India badminton champ Saina Nehwal has urged people to show some concern towards animals while bursting firecrackers this Diwali. Saina has a pet pooch, Chopsy, a four-year-old Shih Tzu, who is intimidated by firecrackers.
“My pet dog [Chopsy] is afraid of crackers. It is very difficult for him to remain calm during Diwali. I request all my Indian friends to keep crackers away from pets during this festival of love and light,” Saina told mid-day recently.
Asked about her favourite Diwali moment, the former World No. 1 recalled, “During my Campus School [1995 to 1998] days at Hisar, Haryana, I used to keenly await Diwali since we would get two-three days holidays. “I used to play with a small toy pistol and roam around everywhere like a soldier. I stayed away from crackers. Then, after I took up badminton, in 2002, I’ve rarely been home for Diwali.”