#Furholics: Meet Zizou And Becky, The Adorable Retrievers At The Murkute’s

That's Us, Zizou And Becky!


Two very energetic golden retrievers and one beautiful garden. Yup. Havoc.

Tackling one plant at a time, Becky and Zizou have transformed the quiet green into a different garden. But Shweta and husband Bhalchandra Murkute are not complaining. For Becky named after a WNBA player and Zizou named after a famous footballer are the favourite at home.

Flying In

Says Shweta, who looks after administration at Vidyanchal School, “The only two days they were quiet were when they flew in from Guwahati. They got over their jet lag and haven’t looked back since.”

It was after much study that Bhalchandra decided they would bring home Becky and Zizou. Becky was the naughtiest of the litter and Zizou was the strongest, handsomest looking.

“Since we were going to be in Guwahati on a holiday we realised we could check on the litter and the parents. So everything fell in place,” adds Shweta.

The Welcome

The nosy girl, the live wire, the rambunctious Becky is the first one to check out visitors to the Murkute house. If she realises you are ben slightly scared of her, theres no end to her mischief. Zizou is more measured in his approach. He figures that he will go if the rewards worth it.

But for the most part they ignore the hoard of visitors to the Murkute home. They know when they are on duty and when they are not. For a change, Shweta takes Becky and Zizou to her maternal home.

They go all over and plonk on the bed happily, adds Shweta as Zizou opens one eye to look at Shweta.

Garden Blues

Not yet a year old, the two divide their time between the garden and indoors according to season. In the early days, they enjoyed messing the aloe vera plants all over. The current favourite targets are the moss sticks and the money plants.

The gardener comes most disappointed to tell us of their latest escapade, grins Shweta.

Food for Thought

Becky’s favourite activity is looking for naivedya and gobbling it up. Zizou isn’t really bothered about food. Becky always checks what’s in her bowl and in Zizou’s bowl. Samples both and eats hers. Its almost like she isn’t sure that both get the same meals. And meal times are spot on, because Becky barks if at all anybody delays!

The two have impeccable taste when it comes to a certain natural something.

Our cow comes into the compound to drink water. The two pretty much leave her alone, except for her legs. They love to lick off the cow dung, laughs Shweta. But should Miss Cow look their way, the pooches turn tail and run leaving everybody watching in splits.

Not tied, the two are obedient and obviously much loved. “Cant think of tying them up. We have so much space for them and no reason either,” she smiles patting Becky.

We hope other pet parents agree!


Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan