#Furholics – Tia, The Princess At The Kukade Home

Labrador Pet - Tia

Her name means princess and at the Kukade home, Tia sure is one. The four and a half year old labrador is the centre of all attention from Ajji, the eldest to the youngest in the family, Jatin. The reason Tia came home is Tanya, Sachin and Nidhi Kukade’s eldest daughter. “Tanya wanted a dog if she scored 90 per cent in std X. She scored more, did a lot of research on the breed she wanted and we got Tia,” explains Nidhi. And just like Tanya’s marks, Tia keeps her scores on loving her family at 100 percent every singe day.

At home

Won over easily with her naughtiness and her innocence and her love, the family loves her to bits. Very warm and welcoming to guests at home, Tia particularly enjoys being pampered and scratched by friends and family.

Looking at Jatin as a naughty little brother, Tia works hard to keep him in check. From stealing his shoes to pulling his clothes, she did everything she could as a puppy to bully Jatin. Nikita, Nidhi and Sachin’s younger daughter was initially worried when Tia came home but that changed soon. Of course, Ajji is very fond of Tia, so much so that she frequently accompanies the maid, Akshata, on Tia’s walks!

Lawyer and academician Nidhi adds, “Tia is the gravitational force of our house, she keeps us grounded, harmonious and humble. She came in as a positive energy in our house and has spread so much love and happiness.”

Food Surprise

Unlike other labradors, Tia is extremely fussy when it comes to her meals! She is hand fed, fussed over, threatened, cajoled and bribed to eat. “We have to tell her that her walk will happen only after she eats her food – kibble or chicken rice. Chicken is hand fed and Kibble laid out like a spread out of her bowl. Her daily banana has to be fed piece by piece. And, after every walk, the princess insists on treats before she moves ahead. “For all of us, including Akshata, feeding Tia is most important,” sighs Nidhi who chose to spend more time at home to look after Tia.

The Bright Spark

Nidhi sums up: My mother in law’s asthma has come down after Tia joined in the family. She has taught us lessons of life: loyalty, honesty, true expression of love and many more. She is very understanding and if she senses that if anybody is upset she comforts us. She just heals the soul.

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