THESE days, it's easy for people looking to buy pets online to quickly get a rundown of sellers, with OLX Philippines usually leading the search result.
Many will argue that shopping for pets is not the way to go. Doing it online is even a bigger no-no.
Yet a lot of people still do it and have probably clicked on OLX Philippines' links to pets for sale. A quick search for “cat for sale Philippines” or “dog for sale Philippines” returns with these results:
“Used” pets? Certainly, this is odd.
OLX Philippines, which absorbed sulit.com.ph, is a wasteland of every conceivable product under the sun such as mobile phones, appliances, board games, furniture, cars and even real estate.
We get it that the company probably makes use of some generic SEO (search engine optimization) title to describe all types of products they carry, but surely it shouldn't be hard to tweak the one that applies for pets. To see dogs, cats, birds and other pets being marketed in OLX Philippines as “new and used” is offensive and insensitive and shows their complete lack of respect for animals.
It's one thing to buy or sell used or pre-owned designer bags or electronics, but pets? Whatever is the size or breed, pets are not commodities and a fast-growing company like OLX should be responsible enough to know that. -- Alma J. Buelva
IT's been months of hard work, but I knew the nature of the beast going in and I also knew that I could tame it and make it beautiful. When every item in a very long to-do list finally all got crossed out, a 60-page magazine took form and I had this mixed feelings of joy and apprehension. Like a young child, the first special print edition of MetroPets must be sent out to the world and, as its maker, I felt responsible for its success or failure.
My one rule to ensure its success is to make it a magazine that I myself would want to buy. Every story in our first print issue is original, well-written and with substance. I expect our readers to be insightful when it comes to pets so we made the articles as informative and as enjoyable to read as possible.
Content is king and we know that pictures are as important as the written word in grabbing readers' attention and imagination. I am pleased that we have pin-worthy photographs in our first print edition. Thanks to our photographers and those who generously shared their amazing pet photos with us.
Is it a home run? Knowing what it took to make this 60-page work of love and now being in the receiving end of heartwarming feedback from readers, I would say that yes, I think we hit the ball out of the park!
Thank you to every wonderful pet lover with an eye for quality and taste for good read. You have made this homage to my pets and yours truly special.
P.S.: I dedicate the maiden issue of MetroPets to my pretty cat Mochi who died only days before the magazine came out of press.
I CONSIDER myself a “normal” cat person despite the fact that I currently have one too many. I make sure all their needs are covered, except for one thing: an active sex life.
I don't think I'm a flat out crazy cat lady although my phone and computer are bursting with cat photos and God forbid I have to delete some to make room for more.
So when the occasion came up to meet cat lovers who hold birthday parties for their cats, dress them up and bring them to the park on Sundays, my idea of normal cat parenting was thrown off balance. But if there's one thing my cats have taught me, it's about how curiosity will bring you answers. So, I walked up to the group called the Sunday Parkday Gang to meet the cats and their mothers.
As an outsider looking in, I see nothing really different with their level of crazy from mine; except that now I envy their cats who own crocheted funny hats.
If there were an alien studying this hardcore group of cat owners it would probably pick up the word cute and associate it with cats given the sheer number of times someone would squeal the word with matching dilated eyes.
Immediately I knew “these are my people” and I don't mind coming back when my cats get their hats. -- AJB
IF dogs and cats can talk this will probably be their plea the moment they sense you are about to send them off to a grooming salon where a complete stranger will perform services that are very personal, even for a cat or a dog.
Our pets are like kids. The reasons we don't leave a child alone with a barber or a dentist should also apply with pets. In fact, because animals can't speak to convey their fear, hurt, doubt and apprehensions, the more they should be under our careful watch all the time.
Incidences of pet injury and even death after or while being groomed in a pet parlor are becoming alarmingly frequent lately. This should not be the case if pet owners realize the following:
* Pets generally don't like strangers.
* Pets grow anxious in a new environment, particularly if you are not with them.
* Pets prefer someone familiar to wash, trim and scrub them, especially their private parts.
* As pet owner, you know your pet better to assess their level of discomfort during grooming.
Personally, I don't understand this nouveau personal care services for cats and dogs that seem frivolous and a modern march of folly. Since when did cats need a bath done by a purported seasoned groomer? When did a dog need its hair dyed or its nails polished? But the most important question is, why do their owners leave them alone for washing like a pile of laundry for pick up afterwards?
I am not stopping anyone from bringing their pets to grooming salons, I just hope they will err on the side of caution and stick around to make sure their pets will be all right. Pets on their own may protest while being groomed, but it will only fall on deaf ears because the pet groomers are being paid to finish the job.
Pet barbers, pet masseuses, pet groomers, however you want to call them are but newfangled jobs now held by people who likely didn't take any basic course or seminar on animal behavior or how to handle animals. It's also highly unlikely or rarely you would find someone who can honestly say and prove that they have been professionally schooled or trained by an expert and licensed pet groomer simply because these are new jobs created to meet market demand sans proper training.
At best, the hired hands can hose a dog down, towel it dry and blow dry the hell out of it. Then with your dog shivering from the stressful and invasive wet encounter, they will bring out their shears and snip, shave and clip away. If that doesn't turn your dog's tongue purple, I don't know what would.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents and complications happen and you return to the pet shop to find not your sweet-smelling pet but one that looks ill or worse, already dead. Then a flood of blames and arguments will ensue, which is quite moot because you probably signed a waiver after you parked your pet for a wash-down.
If you must have your cat or dog groomed outside, please stay with them. Insist on watching while they are being done; it's your right and your pet needs you to be there. If your pet looks very stressed, you can stop it. Better have an unwashed pet than a trembling ball of fear.
If you have the luxury of time, grooming your own pet also has its own rewards. It creates a unique bond and allows you to get familiar with your pet's body and detect possible growths, lumps and wounds by touch.
Pets don't care if you hire the best pet groomer in town. They will still prefer you over anyone else to clean and fix them even if you don't do a great job of trimming their fur. Mom and dad know best. That much they know. – AJB
I just signed up for a fresh two-year contract with our host provider. That tells me that MetroPets is up for more discoveries and the work required to deliver fresh, insightful and fair content our readers deserve.
Thank you dear readers for being around. Many of you are silent witnesses to our hardwork and dedication. It felt lonely at first, but soon the numbers of visitors and "hits" kept adding up and we were elated.
Our content maybe free, but it's not cheap. We conduct research and interviews for our stories, we distill our content to deliver only facts not half-truths. We polish our stories to make them informative, unique and objective.
At the other end of the leash (so to speak) are the pet supplies companies that have been accommodating. Their support allowed us to conduct pioneering product reviews to give MetroPets' readers valuable information before they buy.
Finally, I'm thankful for all the pets we've featured in the last 13 months or so. They are without doubt my furry muses that have opened my eyes to a world of discoveries that only they can do.
Here's to more exciting, productive and pet-friendly years ahead!
Alma J. Buelva is the editor of MetroPets. A journalist by profession, her love for writing goes into overdrive when the subjects are pets.