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More than best friends

DNMUM423615 | 10/7/2018 | Author : Yoshita Rao | WC :1812

The domestic dog is more than a guard dog. He’s family and not just an extension of it. Yoshita Rao looks at the lovablecanine companion as a therapeutic interventionist, a babysitter and much more
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From driving away a cook to growling at family members and nurses who came to visit from the hospital, Inji, a mix of many Indian breeds, according to his pet parents, was very protective. A couple of days after Mumbai resident Bhavani Ramesh delivered a beautiful baby girl, her dad came visiting. When he attempted to pick up the newborn, Inji made one swift move toward Ramesh’s father, baring his upper teeth, he growled. “No one was allowed to touch Athira. He would be on guard for a long time when guests came home, and even followed them into the baby’s room just to ensure they weren’t running away with her, I guess,” laughs the 37-year-old.
But Inji wasn’t always like this. “My dog is very much like a cat,” says Ramesh,
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