Dino Morea, Kubbra Sait, Bani J and Raghu Ram on where to spend quality time with pets
On Love Your Pet Day, four celebs lead us to spaces in the city where you can spend quality time with your furry friend
Fathering Ganpat and Maximus
Dino Morea was surrounded by animals like squirrels, dogs and birds while growing up in Bengaluru. Having had pets all his life — including a number of adopted strays, like Ganpat, a five-year-old doggo that Morea fathers along with a jumpy five-year-old labrador, Maximus — the actor and producer recommends, "adopt, don't shop". "Strays are actually the hardiest and they take care of you. If not for anything else, then simply to discourage the cruel way in which dogs are bred in the country, people should begin looking at adopting," he shares, adding, "It's important for the city to have more pet-friendly spaces because it motivates pet parents to take them out. I didn't always know that places like Doolally Taproom existed, but now that I do, I love to bring them along, especially in the mornings when it's not crowded." Also, if you see animals [in such pet-friendly establishments] you understand how beautiful they are with humans and that might inspire patrons to get pets."
Time 11 am to 1 am
At Doolally Taproom, Rajkutir 10A, Khar West.
Raghu Ram. Pic/Sameer Markande
Zukzuk, the star of Versova
Raghu Ram, who is a regular at Versova's Leaping Windows with his 12-year-old golden retriever Zukzuk, says the café's vibe and amiable crowd makes it a favourite. "The only time we chill is when we go out. So, it's important that pets are allowed in these spaces. Maybe restaurant owners could begin by hosting a 'take your dog out' day once a month and see how it goes. I believe it will be popular among pet parents as well as animal lovers," the producer and host suggests.
Time 10 am to 12 am
At Leaping Windows, Versova, Andheri West.
A Patch of happiness
"I really love my dog, and I wish I could take him everywhere with me," wrote Bani J on her Instagram after visiting PEFE, a pet café in Lokhandwala, with Patch, her one-and-a-half-year-old amstaff in September. When we check how the outing went, the fitness model and host confirms that they had a great time running around, interacting with other dogs at the joint and treating Patch to dahi chawal (the café serves food for pets, too). "You have to stimulate and play with dogs. They need space and open ground. When Patch was younger, I'd play games with him and still do. In a country like India where there aren't too many dog parks, pet-friendly eateries become all the more important," she elaborates, adding, "I like the fact that restaurants are opening up their spaces and accepting that people who have pets might want to step out with them."
Time 12 pm to 12 am
At PEFE, Lokhandwala, Andheri West.
Sun bathing with master Shifu
Actor Kubbra Sait finds it heartening to see city haunts open up their doors to dogs. But as a parent to a five-year-old Persian cat, her options are fewer. "Shifu doesn't like going out too much. But I took him to Kitchen Garden once. The staff was friendly and caring and got Shifu a bowl of water. Also, because it's an open space, he was calm and became the object of everyone's affection," Sait tells us. Arguing for more animal-friendly spaces in the city, she says, "Pets give you joy, so more pet-friendly eateries in the city would mean more positivity. They could also serve as a space for parents to connect."
Time 9 am to 11 pm
At Kitchen Garden by Suzette, St John Street, Bandra West.
The White Collar Pet Spa, Khar West
What Medicated massages for dogs with essential oils.
Pet Parazzi, Thane West
What Specialised baths and treatments.
Paweffect — We Style Pets, Santacruz West
What Haircut and specific breed pet styling.
Petsville, Andheri East
What Cageless boarding and day care for pets.
Dsouza's Pet Kennel, Kandivali West
What Home stay and pet-sitting.
Apsan Canine Resort, Thane West
What Lodging and boarding resort for pets.
Barker's Dozen Pet Bakery
What Healthy veg and non-veg doggie treats.
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What Birthday cakes, ice creams and ready-to-eat wet food without preservatives for dogs. CALL 9820009456 (delivery across India)
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