NEWS & FEATURES
Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 2019-019 which guarantees the rights of pets to ride with their owners any public transport such as buses, jeepneys, taxis and tricycles, among others.
This new ruling was lauded by pet lovers in the country, many of whom have complained in the past about difficult commute when public transport drivers won't accommodate their pets. The new ruling was in response to a public clamor from groups of pet owners/lovers who consistently appealed to the LTFRB to allow pets in public transport.
The LTFRB has resolved the matter by harmonizing its policies with the provisions enshrined in R.A. No. 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act, so that pets can now have access to public transport subject to the following conditions:
1. The animals are put inside carriers/cages and placed at designated animal compartment of the PUV, should there be other passengers inside the PUV.
2. If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation. Further, the possessor or pet owner shall be responsible for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary.
3. Safety, convenience and comfort of the passengers shall not in any way be sacrificed.
The pro-pet memorandum is already in effect since its issuance last April 15, 2019. -- MetroPets
IN Brazil, a recent drug bust operation revealed an unlikely "suspect". A brown dog who apparently belonged to one of the men rounded up by authorities obediently surrendered with his humans.
In the photo provided by Europics, the dog could be seen lying on the ground with the alleged members of a drug syndicate. To prove he is not hiding anything, the dog even lied on his back to show policemen his clean belly.
The report from NY Post said the dog barked throughout the commotion before deciding to join his owner and friends who were down on the ground. But because he was clearly a good boy, the brown dog was not arrested with the humans. Officers declared that doggie was not a drug user and should be rewarded instead with treats. -- MetroPets
IF there's a country that will invent an automatic dog toilet, it has to be Japan. Known for its high-tech toilets fitted with air dryers and bidets for different wash functions, Japan's expertise when it comes to washroom fixtures can now benefit dogs as well.
At the recent Intrapets show in Tokyo, Japan First Step Co., Ltd. showcased the Wan-wan Meister which the company claims to be the world's first fully-automated pet toilet. This flat-bed toilet features self-winding absorbent special sheets of paper, indicator lamps, a waste tray and sensors.
Designed for indoor use, particularly in small apartments or condominiums, the Wan-wan Meister automatically rolls away soiled sheets and brings forth fresh ones thanks to its built-in sensitivity sensors that controls the conveyor belt. The surface starts to move slowly five seconds after the dog has done its “business”. Movement will stop if the dog decides to hop back in to his toilet and will resume again once the sensor detects that the dog has moved away again.
Solid wastes get deposited inside a waste box at the end of the flat-bed, which can be easily washed.
The Wan-wan Meitser automatically cleans after pets so their toilet area stays tidy even when no one is home to immediately remove the soiled sheets.
The manufacturer sells the Wan-wan Meister for JP¥188,000 with three rolls of paper. Each roll is 30 meters long (45cm wide). Company chairman Hirotaka Tohara told MetroPets that a one-dog-household should use up one roll of Wan-wan Meister toilet paper in 10 days if their dog poops at least once and pees at least five times daily.
The Wan-wan Meister has casters or wheels for easy placement in different areas around the house. The color green model for mid-sized dog type is slightly bigger than the pink color model which is designed for small dogs.
Here's a video of how the product works.
The Wan-want Meister international patent is pending. But pet owners in Japan can already purchase this product. -- MetroPets
THE hotly contested issue of leaving pets, particularly dogs, alone in cars while their owners are away to do some errands might soon be resolved for good if only everyone drives a Tesla car.
The electric car maker has launched “Dog Mode”, a function which will allow the air conditioning to remain on while the car is locked and secured, creating a safer environment for pets. People outside looking in can even see a big monitor that shows the temperature inside the car, which should reassure them that there's no need to intervene and break the car's glass windows.
According to PETA, 15 minutes is all it takes for pets to suffer from heat stroke in a hot car. During summer, the lethal mistake of leaving pets locked up in hot cars can kill them even faster.
The creation of Dog Mode was a direct response by Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla, to a Twitter user who requested for such feature. The billionaire then quickly developed Dog Mode which, aside from showing the temperature inside the car, will also let passers-by read a message that the pets' owner will be back right away.
Other safety features includes an alert system that notifies Tesla owner when the car's battery drops below 20 percent while in Dog Mode and that they should return before the air conditioning dies.
As it is still in prototype phase, the Dog Mode is planned to be rolled out in select Tesla cars initially. Musk said Dog Mode will also have Cabin Overheat Protection, which come on automatically at high temps to ensure any babies or pets in the car are safe. -- MetroPets
*When animals rock, literally