Hi! I’m Julia!

Hi! I am Julia! I was born and raised in Düsseldorf, Germany and then spent some time in New York before settling down in Vienna, Austria (OMG how I love that city!) to study law and journalism. Once I graduated and worked in politics for a while, I met my now-husband Harish and long story short, in 2017 I found myself living in Chennai, India!

That is not the interesting part though, what I did before I studied law as a young teenager is much cooler as I realise now. Like every kid I begged for a puppy and to my surprise my mom actually said ok but... (there was always a but with my mom) she said if you want a dog, you better know how to take care of one. So she made me sit after school and learn about dog training and nutrition. Before any further steps were taken she even made me go and buy raw chicken necks from a farmer on the market - which she probably thought was the end of me wanting a dog - but it wasn't and she had to keep up her end of the deal! HAHA - if only she knew what all would follow because of this!!

So we adopted Johnny. Johnny was a girl but Mom said if I take her out at night and call a girly name it’s less scary for criminals (that lady’s brain was something else!). Johnny was with us and thriving for almost a decade before my brother's girlfriend took her out and she got into an accident.Johnny almost died clenched between the lower front of a BMW and the street. The Vet told us it’s silly to invest in her recovery - but you should have seen 15 year old me scream the whole place down to do whatever was possible to save her.

Johnny and me …

After this Johnny’s whole body was bandaged up, her hip couldn’t even be operated on because she had gone through multiple surgeries already - her spleen was ripped, she had lost so much blood, the list of things wrong with her was painfully long. She had to wear a cone and was on heavy medication. She was miserable! I slept in her bed every night. My mom was trying to prepare me to put her down but I wasn’t ready to give up. It was then that I remembered that research is all I’ve got and I started reading about natural healing and food in detail like I had never before! I took off her cone, removed her bandages, spoon fed her raw beef mince and let her lick her wounds. I even seeked homeopathic healing for additional support.

4 weeks later, Johnny was walking out to greet me after school and even peeing on her own! Within 6 months, all that remained of her surgeries were some missing fur and scars.

The Story does not end here …

After finishing school, I left for New York thinking all is well (this was three years later) but then my mom fell sick and gave away my Johnny. The new family switched her diet to commercial dog food and before I even knew, my girl was not my girl anymore. She eventually had to be put down due to cancer.

But that was not the end of Johnny and me. Johnny continues to live on in my heart and I’d promised her that I’ll make up for everything that had gone wrong.

After moving to India and adopting Coco, my first Indie, I swore to do better and never leave her side. This time, I vowed to only rely on my own research, science and nature. It was hard to navigate everything in India but upon realising the amount of misinformation and sad quality of advice and food available, I had to create awareness and help others.

There were no info on Pet nutrition, no posts on Instagram about raw food for Dogs and Cats, there were not even airdried or any type of healthy treats or chews available back then!

So I spent day and night studying further, researching and sharing with anyone who would listen on how to do better by their pets or Streeties.
That’s how Canine India was born. And my increasing upset at Diet Charts and misleading information handed to Pet Parents without taking responsibility led me to consult as well. It is my sincere and heartfelt effort to empower you to continue making well-informed choices for your furry babies!

Know Me Better!

What bothers me?

When someone is not open to different perspectives - what is best for me might not be best for someone else and understanding that, I think, is the key to compassion and a happier life!

Lack of kindness and empathy towards animals on the street breaks my heart

Focusing on short term rewards over doing the right thing

When us humans think we know better than nature

Misleading information on labels or cutting corners

Who I am

A word nerd who loves breaking down information to get to the root of things

Loyal servant to many, many Streeties and personal Butler to my Dogs

University educated Lawyer & Journalist

Pet Nutritionst with 15 years+ experience

Absolutely in love with back to the roots India - culture, practices, villages, nature, Indian Dogs & Cats, everything!A word nerd who loves breaking down information to get to the root of things

Words I use the most often

  • WHY?
  • HOW?
  • MORE DETAILS PLEASE?
  • Teddy come give Momma a hugs!
  • Nature knows best!
  • Read the Label!
  • OMG that Dog is the cutest ever!
  • Don’t compare yourself or your furry to anyone but yourselves yesterday

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What I want

I want to enable you to understand your Pets needs. Then you can provide your Pet a Diet that works for you and your Pets individual needs sustainably.

What I do to stay ahead

I follow my heart and passion to do the right thing - I don’t focus on what others are doing and consciously try not to compare. I love learning and finding solutions.

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