It's party time, pooches!

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    It's party time, pooches!

    Canine caterers are laying out classy spreads for pets that offer everything from cakes to gourmet quiches and pizzas,


    says Chitra Anand Papnai

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    Boss, a St. Bernard, with his special treat from Doggie Dabbas, Gurgaon

    A wide grin splitting his powerful jaws, Bruno trails the house-help from the gate to his waiting bowl where the contents of one box are upturned. Within minutes he greedily slurps off every morsel and then, replete, heads off for a siesta. And it's not just Bruno but also his master, Kartik Natrajan, who feels content once Bruno has eaten.

    This has been Bruno's routine for seven months, ever since Natrajan started ordering home-delivered meals for his thoroughly spoilt labrador. Natrajan unflinchingly forks out about Rs 6,000 a month for Bruno's high-class, 'premium' meals (about Rs 180 per classy doggie tiffin).

    Pooches like Bruno are living the high life. And it isn't just about high-class meals-on-wheels. Dogs with style are now snacking on gourmet cookies, yummy cakes, pasta, risottos, pizzas and even quiches. And relax, there's nothing unhealthy about these snacks — they are prepared with recipes specially formulated for canines with low-salt and low-sugar and everything that a healthy canine needs. Also expect donuts and dim sums made of short-grain rice flour as well as brown rice and spinach.

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    Mamta Sharma is currently renovating her restaurant for dogs, Bow Wow - The Barking Buddies Club ; Pic by Jagan Negi

    The pampering doesn't end with just exciting menus. You could take your dog out to resorts, restaurants and give them specially formulated treats.

    Cut to Gurgaon where Lucas, a golden retriever, is being treated to his favourite chicken pizza and donuts. His owner, Mahika Aggarwal, recently organised a birthday party for him complete with his canine chums from the neighbourhood. The 2-kg cake for the birthday dog came from Gurgaon's pet chef, Rashee Kachroo, who runs Doggie Dabbas, specialising in meals and baked goodies for dogs.

    Kachroo got a brainwave about getting into the cuisine-for-canines business when she realised that her own three dogs preferred her cooking over branded dog food products. "I reckoned that if my dogs preferred my cooking then other dogs might just too," she smiles. Kuchroo added to her canine knowledge by taking an online course in dog and cat nutrition. She first set up business in Mumbai and kept it going when she moved to Gurgaon.

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    Wasiff Khan's Homecare Dog Food delivers freshly cooked regular and premium meals for dogs ; Pic by Gajanan Dudhalkar

    Lucas, for one, is certainly not complaining as he loves Kuchroo's cakes. And he's not just dependent on one caterer for his goodies. On some weekdays he feasts on special doggie biscuits like banana cookies and peanut butter cookies from Bee The Baker, a Gurgaon-based bakery that has branched out from cooking treats for humans and has added canines to its customer list.

    Lucas, Bruno and their kind are ensuring that canine caterers don't have a moment to spare. Bruno is one of 500 four-footed customers in the books of Homecare Dog Food in Mumbai. The company which started operations in 2004, catering hot meals for dogs, has a team of 14 perpetually on-the-move staffers who operate out of a 500sq ft kitchen in Bandra. Every day, they distribute tiffins from Colaba to Andheri and go through about 100kg of fresh meat.

    Homecare Dog Food, is the brainchild of Wasiff Khan, one of the pioneers in the doggie catering field. He's now facing stiff competition as other pet chefs and bakers leap into the game.

    Says Khan: "The pet food market in India is booming.

    People don't have time to cook for themselves let alone for their pets. It's easier to order fresh meals for their dogs."

    Taking pet care to another level is the husband-wife duo of Roshan and Priya Poduval. Their Peppy Paws Pet Resort in Pune offers pet boarding, lodging, grooming and fun activities apart from freshly cooked meals.

    And if your dogs just feel like stepping out for a meal, then they should head for Bow Wow - The Barking Buddies Club, a doggie restaurant in Gurgaon. Pet lover Mamta Sharma started this exclusive restaurant for dogs in March 2004 with an extensive menu. Currently she's in the process of renovating the outdoor restaurant and giving it a complete facelift.

    Bow Wow is often booked for dogs' birthday parties, and owners are spotted reading books while their pooches go through the extensive menu. "It was also a social interaction site for dog lovers who could get their dogs to interact while also fixing dates for those looking for mates," says Sharma. The pets are served by a team that's experienced at handling all breeds.

    Although the restaurant is currently under renovation, it still does takeaways from the original menu.
     
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    Bayiravi Mani at Bee the Baker bakes peanut butter carrot cakes (below) for canine birthday dos ; Pic by Jagan Negi

    Peanut butter carrot cake

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    Ingredients:

    1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ cup peanut butter ¼ cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup honey 1 cup of shredded carrots 1 egg

    Method: Preheat the oven to 180ºC for 10 minutes and grease an 8-in round cake pan. Whisk together the whole wheat flour and baking soda. Now add the rest of the ingredients to the flour and soda. Using
    a rubber or wooden spatula thoroughly mix all the ingredients. Pour this batter into the cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Frosting: You can use peanut butter, hung curd or even pureed cottage cheese for frosting.

    (By Bee the Baker)

    A dog lover, Sharma was bothered by the fact that in India pets are not welcome in restaurants, stores or malls. "The idea was inspired from pet restaurants that I saw in the US," says Sharma. She developed the restaurant's dog-specific menu after extensive research in coordination with food consultants and vets in Delhi and Gurgaon.

    Khan too deeply researched on dog food before launching Homecare Dog Food. "I created a canine menu after market surveys and interacting with owners and vets," recalls Khan.

    Cut to Calcutta where animal lover Sayantani Bhattacharjee quit a career as a gynaecologist and launched Calcutta's first dog food service, Doggie Tiffins. Though currently Bhattacharjee only takes orders a day in advance, she's planning to launch a same-day service soon. She adds: "Before introducing the pet menu I consulted a vet to maintain a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates and fats."

    Customised plates

    Fur-faced customers couldn't have asked for more as most dog-food caterers customise their dishes according to their health, allergies, likes and dislikes. They also keep in mind that chocolate, onions and garlic are big no-nos for dogs.

    So, before preparing dishes, Khan's staff checks out their chart for information on each dog's preferences and allergies. "Some clients insist on high-quality or organic lean meat and brown rice," says Khan.

    Kuchroo of Doggie Dabbas too uses only the healthiest ingredients. "The key ingredient in most of my preparations is special short-grain rice flour, which is easily digested," says Kuchroo. She avoids using wheat, soya, corn, sugar and butter because some dogs may be allergic to them.

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    Pizzas and donuts are hotsellers at Rashee Kuchroo’s Doggie Dabbas ; Pic by Jagan Negi

    Kuchroo, who prepares all the pet meals herself, follows the principle that dog meals should have 17 per cent protein, five per cent carbohydrates and one per cent fat per 100gm of food.

    Similarly, to make the meals healthy, Priya of Peppy Paws Pet Resort adds spinach and cabbage to the food apart from chicken and rice, balancing protein, carbohydrates and fats. Priya charges Rs 100 per kilo for the meals she prepares using cod liver and soya oil which makes the food appetising for dogs (they love that fishy smell).

    What's on the menus

    When the pet chefs insist that their menus are extensive — they mean it. Kuchroo's menu is split into different sections — chicken, vegetarian and egg. Some popular dishes include Juju Chicken and Rice that's made with chicken and brown rice, while Zorro's Basket contains spinach and chicken risotto. Kuchroo also bakes special treats like rice flour pizza, donuts, cakes, quiches and dim sums using short grain rice flour.

    Special offers include Make Me Kissable which ensures that a dog's breath smells fresh as mint (along with whatever the canine likes) is a key ingredient. "The monthly package for a Labrador would work out to around Rs 6,000 for about 800gm of food per day," says Kuchroo.

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    Sayantani Bhattacharjee loves to pamper pets with innovative dishes like (below, clockwise from far left) Chicken Idli, Egg Nest and Cupid’s Pudding ; Pic by Subhendu Chaki

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    The other goodies Kuchroo tosses up include Vanilla Muttkins (pumpkin and vanilla muffins for Rs 120 for six) and Pup Cakes (rice cup cakes at Rs 150 for six).

    Meanwhile, an innovative Bhattacharjee has introduced a unique menu with dishes like Chicken Idli and Doggy Pasta (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) for her pooch customers. While the Chicken Idli comes with four idlis served with chicken gravy (Rs 100), the pasta is made of whole wheat or semolina (Rs 100 for 200gm).

    Even food suppliers who've aimed at human stomachs are now realising that there's money to be made in pooches.

    Bayiravi Mani of Bee The Baker, for instance, added canine goodies to her 'regular' bakery in Gurgaon. "Besides birthday parties, orders also come for gatherings of dogs and their owners," says Mani. Since she is so busy, she takes bookings a week in advance.

    Bee the Baker cookies are priced at Rs 300 for two dozen. A double-layered cake weighing 700gm with a frosting of hung curd or peanut butter is priced at Rs 750 while one that weighs 1,400gm is priced at Rs 1,500.

    There are more ambitious plans on the way. Soon Sharma's Bow Wow-The Barking Buddies Club will be back in action with more facilities and a dog specific menu in position.

    With a balanced diet and occasional treats coming their way, it's a win-win situation for the pets and their owners and definite proof that it is indeed, a dog's world.


    It's party time, pooches!
     
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    Prometheus asked me about my dogs since he wanted to start a thread on Dogs.

    Well, here it goes and I start it for him.

    Go ahead, post your dog's photo and details, add grooming tips, health tips, diseases, vet and pet care and what you like about Dogs and other Pets.

    So, Bow Wow to you and have a ball!
     
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    Dog lovers my a$$. Most of the above spend lakhs on exotic breeds while our local breeds are only found on the streets. Pure breed Indian hounds are nearing extinction but we prefer to torture a st. Bernard in the heat of chennai rather than adopt a mudhol.
     
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    well in my country man dies because of hunger but few have too much even they dont know ....

    i have dog i loved him , but my first importance is toward poor people ....


    Ray @@ pls dont make fun of poor people if you think we have to work for them , if you think we should think and talk how we can make there life better then pls close thread , else its your wish .
     
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    He is a really handsome boy!
     
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    yes but below more handsome dont you think we should talk and work for them ..

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    Has someone stopped you from writing about anything?

    What is your grouse?

    Indeed there is poverty, so why are you not in sack and ash?

    That would be real empathy.

    For Christ's sake, quit trolling irrelevantly.

    This is about dogs and it is just too bad for you and your ilk that there are people with money who indulge their dogs and pets.

    Just as the way Amabani has built a huge house in Mumbai while there are many living in hovels and slums.

    Just as the way people drive Mercedez Benz and BMW while many have to trudge barefoot to work.

    What are you doing about these anomalies in our society?

    These difference were there earlier and is still around and you are merely trying to close your eyes to it and attempting to be politically correct and attempting to project yourself as an 'intellectual' five star jholawala with contrived agony oozing through all your pores and orifices!

    Hey, since you claim poor people are your priority, then how is it that you are not talking about abolishing of war or preventing India from buying military hardware and wasting that money which can be well used for the poor?

    Next you will say attack China because they are doing better than 'poor'.

    There is no end to illogical ranting that is unmitigated junk and puerile trolling!

    For Christ's sake, don't compare these poor boys with dogs and expect one to speak about them on a thread about Dogs.

    Why not start a campaign in your town, village or wherever you live where all dogs are erradicated or not allow to be owned!
     
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