NOT many people know that there's an old cemetery inside Clark City, in Pampanga that was made for the bravest of dogs.
When Clark was still a US military air base, the 3rd Security Police Group (3SPG) operated there the largest military working dog unit of the United States Air Force (USAF) with hundreds of dogs during its entire history. Canines that died from natural causes or were put to sleep after they became ineffective for the job were interred at this K-9 cemetery.
Despite the passing of time, the violent eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and the redevelopment of Clark into a freeport zone, the K-9 cemetery remained where it is, undisturbed but somewhat forgotten.
The K-9 cemetery lies in a 100-sq.m. piece of land, a mere speck in the map of Clark, which in total is about 32,000-hectare big. The dog cemetery is not a very popular attraction so finding it could be a bit tricky without a tour person or an app like Waze as guide. It is at the corner of Centennial street, near a major intersection and with a big green sign that says “K-9 Cemetery”.
The K-9 cemetery is surrounded by old trees. A short concrete bridge literally connects the K-9 Cemetery to the outside world.
For decades, the K-9 military working dogs and their handlers did a nightly search of the jungles, secured the flight line and guarded the base population. The dogs were trained to secure the base perimeter from intruders and thieves and to detect narcotics and bombs.
As to be expected, a lot of them were German Shepherds.
Based on archived pictures, the K-9 Cemetery in Clark Field looked like it started as a plain field marked by white crosses. In 1978, the crosses were changed to tombstones that look like short obelisks that bear the dogs' names and their officially issued identification numbers.
The tombstones are neatly arranged in rows and columns. Unfortunately, the statue of a dog and its handler at the center of the cemetery no longer exists. It has been removed and sent by the USAF to the Security Forces Museum in Texas, leaving a stump of concrete in the middle of the K-9 cemetery.
Although it is right along a busy street with no gate or walls to hide it from view, the final resting place of the USAF canines is as peaceful as it can be. The tombstones, many with faded letters and numbers, are all that remain of the once proud military kennel.
Based on some of the names, one could guess the personality or character of the dog in the grave. Some of the names that stand out are Pig, Sultan, Duke, Bullet, King, Max and Wolf. There are 284 tombstones so going through each and everyone could take a while.
The K-9 Cemetery is a must-see if you are a dog lover. Clark Development Corp. takes care of the K-9 Cemetery's upkeep and promised not to disturb it in the name of progress. As the only one in the country, the K-9 Cemetery and the dogs it contains can rest in peace...forever. --- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
WHAT started as a pet grooming salon in August 2015 has morphed into a full pet cafe two years later that gives its canine customers and their doting owners thoughtful services fit for a queen.
Barkingham Pet Cafe is located in E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City, a long and busy stretch of road with not much points of interests to offer. So, when a humble pet-friendly establishment with English ambiance opened shop, it attracted a steady stream of dog-loving customers who perhaps also love their teas.
The name Barkingham and the logo of a dog wearing a bearskin hat captured exactly what the British people hold dear in their hearts: their royals and their dogs. Both set the tone for what Filipino dog lovers can expect when they visit the Barkingham Pet Cafe: a royal treatment.
While Barkingham has no red carpet rolled out for visitors, its attention to details helps carry out that London theme in every nook and cranny of the place. Adding a cafe to their dog parlor was a natural progression to give dog owners a place to relax while their dogs are being groomed.
“We specialize in unhurried quality service...We thought there was more we can do for our beloved pet owners who are waiting for their pets to finish their groom. Barkingham is a chill hangout spot for people and pets,” said Pearl Choco, Barkingham's manager.
The cafe area teems with items for humans and dogs alike. The menu lists sandwiches and coffees and teas for the two-legged guests, while paws-ta, pupper patties and sundry items are available for the four-legged ones.
Unlike the usual pet cafes that feature resident pets that guests can play with, Barkingham has no in-house pets. The ones you'll see there are paying (dog) customers who are there for a bath or trim or to nibble on Barkingham's homemade baked dog treats. Pearl said they get visited by at least a hundred pets a week.
“Pet grooming shops are all similar, but we take pride in the connection and genuine love we have for every pet (and pet owner) that comes through our doors,” added Pearl.
True enough, Barkingham uniquely has a veterinarian on standby to check on every dog after being groomed.
“We believe pets and their owners deserve much more, so we put up an in-house vet office to promote a 360-degree wellness of pets...We offer free vet check-ups for our clients after every full groom,” Pearl told MetroPets.
Barkingham's veterinarian is available from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm to provide free check-ups, vaccinations and minor surgeries.
Barkingham's royal-class offerings have customers from south of Metro Manila asking for a branch there. Pearl said they have no expansion plans at the moment, but they are open to building a bigger and better Barkingham for pet owners to enjoy.
“We want to provide only the best service we can and to be a pet's second home where we love and care for them as our own,” she said.
MAKATI residents can start availing of free microchipping for their pets under a new city-wide veterinary program to ensure all companion animals are vaccinated against rabies and can be easily identified and recovered in case they are lost or stolen.
Makati is the first local government unit in the country to introduce this kind of program for its estimated 30,000 plus “petizens” from 27 barangays and six villages. A pet cat or dog need only to be at least 300g heavy to qualify for a chip implant.
The plan is to first roll out the program in the affluent villages of Urdaneta, Magallanes, Bel-Air, San Lorenzo, Dasmariñas and Forbes Park. Makati residents from other barangays can avail of the free pet microchipping based on schedules that will be posted by the VSO on the My Makati Facebook page. Mangahas said bonafide Makati residents are also welcome to bring their pets anytime at designated microchipping sites like the Makati Fire Station.
The Pet iChips, sourced from Plaridel Products and Services, Inc., come in small glass cylinders and no longer than a grain of rice. A chip can be quickly and painlessly injected under the pet's skin with no need for anesthesia, said Dr. Jing Mangahas, officer-in-charge of the Makati Veterinary Services Offices (VSO).
The chip will be implanted onto pets by representatives of the city's veterinary office over the next few months. Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, the pet microchip is implanted between the shoulder blades and will have a unique 15-digit code. The code serves as a permanent pet ID that can be read by a microchip scanner. The code bears the pet's name, owner's name and address and the pet's health and vaccination records. Makati has procured 35 scanners from Plaridel for the 32 barangays and the city veterinary office.
Mayor Abby Binay kicked off the program by having her dogs implanted with the Pet iChip during the launch. She encouraged her constituents, including city government employees to have their pets microchipped, too.
“These Pet iChips are your pets' way back to you. Collars and tags can fall off or be removed but microchips will stay in place for many, many years. This technology will help pet owners like myself monitor the health and safety of our animals. It will help us become more responsible pet owners,” Binay said.
“We launched this to require our residents to have their pets vaccinated. In the process, we will have something like a pet census in our city,” Binay added.
The pet-friendly project will result in a dabatase of Makati petizens that reflect their health records, particularly the validity of their anti-rabies shots. Registered dogs get a printed pet passport that owners can bring when they both travel.
Another beauty of this project is it could prevent redundant and costly rabies shots when a vaccinated dog or cat bites a person because the chip makes it easier to prove a pet's anti-rabies record. The chip is also a deterrent against pet theft.
Here's a video clip where, towards the end, Mayor Binay told her dog that nobody could steal her anymore after being chipped.
A study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) showed that microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2 percent of the time compared to only 21.9 percent for dogs without microchips. Cats with microchips were also reunited with their owners 38.5 percent of the time compared to only 1.8 percent for cats without microchips that went missing.
Mangahas told MetroPets that dogs caught by the city pound and are being retrieved by their true owners from Makati will also be vaccinated against rabies and implanted with a chip before they are released. -- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
IF Puss in Boots were to open a cat cafe, where do you think it would be?
Well, a bootstrapping cat would probably open one in Marikina, the shoe capital of the Philippines where he can have his favorite leather footwear made to boot (pun intended).
Like taking a page from Puss in Boots' book, a new cat cafe in Marikina opened about a month ago and named itself Cats & Crumbs. Located at the 2/F Terraza Phase 2 C&B Circle Mall, Liwasang Kalayaan Street, Marikina Heights, this latest cat cafe in Metro Manila made room for 10 rescued puspins (Pusang Pinoy) from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Cats & Crumbs is a halfway home for Miraz, Jadis, Drinian, Rina, Aya, Florita, Venti, Piper, Yuni and Chanyeol. Since arriving at Cats & Crumbs from the PAWS shelter, the 10 cats went straight to work-- which means sleeping, eating, playing and relaxing all the time. If they are up to it, they may engage with the visiting humans who pay P199 for an hour of purrfect joy.
All 10 cats have been fixed (spayed/neutered) and are up for adoption. They are clean, healthy and with sweet disposition. As you enter their special room, some of them will quickly fuss over you while others will remain as cool as cucumbers just waiting to be petted.
Here are the 10 cats in their Instagram-worthy moments.
Swannie Lim and Joyce Abesames of Cats & Crumbs said they are proud to partner with PAWS and to be the first to open a cat cafe in Marikina. They said they really wanted to help raise the public's appreciation for the underrated but brilliant puspins.
“Puspin is a breed. They are beautiful!,” exclaimed Swannie. “I'm glad that a cat cafe for puspins is feasible,” she added.
Focusing on adoptable puspins was first done by Cat Cafe Manila which partnered with CARA Welfare Philippines, followed by the short-lived Uchi No Neko – Cat House Cafe which had puspins from individual rescuers and organizations like the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART). Other cat cafes in the city showcase imported cat breeds—from the common to the exotic.
A visit to any cat cafe also becomes a unique experience because of the thoughtful interior designs. An overstated cat theme is to be expected and welcomed, but those that also provide enough comfort for the cats and patrons alike always get our vote. Cats & Crumbs is not ostentatiously decorated, in fact it's rather sparse, which is okay. We'd rather have comfortable seating areas both in the cafe side and in the cat area side. It has its own toilet and mall parking is available. If you are not familiar with the area, Waze can take you there. Cats & Crumbs' place is bright, clean and roomy enough, but at 50 square meters or so for the entire restaurant, they've decided to limit the number of visitors to the cat area to 10 humans at a time.
Although cats make this place go round, getting a quick bite before or after playing with the cats never hurt anyone. Cats & Crumbs offers quick-to-prepare snacks and light dishes as part of the cover charge. A glass wall separates the dining area from the cat area so guests can have pasta or panini and still see a true feline reality show.
Cats and Crumbs is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
THE just-concluded Pet Summit trade show scaled new peaks this year by successfully bringing together a world of pets in one place and a wide array of products from established and start-up pet companies.
At the show, pets literally had their field day as their owners took them booth hopping to try and shop for pet items and bring home freebies from generous exhibitors.
The afternoon show was also made busy with informative presentations that highlight important things about pet care and demonstrations that celebrate pets' unique skills and talents.
Different associations of pet lovers were also in attendance as well as animal welfare groups.
With all the adorable pets around, Pet Summit 2017 was definitely an Instagram-worthy event. Here are some of the interesting subjects we saw at the show.
BIG AND SMALL: A bull mastiff rests near a Chihuahua that decided a cooler is the best place to beat the heat.
DOG PEOPLE AND CAT PEOPLE. A woman enjoys a cold snack next to her Chihuahua while another lady poses for photos with the adorable British Shorthair cat from Pet Cafe by Velvet Friends.
PET ADVOCATES. Pet Summit also signed up key animal welfare and pet lovers' groups like the Metro Manila Development Authority's K9 Search and Rescue team and the Mini Pinscher Lovers Philippines, respectively.
PETREPRENEURS. Start-ups Fetch and Teddy Sage joined Pet Summit for the first time. Their products are inspired by the owners' dogs! Fetch makes hygiene pet products while Teddy Sage creates T-shirts for dog lovers.
MEET-UPS. Dogs had plenty of time to meet new friends at the summit. Here's a Chow Chow named Cindy wearing a bandana from Skarf PH and enjoying the adulation of the crowd that was snapping her photos. From a distance two dogs "kissed" while their owners weren't looking.
Pet Summit 2017 was organized by All4PetsParty.com and Paws & Tails Event Concept and Management in cooperation with Bonifacio High Street. The show was also made possible in collaboration with NexGard, HeartGard Plus and Frontline Plus as major sponsor brands and MetroPets Magazine as media partner.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
DOG lovers are in for a wintry treat at the new Wolf & Bear Dog Cafe which features a log cabin where canine, caffeine and even a little booze can be enjoyed in the company of “snowdogs”.
Wolf & Bear Dog Cafe, by the same owner of Bengal Brew Cat Cafe, officially opened last Thursday (Nov. 10) in Manhattan Parkview in Cubao, Quezon City. It is unique in the way the interiors evoke images of snow-capped mountain with wolfish and bearish dogs prowling below the log cabin.
The 120sqm space is roomy enough to house 10 to 12 big dogs assigned to one compartment each, a living room area where small dogs entertain guests, and the log cabin and spirit bar upstairs where the medium-size dogs sleep, eat and play.
Proprietor Don Michael Perez told MetroPets that he got the idea for his dog cafe's name after overhearing two strangers' spirited discussion about his white Alaskan malamutes, Sari and Ghost. Ghost particularly resembled a polar bear when it was younger, he said, and the strangers were arguing whether they're seeing a wolf or a bear.
At the new dog cafe, Sari and Ghost are joined by Siberian Huskies and Akita Inu. Perez named some of the big dogs after the direwolves of the Starks from the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, so expect to meet Lady, Summer and Grey Wind as well.
Wolf & Bear dog cafe has its own entrance, but one can also use the adjoining door from Bengal Brew. In a small enclosed area between the two cafes was where we met Winter, a docile Newfoundland, stationed there with one staff to let people know that they are about to enter dogs' territory.
Children below 12 years old are not allowed in the snowdogs area. Guests are always accompanied by trained staff, and two visitors can sit and mingle with a dog in its compartment as long as they want, unless there's a queue of people that also want some downtime with the big furry dogs.
The big dogs were having quite a slumber party when we visited and were not to be disturbed. The management also put up a special sign in the alpha dog's station to inform people that the leader of the pack must be approached with caution.
At the log cabin, highly spirited pugs, Jack Russells, Italian Greyhound, Shih Tzus and poodles kept the crowd busy. The cabin area is where people can have food and drinks and, perhaps, cocktails. Wolf & Bear dog cafe has a liquor license, Perez said.
The living room section below is homey and decked with stuffed toys. One can almost imagine a fireplace there with fire crackling to make it toasty enough (air-conditioning for the dog cafe is supposed to be colder than usual) for guests and the small and teacup dogs around.
If you are planning to visit this latest pet-themed cafe, the schedules and rates are as follows:
* Weekdays 11a.m. to 11p.m.
* Weekends 12noon to midnight
* P199 for an hour (weekday rate for the dog OR cat cafe) with one drink
* P299 for an hour (weekday rate for BOTH cat and dog cafe ) with one drink
* P399 for two hours (weekday rate for BOTH dog and cat cafe) with food and drink.
Both the Bengal Brew Cat Cafe and the Wolf and Bear Dog Cafe can also be booked for private events. The two cafes combined can accommodate up to 70 people.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
THE Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is currently running its very own pet cafe inside the TriNoma Mall in Quezon City which proves to be a big hit among mall goers.
The pop-up PAWS pet cafe will be there only until Oct. 30. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 2pm to 6pm, The PAWS shelter features native cats (puspins) every Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while the rest of the week are for dogs (aspins). The featured dogs and cats may vary from day to day.
For a minimum of P150 food (or pet food from Purina) purchase, guests can enter the pet cafe and bond with the animals. Visitors can tell PAWS staff what food they wish to order from the restaurants around. Once inside the pet cafe, they can hang out with the animals and expect their food to be available in 20 minutes.
The PAWS Pet Cafe is at the 3rd level of TriNoma mall (near Powerbooks) and guests can stay as long as they want. Floor pillows are all over the place to make people comfortable as they play with the animals.
Guests can also participate in an Instagram contest by taking photos of the PAWS pet cafe animals and sharing it in Instagram with the tags @ILOveTriNoma and #PurinaPAWSCafe2016. Most likes at the end of each week of October will win a prize from Purina.
PAWS is also taking advantage of the opportunity presented by its pop-up cafe to raise cash or in kind donations for its shelter program.
THE Department of Biology of the Ateneo de Manila University and its partner student group, the Ateneo Biological Organization – eXplore. eXperience. eXcel. (BOx), will hold another Bring Your Own Dog Day event on Oct. 10.
This will be the third BYOD Day staging inside the campus. The first one, held on Oct. 12, 2015, was part of BOx’s annual Animal Welfare Week and was designed to help members and students of the Loyola Schools to get some stress relief during midterm week in the company of dogs. The short program allowed over 200 visitors to spend time with 10 dogs in special play pens at the Science Education Complex field.
The most recent BYOD Day was held last March 14 and attracted over 300 visitors who came to see the 14 participating dogs.
The organizers ensure that all dog participants have updated vaccinations. Female dogs in estrus (heat) are not allowed to join.
BOx representatives said they plan to hold a BYOD Day four times per academic year – one every midterms and finals exam season of both semesters. The BYOD Day on Oct. 10 will be the first for Academic Year 2016-2017 and is expected to be attended by more humans and canines. The organizers would like the BYOD Day to be acknowledged by the administration as a key aspect of the school’s community wellness program and with dogs (and other animal companions) being regarded as partners in mutual healing.
A GRAND pet blessing will take place on October 1 to mark this year's World Animal Day. Organized by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society and leading pet store chain Pet Express, the event welcomes all kinds of pets from cats and dogs, hamsters and rabbits to guinea pigs, among others.
The PAWS & Pet Express grand Pet Blessing will be held on October 1 (Saturday), 5 p.m. at the SM Skydome North Edsa, Quezon City.
World Animal Day is usually celebrated every 4th of October.
PET owners who are always looking for more options when shopping for their pets' needs should pay Landers Superstore a visit.
Located in EDSA, Balintawak Quezon City, the sprawling superstore offers a wide variety of goods for cats and dogs, many of which are not seen in most retail stores. As this is a superstore, expect to buy items by the dozens or in big boxes, bags or packs.
From the store entrance, walk up straight to the right side and all the way down the aisle to find the pet section. There you will see stacked from the floor to the highest shelf mostly imported pet items ranging from dog and cat food (wet and dry varieties), treats of all kinds, bath and cleaning essentials, kitty litters and doggie pads, to dog bowls and pet toys plus a lot more.
Some of the items we found:
One must be a member to shop here and have a good budget as there are many pet products that would be tempting to try. MetroPets did some window shopping and here are some of the pet products we saw and their corresponding prices:
Purina Puppy Dry Food 32lb for P1,699.75
SaniNico Dog Food Puppy 10kg for P684.75
Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Bacon Filled Twists 5” 8pcs for P399.75
Hartz Oinkies Peanut Butter Filled 5” 8pcs for P399.75
Purina Beneful Hugs with Beef and Cheese 241g for P529.75
Milk Bone Soft & Chewy Chicken Drums 708g for P699.75
Pet All Star Puppy Pads 100ct for P1,499.75
Hartz Groomers Best Anti Dandruff Shampoo 18oz for P399.75
Hartz Shampoo Puppy for P399.75
Dog Games Slow-Bowl for P759.75 (small), P969.75 (big)
Purina Cat Dry Food Complete 16lb for P1,099.75
Purina Cat Dry Food Kit & Kaboodle 16lb for P999.75
Cat Choice Cat Food 10kg P944.75
Special Kitty Grilled 85g 12 variety pack for P449.75
Special Kitty Chicken & Duck Sauce 85g 12-pack for P449.75
Special Kitty Seafood 85g 12-pack for P399.75
Hartz Hairball Remedy Softchew for P199.75
Hartz JointHealth Softchew (Chicken) for P249.75
Hartz Delect Lick Treat (Stew Chicken & Tuna, 1.4z) for P69.75
Purina Fancy Feast box of 30 cans 85g for P1,199.75
Whiskas Temptations Supermega Beef 180g for P249.75
Friskies Catfood (Seafood Variety Cans 32 pcs 5.5oz) for P1,199.75
Friskies Catfood (SurfTurf Variety Cans 32pcs 5.5oz) for P1,199.75
I Love Pet Head Deshed Wipes for P499.75
Hartz Nodor Litter Spray for P399.75
Scotch Brite Lint Roller Mini 2x40ct for P199.75
Simply Right Pet Care Scoopable Litter 4.2lb for P899.75
Also available at Landers Superstore are big quantities of Special Kitty Non-Clumping Litter, Scoop Away Litter, Litter Purrfect, bottles of Adams Flea & Tick Spray and boxes of Ol'Roy dog food, among others.
Landers Superstore will also open a branch in Otis in Manila. -- METROPETS©