A child passionate about all types of animals and in particular homeless, injured and abandoned animals and a supportive mother.
When I was about 14 years old, a classmate of mine told me that she had bought a “pedigreed dog” for a price and my stray dogs were in no way comparable to her pedigreed specimen. I could not understand at that time that you could “buy” animals, when they were in plenty and many wanting a home. This got me thinking. Why could I not breed pedigreed dogs, sell them too and with that money take care of the stray and abandoned animals?
Yashbans is the story of a young girl’s dreams comes true. A passionate vision of a girl who nurtured her love and respect for animals from childhood over the years, to eventually become one of India’s most reputed breeder of pedigreed dogs. Yashodhara is also a trained Veterinary Assistant, an Animal Behaviorist , a Master Pet Groomer and an International All Breeds Judge.
She is an active member of the KCI and has been serving as the President of the Rottweiler Club of Karnataka since its inception.
Yashodhara has been associated with the world of Show Dogs since the start of her kennels “YASHBANS” in 1980.
Her determination for perfection was proved by breeding two ‘DOG OF THE YEARS,’ and a ‘RESERVE PUPPY OF THE YEAR.
Winning the ‘BREEDER OF THE YEAR,’ ‘DOG OF THE YEAR,’ ‘RESERVE DOG OF THE YEAR’, ‘RESERVE PUPPY OF THE YEAR’’ besides innumerable Best of Breeds, Champions, Group winners and Line up winners made her realise her dream of becoming one of India’s most successful woman in this unique field created from a passion.
Over the years Yashbans Kennels has become India’s most reputed and well-known kennel.
As an entrepreneur she started India’s first Grooming Parlour for pets “Fuzzy Wuzzy”.
In the recent years, “PETZORAMA”, a company which includes an exclusive range of pet products and AYURVEDA FOR ANIMALS along with a range of pet-treats and pet-food.
Her love for animals is beyond just dogs and cats. Yashodhara fosters abandoned and injured animals under a project she affectionately calls YASH. You Are Safe Here. dedicating a part of all her proceeds to the welfare and care of injured, homeless and stray animals.
Today, Yashodhara's daughters , Rishya and Radhiya continue this passion.
Having Judged extensively across India, Yashodhara has had the privilege of judging in Thailand, China, U.A.E, Australia and South Africa.
One of the most memorable shows she had the honor of judging was the Dog of the Year and Puppy of the Year awards in Brisbane in 2018, Best in Show in Tasmania and Best in Show in South Africa.
Yashodhara is also involved in judges training and assessment as part of the Judges Training Program in India.
A RANGE OF SUPER PREMIUM PET PRODUCTS.
As a child never really had a pet at home which she could call ‘my own’. I was very passionate about all types of animals and in particular homeless, injured and abandoned animals. I wanted to conserve almost extinct animals by skilfull rearing. I always found animals fascinating and wonderful beings. I still have vivid memories, right from the time I was 5 or 6 years old, of the days I used to find stray cats, injured dogs, sometimes a bat or a homeless squirrel whom I used to sneak into my home and look after until they were capable of being on their own, or my dad discovering them and sending them to the S.P.C.A. I had a simple childhood and had very few friends. These animals that I had rescued and brought home were those whom I considered my “friends”. I would talk to them and in the process developed a special bonding with them, which many people could not understand. It was however, not easy convincing my parents that this was my passion. My mother ofcourse was a big support to me. Slowly, the pets came in one by one and the room on the terrace of my house, where my dad would never come, was my own paradise.
I still remember how I used to hate cows being tied up for milking, away from their ill fed calves, who used to cry balefully for them. I would somehow manage to distract the milkman and quickly release the cow so that she could feed her calf. Ofcourse, I used to land up with a mouthful of abuses from the milkman. I also used to collect crabs from the beach and bring them home. I used to mimic the goats that were grazing outside my house and get them to come into my garden. I wanted to have all the animals living in my home. This was my dream.
I also remember how I used to go to the Marina beach only to try and cut the fishing nets in the hope that the fishermen would not be able to fish anymore.
I had a very interesting childhood. I was always under the impression that I can change the whole world’s opinion about animals and the necessity for us to co-exist and live in harmony.
By the time I was 10, I lived in a home with dogs, cats, mice, fish, a calf, a crow, a tree-lizard, a mongoose and so many more that I had rescued and I would feed them, treat them and help them recuperate fully before I released them to their familiar surroundings. I realized that I had this special gift or talent to even take care of newborn, abandoned animals. Though my mother supported me I slowly started understanding the fact that my parents were not supportive of my passion, as it costed money to take care of them, and as a middle class family, we neither had the money or the space for them.