Couple puts up 14 hot dogs for adoption

Published: Nov 15, 2013, 01:45 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate |

You can tell that they are in puppy love. But fashion designer Rishika Dossa and husband Ketan are now trying to get 14 canines they have been nurturing good homes. The pups are two months old, eating properly and vaccinated.

“We would never sell the puppies. We would give them to dog lovers. As of now the neighbours and the society members are not creating any problems, but that is likely to change as the animals grow. They will roam around in the area and may create a mess,” Rishika said.

Animal magnetism: The pups were born in the society at Kalyaninagar and the Dossas have been taking care of them since. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

There are seven male and seven female puppies – some of them are jet-black, a mixed breed of Doberman and German Shepherd. Seven puppies have one mother, and the remaining seven another. Both the mothers are stray dogs, and the pups were born in the society at Kalyaninagar. Since the delivery, the Dossas have been taking care of the little ones. Rishika and Ketan have kept them near their flat on the ground floor.

Ketan said, “These puppies are healthy, and as of now they eat boneless chicken, drink soup and milk.” He added that if an interested party approaches the couple for adoption, he and his wife would do a background check, and would hand over one or more of the puppies only after feeling satisfied. I also train people and guide them on how to take care of puppies in a proper way, what to feed them, and anything else, if needed.”

Rishika concluded, “We stay in a housing society where there may be some people who don’t like dogs. So we want these puppies to get a home soon, so that they can be safe. There are some dog lovers in our area, who take care of such strays. But still, it is a risk, as sometimes they may fall prey to rash driving by people”. 

Society member speaks
Trupti Pande, who is the secretary of the society, said, “We don’t want to harm the puppies, but they do create a problem in our society. They bark a lot and cause noise pollution. Incidentally, some people in the society are allergic to dog hair. So, I feel it is good if the puppies are adopted by others.”

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