough for your love...