European thoroughbreds Sobrave, Sledge and Rubinstein,
my St Bernard dog, Rio, hogs all the attention at
home," explains Kapil. Interestingly, model
Poonam Nath can't remember not having pets at home!
And her current companion is Shera, a Cocker Spaniel.
"While Reshma, my other Cocker Spaniel, passed
away recently, Shera is 18 years old now and we
always have great time togetherer " enthuses
Poonam. Well, if Shera brings joy unlimited to Poonam,
Pia Singh's cup of joy runneth over. After all,
the enterprising entrepreneur has five dogs at home,
including double delights by way of Apsos and Labradors
and a Cocker Spaniel. "Between my brother and
I, there are eight dogs in the house!" says
Pia. If pets are perennial favourites with the city's
jet-set, the Burmans of Dabur fame seem to be moving
in over-drive. The Burmans' Prithviraj Road residence
hosts a bevy of birds, including exotic parakeets,
and the Siberian husky Harry. Informs Gaurav Burman,
the youngest member of the Burman family, "Harry
is half-wolf and this explains his unconventional
looks. As far the beak-speak resonating through
the house, well, my parents are passionate about
birds." Incidentally, RJ-compere Yuri's fascination
for pets is backed by an interesting anecdote. "A
friend asked me to accept his Golden Retriever as
he was strapped for space at home. A month later,
he wanted his pet back! I bought a Golden Retriever
pup almost immediately and since then Skip has become
an integral part of our lives," explains Yuri.
Mandira Kapoor, a well-known figure at the city's
social dos, seems to have a way with pets. "I
have two Persian cats which answer to the names
of Simba and Lola, besides four dogs — Dante,
a Mastiff; two Irish Setters, Niky and Malarie;
and a Labrador, Pepsi," elaborates Mandira.
For those not tuned in, there's something about
pets which sees them find a place in the hearts
and homes of Delhi's jet-set. But then, even the
best of the best take a bow when a cuddly companion
packs a wow. That's pet power for you.