Coming Soon – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut

I am delighted to share a little about my upcoming children’s ebook – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut.

This funny dog book encourages children to accept change and find good things in new situations. The book will help kids connect to the current world scenario and help them realize – change brings opportunity! It is an inspiring and funny bedtime read for kids between 5 – 10 years old.

Blurb – Happy, the dog, loves his fancy hairstyle and hates any kind of change in life. But then, Coronavirus happens, and life changes in many ways. Happy’s favorite dog parlor closes due to the pandemic lockdown, making him anxious about his locks.

Worse still, Dad suddenly decides to cut his hair at home! Happy thinks the experiment will fail and he resists the change. What will happen to Happy’s amazing hair? Will his friends laugh at his Corona Cut? This delightful tale is all about adapting to the ‘new normal’.

I am sure it will inspire and entertain the little readers. My kids are excited about the book since it is based on Happy, our dog. I hope to release it soon on my Amazon Author Central Page. I will need your support and best wishes.

Paw Things#5 – A dog’s thoughts amidst Coronavirus spread!

Bow wow from Happy! Well guys, can someone tell me what’s going on? What kind of emergency situation is this? There is a big question mark on my face.

The dad is getting more stuff than usual. What is the need of a cart full of grocery? The mom is forcing brothers to wash hands frequently.

She is constantly giving directions – wash your hands, don’t touch this, go change your clothes…! She is even rationing food items. Imagine!

I have never seen them like this. Is this normal for humans to panic or something else is going on? I am just seven months old so still learning, you see!

The brothers are clueless too as the changes are being made around us. They are feeling restricted and not going out at all. Kids sitting at home, how boring is that! The weather is nice today but not many people are socializing. Hmmm…

I heard the mom talking on phone that schools and colleges are closing. The stores are running out of supplies. President Trump might announce something today. I feel like asking them – hope you guys have stored dog food, ahem!

Are they under reacting or over reacting? I don’t know! All I hear is corona… corona…something virus is spreading.

Nine people have got it in Minnesota. Well, good that everyone is taking precautions but I would like to tell them that the panic part is unnecessary.

There might be something positive in this emergency situation after all since the world is coming together to fight it.

Also, it is making people grateful for what they already have and aware of things that they might have been taking for granted – health, food, family, society etc…

Well, guys, I am taking a break from this Corona something virus and going to play with my ball. Care to join, huh? Stay safe and healthy. Bow wow!

Paw Things#4 – A blog by a Dog (cute pics included)

 

Hi, there! I am Happy. It has been long since someone wrote something about me. Hmmm…so, I took the liberty to post my own Paw Things with many selfies and pics.

I am all grown up now, but still have that cute puppy face. Don’t you think so?

In January, I was unwell for about a week and there seemed to be a major health issue. It scared my family. But all turned out well in the end.

I am all hale and hearty now. I love to run in the snow and sniff around. I probably scare off the hibernating rabbits and squirrels. But what the heck, Spring is coming…they should gear up!

No, snow does not bother me at all. I love to eat a mouthful every now and then, when no one is watching.

There is something about the lake. I love to meditate near it.

This is my favorite spot. And my favorite thing in the world? Sleep Yoga!

I always wait for the boys to come from school. It is super exciting when they get down from the bus and run towards home.

I had fun sledding with the boys!

Yesterday, the boys enjoyed adding effects to my pic. Hmmm…do I look grumpy? Grumpy-Happy Dog!

Hope you enjoyed my pictures. I think Spring is around the corner and we will have more outdoor activities. I will share more pics soon. Till then, bye from Happy! Love Bark!

Paw Things#3 – Do Shollie pups grow this fast?

It’s more than 4 months since our impulsive adoption of the Shepherd-Collie mix puppy – Happy Singh and what an enormous learning experience it has been for a dog-agnostic person like me! I have become good at intuitively taking care of all his needs when the dog-father and dog-brothers are away.

He is a calm, nice dog and growing up so fast that it surprises everyone around. I think the credit exclusively goes to the dog-father and his endless efforts for Happy’s well being.

I often wonder what his full-growth size would be? Do Shollie pups grow this fast? Although, he looks big almost like an adult-dog but actually, he is still a puppy (He will mature into an adult in about 18 months, says Google).

Even Happy’s doctor remarked about his size. My first experience at the veterinary clinic was kind of great. I felt it was just like going to pediatrics. A cheerful place for dogs, the clinic had dog posters, rules for good behavior, dog songs and treats. Happy was scared in the beginning but his anxiety left after sniffing around the place.

And the nurses and doctor were very nice to him. Immunization shots hardly hurt him as he was busy licking treats fed by the nurse. We were told to feed him less, if we wanted his potty training to go smooth. He was declared a good healthy dog after the check-up.

I am also observing my kids’ relationship with Happy. The older kid had always been fearless about the dog and deeply caring like his father. And now, the same feelings are developing in the little one and he makes sure that Happy is happy. Dogs are really good for kids! As for me, I like to see Happy around and occasionally pet him. And he is a big fan of my chapatis (the shape doesn’t matter to him…lol)!

Happy is now well adjusted in the household and the challenges are fewer for me. Winters have arrived and thankfully Happy Singh loves the snow, so he readily goes out for doing business. Yay!

That’s the update for now. Will keep you posted about more #Happy things. Warm wishes for the Holiday Season!

Paw Things#2 – Happy and Me!

It is the beginning of second month after our impulsive adoption of the Shollie Pup – Happy Singh! And while my hubby and boys are enjoying the challenges, I am honestly, still struggling. Hubby has nicely fit into the role of pup-dad, and my sons are happy to be pup-bros, but I am finding it hard to be a pup-mom!

As, I mentioned in an earlier post I am dog agnostic and I am okay with them from a distance. But petting, feeding, potty training… it is all new and may I say, hard work.

I know it is not tedious for those who love the furry creatures. I envy the ability of dog lovers to cuddle, care and pet the creatures as their own child. I have seen how my hubby embraces the puppy and plays with him. But it makes me nervous when Happy jumps and barks to make me play. I just dash for the safest haven or escape from the room. It also makes me dejected to see my art studio taken over by an exploring dog that nibbles at my brushes.

The excitement, enthusiasm and joy of owning a pet is yet to come. But I quite like observing the bonding of my sons and Happy. They happily chuck the devices and forego tv time for running chores for Happy. It is a meaningful relationship for them. And whenever, my hubby jokes about rehoming the pup, he is staunchly opposed by the pup-brothers.

As for me, I am doing okay with his potty outings and feeds on weekdays. Although when the house work increases, I crib. Sorry! Whenever, hubby is around, Happy is entirely his duty. My eight year old does his bit too rather enthusiastically. And the little one just enjoys being around Happy.

I sometimes chide myself for not being very inclusive and joyous about our pet. But I guess, it is because I am just seeing one part of this ‘Happy’ accident – just the ‘compromises and hard work’ part. The feeling of companionship might come later as I get more comfortable around his licking, jumping and playing.

To tell you the truth, Happy is a good puppy. He is inquisitive and tries to obey. He has grown quite big in one month. He is learning fast and we don’t have daytime messes anymore. But night time is still hard in the cold, freezing weather of Minnesota.

The worst weather is about to come, when venturing outside would be a momentous task. And picking after the dog in a snow shower would not be poetic, to say the least. And what if Happy refuses to go out for potty in the snow? I guess, that will be a new challenge.

I really need tips from my dog loving readers and neighbors to gear up for the winters. There is a lot to know about keeping and training a dog. I try to read and educate myself but first hand information is always better.

Now, Happy has become a part of the family – an important member. I am not only observing changes in other family members but also in myself as I have become more adaptable and flexible. I am slowly getting used to all the ‘Happy’ changes. And my only prayer this winter – please god, less snow showers🙏🏻.

PS- Many of my dear, lovely readers wanted an update about Happy. So, I am happy to keep you updated. Please share if you have any tips about taking care of dogs in winters. Stay warm and healthy!