PEOPLE who are big on pets naturally gravitate towards places where furball sightings are commonplace. For those who take great delight in the company of pets but can't keep one, or for those who want to see pets other than their own, there are places that can satisfy one's animal attraction by merely being a spectator.
Many public parks and malls now welcome pets. Go pet watching in community or tourist parks where pets are allowed as long as their owners keep them under control. Opt to go on weekends and when the sun is forgiving as more people take their pets out for a stroll around this time. If you ask nicely, many of them would allow a perfect stranger to pet their dogs or cats or have their photos taken. Pets are regular fixtures at the Quezon Memorial Circle, the Ayala Triangle Gardens and in many neighborhood recreational parks.
A well-maintained pet cafe is every pet lover's paradise. It is an elating experience to find yourself surrounded by different breeds of cats or dogs (even bunnies) that are ready to play or snuggle with you for an hour's visit.
The recently revamped The Pet Cafe by Velvet Friends (formerly Velvet Friends Cat Cafe) offers pet lovers a homey place to cozy up with their resident dogs and cats. It's easy to forget about the time here as gorgeous dogs and cats come to you from all directions! There are Corgis, Irish Setters, French Bulldogs, Papillons and other breeds at the dog's area (a.k.a. the dog garden).
To state the obvious, pet shows naturally attract a host of pets. If you want cuteness overload, attend any pet event or gathering and delight in the free encounters you will have with different breeds.
Pet grooming salons intentionally use glass walls to easily advertise their services by allowing the public to watch how they bathe and groom dogs. The sight of furbabies being washed, trimmed and brushed get people glued on the spot as they stand outside. If you don't have a dog of your own, this type of “mini show” lets you peek into a slice of a pet's life for free.
Veterinarians see different kinds of pets everyday and if you happen to be there at a busy time, chances are you will meet the variety of furry patients, too. Although most of the pets that come to veterinary clinics have health issues, it doesn't make them less endearing. Just make sure not to bother them and be helpful, if necessary.
If you want to see pets that also love to see you, an animal shelter is the place to be. Shelter animals crave for human visitors. They are like diamonds in the rough undergoing awesome transformation after surviving abandonment and even abuse. All they need is a loving person to take them home.
The virtual world is bursting with pets albeit in digitized forms. In fact, some poke fun at the Internet as being 99 percent made up of cat photos. If you have no time to go to any of the pet destinations mentioned above, the cyberspace could be your last frontier to look up fantastic pets.
Want to see the most adorable pet on earth? Look no further than your own home. For a die-hard pet owner, the dog that greets him with a wagging tail and the cat that affectionately rubs its body on his legs are the best pets in the world, bar none.
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